About The Author

I’m an aspiring mystery novelist, currently working on the MASC Chronicles, a three-part, multi-book saga spanning three centuries, in an alternate universe where all of society has a facade and everyone has a secret.

The three parts are subtitled as thus:

Series One – Tainted Blood

Series Two – Fatal Illusions

Series Three – Buried Secrets

I’m also working on a fan fiction novel based on the short-lived Broadway musical Dance of the Vampires entitled Carpe Noctem, which will have (loose) ties to the MASC Chronicles.

This blog will include some insight into my writing process, random musings and (eventually) excerpts from my novels. 2014 marks my quasi-regular addition of (mainly fictional) writings based upon a list of 100 Writing Prompts.

I’m also an avid theater-goer with the brilliant stage door skills, including the awesome ability to (almost always) zoom to the front of the metal barricades, take amazing (often candid) photos with a digital camera one hand and holding a playbill in the other, and to be able to (for the most part) chat with actors without being too stage-stuck.

I’m a devoted Anglophile,  moderate gamer [preferably RPGs on the 3DS], and a quasi-decent singer.

4 thoughts on “About The Author

  1. Too many awards going around here. It feels like Hollywood. All gold, no substance.

    How do you take photos at theater shows without permission? I’ve nearly lost my cameras a few times, already. I didn’t even take one shot of the stage before the show, and I was curbed. Risky business. I can’t get star-struck if I don’t view the actor as a star. I am more likely to blush in front of the actresses who can sing and dance in makeup:) I have a love-hate relationship with theater. Some of it makes me nauseous. But, I have a weakness for actresses:) Like those in CATS suits:D

    • Hello!

      It takes a bit of stealth to take photos before the show – some ushers are understanding, others are not (it takes a lot of times going to different theaters to know which theaters have which ushers). Also, turn off the flash – there’s no need for it indoors (and it’s a dead giveaway).

      I never take photos during the performance (it’s distracting to those around you, and shows a lack of respect for the actors on stage); however, I feel that once the show is over and the cast is taking their bows, you should be able to take photos (again, some ushers don’t mind this, while others are more strict).

      Photos taken at the stage door outside the theater is allowed, and that’s the way I’ve met a lot of actors of varying fame, some known to the general public (like Orlando Bloom, whom I recently saw in “Romeo and Juliet) to actors better known in the theater community (like Hugh Panaro, who is the current Phantom in “Phantom of the Opera”). I just keep in mind that actors are people too, regardless of how famous they are.

      Theater these days is a mixed bag – there are brilliant plays, fantastic musicals, and then there are shows that are mere entertainment, but the best part is that there’s something that will appeal to everyone and anyone. Not everything will be to your taste, but at least there’s a good variety on Broadway and off Broadway (and from your comments, I presume you’re a fan of Cats? I though it was a good show, with a great score).

      • I think I get why they curb the photos. And, to be honest, why DO we need them? I think we get caught up in the moment. And, like many moments, we are compelled to capture them in pictures. That’s how cameras got started. Like smoking. We are stamped on the forehead with commercials and other visual stimuli which tell us “Do this”.

        Shutterbugs can’t take enough pictures. Women particularly are scrap-booking fiends.

        But, we are at the theater. And, we can’t well capture the moment in a photo. If we DID take a photo or video during the performance, that would be different. We might capture the mood lighting and the actors at the peak of their emotion. But, taking pictures of the stage or set don’t really capture that feeling that compels us to photograph.

        I think it’s more about the legality of using a theater’s image that curbs the photos. Just as you would not want someone taking your picture and profiting from it in some absurd way. A theater doesn’t need some amateur or crude columnist writing unapproved crap about it. So, as one might remove their shoes in a Far East resort before sitting for tea or dinner, I will try my best to respect the theater and enjoy it for what I came…the show. Even if I go home wishing I could put that time in a bottle and replay it later. Maybe I can get a video of the performance or settle for a program/token from the gift shop. Maybe I can visit with the actors after a show. That would be even better than the photo.

        I know about using the flash. You can’t often do it in museums, either. Yet, I saw some damn fools in Europe (Americans) taking flash photos in some of the most sensitive areas. And, no one nabbed them. No. They were more focused on me who was already nervous about my cameras.

        You met Orlando Bloom? Hmm.

        I just wish theater shows were more affordable. Many are a bit over-priced in my opinion. And, then you walk out and feel almost forced to buy something on the way out or make a donation. It reminds me of a walk I took up a volcano. I think the experience is often spoiled by some of the “snootiness” that seems to go with the reputation. Or, the business end of it.

        I never got into opera or musicals much. But, there is something about the theater that brings a special magic like certain movies.

        I am not exactly a BIG fan of “Cats”, but when I did see it, I was almost immediately infatuated with the women in catsuits:) hehe I think Cassandra was my favorite. I had similar feelings about the smoking car in “Starlight Express” (even though the last thing I would take interest in is a train car for smokers). There was just something about the light in her face and the costume design. The strange thing is I am the first to fall for a great singing voice. And, neither of those characters really had a speaking/singing part. They were almost like background actresses. Stage presence.

        My most recent experience was “Wicked”. I enjoyed the staging of scenes/effects (like when the house silhouette flies over the stage to suggest the tornado’s passing) more than I did the story or score. And, I can’t say I gravitated toward any actor/actress in that one:) But, the wicked witch did come close.

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