About Me

me in my EFF t-shirt

Michael Pruess

Twenty-three years old, based in Berkeley, California. I've been making websites since I taught myself XHTML and CSS in 2004. This was when I built the first iteration of Dreams of the Quill, the online home for my creative endeavors. My first paying gig was redesigning and administering the East Bay Chess Club website in 2006. Since, I've worked for a variety of clients, ranging from model agencies to a national lab. Undergrad kept me from doing much work, but I am gearing up to multiply my workload. Making websites is not just work for me: it's fun!

Mission Statement

Generally, my goal is to design slick, standards-compliant websites which function smoothly and are pleasing to the customer. Sometimes I imagine this as a grander endeavor: a quest to increase the overall quality of the web.

Other Things I Do

I am a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, where I majored in rhetoric and minored in creative writing. Other topics I've studied include history, education, political science, philosophy, and literature.

I started writing fiction at nine. Tundra of Heroes is my latest novel; it's undergoing editing. I'm currently working on a project called Dusk City: The Changing of the Guard. I write long and short, fiction and nonfiction.

I love both running and playing the Pathfinder RPG. It is a love, a nigh-obsession of mine. I have long been in the homebrewing game, and my creations can be found on the website Flakfinder.