After graduate school and a decade as a Java developer in the software industry, the Great Recession gave me the opportunity to re-evaluate my career. I realized that I love working with small businesses and individuals, either as part of a small team of specialists, or individually. The diversity of tasks really keeps me engaged, and the pride of engaged clients when they see their new site go live keeps me motivated.
This also gives me the flexibility to schedule slow periods to suit my other interests, which include gardening, cooking for a few hundred friends at a time, publishing books, and travelling. I enjoy deadlines and even the periodic crisis — and then I want to ride a motorcycle around Australia for two weeks. (The image on my front page is from that trip.) Happily for me, my husband has written for Motorcyclist magazine for many years, and I often accompany him as his photographer.
I’ve got a great work-life balance with terrific adventures, and I stopped believing in “job security” in 2009, so you can count on me to remain available for your long term site support. My life is effectively organized around the things I enjoy: travel, my family, and the creation of beautiful presentations of information, and I can’t imagine why I’d want to change that now.
In 2009 I discovered that ebooks are just extremely simple web sites. One thing led to another, and I am now the proprietor of Litsam, Inc. a micro-press. Litsam publishes an eclectic assortment of books, with one thing in common: every book meets my criteria for “literature”. I will occasionally consult on ebook and print book (InDesign) projects for clients who would like to self-publish or are having technical issues with their publisher.
Over the years I have had clients who needed a new logo, matching business cards, or advertising. These days I stick primarily to electronic work, but my experience with print projects helps me design effective materials that integrate well, and allows me to work with materials provided by designers directly. I can recommend Keri DeTore for your design and PR projects.
I have a number of photography credits in Motorcyclist Magazine. I do not hire out as a social event or portrait photographer, however I do have a large stock of photography that has come in handy on a number of web sites and book designs, and I occasionally do location or action photography for a project I am already engaged in.