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Freelance writer and content strategist

About Me

Freelance writer and content strategist in a wide variety of fields (technology, planning, state and local government) in a wide variety of formats (print, web-based, blog, ebook, PowerPoint). I also amplify my work using social media, including Twitter chats and Google Hangouts. I specialize in C-level executives, enterprise content management, technology analysis, policy analysis, urban and rural planning, sustainability, state and local government, and Idaho. What am I good at? I explain stuff. Whether it's techspeak or bureaucratese, I can make it understandable -- even interesting -- to normal people.

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4 Things 'Star Wars' Changed About the Future

38 years ago, in a galaxy that’s fairly nearby, it forever became safe to be a nerd. But this week in particular, it’s time to let your geek flag fly and think about how Star Wars changed our perception of the future.


'Rogue One' Data Storage -- A Cautionary Tale

The problem with being a storage nerd is it makes it pretty difficult to enjoy the movies. In this day and age, too many movie plots hinge on computers and data, and moviemakers typically aren’t geeks, so it’s way too easy to lose your suspension of disbelief based on bonehead errors. Take Rogue One.


Idaho's noncompete law bucks a national trend

It’s too soon to tell what effect a recent change in Idaho’s noncompete law will have, but detractors worry it will make Idaho less competitive in the entrepreneurial marketplace.



Content Strategist

Work with custom publishing arm of The Economist Group and major corporate clients such as Cisco, Oracle, and Laserfiche. Deliverables included creating and analyzing surveys, interviewing C-level executives and other experts, writing white papers, blogging, and promoting using social media. Blog regularly receives 2,000 or more hits per week. Contract position.

Company: The Economist Group

I worked there from 9/2011 until now

Principal Consultant

Economic development, grantwriting, and government relations. Projects: American Falls, Payette, and Gooding Community Reviews for Idaho Rural Partnership; wrote Kuna chapter for 200 Idaho Cities, from Association of Idaho Cities; researched and wrote grants for US Green Building Council, Idaho Chapter; Kuna Boys and Girls Club; and Kuna skatepark; RFP development for Southwest Idaho Area Agency on Aging; online community facilitator, Santa Fe Institute. Pro bono: Member and secretary, Ada County Historic Preservation Council; publicity director for Snake River Birds of Prey Festival; Board of Directors, Economic Development Committee Chair, and Government liaison, Kuna Chamber of Commerce; chair, legislative committee, U.S. Green Building Council, Idaho chapter; legislative committees for Idaho AARP and Idaho PTA. Writing: Published Arcadia Publishing book on Kuna in Images of America series. Wrote for www.NewWest.Net on Idaho technology and politics; technology and government for www.daniweb.com and HP's Input/Output; political column for Kuna Melba News; political articles for Boise Weekly; service pieces for Idaho Business Review special sections, This is Kuna Guide, Eagle Magazine, Boise Journal, and 2C. Former news editor, fireEMS.

Company: Gem State Community Development

I worked there from /2005 until now

Freelance computer journalist/blogger

Freelance writer for a wide variety of trade publications and websites in the computer industry. Magazines: Byte, Computerworld, Data Communications, Infoworld, LAN, LAN Technology, LAN Times, Macworld, Macweek, Network World, PC Week, PC World, Unix World Books: Riding the Internet Highway; sold 55,000 copies worldwide in two editions. Blogs: Policy Watch, HP Input/Output; Yottabytes, IT Knowledge Exchange; Public Policy Geek, Daniweb Websites: Betanews, InformIT, IT Expert Voice, Network Computing, Software Quality Connection, Information Week/Government, Educational IT, Intelligent WAN, TabTimes Corporate clients: Box.net, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Hughes Data Systems, Oracle, Sun Microsystems Ebooks: Box.net, SharePoint

Company: (self employed)

I worked there from /1988 until now

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