Audacious Fox is written, edited, and produced by K.Q. Dreger. Published from Northeast Ohio. Thanks for reading. ✌️
(“Kyle” is fine, I just sign my name K.Q.)
Your host, briefly
K.Q. Dreger is a scrawny, Ohio-raised farm boy who fell in love with his first computer way too early and spent the subsequent few years learning how it worked. When his parents told him to stop looking at a screen, he shifted his attention to his grandfather’s heavy-as-hell Underwood typewriter and bam-bam-bam-bam-dinged a few OK stories, half a dozen letters to his family or himself, and an infinite number of terrible first drafts. He eventually got older, spent four years at college, and now lives with his wife, son, and small dog in a two-story house where the roof occasionally leaks and there’s a breeze coming through the fireplace, but the water is hot, the garage holds two cars, and there’s a big enough yard for a small soccer goal where his deteriorating skills in the sport are nonetheless practiced on warm summer nights. Sometime in high school, he wrote his first thing that wasn’t complete garbage and posted it online. It was a tutorial on how to diagnose network issues with your home router. Cool. Six hours later, some cowardly anonymous jerk left a comment saying how stupid they thought the post was. Two hours after that our protagonist took down the article and deleted the entire blog. A fair number of years later, with thicker skin and a larger vocabulary, KQD started writing Audacious Fox. The topics switched from router issues to equal parts privacy, design, writing, and technology. If there were a North Star for Audacious Fox it would be, “technology not rooted in humanity is useless.” The writing style is terse, sentences occasionally start with “and” even though people think you’re not supposed to do that. (You’re totally allowed.) And although the publishing schedule isn’t daily, when something new does hit the front page, there’s a nonzero chance it’ll be worth your time. Audacious Fox will remain online forever or until the the proprietor dies and the domain expires.
TL;DR and shifting to first person
This site is run out of my own pocket and in my spare time. What it lacks in regularity is hopefully made up for in quality.
I aim to write so you don’t need to skim. Rigorous editing is a cornerstone of this website, and I keep an in-house style guide, which you’re welcome to read and remix. (On the other hand, we have a new baby in the house so my editing will only be as good as I can make it at midnight.) I also believe that clarity of writing follows clarity of thought, which only comes after you’ve written multiple terrible first drafts.
Some random tidbits I enjoy sharing: energy, diction, and honesty are three great words; have strong opinions, loosely held; waffles are the bar by which all other breakfast foods are judged; and if you want to be a better writer, read everything you can.
Headlines and body copy are set in Source Serif Pro by Adobe.
This site is hosted on DigitalOcean, the domain is registered through Hover, SSL is provided by the wonderful Let’s Encrypt, and the site files generated are generated through Hugo. I highly recommend all of the above.
This site should look good in all modern web browsers—please let me know if it doesn’t.
Other writers worth reading
I read pretty much everything these folks put out. I update this list every couple of months, so check back from time to time. (Updated Feb. 2018)
- Jenn Schiffer
- Lara Callender Hogan
- Shawn Blanc
- Una Kravets
- BirchTree, Matt Birchler
- Dispatches on Therapy, Holbemn
- Idle Words, Maciej Cegłowski
- Inessential, Brent Simmons
- Initial Charge, Michael Rockwell
- Kottke.org, Jason Kottke
- Pixel Envy, Nick Heer
- Rands in Repose, Michael Lopp
- Stratechery, Ben Thompson
- The Brooks Review, Ben Brooks
- The Newsprint, Joshua Ginter
- The Weekly Review, Chris Bowler
I’m always looking for interesting new writers. Send me a note if someone should be on this list.