My Fiction Writing Tips: Fiction.Plamondon.com
I’m working feverishly on two young-adult novels at once, fantasy-romance novels with the bander turned up to eleven: Jen Meets Her Match and The Princess and the Scamp. One side effect of this is my fiction writing blog, where I share my thoughts about storytelling.
My Little Publishing Empire: NortonCreekPress.com
Norton Creek Press started as an outgrowth of both my experiences with chickens and my literature research into scientific poultrykeeping. One thing that surprised me was that, in recent decades, poultry science has pretty much left practical farmers behind and is focused on PhD-to-PhD communication. This, combined with the shift to factory farming, means that the books on poultry farming published fifty years ago are more useful than the ones published today. Sadly, these books and their essential information are out of print and forgotten. So I Norton Creek Press to bring them back.
Over the years, I’ve added additional, non-poultry lines as well.
Norton Creek Press Book Lines:
- Poultry Books
- Gardening Without Work/Ruth Stout
- Back-to-the-Land Adventures
- Hypnotherapy Books
- Other Books
Technology and Writing: HighTechWriting.com
I wrote my first book, Through Dungeons Deep: A Fantasy Gamers’ Handbook while I was studying computer engineering at Oregon State University, along with many magazine articles for personal computing and RPG magazines. I also co-wrote (along with my brother Jim) a text adventure game for the Apple II: The Temple of Ngurct.
Upon graduating, I worked at Activision, reverse-engineering and documenting video game design secrets.
I also worked at WEITEK, one of the first fabless semiconductor companies, and the oft-renamed WANScaler (Repeater, CloudBridge, SD-WAN) division of Citrix Systems, where I was awarded over 30 US Patents. During my stint as a self-employed technical writer, I started HighTechWriting.com. I still post new material there sometimes.
Our Farm Products: NortonCreekFarm.com
Last but not least, I have a Web site for our farm products: grass-fed eggs, chicken, turkey, and pork. We’re active in the three farmer’s markets in Corvallis and sell many of our free-range eggs to local supermarkets and restaurants. My wife Karen is the full-time farmer of the family.