Writing

I do a lot of writing on a day-to-day basis, but it is usually of the development plan/documentation variety and puts me to sleep while I am writing it. I suspect it must be far worse for those who have to read it.

But I have written a couple of computer books, which you can read about in the non-fiction section below. In the past few years I’ve gone back to trying to write fiction (I used to do a lot of this when I was younger. Fortunately, it would take fairly complicated technology to recover most of these earlier works from their digital graveyard). The items listed here are the only ones that have thus far been published.

 


 

Fiction

Name Where When Description
Side by Side Every Day Fiction Aug, 2020 A flash story about a very unhappily married couple attempting to get a decent night’s sleep.
Waiting to Sleep The Literary Hatchet #24 Nov, 2019 Creepy story about a woman thinking that the person sleeping next to her is her husband.
R.I.P. Ink Stains Anthology #13 Oct, 2019 My version of a zombie story, naturally from the perspective of a zombie.
Little Choices Transcendent (anthology) Jan, 2019 Horror story set in a hospital, with a person who can’t move and can’t sleep.
Graveyard Metaphorosis Nov, 2018 Sci-Fi story about the discovery of a what appears to be a graveyard on an alien planet.
Playmates Phantaxis Aug, 2017 A little girl is left in the care of an AI apartment with a rather unhealthy ability to synthesize whatever she would like.

 


 

Non-Fiction

The only non-fiction I’ve bothered to list below are the computer books I’ve written. Over the years I’ve written a number of articles on software, the IT industry, and even on video stuff, but these were often for industry publications, and I’m a bit too lazy to hunt them down.

WPF in Action by Arlen Feldman & Maxx Daymon

WPF In Action CoverAlthough this book came out a little while ago, I think that it is still very relevant — largely because WPF has not changed a great deal in that time. While there are a lot of minor improvements, some new controls and brushes, improved designer, etc., the only really big change is the Visual State Manager.

While this book is not an encyclopedic reference, it provides, I think, a really good overview of what you really need to know to get going with WPF, particularly if you are moving from WinForms.

ADO.NET Programming by Arlen Feldman

ADO.NET Programming CoverThis book is an in-depth guide to database programming in .NET. Unfortunately, while virtually everything covered in this book is still accurate (to the point where I’ve been known to pull it out as a reference) there is a lot that has changed in the ADO.NET world since it came out. I will say this, though–there are a few concepts in this book that I have not seen decently covered elsewhere.

By the way – I had absolutely no input into the cover for the book! Manning uses costumes from a book published in 1799. Given my interest in costuming, this should be a good fit, but I would have probably gone for something a tad more elegant. This guy is a Gonagues Cazando, a huntsman from Sri Lanka.