Writer of Many Things
Dee A. Rowe – Freelance Writer, Proofreader, and Website Administrator.
Hi! I am so happy you are here! I suppose that is because you would like to know a little more about me before you decide to work with me. Reasonable enough…
I was born in the United States in a small town in Idaho, but I grew up in Southern California, first in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County but mostly in North County San Diego. Recently, I relocated back to Los Angeles County, this time just north of the San Fernando Valley.
When first learning to read I struggled. “See Dick Run” and “Watch Jane Skip” bored me to tears. My father tried something unexpected and brought me home a copy of E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web”. By the fifth grade, I was reading Stephen King while other kids read about Ramona Quimby. It was as if I devoured words to learn how they worked.
Soon after the reading explosion, I also began to write. I wrote everything, from extra-credit essays to naming all the models in the fashion magazines to fictional short stories loaded with descriptive language that I wrote for friends at school, distributed on the playground, and later passed covertly during classes. My stories were pictures painted on blue-lined paper with words instead of brush strokes.
I admit I did not finish college, I got distracted by having and raising children, mostly as a single mother. I never stopped writing, although as an adult it took the form of management reports, hundreds upon thousands of emails, and educational articles for homeowners associations. During this time I also administrated websites for the various homeowners’ associations I managed. I spent 6 years on the Publication Committee for CAI San Diego, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating homeowner association managers and boards of directors, most of the time as Chair or Vice-Chair. My educational articles have been published in various editions of the “Common Assessment” and “San Diego Community Insider” magazines from 2015 to 2020.
Eventually, I realized that the thankless, high-stress life as a community manager was not good for my soul. Losses of loved ones that passed away too soon made me realize that time is short, we don’t really know how much of it we have. So, I took a leap of faith, took some classes, and now here I am hopefully working with you!
“California’s New Normal: The History and Future of Drought in California” Common Assessment Fall 2015
“Key Fob Systems: the Wave of the Future” San Diego Community Insider Summer 2016 (Co-Authored with Yvette Huffman)
“You Survived Summer Pool Season: Did Your Outdoor Furniture?” San Diego Community Insider Summer 2017
“A Recipe for Romance: Why Building Relationships is Important to a Homeowners Association” San Diego Community Insider Spring 2018
“What is a Reverse Trade Show Anyway?” San Diego Community Insider Summer 2019
“Planning for Success: How to Create a Strategic Plan for Your Community” San Diego Community Insider Summer 2020