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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. :-)


Oct
7
comment How do I find a ghostwriter for a series of books?
For you to be able to get a ghostwriter interested in revenue sharing, you must first be able to convince them that there will be revenue to share.
Jun
24
comment think, I think, I don't think
One would think that the recipient of such contradictory advice, being a writer himself or herself, would understand that these are indeed personal preferences, and value conciseness over verbosity. I will admit, however, that this approach is nearly mandatory when communicating with one's superiors in a corporate setting... :-)
Jun
24
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
For the field "Title" (as part of a name) why not show "Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith"?
Jun
24
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
Microsoft actually has a whole stable of domain names and Web sites for use in their documentation, which they own and control. Consider doing something like this if it will add value to your documentation.
Jun
24
comment think, I think, I don't think
If a writer can't take robust criticism, they are in the wrong line of work, because once they start interacting with agents, publishers, and clients, they will get almost nothing but. Whoops, I meant, "In my opinion, they might consider a different career..."
Jan
16
comment Should you use two spaces after a period, or just a single one?
You whippersnappers and your fancy "fonts"!
Nov
26
comment What does active voice mean?
The question I was answering was whether laid or lying was correct. Oh, sorry, I see that you were using "laid" not "were laid" -- I read your previous comment too quickly. You're correct, and I deleted my previous comment.
Feb
19
comment How to handle taxes for a self-published book
You can avoid the underpayment penalty by making sure you pay in at least as much as you owed the previous year. But you might still owe a big lump at tax time.
Feb
19
comment How to handle taxes for a self-published book
You will also need to pay the employer's half of Social Security in addition to your half as an employee of yourself. The employer's half is deductible as a business expense, however.
Feb
13
comment What exercises will help me write my co-author's character?
a werechat room?
Feb
12
comment 2nd Draft- Fix spelling/grammar or plot first?
Typo: short for "typographical error," an error made while typing. You knew what word you wanted, and how to spell it, but the message didn't make it from your brain to your fingers. If you would choose the same word or give the same spelling e.g. when asked to respond aloud or when writing with a pencil: not a typo, just plain old misspelling or word confusion.
Feb
1
comment Is it worth switching to Dvorak?
This matches very well with my experience. I switched nearly 20 years ago, when I had just started freelancing and realized how badly my wrists were hurting after a marathon writing session. I will add that what really tripped me up was the fact that A and M are in the same place in both layouts. I'd be typing Dvorak, then type an M and mentally switch back to QWERTY... that lasted a couple of weeks.
Jan
31
comment Best text procesor— keyboard focussed UI
In that case use OpenOffice with the features turned off and Word with them turned on, or Word in two separate user accounts, or a separate copy of Word on a virtual machine, or...
Jan
30
comment Will science fiction as a genre ever go the way of the western?
You can even set science fiction in the past of the world. It's literally anytime and anywhere.
Jan
29
comment Best text procesor— keyboard focussed UI
If you don't like the automatic things Word et. al. do for you, why not turn those features off?
Jul
13
comment 2nd Draft- Fix spelling/grammar or plot first?
Good question. I suppose I was in a more "don't scare off new writers" mood when I wrote that. :-) Here I'm talking more about an ideal, a goal to be striven for (in, as always, my opinion) than what's actually feasible for a given writer. And even if you get there, there's still a vast gulf between "this won't embarrass me too much if it gets published" (the ideal first draft) and "this is pretty much the best I can do" (the ideal submission).
Jul
13
comment 2nd Draft- Fix spelling/grammar or plot first?
I think the value of the advice depends on whether you're writing to a deadline. But if you aspire to write for a living (or a significant portion of one) you will eventually have deadlines, and at that point, being able to turn in publishable copy at any time is literally a valuable skill to have.
Jul
13
comment How do you reference pop culture in a dialogue without proper attribution?
... as long as you're not using a snatch of lyrics from a song. Your publisher will insist that you get permission for every song you quote, and you'll have to pay whatever the owner of the song copyright wants. (There are no compulsory licenses for lyrics, either.)
Jul
7
comment What's a good writing software for Android phones/tablets?
Google does have an official Docs app now for Android (it's in the Market).
Jun
27
comment No English degree, what are my chances on successfully publishing a novel?
Certainly, me too, and for posterity. :-)