Years ago in Chicago I landed an opportunity to write for a niche construction technology magazine. That sparked a lifelong adoration of the building industry and technology. I built a business writing about the AEC industry across Florida and the country, but the 2008 recession tore down construction cranes from the horizon and the work they symbolized. There was no better time to fulfill a lifelong dream to live abroad than that moment. So I hopped a big bird to China, the 21st century Land of Opportunity where work in magazines and for clients practically fell into my lap.
A multi-national architecture firm brought me on staff. I made presentations to clients such as Communist officials about projects such as casinos, resort communities, major mall/residential/hotel/conference center developments, and more. Then when visa problems led to deportation, I made my way to Mumbai where an Indian friend connected me with work as a business development staffer for an architectural flooring company. As part of my responsibilities doing business development for the company, I attended a building and design conference. There my purse, containing thousands of rupees, my passport, and my iPhone, was stolen. Still, I forged on, landing a client at the conference.
When my visa ran out, I made my way back to the States for a brief respite, before heading off to Peru where more muggings were in my future. The beaches of Punta Sal, the dampness of Lima, and the wildlife-filled deserts of Piura provide supreme backdrops to start up my literary efforts in which I wrote about scorpions, wearing hijab, and pissing off the Chinese. Eventually, 2013 came around, bringing repatriation to the US and a year-long reacclimation to a country I would never feel the same about and which would never be the same as it was before 2008. Check out my work samples and literary work to see what's occupied my time since.
Today, I actively engage in Open House Chicago, Chicago Architecture Center, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Gene Siskel Film Center.