A lot of my work seems like play, and a lot of my play seems like work. The line is fuzzy. At work, I create digital products and content for kids. Outside of work I write children’s books and develop ideas for cross-platform (transmedia) stories.
I like to find the creativity in those technologies that are meaningful in the lives of kids and their families.
I recently worked at Highlights for Children as Digital Editor. I was part of the editorial group in Honesdale, PA, and my job was creative and editorial in nature rather than technical. I developed digital product ideas and then oversaw developers, artists, writers, and others to create the products. That included websites, apps, games, online communities, ebooks, and more.
Since then I took a job at Wonder Workshop, developers of programmable robots for kids. One of my main jobs is developing scaffolded play experiences for kids that help them learn how to program and use the robots.
Outside of work I also write children’s books. The Sky Village (book 1 of the Kaimira series) is my first book. My pen name for the series is Monk Ashland. I also worked on the book series and cartoon series Edgar & Ellen, though my role there focused on digital and transmedia strategy. I have a few other projects in the works as well. I tend to focus on fantasy and science fiction.
I’ve also done consulting, ranging from safety/privacy in kids’ communities to full-fledged creative development of transmedia entertainment properties.