About

Hi, I’m Cody Burleson, a writer and freelance software engineer.

Welcome to my home base on the web - a blog, online notebook, sketchbook, scrapbook and mad software science lab. In addition to writing stories and software, I also like digital sculpting with ZBrush, game development with Unreal Engine, hiking, camping, and off-roading around the Colorado Rockies. I often share what I discover and learn, so if you're into that stuff too, you might find something you like here.

What I'm doing now

  • I am writing a nonfiction book about the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines in the Vietnam War. It goes by the working title, The Cage, which refers to Operation Beaver Cage, a key event in the story. For more information about the work, or to join the project's mailing list, see: The Cage. The book will probably not be published until 2022 or 2023, but I have also written some stuff here about story craft and writing, some memoire, a couple of opinion pieces, and a few book reviews.

  • I am studying digital sculpting with ZBrush. I try to get at least a few hours of practice in per week. Right now, my learning strategy is simple: I'm just completing as many online tutorials as possible. I don't really have anything impressive to show yet, but I've written several posts about ZBrush.

  • I am also studying Unreal Engine. I've been learning by reproducing some of the landscape surrounding Manitou Springs in Colorado from satellite data. I'm sure I'll be posting about some of that when I feel more confident about what I'm doing, but I haven't learned enough to share just yet. Here's a screenshot of the landscape I built up from satellite data with a temporary stitched from Google Maps applied: .

  • I'm often tinkering with this site and the technology behind it. It was formerly a static site made with Ionic and Stencil.js, but I've recently converted it to be a Spring Boot Java app. Lately, I've been exploring the addition of Mongo DB for the backend and React for the front-end. Over the years, I've written several posts about software development.

More About Me

  • Experience - My career history
  • Life Events - Some key events in my life (recorded mainly for my own reference).

About This Site (Technology)