Nonfiction

Is it non-fiction or nonfiction? Whatever it is, it’s hard work. Here’s a selection of my nonfiction (Popular convention eliminates the hyphen.):

Tech

From 2010 to 2012, I worked as a regular contributing writer for Smart Computing Magazine. Smart Computing ceased publication in 2013. I assure you their demise had nothing to do with my writing. Here’s a well-researched article I wrote for them in 2010 called Making the VOIP Call (PDF).

“The way people communicate is changing—and fast. As the use of broadband increases and cell phones become ubiquitous, more people are giving up their land-lines. According to a study by the National Center for Health Statistics (www.cdc.gov/nchs), more than one in five American households no longer…” [Read the entire article in PDF.]

 

From 2011 until the end of 2012, I also wrote a regular Mac tips column for Smart Computing called A Slice of Apple: Tips and Tricks (PDF). Here’s a sample of one of those articles:

 

“According to Gartner Research, Apple’s share of the personal computer market continues to grow, increasing from 9.3% in 2010 to 10.7% in 2011. Macs aren’t taking over, but…” [Read the entire article in PDF.]

Gaming

Wow. I’ve done so much writing about gaming I’d fill up the entire site if I listed it all here. Almost all the writing has been for online publications – a lot of blogging, some pro work (i.e. I got paid for it.), and more than a few in-depth pieces. Here are a few examples:

Is EA Killing BioWare? was an in-depth look at what happened to the gaming company, BioWare, after it was bought by Electronic Arts.

“In October, 2007, Electronic Arts (EA) announced it was acquiring BioWare through the purchase of its holding company, VG Holding Corporation. At the time, BioWare was adored in the gaming community. Yes, adored. One after the other, with rarely a misstep, BioWare was producing high-quality games that gamers loved…”  [Read the entire article.]

Here’s a in-depth review of the Tomb Raider reboot, Tomb Raider: The game becomes the story. It’s a pretty good piece, in my less than modest opinion. It’s a great game, too.

“This is a story. It’s a story about a girl. It’s the origin story of Lara Croft, the story of her transformation from budding, but naive, archaeologist to tough-as-titanium-nails tomb raider. It’s one of the best stories ever written for gaming.

Tomb Raider is an evolutionary step forward in gaming, further blurring the boundaries between gameplay and storytelling. As you play the game, you are with Lara every step of the way…” [Read the entire review.]

Energy

More blogging. From 2009 to 2011, I blogged for the leangreenscene.com. That site is gone, but here’s a sample post: Everything you need to know about your electric bill, but forgot to ask.

“For most of my life, electricity was a wonderful thing that I didn’t think about too much. For all I knew it appeared magically from wall sockets; I really didn’t think much about where it was coming from or how it got to me, my TV, my refrigerator or my light bulbs. It just did and that was good enough for me.

But it’s not. It’s a little dopey to take that attitude when just a little knowledge helps us to make better decisions about energy conservation and green living…” [Read the rest of the post.]

 

 

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