About the name ... I'll answer to Paula, Kate, Katie, Paula Kate, or pk. All of those are in general use; pick one or collect 'em all!
I am a native Californian, and I live in a late 1930s house in a woodsy pocket of the San Fernando Valley.
By profession, I work in interactive media development in the entertainment industry, specializing in client engagement and communications; my prior experience was as a project manager and business systems analyst. I have also designed, written, edited, and illustrated technical documentation. I have taught business writing and management skills.
By avocation, I am a designer: graphics, embroidery patterns, period costumes, interiors. I paid my graphic design dues using Formatt, Letraset, typewriters, and rubber cement, pasting up the monthly fantasy-fiction newsletter Fantasiae for several years. I am interested in the history of textiles and of clothing, as well as costume for films and the theater. I have made Elizabethan and Victorian costumes..
I was the founding editor of the journal Parma Eldalamberon, an early source for the study of the invented languages in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Parma is still in publication under the editorial direction of Christopher Gilson; much new material is now available for the study of Tolkien's languages.
Other topics which interest me include film, medieval and renaissance history, folk- and calendar-customs of the English-speaking world, the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts movement, costumes and corsetry, typography, calligraphy, copyediting, grammar, philology, book design and illustration, historical novels, border ballads, rock-and-reel, computers, theories of project management, the evolution of the English language, gardening, photography, urban forestry, and backyard birding.
I was an active member of GEnie's SFRT, 1991-1996, and web-designer-in-residence at Dueling Modems,1997-1999. Recently, I have been contributing material on clothing, needlework, and other topics at Wikipedia.
For the record, my favorite band is Boiled in Lead, and I am a firm but not fanatical believer in the serial comma.
Special thanks to Glen Blankenship for technical advice, moral support, and cranberry popsicles.
Photo of PK by Glen Blankenship copyright 2004.Contact PKM at pobox.com
Created 1 March 1996
Radically revised 13 July 1997
Last updated 22 May 2011