My Other Web Sites

My Fiction Writing Tips:

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:

Fresh-Air Poultry Houses - chicken coop designNorton 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:

Technology and Writing:

through_dungeons_deep_robert_plamondonI 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.

Robert Plamondon worked at Activision in 1983-1984

weitek_applicon_boardI 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 I still post new material there sometimes.

My Day Job

I also have a day job as a writer at, a Silicon Valley startup company.

I Publish Books! Norton Creek Press

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