In 1971, at 18, she joined the U.S. Air Force as a military journalist. During her enlistment, she was stationed at Andrews AFB near Washington, D.C., and Langley AFB at Hampton, Va. Her feature and news stories were frequently reprinted in The Air Force Times and as cover stories for the local Sunday supplement magazines. While stationed at Langley, Sinclaire made her first trip to Anchorage, Alaska, as part of a three-week TDY assignment. While there, she flew further north to Fort Greeley, in the jumpseat of a C-130 Hercules, taking pictures all the way. The trip was made in February, so she can claim she has seen at least some of the Arctic in its winter glory.
While in the Air Force, Sinclaire, who occasionally sings professionally, once toured with a traveling Air Force talent show. She also traveled cross-country and back on a motorcycle during a three-week leave in 1973, complete with flooding rivers in Nebraska, hail storms in Nevada and a narrowly missed tornado somewhere in Kansas. (Oh, yes, and lunch at a diner in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by a gang of Hell’s Angels.)
In 1974, the Air Force declared a “surplus of journalists” and offered early-outs to those NCOs of a certain rank and above. Sinclaire—never having intended to make the Air Force a career—was happy to re-enter civilian life sooner than expected. She promptly “became a hippie,” moving about every six months, or whenever the road called her name, carrying everything she owned in a hatchback car. Some of her more interesting adventures happened during the days she lived on Haight Street in San Francisco and sang and played guitar for her lunch money, down by Fisherman’s Wharf.
However, ultimately, she was too clean-cut to be a good hippie and finally rejoined the “real world.” It was then that her journalist training in the Air Force, plus her natural instincts for computers, stood her in good stead and has continued to do so through the years as she has worked with various printing and publishing companies, newspapers and magazines, and also as a freelance graphic designer, writer and editor. (She also gives a great deal of credit to her high school typing teacher, Mrs. Lineberger, and still counts typing as one of the most useful classes she ever took.)
She has worked in the recent past as the marketing director for two local offices of a large southeastern commercial real estate company. From 2007 to 2014, she worked for international investment banking firm Credit Suisse as a graphics operator. She now works full-time as a freelancer. Her company is CSinclaire Write • Design. It is under this umbrella that she acts as the production editor for The Polar Times magazine, which she began working on with Brian Shoemaker and their mutual friend, Della Robinson, in Oregon in 1993, when Shoemaker revived the magazine after its long hiatus.
She also continues to pursue other creative interests such as singing, song-writing and writing mystery novels (which have yet to be published, but that’s another story…!).