Category Archives: Editor’s Messages

Archive of Messages from the Editor.

Editor’s Message – 2016-Q4

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed reading our President’s Message about how she started her career as a technical communicator. In fact, it inspired me to mention my own humble beginnings!

I owe my first tech comm job-Technical Editor at Kaiser Permanente – to EBSTC.

I was volunteering as the newsletter editor (same as now) and the then – president of EBSTC managed a team of writers at Kaiser Permanente. She called me out of the blue one day to tell me about an urgent opening in her group and asked me if I was interested. Of course, I was! I started at Kaiser Permanente the very next week as a contractor and was hired as an employee three months later. The power of STC!

Go to the STC website and renew your membership as soon as you can. Don’t forget to select the East Bay Chapter as your chapter. And just so you know, EBSTC’s ever-popular Holiday Party scheduled for December 1 will cost STC members only $10 (non-members pay $20).

If we have inspired you to reminisce about your own tech comm or STC anecdotes, please share them with us and we’ll publish them in our newsletter.

Happy Holidays!

Ashwini Tharval
Managing Editor

Editor’s Message – 2016-Q3

Welcome back to another issue of the Devil Mountain Views. As we move towards the final quarter of 2016, STC has opened the 2017 membership seasonmembership season. Renew today to get a discount on your membership. (Use the promo code STC2017 on the last page of the online application.)

The final quarter of the year also means it’s time for Touchstone, the Northern California Technical Communications Competition. The deadline for submission is Saturday, October 8, 2016. You can learn more in our article about Touchstone.

In this issue, we also bring you the resources and details of a technical writing workshop held by T.R. Girill (STC Fellow). T. R. has been elemental in leading and promoting our technical literacy project. You can also read about our September meeting and access the presentation on how to lead and thrive in a content-rich world.

If you are interested in writing a newsletter article, a dinner meeting report or a book review, we welcome your participation. Please contact me with your ideas.

Ashwini Tharval
Managing Editor

Editor’s Message – 2016-Q2

DMV Marches On – Albeit Slowly

This issue of Devil Mountain Views (DMV) comes a bit later than expected. We are at the beginning of the third quarter in the blink of an eye. EBSTC will take its annual summer break and will resume monthly programs in September.

Our feature article in this issue is about the benefits of volunteering at EBSTC – benefits to your career as well as to the chapter.

Additionally, you can also read highlights from some of our recent programs, such as Acing Your Interview (Andrew Davis), How to be Acquired (Meg Miranda) and Responsive EPUB (Scott Prentice).

If you are interested in writing a newsletter article, a dinner meeting report or a book review, we welcome your participation. Please contact me with your ideas.

Ashwini Tharval
Managing Editor

Editor’s Message – 2016-Q1

EBSTC’s Community Service Project

Since 1998, EBSTC has been running a technical literacy project with the goal of introducing students to basic technical writing techniques. The driving force behind this is T. R. Girill, STC Fellow. In our feature story this issue, T. R. tells us how he received some unexpected help from supporters near and far. If you are interested in learning more about the technical literacy project, visit our website.

Also in this issue, you can read highlights of two recent events:

  • Touchstone Awards Dinner (Touchstone is a regional technical communication competition sponsored by the six Northern California STC chapters)
  • TC Camp (TC Camp is an unconference for technical communicators, which means the afternoon topics are determined by the attendees at the time)

If you are interested in writing a newsletter article, a dinner meeting report or a book review, we welcome your participation. Please contact me with your ideas.

Ashwini Tharval
Managing Editor, DMV

Editor’s Message – 2015-Q4

Devil Mountain Views is back in your inbox after a long hiatus. We are starting back slowly – with a newsletter every quarter initially – and will advance to our regular monthly schedule soon. Currently, we are in the process of creating a new look for the newsletter; including a new logo. I welcome your suggestions and ideas.

In this issue, you can read the highlights from our last three meetings: Tool Trends Panel, Remedial Documentation and the Contract Technical Writer, and Taking charge of Microsoft Word. You can also read a delightful article about spelling checker – that handy tool we all love.

Lastly, now is also the time to renew your STC membership. Don’t forget to use the code STC2016 to get a discount on your membership fees.

Ashwini Tharval
Managing Editor