I am available for writing projects that include reviews, news articles, blogging, cover copy for books, and more. Below are a few samples of what I’ve published; contact me for a project-specific quote.
How Star Trek: The Next Generation Predicted Meme Culture
Twin Cities Geek, May 30, 2018 • Pop Culture
In the well-loved Star Trek episode “Darmok,” the Children of Tama speak only in references and metaphors. As editor and linguist James Harbeck commented at the 2018 American Copy Editors Society conference, “Language doesn’t work that way, but memes sure do.”
Diving into the Colorful Multiverse of Cosplay
The Growler, April 30, 2018 • Arts & Culture
The story goes that the first people ever to wear costumes to a fan convention were attendees of the inaugural World Science Fiction Convention in 1939. These days, there are plenty of opportunities for costume creators to show off their talents.
What’s Next for Minnesota’s Max the Library Cat?
Twin Cities Geek, December 17, 2017 • News
In early November 2017, Macalester College professor Rebecca Wingo snapped a photo of a certain sign at the school’s DeWitt Wallace Library targeting Max and posted it on Twitter. A few weeks later, it showed up on Tumblr, then Reddit. Suddenly, Max was launched to global Internet fame.
Artemis Is Lighthearted Sci-Fi Entertainment from the Author of The Martian
Twin Cities Geek, November 14, 2017 • Review
In 2014, Andy Weir’s self-published book The Martian was picked up by a major publisher. Just a year and a half later, it was a major motion picture starring Matt Damon that went on to gross over $630 million. Given that history, it’s not too surprising that Fox bought the film rights to Weir’s newest book, Artemis, months before it was even published.
Publishing Style Guides Catch Up with the Singular “They”
Twin Cities Geek, October 19, 2017 • Writing & Editing
Every five years or so, a new edition of the Chicago Manual of Style hits editors’ desks. This style bible is used by editors at most American book publishers and some magazines and websites to make sure everything they publish is clear, correct, and consistent. The 1,146-page 17th edition dropped this September, and one of the most talked-about updates was the expanded guidelines on using they as a singular pronoun.
St. Paul’s Newest Brewery Will Bring Local Beer Drinkers Back in Time
Twin Cities Geek, September 30, 2017 • News
It sometimes seems like there’s a new brewery opening in the Twin Cities every month. Maybe that’s music to your ears, or maybe you’re starting to get brewery fatigue—but no matter which side of the spectrum you fall on, there’s no denying that Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery is a different kind of place to wet your whistle.
The Pub Crawl That Must Not Be Named Celebrates Three Years of Bringing Twin Cities Harry Potter Fans Together
Twin Cities Geek, September 21, 2017 • News
Maria Balogh didn’t mean to create a citywide event. In August 2015, when she made a Facebook page for a Harry Potter–themed bar crawl, it was just meant for her and her friends—only Balogh accidentally set the page to public. Within a month, almost 10,000 people in the Twin Cities had RSVPed yes.
I Want to Get My Book Published—Do I Really Need an Editor?
Twin Cities Geek, September 13, 2017 • Writing & Editing
“Do I have to hire an editor?” is one of the most common questions I hear from unpublished authors, and as with so many questions, the answer is . . . it depends. Useful, I know, but authors come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, and what you’re planning to do with your manuscript makes all the difference in the world. The biggest determining factor is whether you’re planning to publish your book yourself or go the traditional route.
Bingley’s Is the Twin Cities’ Best-Kept Secret for Tea Lovers
Twin Cities Geek, January 20, 2017 • News
There’s an unexpectedly special place hiding in an unassuming gray brick building at the corner of 24th and Stevens in Minneapolis’s Whittier neighborhood. There’s no sign to tell you it’s there, but if you venture up to the second floor on certain afternoons of the week and walk through a door just off the lobby area, you’ll find yourself in the tasting studio of Bingley’s Teas Limited.
Minneapolis’s Milkweed Books Wants to Be Weird in the Best Way Possible
Twin Cities Geek, September 2, 2016 • News
Minneapolis is getting a new bookstore—with a bit of a twist. Milkweed Editions, the local indie publisher that’s been creating books for almost 40 years, is opening a cozy shop in the Open Book building, home to Milkweed’s own editorial offices (as well as the Loft Literary Center and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, among other things).
Interest in Genes Never Fades
Minnesota Alumni Magazine, August 30, 2012 • Review
The Violinist’s Thumb—a title referring to 19th-century virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, whose freakishly flexible joints were likely the result of a genetic disorder—is the second in Sam Kean’s series of engaging books on science topics; the first, 2010’s The Disappearing Spoon, tackled the periodic table and was a New York Times bestseller.
Minnesota Alumni Magazine, June 12, 2012 • Review
Mark Anthony Rolo had no intention of writing about his mother. But in 2009, after an epiphany gave him new perspective on his loss, he found himself reconstructing his memories of the woman who raised him and his six siblings while coping with poverty, an alcoholic husband, and the isolation of life on a northern Minnesota farm.