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5 Questions, a touch overdue : )

1. If you could change one thing about humanity what would that be?
I'd like to have every person on Earth learn one simple shared language when they're still a kid. It might not be a deep language, full of nuance and depth, but it would be enough to create a simple universal system for conversation, no matter where you go on the planet. Combine with hand-signs as short hand, and you could make the world a bit less of a confusing place with just a couple of hundred easy to pronounce terms.

2. If you could go anywhere and visit where would you go?
This morning, if I could teleport in and teleport out again, I'd visit the region around the Black Sea, to explore the wild hills and mountain areas yet untouched by modern civilization. I also thought about the remote islands of Greece, exploring temples and ancient structures overlooking the blue, blue sea.

3. If you were a book what would your title be?
Feast and Famine: A Story of the Creative Journey

4. Who would you want to play you in the movie of your life?
Tilda Swinton would be awesome, not out of any sense of me feeling androgynous or being of a female bent, but more out of the sense of honesty and timelessness that she portrays in her roles. I'm turning 47 in the next few days, but deep down, I still feel like the same idiotic/creative/bright/driven 25 year old writer, musician, inventory and game designer, just in a slightly older body.

5. If you could go anywhere to take pictures where would you go?
Issaquah, Washington, in crisp fall mornings, when the sun is just starting to expand above the mountains to the east.

Oct. 23rd, 2015

Eugene... It's a pretty world down here, as the mountains are low enough to the west that when the clouds come over, they are close enough that you can reach up and run your fingers through them. The sunsets are spectacular, as colors tear the sky open over and over again, rending and refracting into colors that are just unbelievable!

New Year's Unresolutions.

With 2014 now upon us, I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to accomplish this year. 2013 was the best year I've had for resolutions and plans, as I devoted all of my skill to laser-focusing upon a small set of goals and finished them. But with that, there was cost, an expense in time and focus that meant other things in my life suffered a bit as result. So this year I'm going to do my best to tackle a whole bunch of disparate little projects, ranging from music to games to writing to trying to simplify my life. Come February or March I'm going to purge a significant amount of clutter from my life, things from the past and present - and then will revel in the space for new things, new opportunities, or just the joy of having space in the closet, in the drawer, in the garage rather than having to thread through.

The garage for me has always been an extension of where I am as a person. It isn't as much of an OCD thing as it is a reflection of time and effort spent - divided between the tangible world and the endless worlds I design and write in my brainpan. Right now I would have to say that I'm out of balance, with things stacked up here and boxes waiting to be sorted there both inside and out. I think once I get the junkit folks to help clean out the trash aspects of the garage and then get the rest recycled or off to goodwill as they should, then I can start to plan out for the future. To figure out what to do with that space, how to fill it in, how to find what's lost and to fix what's broken. Too many people died back to back some ten years ago - and moving their stuff through the conduits of mourning became something that I got very good at. But when faced with my own stuff, my own clutter instead of somebody else's, it takes a different mind-set to address it. Always tomorrow, never today. Always next month, not this weekend.

But it stops here. While I'm not hoarding newspapers or anything like that, the garage can probably be cleaned out with a few hours of work and a bit of foresight. Then it can be used as a staging area for the rest of the house, for the other things that my wife and I will shuttle about in the effort to make space and order within the limited amounts of time our new lives allow. Nine years is the longest time I have lived in a house since I was a kid, nine years under one roof - it just seems unbelievable. But I suspect we may be in this house for much longer than this, so better to make the space now, to pave the way for new memories, new experiences. Ultimately we will need space for new stories that will either live on paper or in the brainpans of writers trying to figure out exactly what to do with a fifty pound box of scaffold nails, three fake Christmas trees and a metal chandelier from the turn of the century . : )

WIP Meme

What is the title of your Work In Progress?

Where did the idea for your WIP come from?
I recently found an old manuscript of mine, and one of the secondary characters just needed to be broken out of that story and given her own fresh take on the world. Add to that a new angle on the traditional vampire story and it all came together nicely.

What genre does your WIP fall under?
Urban Paranormal

Which actors would you chose to play the characters in a movie rendition?
I'll have that answer by the end of the book, but I'm not there yet.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your WIP?
Tortured firebug arsonist hunts an organization of energy-sucking vampires in a near-future Los Vegas.

Is your WIP due for publication or represented?
I'll do the normal query round with this book, and publish it on the Kindle in early 2014 if I don't get any takers.

How long did it take you to write?
Draft is due January 31st, 2013, but I expect to have it worked out and ready for beta-readers much sooner than that.

What other works in your genre would you compare it to?
Nothing actually comes to mind, as this is a very difficult kind of protagonist, and a very different kind of enemy for her overcome. There's elements of procedural in this, which gives the book it's own special kind of flavor.

Which authors inspired you to write this WIP?
Touch of Poppy Z. Brite, light touch of Stephen King.

What else might pique our interest in this WIP?
My own version of a Scooby-gang, a band of failing-yet-exuberant ghost-hunters who get drug into a war with vampires that they had no idea existed.

A Moment of Flight

Moment of Flight, originally uploaded by continuity_guy1.

Between one wingbeat and the next...

The Hidden One

The Hidden One, originally uploaded by continuity_guy1.


Me and You

Me and You, originally uploaded by continuity_guy1.

A surprisingly intimate moment with Almos at the Cougar Mountain Zoo this last weekend.


Shadows, originally uploaded by continuity_guy1.

Arboretum near the University of Washington, on a day seemingly devoid of color and light.

Writery: "The Voice"

Finally. A reality show that writers can relate to!

'The Voice' involves a total of four judges who have been in the music industry for quite a while - Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. What makes the show unusual is that when the judges are choosing their team members in the initial blind rounds, they have to listen to their voices, back turned, in chairs turned away from the singer without any clues about who they are, what they're about, or what they look like, save for the sounds of the song they're hearing and whatever clues they can discern from the power and character of the contestant's singing voice.

I'll admit my bias - in watching bits and pieces of other reality talent shows in the past, they've often felt more to me like a fictionalized glamour contests with a Hunger Games overtones. While I'm actually fond of Hunger Games, I'm not a big fan of the shows. But this, the opening "blind" section of 'The Voice' really, really works for me. The fact that the judges are judging the merit of the performer's work and building their competing teams purely off of opening impressions - off of the 'work' rather than the person - that to me is really damned interesting.

Especially as it's quite a lot like sending out a batch of new novel queries and sample pages to a group of industry agents and editors and wondering who's going to write back... Not to mention the hope and thrill about wondering whether you're going to get the shot to send on more pages, more chapters, or even a full manuscript to a industry veteran who's curious about what you can do with your... writer's voice. ;)