About

Hi, my name’s Russ Crowley and here’s a little bit about me…

I started working as a Technical Writer back in 1997; but, how I came to be a Technical Writer is via a bit of bad luck actually. When I left school, I joined the army (this part is good luck), but the downturn comes afterwards.

I joined the British Army in 1983 and, after finishing training, I joined Britain’s finest regiment, The Royal Anglian Regiment; and the best battalion in that regiment, the 1st battalion (aka ‘The Vikings’). I served for 7 years all told, did two tours of Northern Ireland and was discharged in 1990.

Living where I did on the coast in Norfolk, UK, there was an, at the time, thriving North Sea Gas industry. It was a simple step from leaving the mob to going on the rigs.I worked on the rigs for 4 years and then the bad luck hit; or rather, I hit it. I fell down a hole on the rig…

Now it wasn’t a big hole (just large enough for me to fall through it) but the problem was I did it head-first!

It wasn’t intentional I can assure you.

Fortunately for me, it was only a 10’ drop before the steel-deck of the gas platform got in the way.

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That was the end of my rig days, my rugby days, my football, running, cricket, and any kind of conceivably enjoyable activity days.Fortunately, about two weeks before this accident happened, I’d just bought myself a 386 SX25 MHz PC with 1MB RAM.As you can imagine, the injuries I sustained were quite severe, and in the 4 years I was recuperating, I taught myself to use a computer and Microsoft Word.

When I finally managed to get back into work again, it was for a Company which wrote Technical Manuals for the Oil & Gas Industry; that was the start of my Technical Authoring career.

I worked for the Company for about a year-and-a-half but then an ad in the paper caught my eye: ‘Become a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer‘; I did.

I then started contracting out as a Systems Engineer, as a Technical Writer and, as I’m pretty pedantic and analytical, as a Business Analyst and consultant.

This went on for a few years and, in the meantime, I continued my passion for Scuba diving and gained my PADI Instructor qualification (plus EANx Instructor and EFR (First Aid) Instructor) and then started sailing.

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In addition to the above, I also have my MCA Ocean Yachtmaster ticket, have sailed [most of the way] around the world, done extensive deliveries through Europe and the Caribbean; crossed the Atlantic ocean 7 times (both ways, North and South Atlantic) and logged almost 70,000 sea miles.

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In 2011 I took my Certificate of English Language Teaching For Adults (CELTA) course at Coleg Glan Hafren* in Cardiff and am now qualified to teach English anywhere in the world (http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/celta/index.html). CELTA Certificate

I have a B.A. in English Language (1st Class Honours) from Ramkamhaeng University, Bangkok, Thailand.

I am also the author/co-author of five books to help English speakers to learn the beautiful Thai Language:

  • Learning Thai, Your Great Adventure
  • Memory Aids To Your Great Adventure
  • The Perfect Thai Phrasebook
  • Learn the Thai Days of the Week
  • How to Read Thai

In addition to these, I designed, built, and released 2 apps for the pc and iPad called the ‘Learn Thai Alphabet’  and ‘Learn Thai Numbers‘. I bet you can’t guess what they do? :-)

Quest: Quick, Easy, Simple Thai

* As we had to create lesson plans, I designed a lesson plan template (as you would expect), and the college asked if they could use it and give it to future students – I said yes. As far as I am aware, they still use it.

I have also written and self-published a book called How to Publish Your Book on CreateSpace and Kindle: Easy Publishing with Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. Click here for further details.

If you think I can help your business in any way, then please check out my services page.