Writing

I’m an awful freelance writer in that I hate to pitch stories. Since I hardly ever pitch stories, I hardly ever write things for publications. However, I do write things on occasion that I think aren’t half bad. Here is a short list of some of my recent-ish writings:

Kindle Paperwhite Review

The Kindle Paperwhite is the best E Ink Kindle yet. If you have a non-Paperwhite Kindle, upgrading to the Paperwhite is a no-brainer. The screen is crisp, responsive, and evenly lit. Owners of last year’s Paperwhite have more to think about when considering upgrading. If you’re happy with the cool color tone of the screen and the uneven light, then stick with the old Paperwhite. If you’d rather have even light with a warmer tone, then pony up the money for the new Paperwhite. You won’t regret it, and maybe you’ll even learn a new word or two.

Techhive, October 4th, 2013

Roll for Initiative

Despite the complete darkness, I sensed where I was: standing on the edge of a crevasse deep underground. I felt the rough rock under my hands as I waited for my friends to finish crossing. Then I spotted him. He was a member of the party, our paladin — and also my target.

Slowly I loaded the poisoned bolt into the hand crossbow I kept at my side for just such an occasion. The lack of light was no obstacle for an archer of my talent; the bolt flew steady and true. It slid through a gap in his plate armor with a satisfyingly meaty thwack. I knew the bolt wouldn’t kill him, but I hoped the poison would.

The Magazine, Issue #14

Why I dread going to the Apple Store

Devoid of customers, your typical Apple Store is a temple of commerce, lovingly tended by a loyal band of retail employees. But when was the last time you experienced an Apple Store that wasn’t packed to the gills with people? Of course, as a company, this is exactly what you want to happen in your store: lots of people coming in to check out your wares. However, a crowded Apple Store (i.e. almost every Apple Store during retail hours) isn’t a pleasant place to be if you’re on a mission to buy something or have a Genius fix your ailing Mac

Macworld, January 25, 2013