Software by day…
I’m currently a Lead Software Engineer with New Relic, doing my part to make alerts more humane, and the internet a better place.
Science Fiction writer by night…
When time, energy, and children permit, I labor away on my childhood dream of becoming a 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 ready to be polished as soon as I make them the priority. I tend to be long-winded (hence the novels) but nevertheless found my first publishing success with 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”. (Please don’t find my senior St. Mary’s project.)
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 twice a month. I’ve also ventured into making mead, and won “Mead Maker of the Year” in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Greg Noonan Memorial Homebrew Competitions. (The 2019 winner also took 3rd place in the first round of NHC in Boston.) Perhaps my biggest accomplishment though was winning the first Corral Cup at the 2019 Greg Noonan Memorial Homebrew Competition and getting to brew my bière de garde on the Stone Corral system.
To make myself a better brewer, I also got involved in the BJCP® to help judge homebrew competitions. I passed the tasting exam in 2018 with a score of 84 and managed to earn enough points to get my Certified ranking before the close of that year. In 2022 I took the BJCP® written exam and earned a score which — combined with my experience points — leveled me up to a National rank as of July 2023.
In 2022, I took a role at Black Flannel as beer educator, earned the Certified Cicerone® credential and have my sights set on the Advanced Cicerone® rank.
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