About My Writing
I have written forever, and I have been blessed to be able to write professionally both in fiction and non-fiction. My earliest professional writing involved technical writing for Sun Microsystems but I’ve written about a wide variety of topics over the years, including a stint as a reviewer of Science Fiction and Fantasy for Amazing Stories, as a Contributing Editor for Macintosh Horizons and NetProfessional Magazine. My most recent published piece was in Birdwatcher’s Digest.
This site collects some of my writing, including most of my published fiction. It covers a wide array of topics because I’m interested in a wide array of things, but some of the topics I’ve written about most frequently include high tech and computers (especially about Apple and their platforms), Birds and Birdwatching, and about Sports and the business of Sports, especially hockey and baseball.
My primary love these days, and a big focus on my writing, is my photography. I am a nature and wildlife photographer with a strong interest in bird photography, but I also shoot landscape and other outdoor work, and I write a lot about this and about the technical aspects of the digital darkroom and image processing in the digital darkroom. My interest in photography goes back to my high school days of film, wet darkrooms, hand-loaded Tri-X and resin-coated printing paper, but it had lapsed until I bought my first digital camera back around 2001 (A Canon Powershot S100) and caught the bug again.
I am available for freelance writing assignments although currently I’m not actively soliciting them. If you think I’m the right person for an article I’d love to hear your idea. I’ve been considering becoming more active in freelance writing again, but haven’t yet decided to hang out my shingle formally.
My fiction career is over, I chose to stop writing after having published a few short stories to focus on my career with computers, a decision I don’t regret, especially when you look at the struggles fiction writers today have trying to earn a living wage. Some of my fiction is under contract and can’t be republished here; those stories that I have been able to post are here for your enjoyment.
Other Writing of Interest
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My Fiction Writing
I started writing Science Fiction and Fantasy as a kid, mostly for my own enjoyment. In the early 90’s, I decided to try to write professionally and sold a number of short works. I ended up ‘retiring’ from fiction writing partly due to lack of time and partly because computers were much more lucrative. I was an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and did a lot of work for them, including run the Nebula Awards for about a decade. These days, I keep thinking about starting it up again, but every time I do, there are too few hours in the day to make it worth it. Maybe some day.
In my writing, I really enjoyed exploring the boundaries between SF and Fantasy, and screwing around with that mythical “fourth wall” between the story and the reader. These are tough to do right, easy to do badly, and I’d like to think I more or less succeeded most of the time. I also tended to write off into left field — my first sold work, for the SF anthology Alternate Kennedys, was actually a horror story, not remotely SF. My favorite writing involved a continuing character I was working with, a computer consultant who kept getting involved with fantastic beings (those are Good Intentions and Birds of a Feather) — that series was an attempt to write a hard-SF series about a subject that quickly becomes boring to many readers (stories about working with computers, as opposed to stories with computers in them as gilt and props) — but at the same time, involving purely fantastic and mythological beings.
Here’s a list of the fiction I’ve published. Where I can make it available online, I’ve done so and linked to it for your amusement.