About Me

About Me
Who Am I?
Part of my name is Bet Crooks, but my friends and family call me something else. Sometimes, it’s not even something rude!

I am writing online as Bet Crooks to keep my kids from disowning me. I need them to visit me in the nursing home (preferably with chocolate!) so I want to keep them happy.

The Mystery of the Writer’s Name
Readers with way too much time on their hands, and a hyper-developed sense of curiosity, may decide to figure out my entire name. It shouldn’t be that difficult: it’s not like I work for CSIS or that I’m in a witness protection program. The only warning I offer is that when you figure it out, you are still going to find the answer incredibly boring. Sorry!

Why I Am Writing Here
My main purpose in writing for this blog and website is to get back into the practice of writing steadily.

My secondary purpose is to try to hide from my kids in the basement. (Another clue! See “The Mystery of the Writer’s Name”, above)

My third, oops, tertiary purpose is to create content for editors to skim before rejecting my submissions with a flourish of red ink.

My fourth, er quaternary, purpose is secret, very hush hush. It has to do with AdSense, AbeBooks, Amazon, and Affiliates. In fact a whole host of A’ses. Um. I think I’ll edit that out later.

Why I Am Specifically Writing Computer Crooks Posts
I like to write instructions that help people accomplish things with a minimum of fuss and worry. I already write instructions for family and friends so I’m just extending that by offering them to the world at large.

I took a very long, detailed psych test once that said I would most enjoy being a teacher or a writer. I am hoping to combine both of these interests of mine through the happy medium of the internet.

I have been told by a very unbiased source (Hi, Mom!) that I can sometimes write instructions for computer tasks that help. And another incredibly unbiased source (Hi, Sunshine!) says that I am very bossy and love to give painfully detailed instructions.

So, late one night, I thought, “Why not unleash through the internet my compelling need to have the entire world do things my way? Think of all of the thousands of people I could exasperate, irritate and annoy with the single click of a mouse?!”

Am I Qualified For This?
Possibly not.

I do have a degree in Engineering, but it’s not in a useful discipline like Mechanical or Electrical. That means I’m not qualified to tell you why your house is leaning (unless I do extensive research) nor can I tell you why re-charging your iPod makes your microwave turn on. However I can tell you why if you cook chocolate pudding too long it gets watery again. I won’t, but I can.

Engineering taught me one thing: how to solve a problem. (Obviously not how to write a grammatical sentence.) That knowledge has helped me throughout my life in every job I’ve held.

I also have a certificate in Technical Writing. Or at least I still have it until any of my alma mater instructors reads this blog. Then I will likely get stripped of it ceremonially by an honour guard of writers wearing horn-rimmed glasses and RSI-preventative wrist guards.

Anyway, enough about me!

Welcome Honoured Readers!
Who are you?

What mysterious force has drawn you here to my website and blog?

If you’re looking for specific information about our natural world and I don’t have anything on offer, please let me know. Maybe I can get something useful written for you in the future.

You can contact me via email, or by posting a comment on an appropriate page.