Jillian McCoy

Jillian McCoy

I'm a freelance writer and college student based in Philadelphia. Though I'll write just about anything as a "pen for hire," I specialize in short-form content written for the web. Some of my favorite subjects to write about include technology, entertainment, fashion and beauty.

Though I've always loved to write, it took me until 2010 to try doing it for a living. Since starting my career as a freelance writer, I've won several contests and other accolades for my work. Of these, I'm most proud of being a recipient of Associated Content's Rising Star Award.

When I'm not writing, my main hobbies involve learning new things or being entertained. I'm an avid gamer, music lover and compulsive reader. Among the various and sundry things I've learned to do, I can build computers, make my own perfume and cook a pretty mean stuffed mushroom.

I'm always interested in new opportunities, so please contact me with proposals or to hire my services.
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  • What Do Accountants Do?
    What do accountants do exactly? Understanding the role of the “bean counter” in business.
  • Which Motion Gaming Console is Best for Kids?
    All 3 seventh-gen consoles now offer motion gaming capabilities. But which motion gaming platform is best for kids? Check out this article to look at the comparisons.
  • Zuma's Revenge! Review: The Sequel to Popular PC Puzzle Game Zuma
    Zuma's Revenge! is the sequel to popular PC puzzle game Zuma, but is it worth playing? Find out in this Zuma's Revenge! review.
  • Activision Unplugs Guitar Hero
    Video game publisher Activision has decided to downsize its Guitar Hero division, and suspend production of the popular rhythm gaming franchise. Cue the power ballad.
  • Do Toning Shoes Really Work?
    Rocker-bottom sneakers are the latest trend in fitness fashion, but do toning shoes really work? Find out more about this wobbly workout trend.
  • Fashion Colors for Spring 2011
    Ready to update your wardrobe with spring's hottest shades? Have a look at the top fashion colors for spring 2011.
  • Monopoly Streets Video Game Review
    With Monopoly Streets, everyone's favorite board game goes to town. Pass Go, collect $200, then read this Monopoly Streets review to find out if this game is for you.
  • 11 Simple Tips for Thrift Store Shopping
    Thrift stores offer significant savings on everything from baby clothing to household furnishings. Find out how to make the most of thrift store shopping with these simple tips.
  • How to Use Dry Shampoo
    Dry shampoo is a handy product for keeping your hair clean on the go. Find out how to use dry shampoo here.
  • 3 Simple Tips for a Better Blowout
    Heat styling your hair, but not getting the right results? Check out this article for some simple tips to a better blowout.
  • How to Dress for the Airport
    If you're leaving on a jet plane and don't know what to wear, check out this article on how to dress for the airport.
  • E.L.F. Essentials Nail Polish Review
    Can a bargain nail polish really stand up to the 10-day claims of its expensive competitors? Read this e.l.f. Essentials Nail Polish Review to find out!
  • How to Choose a Winter Coat
    Tired of suffering through winter in an unflattering coat? Smarten up your shopping! Learn the basics on how to choose a winter coat, for your warmest and most stylish winter yet.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops - Most Pirated Game of 2010 Loses $250 Million
    Call of Duty: Black Ops was the most pirated game of 2010, with over 4 million illegal downloads of the PC version. See which games topped the list for the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360.
  • Holiday Party Dresses Under $50
    Make a grand entrance to this season's holiday parties without going broke. Get a great bargain with these holiday party dresses under $50 each, and save your splurges for gifts.
  • Holiday Party Dresses Under $100
    Before you set foot in a boutique or special occasion store, browse for a bargain on your holiday party frock. Check out these holiday party dresses under $100.
  • Panasonic Goes Gaming with Jungle Handheld
    With the upcoming Panasonic Jungle, the Japanese electronic manufacturer hopes to bring online gaming to the palm of your hand. Is there room in the market for a device like this?
  • Stocking Stuffers for Female Gamers
    Got a girl gamer on your holiday shopping list? Fill her stocking with stuff she'll less than three.
  • 5 Most Wanted Games for the 2010 Holiday Season
    Not sure what to get the gamer on your list? Have a look at some of this holiday season's most wished-for games and who's wishing for them.
  • Avon Clearskin Blackhead Eliminating Daily Astringent Review
    A review of Avon Clearskin Blackhead Eliminating Daily Astringent. Can this product really remove blackheads, and does it treat psoriasis?
  • Plus Size Party Dresses Under $100
    Got a swanky soiree to attend this season? Better find a dress! Start your search with these plus size party dresses, under $100 each.
  • Luxury Beauty Gifts for Holiday 2010
    A look at some of the best luxury beauty gifts for holiday 2010, perfect for the glamazon on your gift list.
  • Holiday Beauty Gifts for $10 or Less
    Give the gift of beauty without breaking the bank. The beauty junkies on your shopping list will love these holiday beauty gifts for $10 or less.
  • First Person: How to Save on Holiday Airline Travel Costs
    Don't get sucked into spending too much on holiday travel. This article will show you how to save on holiday travel costs, using just a few sensible tricks.
  • Top Five Episodes of "The Big Bang Theory"
    Which episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" were voted most popular by fans? Keep reading to find out!
  • Amber Tamblyn Joins Team on "House"
    Amber Tamblyn, best known for her roles on General Hospital and Joan of Arcadia, is back on TV. Starring on "House" as a whiz-kid med student, is she worth the watch?
  • Fun Facts About the Cast of 'How I Met Your Mother'
    What do the cast of "How I Met Your Mother" have in common with their characters? Find out here!
  • With PlayStation Phone, Sony Tries to Take a Bite Out of Apple
    PlayStation Phone says "Bring it, Apple!" as Sony builds a smartphone handheld hybrid to compete with the iPhone.
  • Holiday Gifts for Gamers Under $50
    Need a budget-friendly gift for a video game aficionado? Check out these ideas for holiday gifts for gamers under $50.
  • Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Gamers
    Forget the candy canes and batteries. These holiday stocking stuffers will fill gamers' stockings with awesome.
  • Holiday Gifts for Gamers Under $100
    Got gamers on your list? Check out these holiday gifts for gamers under $100 to find something they'll love!
  • Suave Advanced Therapy Lotion Review
    Suave offer a full line of products at inexpensive prices, but is Suave Advanced Therapy Lotion worth buying? Read this review to find out!
  • How to Thin Out Nail Polish
    Tired of your nail polish separating or getting thick? Learn how to thin out nail polish and make every bottle last longer!
  • How to Make Nail Polish Last Longer
    Tired of wasting cash on nail polish that goes bad in just a few months? Check out these tips to learn how to make nail polish last longer.
  • Black Friday Shopping Tips
    Want to save money on gifts, but fear the crowds? Check out these Black Friday shopping tips to get your holiday shopping off to a stress-free start.
  • Where to Find Black Friday Ads
    Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. If you're planning to brave the crowds, you need to know what's on sale! Read on to find out where to find Black Friday ads.
  • Women's Scarf Trends for Winter 2011
    This winter is the season of the scarf, with numerous trends popping up to pair with coats and clothing. Find out which variations will keep you warm and looking hot this winter.
  • E.L.F. Cosmetics $3,500 Giveaway Celebrates 25 Million Makeup Products Sold
    Discount cosmetics brand e.l.f. Is offering $3,500 in cash and prizes to celebrate its 25 millionth product sold. Find out how you can enter e.l.f cosmetics' $3,500 Giveaway!
  • Fall Fashion Classics You Need to Own
    Fall is the season for several styles we reach into the closet for year after year. Find out which fall fashion classics you need to own to look awesome every autumn.
  • Fall 2010 Fashion Color Trends
    A look at some of the hottest fall 2010 fashion color trends. Find out what's in for neutrals, brights and jewelry.
  • How to Wear a Claddagh Ring
    The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring worn to show love, friendship and loyalty and often worn as a wedding ring. How it's worn can change its meaning. Do you know how to wear a Claddagh ring the right way?
  • Most Anticipated Xbox 360 Games for Holiday 2010
    Got gamers on your holiday shopping list? Check out this list of this holiday season's most wished-for titles on Microsoft's Xbox 360.
  • Most Anticipated PC Games for the 2010 Holidays
    The last quarter of 2010 will see the launch of several hotly-anticipated PC games. If you've got a PC gamer on your holiday gift list, one of these new games might just make the perfect gift.
  • Women's 2010 Winter Coats Under $100
    Who says coats have to come at high prices? Check out this set of stylish women's winter coats, all for $100 or less.
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  • Women's Winter Coat Trends for 2010
    A look at the season's hottest styles in winter coats for women. Which one of the usual suspects is missing this year?
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  • Nintendo Promises "Closer Ties" with 3rd Party Developers for 3DS
    Nintendo's latest edition of their DS console, the 3DS, offers 3D capability with no special equipment. After news that the handheld won't be here in time for Christmas, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata promises better 3rd party integration.
  • No Nintendo 3DS This Holiday Season
    Gaming juggernaut Nintendo will not release their anticipated 3DS handheld console in time for Christmas. Is Nintendo going belly-up?
  • Pierre Cardin Makes Runway Comeback
    Fashion designer Pierre Cardin celebrated the 60th anniversary of his design house at Paris Fashion Week. His first in a decade, Cardin's show took a comeback trip down the runway '" and memory lane.
  • New Boots for Fall 2010
    Step into style with these new boots for fall. Several boot styles are in fashion this season--which is your favorite?
  • Rolling Backpacks for Kids
    Take the back pain out of back-to-school by sending your little one off with a rolling backpack. Rolling backpacks for kids are great for school, travel, and sleepovers.
  • Final Fantasy XIV Open Beta Postponed
    Square Enix's latest installment in the Final Fantasy Franchise and 2nd MMORPG offering, 'Final Fantasy XIV' was scheduled for open beta as of the end of August. The game is set to release next month. Is there trouble in Eorzea?
  • 10 Best Gaming Headsets
    The best gaming headsets on the market offer smooth sound quality, noise reduction and comfort. Perfect your gaming experience with the help of one of these headsets.
  • Top Men's Fashion Blogs
    A look at the 5 top men's fashion blogs--because men want to be stylish too!
  • 5 of the Best Nintendo DS Accessories
    A few of the best Nintendo DS accessories, designed to keep your handheld safe and stylish.
  • 10 Best Fashion Apps
    Have a look at the 10 best fashion apps offered for the iPhone. Get access to sales, runway shows and photos of your closet on the go.
  • Bioshock Infinite Preview Released
    2K Games' newest addition to the 'BioShock' franchise, 'BioShock Infinite,' is due for release in 2012. Get your first look at the floating city of Columbia.
  • Tila Tequila Attacked at Insane Clown Posse Concert
    Celebrity trainwreck Tila Tequila tells TMZ Insane Clown Posse fans tried to kill her. Photos were released showing the aftermath of the violent attack.
  • Angry Birds to Attack DS, PSP and PS3
    Angry Birds, one of the top games for the iPhone and iPad, is moving to consoles. Would you buy Angry Birds for a non-app platform?
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  • Cocktail Rings for Under $50
    Want some inexpensive finger bling? Try on one of these cocktail rings. At under $50 each, these baubles won't break the bank.
  • The 5 Pairs of Shoes Every Man Needs
    Most guys are reluctant to shop, and have serious gaps in their wardrobe. These 5 pairs of shoes will take a man anywhere he needs to go with minimal shopping, I promise.
  • Laptop Skins for Gamers
    PC gaming on the go? Dress up your laptop with gamer-chic laptop decals and skins.
  • Final Fantasy XIV System Specs Released
    Square Enix has released minimum and recommended system specs for the upcoming 'Final Fantasy XIV.' Will your computer be able to run FFXIV?
  • Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming Review
    Review of 'Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming' for Nintendo DS. Do puzzles and farm-simulation games mix? Read on to find out.
  • How to Calculate Sale Prices
    Check out these simple tips on how to calculate sale prices. Being able to quickly do the math for a sale price can help you save money '" and avoid sticker shock.
  • Top 10 MMORPGS I've Ever Played
    A personal list of the top 10 MMORPGs. From 'World of Warcraft' to lesser-known titles, check out this list of the best MMORPGs I've ever played.
  • Top 5 Facebook Games
    Popular social networking site Facebook has more than half a billion users. Find out what games those users are playing in this article about the top 5 Facebook games.
  • 10 Best Board Games
    10 of the best board games. Fun for an evening with friends or family on the cheap, or pleasant reminders of childhood. Is your favorite board game on this list?
  • Vogue's September Issue and Economic Status
    Vogue's September issue is the most important publication of the fashion year. It sets the bar for fashion advertising, but has slumped during the recession. Vogue's September issue is back on the rise this year, is this a sign of economic recovery?
  • Gaming Social Network Service Raptr Goes Live
    A new social networking site and instant messaging platform has just come out of beta testing. But do gamers need (or even want) Raptr?
  • Bridesmaid Gift Ideas Under $50
    On a budget, but still want to honor your bridesmaids? Here are some thoughtful bridesmaid gift ideas under $50.
  • Fall Jeans Guide 2010
    Women's jeans styles for fall 2010. Snap up your favorite fall jeans styles before the cool sets in.
  • Hot Pink Wedding Dresses
    Are you a unique bride looking for an unusual bridal gown? Think pink! These hot pink wedding dresses are a fun and fabulous way to dress up your wedding day.
  • Cooking Mama Franchise Expands
    Everyone's favorite Mama is back! 2010 will see 2 new titles in the popular 'Cooking Mama' franchise from Majesco.
  • 5 Most Anticipated Games of E3 2010
    E3 is when the big names in gaming show us the future of the industry. Find out which games are worth waiting for from E3 2010!
  • Top 5 Video Gaming Websites
    A few of my favorite gaming websites, where can gamers go to get in the know. Get gaming news, tips reviews and more!
  • Nintendo Wii Games Summer 2010 Contest
    Nintendo is offering a nationwide contest for Wii players. Will the Wii Games Summer 2010 be the 21st century equivalent of the Nintendo World Championships?
  • Purple's Glory - a Haiku
    Entry for Yahoo! purple haiku contest.
  • 10 Summer Sandals Under $25
    Step into the season in cute summer sandals. Try these 10 pairs for $25 or less.
  • How to Accessorize a Summer Dress
    Whether you're dressing up or down, get it right with great accessories. This article shows three ways to accessorize a basic summer dress.
  • Sephora Collection Nail Polish Review
    In addition to selling a wide range of big-name beauty products, Sephora sells their own line of cosmetics. Does Sephora brand nail polish make the cut?
  • How to Make Your Manicure Last Longer
    Tired of spending time on manicures that chip after a day or two? No more! Check out these tips to make your manicure last longer.
  • What is Traction Alopecia?
    Traction alopecia causes hair loss in concentrated areas. Find out more about this troubling hair condition, and get tips on how to prevent it.
  • How to Become a Game Tester
    Want to become a game tester for upcoming video games? These tips can help improve your chances of being accepted.
  • What is Furoshiki?
    Dress up your gifts or enhance your home with Japanese gift wrapping method furoshiki. Similar to origami, furoshiki is an art of beautiful folding.
  • 10 Maxis Under $75
    Forget the mini, make your dress a maxi! These floor-skimming dresses are light and chic for summertime, and come at a reasonable price.
  • Colorful Summer Heels Under $50
    Brighten up your wardrobe this season with cute, colorful summer heels. At $50 and under, your feet and your wallet will both be happy.
  • Tips for Wearing a Sleeveless Top to the Office
    Before becoming a part of your workplace's worst dressed list, be sure to check out these tips for wearing a sleeveless top to the office.
  • 10 Bargain Beach Dresses
    Wearable by land or sea, these 10 bargain beach dresses are good for more than just covering your swimsuit.
  • Cute Summer Shorts Under $50
    Who wears cheap summer shorts? You do! Check out these 5 pairs of summer shorts, each reasonably priced at $50 or less.
  • Colorful Summer Dresses Under $50
    Summer is here! Get out of your winter style slump by dressing in bold, beautiful color. These cheap, colorful summer dresses won't break the bank.
  • Google Pac-Man to Stay Online
    Thanks to Google and NAMCO, you can play Pac-Man online for free!
  • 10 Ways to Celebrate Geek Pride Day
    Geek Pride Day happens annually on May 25th. Celebrate the holiday with these fun ideas.
  • Geek Pride Day Party Ideas
    Planning to celebrate Geek Pride Day? Check out these Geek Pride Day party ideas for fun ways to celebrate.
  • Geek Pride Day
    May 25th is Geek Pride Day. Find out more about this unconventional holiday, and get ready to get your Klingon costume out of storage.
  • Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray Found Dead
    Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was reportedly found dead this morning in an Iowa hotel. The Des Moines Register reports no evidence of foul play, but his cause of death remains unknown.
  • Why You Should Seek Volunteer Opportunities
    Volunteer opportunities are everywhere. From helping the homeless to brightening a sick child's day, volunteering is good for the soul. Keep reading for great reasons to start volunteering.
  • Twitter Phenomenon Headed to CBS
    Justin Halpern is famous for posting his dad's funny quotes on Twitter. He's sold the rights to a show based on his dad to CBS, coming this fall and starring William Shatner.
  • How to Find Your Face Shape
    From glasses to haircuts, knowing how to find your face shape will help you look your best by choosing the most flattering accessories. Figure out your face shape with these easy tips and resources.
  • 5 Surprising Television Spin-Offs
    Television spin-offs are nothing new, but some are more surprising than others. Find out what major franchise was born from a black-and-white puppet show, or which comedy came from a single Happy Days episode.
  • Administrative Assistant Duties
    Who keeps offices running? Administrative assistants! Also referred to as secretaries and a host of other job titles, administrative assistants have a wide range of duties to keep businesses running smoothly.
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