Pregnant with my second child and on bed rest, I got an email from Lisa Loeb’s manager on behalf of Alfred, asking me to take down my tab website. Me being me, I said “fuck off” and wrote a lengthy, mouthy manifesto about Fair Use and how not to Piss off Fans on the Internet. Somehow that resulted in me running Lisa’s website in an official capacity.

Lisa’s manager was kind of networked, so I got quite a lot of work. My Fireworks skills were on point and I wrangled Spacer GIFs and Flash animations like a boss. Including for Rock of Ages and some other cool people.

LinkArtist Multimedia was born. I didn’t go back to policy work. I said to my husband that I was going to do this, and if it stopped being fun, I would quit.

There would be many bridge-burning emails to others over the years. I still struggle with that impulse to burn it to the ground. The pen is mightier than the sword. Sometimes it paid off. Sometimes, Seppuku.