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Grand Ideas Are Solitary, Execution is Collective

I realize my title will tweak some people’s philosophical sensibilities. Too bad. If you don’t like where this post goes, you can write your own. What I’ll try to convey today is my experience with ambitious ideas in the workplace … Continue reading

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Guest Speaking: Senior Practicum

I again had the pleasure of speaking to a group of Marika Siegel‘s senior-level technical writing students at Michigan Tech University. They sent me a list of excellent questions in advance related to tech writing in general, job hunting, and … Continue reading

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Reader Response: Can Foreign Nationals Write for NASA?

This past week I received a message from someone who found me via LinkedIn. Deepthy from India is one of those folks I especially appreciate because she wants to be a writer for NASA. Unfortunately, it’s a lot more challenging … Continue reading

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Avoiding Conflicts of Interest

I dropped out of my reporting job at Spaceflight Insider (SFI) three years ago–not because of any wrongdoing, but because my various freelance contracts in the aerospace business were starting to interfere with my ability to write stories for SFI. I … Continue reading

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Things Students Can Do to Prepare for a Technical Writing Career

This is directed toward my younger readers who are still attending school and seeking advice on things they can do now to be a technical writer once they’re done with their formal education (quick hint: your informal education never ends!). … Continue reading

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