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bio website jerrykindall.com
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I'm a technical writer at Tecplot, Inc., makers of fine data visualization software for aerospace/CFD, oil and gas exploration, and general scientific/engineering uses. Python is my Swiss Army Knife of choice. I use it to help build and validate our documentation and help, among other things. I also have some proficiency with HTML, XML, AppleScript, C#, C, and if anyone ever has a question about 6502 assembly language, I'm your man. :-)


Jun
23
comment I'm getting tired of “he said” “she said” in dialogue; how do I get around it?
I imagine Edward put his example together in a few minutes, and really doubt he intended for it to be classic literature for the ages! I agree this can be a useful technique. I find using dialog tags useful to help readers keep track of who's saying what, but that doesn't mean every utterance needs to be tagged.
Jun
23
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Jun
22
awarded  Commentator
Jun
22
comment I'm getting tired of “he said” “she said” in dialogue; how do I get around it?
Yeah. Kind of like the crossword clue: "Four-letter word meaning 'intercourse', ends in K... oh, TALK!"
Jun
22
answered I'm getting tired of “he said” “she said” in dialogue; how do I get around it?
Jun
21
comment Is it worth spending money on a subsidy publisher?
Yes, my point was exactly that: if this is the level of support you get from a big commercial publisher, you're going to get even less from a subsidy publisher. Since you should be prepared to do it all yourself, why not just hire a commercial printer at a much lower cost?
Jun
21
revised Is it worth spending money on a subsidy publisher?
added 4 characters in body
Jun
20
answered Should I indent the first line of the first paragraph in a chapter?
Jun
20
answered What are the first things I should do with an idea?
Jun
20
answered Is it worth spending money on a subsidy publisher?
Jun
20
answered What are some ingredients of really engaging non-fiction?
Jun
3
answered Should Game Genre Types Be Capitalised?
Jun
3
answered What's the modern way to handle gender in tech writing?
May
26
answered Do books have to be written in sequence?
May
2
comment How can one make technical issues more accessible to a non-technical audience?
Be careful, though. Just as everyone thinks they can write, so everyone thinks they can design clear diagrams and illustrations. Most people are wrong. Presumably you are a writer because your verbal skills are strong. Team up with someone with equally strong visual skills.
May
2
comment An alternative to saying 'users' when describing features
I often use "user account" for that. And since there are different kinds of user accounts (sigh) you might need an "system account" or a "database account."
Mar
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
4
answered Should you use two spaces after a period, or just a single one?
Dec
28
comment Publishing and selling ebooks
+1. Going through a publisher has its pitfalls. I got burned on a book project I did for a major technical publisher (they canned the book after I'd turned in the final draft -- part of a mass purge of duplicate titles at the publisher's various imprints that, they said, had nothing to do with the quality of my work). Another writer I know of has had a NY Times bestseller; the publisher allocated no promotional budget for his most recent book and it sank with out a trace (he had to pay me to put up a Web site for it). With friends like these publishers, who needs enemies?
Dec
22
awarded  Editor