I've written numerous articles, most of which were written
for California Sports Car, a racing magazine published by Cal Club,
California Region of the Sports Car Club of America. Back during
the 1980s and early 1990s, I covered SCCA club racing at Riverside
International Raceway and Willow Springs International Raceway.
It was a blast. At the time, I was also freelancing as a
motorsports photographer, and when I wasn't covering races, I was
burning through rolls of film.
In 1989, I wrote the first edition of my book on
went through a progression of names, but it is most widely known now as
McBroom's Camera Bluebook.
The 6th and final edition was published in 2000. It is out of
print now, but still available from Amazon.com and others. My
book is much more than a price guide. It has a wealth of
information on cameras that were worthwhile photographic tools, both
new and used, up to the year 2000. Also included were lenses,
flashes, and a rather comprehensive listing of accessories. I'm
proud of the job I did with that book, even though it was an enormous
amount of mind-numbing work. But ultimately the market changed so
drastically, with the shift from film to digital and the rapid and
continuing obsolescence of digicams, that I realized I could no longer
keep up any more. In contrast to other price guide publishers, I
didn't have a large staff of folks working for me. It was just
me, with occasional help from my wife.
I have always been a big fan of fiction. I read a lot -- somewhere between 50 and
100 books a year, most of which are fiction. Fiction, in my
humble opinion, is much more difficult to write than non-fiction.
With non-fiction, the goal is to report on some segment of reality in
an interesting manner. With nonfiction, the writer is having to
invent a seperate little (or big) reality that must look and feel real
to the reader. A much greater challenge, but a very rewarding
It's also harder to get published as a fiction writer, as well.
Competition is fierce, and the quality of the better competition is
I've had many false starts at attempts to write novels.
to complete one, but it was, in my opinion at least, not very good, and
is one book I hope never to see published. Still hasn't stopped
me from trying, though. I'm currently about 40,000 words into
another piece of
"speculative" fiction. Not quite scifi, not really fantasy.
At the point of this writing, I'm not quite halfway through the
story. I'm figuring it's gonna take about 100,000 words to do a
decent job on it. When I finish the book and find a publisher,
look for info
on it here.
The topic of my master's thesis was on human evolution
and the biological evolution of language. I believe I uncovered
some important evidence that nobody else in the linguistics, or
cognitive science, or paleoanthropological communities have, related
specifically to language development in humans, and I plan to write a
book based on my thesis. A book-length project on the subject
will allow me to go into the depth that it deserves. When that
happens, I'll put up the news here as well.
Writing Sites and Forums:
If you're a writer or have an interest in writing, you might
the following list of writing sites helpful. I've assembled it
places I've visited and from lists others have recommended. I
personal experience only with a few. At the very least, it should
you a while to get through. Enjoy.
http://octales.com/ (currently in
beta, but you can request an invite)
for kids, but cool)
(creative portfolio site)
(not specifically creative writing)
(yeah, you can post writing too)
(not a crit community, but great for inspiration)
http://www.portrayl.com/ (collaborative fiction)
(full of generators
to give you ideas.)