Looking back, it seems that my jobs and projects have been
1985-1989: Cornell Years
- After graduating from Ithaca High School, spent undergraduate
years at Cornell University. Majored in Communications, minored in
the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. Graduated with
- Co-edited The Risley Revue, a literary magazine.
Edited and desktop published the newsletter for Ithaca's Macintosh
- Held a series of increasingly responsible student jobs staffing
and managing public computer rooms for Cornell Information
1990-1991: After College
- Worked for CIT selling and supporting personal computers.
- Co-founded TidBITS, one of the first
electronic publications on the Internet, with Adam Engst. TidBITS covers topics of interest to
the Macintosh and Internet communities.
1991-1994: Early Years in Seattle
- Accepted a job at Microsoft supporting Microsoft Word 5, married Adam, and moved to Seattle.
- At Microsoft, took on advanced responsibilities quickly - wrote
and edited articles for Microsoft's online database of questions and
answers, trained new staff members, performed technical and copy
editing for the Word 6 for Macintosh manuals, and provided second-tier
support for complex problems.
- Wrote The Word Book (Hayden Books, 1994), which
divulged everything I had learned about Word 5.
- Spent a few hours per week copy editing and strategizing
for TidBITS. Meanwhile, Adam did most of the work and
started a sponsorship program to raise money for TidBITS.
(This was possibly the first advertising to appear in content
published on the Internet.)
- In 1993, Adam wrote the best-selling first edition of
Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh (the fifth Internet book,
and the first to offer the necessary connection software and flat-rate
graphical Internet access).
- Chose to leave Microsoft in order to focus on writing and
1994-1997: The Web Arrives
- Wrote Word 6 Starter Kit (Hayden Books,
1994). Later, Word 6 Starter Kit was reprinted (with
slight revisions) in Microsoft Office 4.2 Survival Guide
(Hayden Books, 1997).
- Co-authored Create Your Own Home Page(Hayden
Books, 1995) with Adam (my writing, his help with the
included disk, and his best-selling name on the spine). Became an
authority on HTML, writing content for the Web, and Web authoring
software - wrote about creating Web pages and reviewed Web authoring
software for MacWEEK, MacUser, and other trade
magazines. Also wrote the HTML and Getting Started chapters for
subsequent editions of the Internet Starter Kit series.
- Took a strong role in running TidBITS as Adam
focused more on Internet Starter Kit work.
Helped transition TidBITS from being entirely
email-based to being email-and Web-based. Hired three contractors to
help with writing, editing, and technical operations.
- Riding on my interest in teaching HTML and the success of
TidBITS, did some public speaking, attended
professional conferences, and met many interesting people. Eagerly
participated in the early excitement of the Web.
- Acted as copy editor for Eudora for Windows &
Macintosh, Visual Quickstart Guide (Peachpit Press, 1997).
1998: Professional Growth
- Decided to broaden my editing and managerial skills by working as
a contractor in a variety of short-term positions.
- Acted as content manager, editor, and project lead in redesigning
a Web site for a local mortgage broker. Contracted with a graphic
designer and programmer to equip the site with graphics and forms.
- Worked for eight months helping Microsoft create a unified Web
site for Office 2000, focusing on content, consistent navigation, and
an improved user experience.
1999-2000: The Early Mommy Years
- Left professional life for an extended maternity leave.
Participated in a parenting group that provided training in listening
skills and non-violent communication. Studied yoga. Learned advanced
time management and multi-tasking skills.
- Scaled TidBITS work back to financial operations
only, though did write "Parenting With
a Net," a TidBITS article discussing parenting
resources on the Internet.
- Acted as copy editor for Eudora 4.2 for Windows &
Macintosh, Visual Quickstart Guide (Peachpit Press, 1999).
2001: Back to Ithaca
- Made New Year's resolution to move back to Ithaca. Sold
contemporary home with stunning view of the Olympic mountain range. Bought
contemporary home with lovely view of pond and hills in Ellis Hollow.
Transported self, husband, toddler, and cat to new home. Secured day
- Completed a short-term project working as technical editor for a Cornell Theory Center Web site.