Last year, after a decade as a writer and college instructor, I changed course and embarked on a career in front-end web development. After months of studying on my own, I enrolled in a three-month web development immersive at General Assembly in Santa Monica. I emerged as a full-stack developer, but with a clear emphasis on mark-up, styling and user experience.

Since August, I've been working at Gigmor, a Santa Monica start-up looking to connect musicians with venues and bookers. The bulk of my work has been translating a designer's mock-ups into React components and creating an easy-to-use interface for the user.

When not coding, I enjoy listening to podcasts, particularly about science and politics; visiting science museums; reading long-form journalism and collecting Legos.