Barbara J Starmans
In my previous lives, I was a stay at home mother, a school bus driver and an electromechanical engineering technician specializing in hydraulics and power transmissions. In addition, I’ve had minor life episodes in purchasing, sales, teaching, accounting, web design, and social history research. I currently work as an IT professional in system analysis.
And everyday, I write.
Some of my highlights
I write exacting, precise words to instruct others how to perform a task. I write product descriptions, website reviews, book recommendations, web copy, and case studies. I write magazine articles on topics like genealogy, history and technology in an attempt to entertain and inform. I write blog posts about my passions and my dreams. I write help text, technical manuals, abstracts, specifications, and procedures.
As a stay at home mom, I cooked everything from scratch including baby food, baked goods and pasta. I used cloth diapers. I sewed all my children’s clothes and even a lot of my own. I made homemade gifts for everyone at Christmas. My house was always so clean, that you could eat off my floor. But I would sometimes call the telephone operator to ask what time it was, just to hear another adult voice. I was that isolated.
Once my youngest started school in the mid 1980’s, I knew I wanted more from a career than announcing the flashing blue light special at the local department store. I wanted to go back to school to study computers and programming but the career councilor at the Manpower Office told me that “this computer thing just isn’t going to take off.” Instead, he offered to enroll me in Electro-mechanical Engineering because he had a mandate to encourage more women to enter technical fields. Although I had dropped Physics in high school because I thought it was incredibly boring, I was determined to excel in the course and ultimately graduated with a 96.7% average. Landing my first job as a woman in technology took some time but I eventually began work as an Inside Sales Representative for an Hydraulics company.
Fast forward fifteen years, and the company I had worked for was bought out by a larger firm and I suddenly found myself restructured out of a job. I took a deep breath and, ignoring all job offers from the hydraulics sector, I began applying for entry level jobs in Information Technology. Again, it took a couple of months, but I found just the right position working in the head office of a retail company and I’ve been there ever since, growing my expertise as the job grew around me.
Now, as I begin to think about retirement some day, I just cannot imagine myself sitting at home with nothing to do. In fact, the thought horrifies me! And so in my spare time, when I’m not working at my day job, I’ve dusted off my childhood dream of being a writer and have begun writing articles for magazines most weekends and get up at 4:30 am most weekdays to write my daily allotment on my first novel.
I truly do think I want to be a writer when I grow up.
Here’s The Good Stuff. Some of My Best Work Is Featured Below.