Friday, August 08, 2014

When online Help is mentioned twice in reviews ...


As many of you know, I am a technical writer. (nerd) Hush. So, when I came across an app that had its Help file mentioned not once, but twice in the first 15 reviews, I had to check it out. 


Yes, admittedly, my curiosity about the Help made my decision about which app to download. But, hey, it has a high rating, too!

Of course, I checked out the Help file first thing. What I found was well-written and in a very friendly voice. Concise, descriptive enough, and accurate - pretty much everything a Help file should be!


For the folks who often ask me how to "break in" to technical writing: Learn to write like this. 


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Mars Habitable Zone

The setting of "I Choose Mars" is the Martian Habitable Zone. 



PBS did a special on it not long ago: http://www.pbs.org/lifebeyondearth/alone/mars.html

It is an area recently explored by the Opportunity rover comprising a basin and hills. The importance of a basin is the shelter the surrounding hills provide when the winds get nasty. Water is believed to be close under the surface. 

If you go to Goigle Mars and search for Eagle Mountsin, you can see the area. 

If I had to live on Mars, this would be the place. Oh , and the Opportunity river plays a major part in the book, I Choose Mars!

Http://www.ichoosemars.com