Hi. Thanks for visiting my web site. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a freelance writer and editor with a wildly eclectic set of interests. Whether that’s a good thing is open for debate.
For many years, I was a senior writer for Hawaii Business magazine, where I wrote stories about topics as diverse as the history of commercial fishing, the making of a miracle drug, and what to think about the confusing (but not doubtful) data behind climate change. In other words, not the usual fodder for a business magazine.
Over the years, I’ve also been a prolific freelancer. I’ve won awards for stories about travel, science, culture, and history, and my work has appeared in many national publications, including The Atlantic, Forbes, The Washington Post, and Smithsonian Air & Space. This eclecticism runs against the conventional wisdom that successful freelancers specialize. It certainly pays more for a writer to become an expert on one or two topics. It’s more fun, though, to write about esoteric subjects, like invention of the modern oyster, the industrial uses of meat byproducts, saving coral from climate change, and the advent of a new age in astronomy.
Sometimes, I tell people I’m a science writer. And, when I moved back to the East Coast, last year, it was, in part, to grow the science part of my freelance repertoire. But I also still write for Hawaii Business as the magazine’s Washington correspondent, so I’ve actually added a topic–politics–to my quiver. And we haven’t even gotten to my blog, a haphazard and idiosyncratic collection of musings on whatever interests me in the moment. So, am I a science writer, or merely a dilettante? The data, as they say, are still out.