Leslie Bailey is our Technical Writer. She arrived at Escape with over 15 years of experience in the software industry, bringing with her a background that includes both technical writing and design. She has experience in developing marketing materials and web sites as well. She joined Escape in July of 2000, focusing on developing all new documentation for Escape Online. What is your favorite part of working for Escape? — I get to write and design all day, every day. Recently, when I was at a college reunion, no one, not a single person was surprised that I am a writer. I got the same reaction when I went to my high school reunion. There was never any doubt in anybody’s mind that I would end up with a job that had a large writing component.
What is especially cool about Escape is the casual tone in which I get to write. We are friends with our customers, figuratively and literally.
Can you give us a quick play-by-play of your average work day? — I am more of a weekly planner. My average week always includes a Friday Feature, documentation for change requests (which can take an hour or a week depending on the complexity and how many User Guides or How-Tos are touched), working on tutorials (recording or writing or organizing) and then more writing on other projects: blogs, RFPs, marketing material. Writing, writing, writing. What’s not to love?
What have been some of the highlights of your career at Escape? — I have never been good at picking out highlights. I always think whatever I am doing at the moment is the best thing ever. It makes for a very happy life. This year, I would have to say my highlight is writing the Friday Feature. A consistent weekly blog is pretty darn awesome! I love writing it. I love the customer comments. I love that I get to do it over and over and over again.
What are your favorite activities or things to do when not working? — Why writing, of course. Right now, I am working on a new flash fiction project. It is quite challenging. I also read a lot, and I am a news junkie: CNN, The Economist, the local newspaper, 60 Minutes, The News Hour. But my favorite activity is hanging with my husband and our children. And then there is the extended family and friends, too. Both my husband and I come from very large families. There is always something going on. It is great fun.
Where are you from originally? — I was born in Chicago, Illinois.
If you weren’t a Technical Writer, what would you be? — I would be some other kind of writer or an astronaut (then I could write upside down). :)
What is your favorite food? —This goes back to the highlights. My favorite food varies, depending on the weather, my mood, what is in the cabinet. Except for chocolate. That is always a favorite.
What is your ringtone? — Surprise, I am a texter. My text message notification is a submarine ping. My phone rarely rings, but when it does I do believe it is some kind of dance music.
If you could meet one person, who and why? — Okay, back to the whole highlights thing. I could tell you who I thought right now, but it could change in ten minutes. So, let me make a list: Madeline Albright, Socrates, Ann Patchett (author of Bel Canto), Cleopatra, Henry Ford, Jacques Derrida, Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, a Chinese Emperor, Lucy (the woman Louis Leakey discovered). I don't know. I guess I could just keep going. But, of course, it wouldn't matter because whatever list I make, it would have a limited shelf life. Different day, different list.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? — To fly. Period. No changing this one on another day. The solitude, the serenity, the wind in my hair, the view, the speed. Yup, flying would be great.