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I've been doing business as Dancing Badger
Consultants for about fifteen years. My background in
education and the computer industry gives me some special skills that
have served me well.
- I can grasp new, unfamiliar technical information quickly
and explain it effectively.
- I wrote my computer book The Illustrated Turbo
Prolog while learning Prolog. In 2005, writing Cheesman
Dam: A Century of Service for Denver Water required learning
the principles of dam construction as well as historical research.
Later the same year, I researched and wrote white papers on DBP
(disinfection by-products) for the same client. As director of communications at Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, I developed necessary expertise in farming and farm legislation within a few months.
- My exceptional research skills are applicable to any
- As primary technical consultant for ALPNET, I was
responsible gathering and explaining information on new technologies. I
wrote white papers, led workshops, and gave public presentations to
keep employees current on rapidly changing technology. I trained myself
in C++, HTML, and various other technologies. While researching
Cheesman Dam, I found and identified a lost manuscript and an extremely
- I respect document ownership.
- As a teacher of writing, my role was to help the writer
find his own voice, express her own thoughts. My editing approach is
anonymous, keeping the author's style and tone. I have two favorite
examples of this. The first is an essay by author Frederick Manfred
that I revised and condensed for Sender of Words.
Fred said it sounded like he wrote every word.
The second example is a piece of marcom I wrote for Denver Water's
marketing manager. When she showed it to her boss, the boss
complimented her on how well she had written it,
and was dubious when informed that it was actually written by the
resident intellectual. It was not my document; I was just the writer.
- I put my ego in the performance, not the voice.
- Corporate documentation is created anonymously and by
collaboration. I take pride in balancing the need for an authentic,
identifiable voice and the need to avoid personalizing the text. Part
of my research process identifies the corporate voice of documents so
that I can recreate it in my writing.
- I have a clearly defined writing process.
- With experience in every stage of information development
from brainstorming to DTP and printing, I value efficient writing
processes. I have a solid grasp of how to move a document through
subject matter meetings to the final, management-level approval and on
into production. My years as a teacher have given me the skill to
communicate and manage this process. I keep documentation projects on
track and deliver documents without compromising cost, schedule, or
My professional writing has spanned the spectrum from APIs to
general interest essays for magazines, from book reviews to original
fiction and poetry. I've written successful grant applications and RFPs
and managed writing teams. I've edited technical manuals, history
books, collections of essays, and web pages. I've presented writing
workshops to programmers, environmental engineers, and localization
experts. My SEO expertise has garnered top ten listings for Dancing
Badger in more than a dozen pertinent topics. If you have a project you
need help with, drop me a