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My novel Father Figure, a bestseller for its publisher in trade paperback, is now available for free in PDF format. Click here to go to a page where you can download the complete text of the novel.
I love writing.
But I wanted to find out what it would be like to take an idea and present it, instead of in words, in images and sound.
I started with photographs, then expanded into videos and Flash.gallery
These photographs have been taken by me, or, in the case of Series V, have been taken of me.
Series I is called Landscapes
All the photographs were shot with a Kodak DC280 Zoom Digital Camera; or with a Nikon 2020N, and scanned. Most of the photographs have been cropped, and most have had their color values adjusted, using Adobe Limited Edition software. Other than these post-photograph enhancements, no other changes have been made to the original images. They appear as they were captured.
The photographs are best viewed using a resolution of 1024 X 768.gallery
Let Him In was my first attempt at a video. It has no images, other than text, and was meant as a promotion for my first short story collection, Remove the Eyes.
In 2011 I created a promotional video for my second short story colection, I Smell Blood, which consisted of me reading excerpts from the eight stories and one short novel in the collection.
In 2010, I created a series of Video Latelys, meant to supplement my monthly written Latelys, which filmed me in different situations.
The first Video Lately, from February 1, 2010, finds me discussing what I want to do with the monthly video diaries.
In March of 2010, an unexpected blizzard in Dallas left over a foot of snow on the ground.
In April I'm gloating over an Italian sandwich we just bought, when one of our cats, Lady, shows up.
In June we visited a nearby Calloway's Nursery to purchase some tomato plants.
In July, Mary and I made one of our favorite dishes, Hot Cheese Chicken.
My August video was one of my most popular Video Latelys, where I take out our weekly garbage.
In October, I spoke about the death of Mary's dad Joe. How we found out about his death, and how we notified different members of the family.
In December, in time for Christmas, I talked about God and science.
In addition to the Video Latelys I made in 2010 talking about my every day life, I also posted several excerpts from a comedy movie Mary and I filmed in 1987 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine called "The Rob and Mary Show - The Movie."
The first excerpt we loaded was "Shirley MacLaine".
In November we added "The Living Dead"
Our most recent addition includes "Oral Roberts Moore", "Shady Tile Salesman" and "Fritz and Fritzalena".
My next project was a documentary on Joe, Mary's dad.
During his last visit with us before his death, over the 2009-2010 holiday season, Mary and I shot approximately 30 hours of footage of Joe. I've edited this footage into a documentary approximately 80 minutes long called JOE. In the documentary, Joe talks about his life, from childhood through World War II, meeting and falling in love with his future wife Joan, their three daughters, four grandchildren, Joan's death, and his life after Joan died. The documentary also includes rare family photos and film footage.
The entire documentary is now available online, for free. I've divided it into six parts and uploaded it to YouTube. The six parts are arranged in chronological order. Each part is approximately 15 minutes long, except for the final, sixth, part, which is a bit shorter.
Part 1 covers Joe's early childhood, the death of his father at an early age, his teenage years, the start of his lifelong friendship with Buster and Bud, and the beginnings of World War II.
Part 2 opens with Joe talking about what it was like to be in the Navy during the war, then covers how Joe, after the war, met Joan, fell in love, married her, and moved with her to California.
Part 3 is devoted to Joe talking about his three daughters. The segment includes rare family film footage shot during the sixties.
In Part 4, Joe discusses his four grandchildren. Includes a number of stories about each grandchild.
Part 5 is a filming session we did on the last full day of his visit, in which Joe talks about Joan's death. Includes rare family footage from the eighties.
Part 6 winds up the documentary. Joe reads one of Joan's poems from her website, and talks about his life after Joan. Ends with the credits for the film, interspersed with bloopers from the footage we shot.
In addition to the 80 minute documentary, I also released a number of shorter videos which were culled from the 2009 - 2010 sessions.
The first of these was a short film we made Christmas morning, 2009, as we sat down to eat what we always referred to as "Joan's Christmas Bread", a recipe Mary found among Joan's papers for a bread made in the shape of a Christmas tree, with red and green cherries for the ornaments. Mary made the bread each year for the three of us on Christmas day.
The next is a story Joe told of the Jaguar he bought when the girls were young.
Joe had a lifelong fascination with photography, so I wanted to feature that aspect of him in the next video.
Joe grew up during prohibition. This video is him talking about his family's visit to a speakeasy out in the country.
One story Joe was adamant he wanted told was the time he went AWOL while he was in the Navy during World War II.
Joe worked at AeroJet all of his adult life, participating in America's space exploration program. As such, he had to travel around the world to attend different rocket launches. Here, he talks about his time in Algeria.
While we were working on the JOE documentary in Cedar Hill, Joe, back home in Wauwatosa, filmed a segment where he showed some dress sketches Joan had made over the years, and his computer station where he worked on his photographs. After I received his footage, I edited it and posted it on YouTube.
Finally, here's the first video I ever uploaded to YouTube. I posted it as an experiment, just to see how the uploading process works. It shows Sweet Pea, one of our cats, getting petted by me. Sweet Pea hangs out by my computer desk upstairs all day long, even when I'm not there. When I am there, she rubs against my ankles, jumps up on the desk, butting the side of her head against my monitor, and generally demands love from me. And I do love her. I call her "My Internet Pal."
The Flash movie presented here was created by me in Flash 5. If you don't have a broadband connection, you'll need to let the Flash movie load, then hit reload in order to have images and sound synchronize.