Like Jacob, I’m a programmer by day (well, technically, I’m up in the management level these days), and have gotten the writing bug, which occupies a lot of my evenings and weekends now.
I’ve actually published two technical books in the early 2000s, which, oddly, still earn me royalties (it’s awkward to tell the IRS I made 5000 cents last year from my books ). I’ve also been paid to publish a few technical articles in magazines (back when, you know, people actually bought magazines in stores),
My decision to take up writing fiction was more of a sudden inspiration, rather than the result of careful planning and thinking. Basically that means I’m trying to pull up various guides from experienced authors while I’m trying to put my story together (conjure image of juggling kittens and meat cleavers while on a unicycle).
I live in Austin(ish) with my wife, who patiently puts up with my quirks. I’ve also carefully selected a circle of friends who think my writing is amazing and beyond reproach. I think it’s important to acquire groupies well before a publisher offers you a deal.
I’ve been a user of Scrivener in the past, but because I work on multiple computers (both Macs and PCs) and often want to scribble something the moment it strikes me, I felt an online novelization tool was a better choice. Because I’m a computer nerd, I reviewed 15 different online tools before I settled on Dabble. So, at least those of you in this community can breathe a sigh of relief — this is a great tool with what appears to be a great future!