Author Archive: Stephen
Let’s take a short journey to the center of UX design and find out what lies at its heart. The only travel items you’ll need are a couple of minutes and a cup of coffee. I’m a technical writer and UX analyst for an international software company, in case you’re wondering….
You probably didn’t expect to read an entry from me in this slot. I’m in New Zealand house-sitting for the kid (Stephen Ross); he’s gone on vacation to work on his book. I suspect he’s really gone on vacation to catch up on his reading; he’s a prince among procrastinators, and there’s a gap on the bookshelf where his collection of Perry Mason mysteries used to reside…
Title: “My Dead Sister from Tacoma”
Published: Bad Kitten Press
Date: January 2015
Karl Cone, private detective, lover of karaoke, always getting into trouble (it’s his business), wakes to find a dead girl in his room: Blonde hair, light brown eyes, about 25. Adorably cute and damnably dead. Who is she, how did she get there? Join Cone in this quick moving, funny novelette (from Edgar Award nominated mystery author Stephen Ross), as he attempts to unravel the puzzle, and get into even more trouble.
This is a 12 chapter, 64 page (in the print edition) novelette, and you’ll read it in an evening. May I suggest a bottle of red wine to go with it, and maybe a box of chocolates. In fact, absolutely, a box of chocolates. One can never get enough boxes containing chocolates.
I’m writing this on a bus, on a laptop. I have a 75 minute commute to the office each morning, and home again in the evening. Auckland is a spread-out city (think LA, but without the permafrost cloud of pollution). I live in a nice neighborhood, and I work in a nice neighborhood; unfortunately there’s about 40 kilometers of road in between…