An industrial engineer takes on writing. Is there a graph for that?
I spend most of my days being an industrial engineer, which means someone pays me to help them spend less money by being more efficient. Think Tom Hanks’ character in Cast Away, only I’d open that last package. I spend a lot of time in Excel, own more than one clipboard, and have made unsolicited layout suggestions to grocery store employees to improve their operations.
It is a pretty sweet gig for a geek girl like me but has very little to do with writing outside the occasional awesome graph-filled memo. It has been twenty years since my last formal education in any sort of writing, but that hasn’t stopped me from nursing a novel idea for most of that time. The world needs to know about my anxious hero fleeing a religious fanatic who wants to use blood magic to turn her into his apprentice, and I need to know how to tell them. Thus began my own little adventure of writing a novel, and trying to write it well. I succeeded at my goal of writing a novel between October 2017 and October 2018.
I’m now trying to sell that first novel and start writing the second novel. Everybody who makes it to the top of the mountain is blessed with a superpower. Except for Renato, who was blessed with the shame of nothing and the assumption he offended the gods. He needs to figure that out soon though, as he might be the only one who can stop a dragon onslaught.
Aside from spreadsheets and writing, I also enjoy walking, reading, lifting weights, hiking, and trying to figure out my cats. I’m a greeter at my church (though not the scary-greeter type), live way too close to a frozen custard place, and might be sitting under one of my many Star Wars blankets as I type.