Like so many, I started my writing life as a bad poet in grade school. I got a first start at a web zine called “Addicted to Noise” where I learned what all seasoned journalists know—explosive candor makes great copy.
The more cantankerous the person, the better. My finest moment ended with a rock star shrieking at me that punk rock was nothing more than the victory of style over substance.
I moved onto writing case studies about design firms for trade publications like “The New Architect.” Eventually, I wanted to find a more purposeful angle. I started to focus on content that conveys public information and parses ideas using brevity as a primary tool.
To that end, my diverse publishing experience includes writing very short film reviews for magazines like “Wired” and reporting for a KQED education blog “MindShift.”
My pet project is writing about energy and climate change. This includes a profile I wrote of a Nigerian delegate to the Paris Climate Talks in 2016 (published in “The Daily Climate. “) In May I published an extensive report on proposed cuts to the EPA, and Governor Brown’s call to arms agains the current administration.
I am still two left feet as heavy hitters like Annie Dillard and Francine Prose waltz circles around me. On the other hand, the one thing a wordsmith must do to study the masters is to curl up with a good book. Things could be worse.