Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.
-Speechwriter and speech coach, so I can geek out about ethos, pathos and logos. Member of the Professional Speechwriters Association.
-Journalism degree from Western Washington University, where I was editor-in-chief of the paper of news and graduated No. 1 in my class.
-Won awards as a reporter and editor for chasing all flavors of mayhem: floods, fires, political scandals and a bumbling serial killer who managed to get away with it all. Got shot at by a sniper in a tiny town. Interviewed governors, US senators and writers like Ann Rule and Barry Eisler. If you cut me, I still bleed newsprint.
-Contributing writer for The New York Times’ about.com, where I wrote 200-some posts as their expert on public relations, publicity and scandals. Contributing editor to Criminal Element and The Big Thrill. Apparently, I like to contribute and edit, or contribute while editing.
-My sister is a genius screenwriter who won a Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy. She introduced me to SAVE THE CAT and other glorious screenwriting books, shockingly useful for writing things that have nothing to do with screenplays. Thanks, sis.
Artistic nonsense about photography
In the beginning, I shot my own photos for papers of news, using horrible manual cameras and such that used this stuff we called “film.” It came in rolls.
Now I shoot with a Nikon of Infinite Beauty (a D3100). This thing will do your taxes. Had my first photo show, Pieces of the World — shots from Sweden, Iceland, France, Belgium, Alaska, Hawaii, India and Dubai, all printed on canvas and framed. If you’ve never printed your photos on canvas, turn off the Series of Tubes and print your favorite photo on canvas RIGHT NOW. The internets will still be around when you come back.
Also, if you know photography tricks, drop me a line on the Twitter or the comment sections, so we can talk smack about cameras and pretend to know what ISO settings really are.