You Can’t Always Get What You Want…

Updated 3/25/21, 10:29 a.m.

I’ve confirmed my application and acceptance with Kepler Space Institute and am now just waiting waiting for class registration. It turned out not to be exactly what I had in mind, but as the Rolling Stones put it, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.” And KSI might be just what I need. Continue reading

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Requirements Writing at Home

Previously, I’ve discussed how technical writing skills can apply to vacation planning. There are other activities where a technical writer’s skills at organizing information and describing requirements also can apply, especially when you’re buying high-priced items such as vehicle or home. Today I’ll turn the technical writer’s brain on the process of home hunting, which I’ve decided to pursue because I’m losing patience with paying rent. 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 the group to help with developing the images that can bring these settlements to life. He had questions that the designers hadn’t considered. Continue reading

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Why On Earth Are You Going Back to School?

Going back to school for space systems engineering seems a bit like hubris for a technical writer who’s now in his 50s. So why on Earth am I doing this? I thought I’d take a little time to explain myself to you…and maybe to myself as well. There were multiple reasons, only one of which was specifically employment related. Continue reading

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Getting in the Right Mindset for Engineering School

If you’re a literary person at heart, engineering school might seem a bit intimidating. What I have going in my favor is that I’ve been documenting and observing aerospace engineers’ work for 15 years now. If I haven’t had the precise educations they’ve had, I’ve at least seen them in action so I know what to expect. What follows are my thoughts as I get myself in the right frame of mind to attend classes soon. Continue reading

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