Category Archives: volunteering

Other Duties as Assigned

You see it in the job description: “other duties as assigned.” You assume it’s boilerplate language. I mean, how outlandish could those other duties actually be? As someone whose career has seen its share of unusual jobs, I can say … Continue reading

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Who Is the Technology For?

Among my various projects, I help a space advocacy group edit their conference papers from time to time. Being a Mars-focused organization, they tend to write papers about building settlements on the red planet. Recently, I recruited a friend into … Continue reading

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The Island of Misfit Ideas

I’ve discussed previously my occasional habit of purchasing electronic “toys” for which I later discover I have little use. Being a bit of a scatterbrain, I’ve also had similar interactions with plans and ideas. Some come to fruition (moving to … Continue reading

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Tech Writing Questions from a High School Robotics Team, Part 2

A year ago or so, my fiction-writing buddy Ciara Knight‘s high-school-aged son sent me some questions about my career as a professional technical communicator for his FIRST Robotics  competition. This year, the Eagle Robotics team is still at it, and they … Continue reading

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Writing Differences Between the Non-Profit and For-Profit Worlds

Today’s post was suggested by my friend Susan, who asked, “What about the various differences or challenges of working public/private or profit/non-profit gigs?” Primarily, the two types of writing differ by process, collaboration, and style.

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