My primary areas of expertise involve popular culture and technology. I review CDs, concerts, books, and television shows, as well as write commentary on current cultural issues. My technology-related writing concerns the Internet, addressing new to moderate-level computer users. Guides to the best Firefox add-ons, describing Twitter’s advantages and disadvantages, and reviewing the latest manuals are just a few examples of my work.
I maintain a bi-weekly music column, “The Cutout Bin,” at Blogcritics.org, as well as write and edit music and book reviews, cultural essays, and technology pieces. I also maintain a column, “DeepSoul,” for the music blog Blinded by Sound. Since 1996 I have been a contributing editor for Beatlefan, the leading publication for Beatles collectors. My work has also appeared in such publications as Showcase Chicago and Goldmine. In addition, I have published a scholarly book and dissertation, Toward a Tri-Level Model for Online Writing Laboratory (OWL) Research and Design.
Initially my interests lay in journalism, earning a B.A. in Literature and Communications (Benedictine University) and an M.A. in Writing (DePaul University). Exploring related areas, I pursued my research interest in teaching writing through online technology, earning an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University. Combining my academic and professional backgrounds, I bring my research skills and journalism experience to my writing, no matter the subject.
I am an avid researcher and enjoy learning, which enable me to write on a variety of topics. In addition, I adhere to deadlines seriously and will work with you to make sure you are completely satisfied with my writing. You can expect attention to detail, professionalism, and a willingness to explore unique topics.