I used to be a professional historian until I realized just how bad the pay was, then stumbled head-long into the software industry. I've pretty much studied military history since I was knee high to a grasshopper, and in grad school I spent a lot of time studying early medieval history (especially Merovingian/Carolingian France and Italy to the time of Mathilda of Tuscany). And just to add some spice, I've also studied the history of epidemics (especially St. Sebastian and the black plague, but I'll admit that I'm also rather fond of smallpox. er, so to speak...).
By day, I'm a technical writer, documenting metrology software and otherwise causing mayhem in the Japanese-American economic community. At night, I switch to science fiction (mostly military SF and near-term). I've written a fair amount of non-fiction, including some published by the late lamented IROSF (including interviews with Jay Lake, Ken Scholes, and Howard Tayler). I've also sold a couple of short stories but I don't tend to think in short story terms, so most of the time, I concentrate on longer stuff.
Instead of a wolf, a bear, or maybe an eagle, my totem is a 1936 Remington-Rand manual typewriter. Go figure.
I live in the Seattle area with my beautiful wife (T), my two sons (Primus and Secundus), two cats, a kitten, and a beagle who has only a tenuous grasp on sanity.
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