Project: move an anhinga

The anhinga is a well-known and greatly loved Florida bird. It swims, hunting and eating fish, then dries its wings on shore.

It’s one of my favorites, and today I’ll show you how I moved one of these fascinating creatures from one place to another using Photoshop. 🙂

We start with this photo, taken in Celebration, Florida a couple years ago. It’s been cropped and processed, using PS and Topaz filters. 

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Photos: 8.11.17

For the last few years, I’ve been posting on a regular schedule. I’ve decided not to be so hard on myself. I don’t always have new pics to show you, and I often don’t have anything to say, so henceforth I will blog only when there’s a reason to. If you don’t want to miss anything, make sure to follow me so you get a notification.

I’ve been busy with work. I’ve also been writing a new story that may or may not go anywhere, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it. More on that when and if it becomes relevant.

The older I get, the less I feel like doing things I have to, and that includes writing. I know! Hard to believe, right? I love the process of writing. I enjoy putting sentences together and playing with words, but the publishing business has changed so much in the last couple of years, I no longer have much interest in it. And then there are the pirates, stealing bread out of my mouth. *sigh* It’s not at all as I imagined. Continue reading

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Photos: 8.7.17

I’ve been working on a lot of photos lately, trying some new things. The more I do, the more refined my technique. “Normal” pictures look a little odd to me now. Heh.

I’ll start with a sailboat. The picture was taken on the St. Croix in Hudson, WI. I removed the boat’s name to protect the owner’s privacy. 

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Photos: 8.4.17

I’m back! I’ve been lazing about this last month, though I have taken some photos, read a lot of books, and also done some writing. I’ve also been working hard.

I’ve been going through old pictures, redoing some of them and tossing others. As my skills grow–and as my camera improves–the old pics no longer appeal. Kind of a shame. I look at a photo I took ten years ago and get depressed, knowing if I’d had my current camera, it would have been so much better.

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Writing Fiction in a Time of Genuine Crisis, by Patrick S. Tomlinson

Briefly showing up during my hiatus to post this, because I suspect many of us are still reeling from the shitstorm in Washington.

Strange Currencies

A funny thing happened to me one year ago today. A random tweet throwing shade at the typical right-wing response to police brutality put me in touch with an editor for The Hill. Today is the anniversary of adding paid political commentator for a national platform to my other job titles of sci-fi author and stand-up comic. Many, many articles have followed, and I’ve added bylines in other venues such as The New York Times.

Which has given me a unique perspective on how to keep writing about spaceships and ray guns while Rome seemingly burns around us.

First of all, Don’t Panic. We are facing a crisis of a kind our nation has not seen since 1861 at the dawn of the Civil War, but no one person is doing all the work. If the Women’s March taught us anything, it’s that the resistance is massive, unprecedented, organized, and…

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