Articles - A Potted history
I've been writing on and off for over 30 years now and not so long ago found articles written by myself and my father Peter Bolton in 1976/1977 when I was 17. Back then we were into wargames, specifcally Strategy & Tactics Magazine wargames and tabletop games. For my sins I was the (don't laugh) 1979 N. Ireland wargames champion. Ah heady days! In 1976 the UK importer of S&T (Malcolm Watson) launched Phoenix magazine. You can find the articles from it here. There are three articles of mine there.
I had one article appear in 'Practical Computing' in 1980, and 'Computing Today'. Neither of which exists anymore. I had more two or three articles appear in with Vic Computing in 1982/1983 which became Commodore user (see Commodore User as I owned a Vic before changing to a Cbm-64. Then I started Choice Software and was too busy developing games to write anything for the next 8 years. (And getting married, moving from N. Ireland to England, changing jobs etc),
Then along came "Program Now" magazine around 1988. I started BATPUG- The Borland and Turbo Pascal User Group and published it for three years and at its peak had over 250 members. Out of that I managed to get Technical reviewing for Wrox and Addison-Wesley books. (Unpaid but you kept the books) and the Program Now editor Clive Grace started publishing my articles and I got the Pascal programming column a year or two later. Back then Turbo Pascal was popular though starting to decline. (Damn that Turbo C!). For the next three years I churned out my column plus 1-2 other articles, reviews etc. If there was an exotic- ie non mainstream compiler to be reviewed, it was most likely my job. Ada!- No probs. APL. Yup.
The Pascal column was fun. For 36 issues, I churned out approx 1,800 words and original ~500 line programs each and every month. Not the easiest but I managed to keep it up until the magazine folded in 1994. A sad blow to my income! Some months I was earning £720.
Then the web came along and I wrote five articles for Delphi Developer. These were meaty very technical articles. Since then I've been mainly blogging and creating websites. If you want technical articles and/or reviews commissioned from an experienced writer- contact me.