Nonfiction Work

In addition to all of my fiction, I have spent several years working as a freelance journalist in my spare time. This dates back to when I was just 15 years old writing feature articles about my favorite video games series, The Legend of Zelda, for various fan websites. From there I branched out to other publications, such as the professional video game website Gemakei (formerly, and Buffalo Hockey Central, which I contributed to as an Associate Editor covering the Buffalo Sabres NHL team and earned media credentials for my work from the team, their AHL affiliate the Rochester Americans, and the USA Hockey organization.

Nowadays, I am a proud contributor to Zelda Universe, which has the largest The Legend of Zelda fan community in the world. I have been a member there since I was 12, so it is a website that holds a very special place in my heart. Some of my earliest writing was published there, and I’ve had pieces published with them on and off for well over a decade. I currently serve as the Assistant Director for their Features team, focusing on in-depth editorials and that analyze and explore The Legend of Zelda franchise as well as all Nintendo video games.

I also occasionally write for The Geekiverse, a pop culture website dedicated to movies, video games, comics, literature, and television. The Geekiverse is my publishing partner for my high fantasy trilogy, The Legend of Light.

Below is a list of some of my favorite works from over the years. I have them separated by three categories: pieces strictly about The Legend of Zelda, pieces for all other entertainment mediums, and then interviews with celebrities and other artists. Most of these are written, although some of the interviews you’ll see noted below are videos of my live sit-down sessions with my guests.



A Breath of Fresh Air – Detailing why The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was such a welcome change of pace to the state of the video game industry in 2011.

Anything But Ordinary – A look into what made the secondary characters in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess so special.

Breath of the Wild: The Journey – An essay that recounts how the buildup to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was done with a perfect balance of hype and calm.

Breath of the Wild’s Sequel May Be A Major Turning Point For The Legend of Zelda – Explaining why the sequel to Nintendo Switch’s Breath of the Wild could mark a huge shift for how The Legend of Zelda games are made.

The Price of Courage – Exploring the recurring theme of personal sacrifice and wide-reaching consequences in The Legend of Zelda stories.

There is no such thing as too much Legend of Zelda – Why The Legend of Zelda is in no danger of being over saturated as the series expands to spinoffs and other multimedia.

Twilight Princess Manga adaption Reviews

Zelda Universe’s Top 20 Legend of Zelda Dungeons of All Time


10 Godzilla Movies That Will Make You A Fan Of Cinema’s Greatest Monster – A list article highlighting the ten movies that I feel best showcase Godzilla’s eclectic nature when it comes to storytelling.

Annihilation (2018) Review

Aquaman (2018) Review

DC’s Ladies Mean Business – Discussing the prominent role that female heroes and villains play in DC Comic’s many franchises, and how that will expand the audiences that follow DC’s properties going forward.

Fire Emblem’s Triumphant March to its 30th Anniversary – How the Fire Emblem series initially struggled to find an audience in the West, and how it evolved to eventually become a breakout success.

Giant Monsters Get Better With Age – A lengthy editorial that examines the evolution of special effects in giant monster movies over time, and how the advancement of special effects allowed the genre’s resurgence in recent years.

How Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega Made Wrestling Real Again – Analyzing the way that professional wrestlers Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega successfully manipulated social media to build hype for their match at Wrestle Kingdom 12 (January 4th, 2018).

Jason Momoa’s Aquaman Is A Hero To Far More Than Just The DCEU – A piece that highlights how Jason Momoa’s live action portrayal of Aquaman had to break down preconceived notions of the character, and why his portrayal as a Polynesian man should be celebrated for diversity in the arts.

Netflix’s Castlevania Reviews – For Seasons 1 and 2

Shazam! Arrived At The Perfect Time To Tell Young People That They Are Superheroes, Too – How the 2019 DC movie Shazam! carried an inspiring message of youth empowerment, and the importance of that in an era where youth activists are sometimes heinously disparaged.

Shazam! Review

Shin Godzilla (2016) Review

Shiro’s Purpose – LGBT Representation in Voltron, And In All Entertainment – Discussing the polarizing reception to how a homosexual main character was portrayed in Voltron: Legendary Defender, and how artists and audiences can be more inclusive to minority groups.

The Nintendo Switch – A Promising Oddity – A preview and prediction from January 2017 of what I expected the Nintendo Switch to be like, which largely turned out to be spot on.

Voltron: Legendary Defender Reviews – Complete reviews for the series, including Seasons 1-8.

Welcome Back, Samus Aran – A feature highlighting the tumultuous few years that the Metroid franchise went through before its revival in 2017.

Wonder Woman (2017) Review


Interview with Isaac Hooke: Author of ATLAS, Alien War, Star Warrior & more

Interview with Armand Baltazar: Author of Timeless – Diego And The Rangers Of The Vastlantic

Panel Discussion with pro wrestlers The Young Bucks at Nickel City Con 2018

Panel discussion with voice actor Steve Blum at Nickel City Con 2018

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