Alice is new to the council. This is her first term as Council President. Here are some interesting facts about Alice that we bet you didn’t know! Ask her about her guilty pleasure at the next council meeting!
Q: How long have you been a technical writer? A: I’ve been editing and writing for most of my adult life.
Q: What made you choose technical writing as a career path? A: I feel technical editing and writing chose me. I was looking for something to do and kept seeing this pretty blue sign every time I drove home from work. So one day I called the company that owned the sign and asked them, “What do you do?” They said, “Oh, we’re a timeshare company” and explained what that meant. So I asked them, “Do you have a job for me?” “No, but the guy down the hall might.” The guy down the hall was into market research and introduced me to the UNIX operating system. So I combined that experience with my interest in editing and writing.
Q: What would you do if you weren’t a technical communicator? A: A park ranger.
Q: What other kinds of writing do you do or have done? A: Now I mostly write for marketing communications. I’ve also written a couple of unpublished short stories and personal essays.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure? Are you a closet soap opera fan, art aficionado, or jazz guitarist? A: I love looking at art and I love taking long walks in open spaces.
Q: What are three things you think are unusual about you that you would not have in common with any other STC San Diego member? A: I’m a Nature Center host for the Buena Vista Audubon Society, I enjoy taking ceramics classes, and I look forward to seeing the San Diego Trolley Dances every year in the fall.
Q: What are you crazy about that you would drive 100 miles out of your way to get to or experience? A: An art show. I drove 300 miles to see Cristo’s umbrellas on Tejon Pass.
Q: What would you go out of your way to avoid? A: Going to the store on Thanksgiving Day.
Q: What else would you like us to know about you? A: This year I’m happy to be on the council. We’re working to have interesting and fun events for both members and nonmembers. So I know STC San Diego is going to have a good year.