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Saturday, August 7th, 2010
10:49 pm
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
10:51 am
Books for Health Care Update
I often say that, if I were rich, I would use a good 10% of my money, if not more, to help worthy causes.

I am not rich. Far, far from it, in fact. But I still would like to put my money where my mouth is, as they say.

So, I'm going to donate all profits I receive from my book sales at Lulu, from now through August 31, to helping MoveOn.org fight for health care reform. This is a critical issue that President Obama is trying to push through for the good of all Americans, and maybe this way, I can help.

Visit my Lulu store now and pick yourself up some late summer reading! You can also order them from Amazon.Com. Any sales of my books that I see went through before September 1, I will donate to the cause.

I will also do my best to post an accounting here. Please, help out this cause and allow me to help it by purchasing some of my books!

Current Mood: happy
Monday, August 10th, 2009
1:45 pm
Books for Health Care
I often say that, if I were rich, I would use a good 10% of my money, if not more, to help worthy causes.

I am not rich. Far, far from it, in fact. But I still would like to put my money where my mouth is, as they say.

So, I'm going to donate all profits I receive from my book sales at Lulu, from now through August 31, to helping MoveOn.org fight for health care reform. This is a critical issue that President Obama is trying to push through for the good of all Americans, and maybe this way, I can help.

Visit my Lulu store now and pick yourself up some late summer reading! You can also order them from Amazon.Com. Any sales of my books that I see went through before September 1, I will donate to the cause.

I will also do my best to post an accounting here. Please, help out this cause and allow me to help it by purchasing some of my books!
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
12:11 pm
Saturday Night Live - Digital Short: Motherlover - Video - NBC.com

Saturday Night Live - Digital Short: Motherlover - Video - NBC.com

Digital short from the last SNL. NOT kid or work appropriate, but (hence?) it's awesome. The perfect follow-up to "Dick in a Box."

Current Mood: chipper
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
8:02 am
WoW Joke
I can't take credit for this joke, but I liked it enough to share it.

You know you play World of Warcraft too much when ... read the rest under the cut!Collapse )

Current Mood: awake
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
11:57 am
Arg... books again!
Lulu is having a contest for its authors right now; they're seeing who can sell the most books.

I haven't bothered to market my books in a long time, because, frankly, Internet marketing is a tease who takes all your time and gifts and doesn't put out. That's about how it makes you feel, too!

I still wish people would read my novels. It's not like I didn't work my ass off for years to become a good writer. It's not like I didn't study plot, theme, characterization, dialogue, etc. upon etc. ad nauseum. I mostly enjoyed writing and was fraking good at it, but the whole game is much more one of luck than talent. Don't believe me? Think "Eragon."

Anyhow, I'm not going to be a wuss about this. My books are great, and most of you will love them. Give yourself a treat. Help me to maybe get close to winning the $500 top prize, which would be a tremendous help to me and my family.

Click over to my Lulu storefront and have a look.

There are my three fantasy novels, my fantasy anthology, and a dream journal with a kick-ass cover. The covers for my other books aren't too shabby, either.

Why are you still reading this? Go!

Current Mood: compelling
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
6:19 pm
Funky Razunki!
Huh... I just realized that rhymes with "monkey." Works for me!

I said I would post more 3d modeling videos. My original intention was to post only finished models as turntables, but a fellow 3d modeler on YouTube, Tanoatan, gave me the idea to record my zBrush modeling sessions. He posts some of his and they're amazing.

I posted this one to give people an idea of my first sculpting stage in zBrush.

A bit more under the cut.Collapse )

Current Mood: artistic
Monday, April 13th, 2009
3:07 am
Ready to party!
I've had this community on my flist for a while, but this is my first post.
Here is a picture illustrating my sexy dorkery, my homemade, sewing-pin-and-india-ink Tank Girl tattoo:

Saturday, April 11th, 2009
7:29 pm
Something to see!
Here's a turntable of my Flamblinker model. Head over to YouTube to subscribe to my channel as well. I'll be posting more models as I create them.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
8:24 am
A Case of Homophobia?
Yesterday, I got a comment on my "Baby Got Back" video criticizing it for being gay. Yes, that's right, the insult of choice for homophobes and intellectual dead weights alike.

I went ahead and deleted the comment, as well as taking a look at the user's page to ban them. I have no problem with doing that. My YouTube pages are mine, after all, and not a democracy.

However, I thought it was hilarious that the person who used the word "gay" to insult my video had this as their background image...Collapse )

Current Mood: chipper
(5 staring at the computer screen |Dork!)
Saturday, February 14th, 2009
4:45 pm
I'm going through a bit of witdrawal now. WoW withdrawal.

A few nights ago, I decided to stop playing. My subscription was about to run out anyway, but what really got me to make this decision was stress.

I mean, I'm 39 years old, have kids, am an MFA student, and have my own art projects I want to work on. The obvious finally hit me: I was somehow managing, but I could do so much more if I stopped playing WoW.

Here's another way to put it. Whose life is more important? Mine, or my blood elf rogue's?

There it is. I still love the game and the fantasy worlds that were created for it, so this isn't easy. However, I'm already getting more done to improve my 3D modeling, and I love that. I feel more accomplished already.

I'll keep reading the WoW novels, too. That seems like a good way to enjoy that whole universe without sacrificing my own life.

More later. I have an original creature to model!
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
3:01 pm
YouTube - That Spells DNA by Jonathan Coulton
In an odd way, I think it's appropriate that I've uploaded this to YouTube on the day of Barak Obama's inauguration. He's a president who takes science seriously, after all. Very cool!

Anyway, here it is! This was my personal fun project between semesters.

The link to YouTube follows. Enjoy!

YouTube - That Spells DNA by Jonathan Coulton
Thursday, December 25th, 2008
5:17 pm
Thursday, December 18th, 2008
3:12 pm
The Consistency Theorist - Part 2: Big Bang Theory on Superman
On the last awesome episode of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon and friends had a discussion about a few Superman details. Now, the problem with this is that there are many Superman continuities. The story has been told and retold for several generations, and details change, even in the way the Man of Steel's powers work.

Ah, if only I were in on that conversation! Genius you may be, Sheldon, but I am the Consistency Theorist!

The way I see it...Collapse )

Current Mood: thoughtful
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
3:44 pm
The Consistency Theorist - Entry 1
Recently, cadhla has been writing a fan fic a day about how various characters in various shows and books are spending the holidays. Sadly, I'm not familiar with all the fandoms she's exploring, though I've enjoyed the ones I do know.

I had requested that she cover how Sylar of Heroes is spending his holidays. Evil Sylar, that is, as he gave up trying to be good a couple episodes ago. Well, I guess we all saw how he decided to spend the holiday season in the final episode of the year!

Now, as to the title of this entry, "The Consistency Theorist." I'm thinking of making this a regular feature in my blog. You see, in my favorite shows, I often see plot holes or inconsistencies that could easily be explained, if the writers would just bother to do it. I think I'm pretty good at figuring out rational explanations for most of them, except for the really blatant ones that there's no reasonable explanation for, and you just have to ignore outright.

Heroes spoilers ahead, if you have not seen the final episode of the seasonCollapse )

Consistency Theorist out. I have a fun post for later, though!
Monday, August 18th, 2008
9:36 pm
WoW Woes: Player Beware
My wife and I have been World of Warcraft players for nearly two years, having started the December before Burning Crusade came out. In this house, we have (had, as soon as the subscriptions run out) three accounts. The gameplay is great, there's plenty of social interaction, nice graphics, and lots to do and explore.

However, things changed for us as of last night.

One of the kids was playing on his account, when he was disconnected. When he tried to go back in, he discovered that the account had been permanently banned. We tried to figure out why, as we all stick to the EULA. The only thing we can figure is that he asked a question in the Trade chat channel that should have gone in General.

Hey, Blizzard, how about sending an in game mail saying, "Please do not use trade for non-trade issues?" I mean, permanently banning an account for that, without any sort of warning? What's that all about?

We followed the procedure to get in touch with them. They allow you to send an e-mail via their Web site. As of now, no respons. And we've been reading up on this issue. It seems that it's a pervasive issue. A lot of people have had their accounts permanently banned for things just like that. Asking a question in the "wrong" chat channel seems to be a big one.

Imagine getting a character to level 70 and having your account banned because, in the Trade channel, you asked how much it would cost to have the Mongoose enchantment placed on an item for you.

Look it up in the World of Warcraft forums, if you don't believe me.

By erroneously banning one of our accounts, they have now lost three. Three paying accounts.

Funny, too... I've been working on a music video using WoW footage, which is a popular new art form called machinima. And no, I don't think that has anything to do with the banning, as the account in question is played on a totally different computer than I use. I'm going to finish the video, but I'm a little bummed that it may get people interested in WoW. As cool as the game itself is, it's not worth playing if they can randomly ban your account without giving reason or true recourse.

As for me, I'm done with MMORPGs for awhile. I think I'm going to play Spore instead.

Current Mood: annoyed
(1 staring at the computer screen |Dork!)
Thursday, January 10th, 2008
10:13 am
"Children of Rhatlan" Update
The free ebook of my novel, Children of Rhatlan has now had about 600 downloads! Not too shabby.

Read moreCollapse )

Feel free to send me a message about it, post about it on its Amazon page, or simply to enjoy it.

Current Mood: recumbent
Friday, January 4th, 2008
3:42 pm
State of the Artist, 2007 Edition
Greetings, fellow artistic types, and speculative fiction lovers everywhere!

I speak to you from a state of Limbo (as in somewhere in between certainties, not as in bent backward straining my back).

You'll notice that I'm now calling this "State of the Artist," rather than "State of the Author." I figure that "artist" covers both the literary and visual arts.

So, let's see. What did I get done in 2007? Where do I stand now with my accomplishments?

First, though, I'm working hard to promote the free ebook download version of Children of Rhatlan. So, click over, download it, and give it a read! I'm getting lots of great comments on it already. It seems some people downloaded it and read the whole 78,000 word novel in a day.

Another way you can quickly help me is to Digg it. I've had 17 diggs so far. If I get enough, I'll be on the Digg front page, along with Charles Sheehan-Miles's book, Republic. You can also download it for free, here. I've already got my free copy of his book, and just need to make the time to read it! Thanks again go out to Charles as the inspiration for this move on my part. Looks like he's starting a trend!

Okay, so, now you have your free ebook edition of Children of Rhatlan, you're sitting at your computer, eager to start reading, and you've Dugg it. Thank you!

Now, I can continue.

What have I accomplished in 2007, and where do I stand now at the dawn of 2008?

While I still did some writing in 2007, more of my focus was on visual art. I did write a ton of blog posts, made some progress on Women of Moreri, and recorded most of the podcast version of Tamshi's Imp. I also made some minor revisions to Children of Rhatlan, so that it would fit in better with planned series. (IF I finish the series. That's still up in the air. But rest assured, Children of Rhatlan is a complete story in itself. The download edition, incidentally, includes the new updates. So, even if you've read another version, you may want to download this one!)

Yet 2007 was the year when my art career really started. I won the "Join the Jedi Order" contest at Ziddio.Com, for my animation, Harvey's Jedi Application. It was their first contest ever, and the prize was wonderful and substantial: $11,000! That was a big help, I can tell you. It got me my laptop and a much needed washer and drier for my family.

It also inspired me to go back to school for my art work. I finally learned to draw well over the summer, my first semester at the Academy of Art University. You can see some of my drawings in my DeviantArt gallery. My advisor then told me that, since I already have a B.A., I should apply directly to the MFA program. I'm now a graduate student, going for my Masters in Animation & Visual Effects. Getting into that program was a great feeling. I start my MFA classes on January 28.

For family reasons, I took the Fall 2007 semester off. I've spent my free time drawing, recording Tamshi's Imp, blogging, reading, and well yes, playing some World of Warcraft. We all need our leisure time, even if we have fun careers.

Oh! And I mustn't forget to mention the awesome project I had the pleasure of doing for Kaza Kingsley. Kaza is the author of the Erec Rex series. She hired me to do an animated video, Erec Rex: It's Never Safe to Meet People Online, which you can enjoy on YouTube. Kaza wrote the script, the band Soldiers for Solace provided the music, and I did the animation. We've had nearly 2,000 views so far, and always welcome more. The video uses humor to get across an important message about Internet safety.

The "State of the Artist" as it stands now is this: I'm promoting the free ebook edition of Children of Rhatlan, continuing to record and podcast Tamshi's Imp, practicing my drawing, and gearing up for my next semester at AAU. I'm still working on my idea for a comic strip. It's a good one, and once I get it off the ground, I'll start posting it.

Good things are happening in my personal life as well, but I prefer not to share my personal life with the public. I guess that's the advantage of being a public personality, but a very minor celebrity, if that. A lot of celebrities would like their personal lives to be more private, and I'm glad that's not a problem for me.

I will continue to keep my artistic projects in the public eye though, in the hopes of finding more friends and fans, and maybe inspiring others to create.

So, why is this Limbo? Well, that mostly has to do with my writing. I need to create art, be it writing or visual. Will I write more books? I don't know. Let's just say I'm looking for a sign. Will Children of Rhatlan get a lot of downloads? If it does, that would certainly be a good reason for me to finish the sequel.

See you in the Blogosphere!

Current Mood: artistic
(5 staring at the computer screen |Dork!)
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
7:53 pm
Can you "Digg" it?
In my last journal entry, I talked all about how I'm offering my novel, Children of Rhatlan, as a free download.

Please, read that entry, if you haven't already. But also, can you "digg" it for me? The Digg page for the free download is here.

This will help to get the word out, so more people can enjoy the book!

Current Mood: generous
5:05 pm
Download "Children of Rhatlan" for FREE
It's time to make a bold move.

I am now offering my first novel, Children of Rhatlan, as a free PDF download.

Yes, you can now read the book, in its entirety, for free.

Why am I giving it away like this?

Well, I have several reasons. The main one is that I got into writing because I wanted to be read. Yet the market is flooded with books, and it's difficult for any one writer to get attention out there. The other reason is that books that are given away tend to sell more copies. Doesn't make sense, does it? But it's true... or so I've heard.

So, let's put this to the test!

Download the book for free, and enjoy. Tell your friends. Blog about it. Hell, share your own novel for free.

Currently, the sequel is up in the air. I don't know if I'm going to finish it or not. Maybe I'm looking for a reason to! If this does well, I might just, finally, finish Women of Moreri.

I'm giving people permission to share this free ebook edition. You may not resell it or change it in any way. Besides giving you the right to share this ebook version as is, all copyrights to it remain mine alone. (Okay, except for the cover, which is (c) 2001 Stephanie Law.)

Here are the links. Enjoy!

Free PDF edition of Children of Rhatlan

Purchase a print copy at Amazon.Com.

Listen for free at Podiobooks.Com.

Thanks go to fellow Podiobook author, Charles Sheehan-Miles, who is giving away the ebook version of his novel, Republic, for free. You can read more here!

If you feel like donating some money for the pdf version, please do so on the Podiobooks page for Children of Rhatlan. Podiobooks will get 25% of the money, so this is my way to continue supporting them, because I believe in what they're doing.

But wait, there's more! Well, not really. If you still need a reason to download this free edition of Children of Rhatlan, then here are some reviews:

"Jonathan Fesmire has created a universe in which his intriguing creation of the Dual Twin is forced to survive or perish. Imagine having a twin with whom you've never come face to face because you are unable to occupy the same space and time. Fesmire has imagined exactly such a situation and how it would effect his creation as they are forced to hide their true identities because most of those around them misunderstand, fear and hate them...even the most mundane of daily exercises becomes a challenge and a trial. Whom can they trust? Add to that a villain who wishes their undoing and the complication of romance and what Fesmire has given us is quite the tasty confection indeed!" - Michael A. Grapin

"I love this story because the duals are unique. They are a different kind of magic and I think its absolutely brilliant. It's a great story about magic, racism, betrayal and hatred, to love and lose, revenge, and forgiveness. I hope you take the opportunity to read this book and go on one adventure after another with Garum and Vayin!!!" - Taryn L. Durham "Fantasy Lover"

"New concepts are a rare thing in fantasy literature. Settings are created. Characters are wrought from legend or from thin air. New mythologies are conjured up. Genuine inventions, though, are a unique treat. Fesmire's duals is definitely one of those inventions. And all of the previous short stories, and now this full-length novel are certainly a treat.

Vayin and Garum are the closest of twins. Born duals, they are a brother and sister who exist inside one body, allowing only one of them to surface at any given time. Vayin's female form can only exist when Garum "switches" and his male body vanishes. They remain in constant contact in the internal space their thoughts share. It's not the ideal situation, but it would be bearable if only so-called normal people didn't fear and hate the mysterious duals.

Does that explain the phenomenon? Probably not. But, you don't really want me to tell you about it when Fesmire is there to do it so much more eloquently. Instead, read Children Of Rhatlan and you will understand. And you too will find the duals fascinating and intriguing." - Lisa DuMond, SF Site

Current Mood: philanthropic
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