I design books and websites, edit fiction, and write stories.

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Author

I write science fiction, fantasy, contemporary fiction, and non-fiction. I have a couple of novelettes out, written when political satire was possible. My latest publication is micro-flash story #75 on Story Seed Vault. Right now I’m working on a science fiction set 200 years in the future.

Editor and book designer

I’ve been doing web design since the late ’90s. For roughly the past 15 years, I led web design and web development companies I cofounded. I recently put up my shingle for freelance web design and development, focusing primarily on WordPress sites and custom graphics. More about that can be found at Rare Pattern.

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In recent years, after a hiatus focused on web development, I returned to publishing and print work, doing book design and editing. For more about all that, visit my book design and editing website, Book Love Space.

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Some of my book editing and design work is on Katherine M. Lawrence’s Yamabuki novels about a woman samurai in 12th-century Japan.

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Other

I’ve held an eclectic assortment of jobs in my adult life. For five years I was Tech Editor for BlogHer, and blogged personally since 2001. I directed and edited a documentary series for public television, made some independent films, edited a magazine, taught at university, served on the boards of a couple of non-profits, produced B-movie trailers, and if that’s not eclectic enough, I also waited tables, delivered campus mail, drove a truck (more like a van), did wordprocessing for NY corporations and lawfirms, and raced cars (on actual racetracks, because street racing is dumb). I’ve spoken at several conferences, but otherwise I tend to be a wallflower at events. (If you see me at an event, come over and say hi. I won’t bite—unless I’m really hungry.)

I have a BA from The University of Chicago, an MFA from Columbia University of New York, and took classes at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and HB Studio in New York. I’ve been fortunate to have studied with Brian Moore, Wayne C. Booth, Jascha Kessler, Richard Stern, Frank Daniel, Vojtěch Jasný, John G. Avildsen, Francis X. Kinahan, Salem Ludwig, Brad Dourif, Ralph Rosenblum, Bedrich Batka, Riccardo Levi-Setti, Monte Lloyd, and Andrew Sarris. Once upon a time, I played clarinet and sax.