September 11, 2007-
Third, on a totally different topic, it has somehow escaped my notice for more than a month that Evocations of Absence: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Void States, edited by Paul W. Ashton and with a cover photo by yours truly, is up for sale, both direct from the publisher and (for slightly cheaper) from Amazon! Now, I make no money off of sales from this book, so I won't hit the hard sell on this one, but pick up a copy. It'll make you look smart, and probably makes for some great bedtime reading for the little ones.
In other news, later today I will be flying way the hell over to Sicily for several days, courtesy of my wonderful, beautiful, and loving sister, Kathy, and her husband. If I have my way, you guys will have a huge new gallery to look for in the not-too-distant future, because this will be my first time leaving the country with a digital camera, and I plan on tearing that up.
That's right, the aforementioned secret project has come to fruition, I received the proof copy in the mail two days ago, necessary changes have been made, and it is now available from the good folks at Lulu.com for the low price of $12.99, plus shipping. Included are twelve of my favorite photos, not including the cover, a wide variety of important dates, special events, holidays (both real and imagined), and a small profit for me.
You are, of course, encouraged to buy one for every member of your family as a holiday present, and two for yourself.
In other news, in response to my request for ideas on how to make this site more interesting, I have been told to "update more than once every two months." Yeah? Well... shut up! And go buy calendars.
1. Back towards the end of May, I was contacted by the publisher of Spring Journal Books ("the book publishing imprint of Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture--the oldest Jungian psychology journal in the world") to ask permission to use my photo "Void" on the cover of their forthcoming book Evocations of Absence: Mulitdisciplinary Perspectives on Void States. I can't honestly say that I know exactly what that means in context, but to me it means the first time I got paid for a picture by someone with whom I was not already friends! Pretty cool. Wanna see? Of course you do.
2. Late in June, Rebecca of Skepchick ran a contest in honor of the late, great Mr. Wizard. Being a fan of Mr. Wizard since I can remember, and currently woking in the field of infomal science education which he essentially invented, I entered. The contest is long since over, and while I made it to the final round, some other worthy jerk won. Here's my entry anyway, for posterity.
3. I've also been working on a SUPER SECRET PROJECT that hopefully I will be able to unveil by next week at the latest. I don't want to say any more about it yet, not until everything is definite, just in case things don't actually pan out.
4. In case that's just too tantalizing for you and you need something to tide you over, This weekend I whipped up a Google gadget that will put one of my pictures on your personalized Google homepage every day (assuming you have a personalized Google homepage, and that I update it properly every week). Enjoy!
Along these lines, I'd like to make other things sort of like this, so feedback time: What else could I provide to make this place more interesting and interactive? Screensavers? High-res wallpapers? Other? Let me know!
So, lots to look forward to!
In other news, I have received word that, after months of waiting, the issue of "The Raven" with my pictures in it will be sent out sometime this week, which means there is still time to sign up to receive it! And, of course, Peter Beagle still needs your help.
All other news items pertaining to possible future major developments on this site remain to be announced.
On an unrelated note harking back to the previous news item, the issue of "The Raven" in which my pictures appear has not yet come out (as I said, it is published irregularly), so there is still time to sign up for it. In addition, and far more important than my little pictures, Peter Beagle needs your help. Go buy some of his books or of The Last Unicorn movie (all autographed, if you want) from Conlan Press, so that he will get more money, faster. I know I plan on it.
So anyway, last week I got an email from Connor Freff Cochran, Peter S. Beagle's business manager. Wait, what? He told me how he loved the balloon unicorn and asked if I would be willing to let them use it in the next issue of Peter Beagle's free newsletter, "The Raven," to which I happen to subscribe. Naturally I said yes, and in a follow-up email he said "if only there were a red bull to match..." So of course I spent the next day designing, building, and (more than you might think) photographing a balloon Red Bull to send him, which he also appeared to enjoy.
Now, "The Raven" is published irregularly, so there's no way for me to tell when the next issue will be, so you should sign up to receive it now. When it does go out, I expect there'll probably be a sudden surge in traffic here, so in the meantime I'm going around, dusting, tucking in the hospital corners, finally getting around to unfinished business, etc. 'Cause company's coming.
Oh, and really, go read The Last Unicorn. Seriously now.
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