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About the Author

Rob Friesel, Jr., you handsome devil

Hello. My name is Rob Friesel, Jr. But for the most part, the web has me down as @founddrama.

UI Engineer by day…

I make my living as a User Experience Architect at Dealer.com. I help Product and Engineering teams build world-class software by stitching together user narratives so that those ergonomics don’t get buried under business requirements and technical constraints. Before assuming this role, I was a Technical Lead, and had focused most of my engineering career on user interface work. (I am something of a JavaScript pedant.) And before that, my career started out in technical support and customer service; those experiences were formative and gave me important insights that have guided my craft along the way.

And believe it or not, my liberal arts background has been brought to bear in some unexpected ways and places. I wrote a book (PhantomJS Cookbook) and have contributed as technical reviewer or editor on several others, including: The Joy of Clojure, Professional JavaScript for Web Developers (3rd Ed.), Principles of Object-Oriented Programming in JavaScript, and Functional JavaScript.

Science Fiction writer by night…

When time, energy, and children permit, I labor away on my childhood dream of becoming a published novelist. Science fiction is where I’ve found my strongest voice, and so that’s where I dabble the most. I have a few irons in the fire there, with a couple drafts of a couple of novels ready to be polished up at any time. (I’m thinking of three in particular that I’m particularly keen to tidy up.) I tend to be long-winded (hence the novels) but despite that fact, my first publishing success was a short story: “Where the Air is Sweet and the Clouds are a Different Shape”, which appeared in Angela Palm’s Please Do Not Remove

In the meantime, if you happen to be attending or visiting my alma mater, you may find my senior St. Mary’s project bound in the “St. Mary’s Collection”.

Weekend homebrewer…

After a life-long desire to give beer-brewing a whirl, I did just that in August 2014. That first beer took second place in a very small competition. Since then I’ve brewed at a cadence of… oh about once a month. I’ve also ventured into making mead, and won “Mead Maker of the Year” in the 2017 Greg Noonan Memorial Homebrew Competition.

For now it’s just a hobby, though (like so many) I often daydream about making it a jobby.

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