As a newspaper reporter Mark was a generalist, writing on an array of topics and subjects. He covered politics, science, police and courts, the environment and also wrote a column for a while. Mark wrote feature articles about people and events and also covered hard news, including homicides and murder trials. As a web writer, Mark has written on science, history, medicine, health, home-related topics, geography and cultural topics.
Mark's interests are the arts and literature, current affairs, drawing, writing and cooking.
Mark took many writing courses in college in his pursuit of a journalism degree and earlier as an English major.
Mark wrote how-to articles on many subjects, including a few on gardening. In addition to this article about choosing plant soil, he wrote a how-to article on establishing a community garden that included information about some of the technical aspects.
Mark has written health- and medicine-related articles for newspapers and the Web. Most of the health articles he wrote were for a website that provides how-to articles.
Mark has written on science and the environment as a newspaper reporter and Web writer. One of his beats early in his career was as an environmental writer for a daily newspaper.
Mark was a newspaper reporter for 10 years and a magazine writer for 10 years. He wrote the article that follows in 2015 for an ancient history website that he freelances for.