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How I got here in the end: my non-tech autobiography

For the last twelve major blog entries I've been writing up my non-writing work autobiography: the truth about what one writer had to do for a living before he finally switched to writing full-time. If you want to read them all laid out end-to-end in one convenient place, you can find the whole story here. (Warning: 25,000 words — about 80-90 pages.) Alternatively, here are the blog entries (and comment threads) in sequence:

Part One: How I got here in the end

Part Two: catching the bug

Part Three: But we upgrade to COBOL next year!

Part Four: my first startup death march

Part Five: Things can only get better

Part Six: my second startup death march

Part Seven: bubbling freelance

Part Eight: the third startup death march begins

Part Nine: the little startup that could

Part Ten: head first into the singularity

Part Eleven: the music stops

Part Twelve: the end of the beginning

16 Comments

1:

So, effectively, your technical life is about a Novella :)

2:

s/non-tech autobiography/tech autobiography?

3:

That was fantastic by the way. If you think it'd flesh out to a good book, I'd definitely buy it.

4:

An excellent read. Thanks Charlie!

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You know, normally I am bored with peoples' life stories, but damn you have followed an interesting path. I looked forward to each installment.

6:

Thanks, Charlie. That was an awful lot of work on your part, but it was very interesting to read.

I do see why you're a writer, though. Who else could write a whole autobiographical novella by accident? ;-)

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Speaking as someone whose academic career is currently doing a good impression of the Tay bridge disaster, I found the story of 'Little Charlie and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs' highly edifying.

8:

Very interesting! Thanks for the view into your life. I've been enjoying your fiction for some time and now find I enjoy your non-fiction, too. Speaking of viewpoints, "non-fiction" is one of those terms like "outdoors." Makes one wonder about the English language.

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Filename says it's "redacted". What does that mean?

10:

In the full-text version, in the sentence starting with 'Around the middle of 1998, I figured', a bad link has eaten some of your text.

Good read, btw.

11:

I loved it. I'm currently re-reading all the books I have of yours, just finished Jennifer Morgue (after reading Atrocity Archives again), and was near to the end when I nearly choked to death on my coffee:

"Or my middle names aren't Oliver and Francis"!!

12:

Austin @10: fixed now.

Seo @9: it's redacted because this version is one I've gone over carefully, taking out certain anecdotes which might be considered defamatory or libelous by their subjects. (Don't go looking for the non-redacted version: it's not on my server and I won't be giving it to anyone, for obvious reasons.)

13:

I am saving the last episode for now, just wanted to say that I enjoyed the series. Lots of stuff resonating with my own experiences. The beginning of the series also reminded me of the biography of Jeff Minter, who's about your age I guess from the home computing options that were available to you both back then.

14:

A final reflection on the finale of the story:

I'd say the outcome was fortunate for everyone - virtual hosting companies are extremely fungible, and novelists are not so. Thanks for your unique writing and perspective.

15:

Charlie, this one doesn't link forward to today's post.

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Marilee: that's because it's not a blog entry -- it's too big for Movable Type, so it's a static HTML page instead.

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