“I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do.”
― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart
Robert is a writer and technology professional, with proficiency in narrative and functional design. In addition to crafting agile user stories and mapping thoughtful user experience, he has been a contributing writer to publications such as 148Apps.com and Short Fiction Break. Robert specializes in science/speculative fiction, literary fiction, and the occasional creative nonfiction essay, with knowledge of and a passion for video game writing. In his spare time, Robert can be found asleep on the couch or playing games with his daughters.
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My first grammar school writing assignment was a bust. My rendition of a book report was to paraphrase an entire story in excruciating detail – like a cheap knock-off of a Rolex, adorned with the finest cubic zirconias. My sister ended up doing my homework for me, but she showed me how to write in the process. How to apply the craft. It was one of my first lightbulb moments, hot off the heels of Santa Claus’ debunking. I still remember it. It was life changing. Please don’t tell her any of this.
Ever since, I’ve found myself hopping between all things technology and literature. The practical and the fantastical. Even after choosing to head down the more career-oriented path of computer science, I’ve always gravitated to my writer self, and to how I could manifest a creative outlet.
In school, this took the shape of reinventing the college newspaper and acting as Editor-in-Chief of FUSION. Now, this was at a hardcore engineering school, so the readership was predominantly fluent in math. The newspaper may have been small potatoes in the grand scheme, but the end product was pretty bold and edgy, and it went on to have a nice run. The all-nighters we pulled were pretty epic.
I’ve since taken my tech-focused career down similar paths. I have no doubt that this is what steered me away from my early programming days to a more design-centric slant. Trying to tell narratives via user stories and journeys, and to paint pictures with Photoshop and Miro. Shaping the interactivity and experience of applications of all shapes and sizes. I’ve been certified in agile methodologies that stress living documentation, high levels of collaboration, and conceptual adaptability.
When iPads first hit it big, I was between jobs and latched on as a Staff Writer at 148apps.com. I wrote several articles and app reviews, mostly as a side-gig. Admittedly, being in the editorial space meant the focus was a bit more skewed towards quantity rather than the quality, but the opportunity to consistently create content was a great experience.
In recent years, I’ve taken several courses at the Gotham Writers Workshop covering topics such as Creative Writing, Fiction, and Video Game Writing. And I’ve found myself gravitating more and more to my writing goals. Finally. Head over to my Experience & Publications page for even more info, including links to the good stuff. Thanks for reading!