This is going to end up being a wide-ranging variety of items, because the stuff I've gotten paid to write HAS been a pretty wide variety of items, from handouts for my vet's office to liner notes for not-so-well-known CDs. They're PDFs and JPEGs, and will open in a separate window. If you don't feel like waiting for your browser plug-in to get into gear, do a "save as" and look at them on your desktop.
"The Sandman Is Dead--Long Live the Sleep Deprived Walking Zombie"
Used as a reading selection in the book "Efficient & Flexible Reading, Sixth Edition" by Kathleen T. McWhorter, Longman Publishing, 2002.
As it appeard in the book (Scanned)
As it appeard on HR Plaza
I originally wrote "Sandman" for HR Plaza in 1999. Out of the blue this book author called me that year to tell me she really liked it and asked if she could use "Sandman" as a reading selection in this textbook she was writing. Three years later the book is in print, and on page 510, kids all over the country have to answer the question, "what is the author's purpose?" And said author is me--cool!
Article for HR Plaza -- "The Childless Backlash"
This is a PDF, and is one of many articles I wrote when I was producing HR Plaza. And believe it or not, according to my stats someone searches for and reads this article at least once a week. (I have no idea why, but I assume people without kids are still pissed off.)
Unfortunately, HR Plaza stayed online for at least a year after I was forced to turn it over to another department and it went to hell in a handbasket. I couldn't even look at it anymore--it was so horrible again after how hard I had worked on it and how high I had gotten the stats. They took it offline and tried to incorporate the content into another site, but it was never the same.
"The Leif Garrett Collection" Liner Notes
Just in case you weren't sure that I'd do anything for money and/or to see my name in print. Oh, and the last line about "finding yourself singing along?" I swear I didn't write that. My friend Cathie, who produced this, actually received a couple of fan letters for me after this was released. It was a couple of years ago, but should I still be scared?
"The Net," Brillo Review (Site of the Month)
I really liked this site when I reviewed it. Last time I checked it was still online here, but hadn't been updated in quite some time.
"The Net," Xander Mellish (Site of the Month) Review and
May, 1997 Short Reviews
This is also still online, but hasn't been updated much. I was in touch with her for a while, because she wrote to thank me for the review. We had talked about forming some kind of writers' support group, but never got it together.
"The Net," Fisher Price (Site of the Month) Review and
March, 1997 Short Reviews
I always really liked this Fisher Price review, especially because all the stuff about how Queenie "inspired my first story, which proved to be the important beginning of my professional writing career" was something I made up specifically for this review. Poetic license, sue me.
Print Ad for HR Plaza
I knew the company would want to put some ads for HR Plaza in this annual directory they produce, and generally that would have come from another department. But I knew our group knew HR Plaza better than anyone, so we beat them to the punch and I did a few myself.