Between my first book in fifth grade (a handwritten, crayon-illustrated autobiographical story called A Trip to Las Vegas) and my 49th birthday, I accomplished many things, including:
- earned a degree in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley
- co-founded two companies
- worked on the first stealth bomber (the B-2), the first PDA (the Casio Z-PDA), and the first smart phone (the Nokia 9000)
- wrote nine novels (five and a half during NaNoWriMo)
- published several technical articles and blog posts
- published several short stories and a few poems, plus the novel above
- coached soccer, led scouts, and guarded a school crosswalk
- worked at San Francisco Writers Conference for nearly a decade
- raised over $400 million for charity in my Day Job
- published a YA post apocalyptic sci-fi novel
- published its sequel
- published the finale
- published a new kids’ book with a golf theme
- and learned to use bullet lists.
I also learned what it means to be the parent of a transgender child.