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Antithesis Live!!!

So, the illustrious Chris Lester of The Metamor City Podcast has graciously invited me to piggyback on his novel’s launch party to do a full-cast reading of a brand new Antithesis short story, Colombian Dark.

Join us from 8pm to 10pm in Parlor 1026 for the fun. Chris will do his book launch reading first, and then we’ll run Colombian Dark afterwards–probably actually going live at around 9pm or a little thereafter.

Doh! I forgot the day. That would be Sunday, 8pm to 10pm in Parlor 1026

Balticon Photo Session Booking

Since I am going to be at Balticon, with my camera kit in tow, I am available for photo bookings.


What I Can Do
I can shoot:

    Personal/couples portraits
    Professional headshots
    Pregnancy portraits
    Fantasy Art, Theatrical, Science Fiction/horror scenes (these requires nontrivial planning, expect an extended phone/email preproduction consultation)
    Glamor/Boudoir/Fetish/Avant-Garde/Fine Art/Erotic/etc.


If what you want is not on this list, and not on the “won’t” list below, ask. We can probably swing it.


What I Can’t Do
Though I would love to drive, I suspect I’ll have to fly instead. Thus, the gear I can bring is pretty limited. I can’t, for example, bring much in the way of lighting equipment (though I’ll have my light painting brushes, my flash unit, and some gels). This means we’ll have to shoot with available light, or with lights that you bring. Fortunately, there’s a lot of good light around the hotel at Balticon, and (if memory serves) the lights in the rooms are pretty easy to reconfigure. I have some fast lenses for shooting in low-light conditions, which I’ll be bringing.

Similarly, I can’t bring much in the way of props, costuming, or my FX makeup kit. If your shoot requires these things, consult with me in advance, and I can help you put together the kit we’ll need.


What I Won’t Do
Although I’m a pretty open-minded guy, I have a few limits. Here they are:

  • I won’t do a shoot with any subject who does not consent (so if your husband really doesn’t want to be photographed and you buy him a session, that’s your problem. Grudging consent is okay).
  • I won’t shoot anything that might get me arrested. Security-restricted government installations and underage nudes are high on this list. Crime scenes that the cops haven’t arrived at are another one. Fortunately, because of the first amendment, this isn’t a long list.
  • Unless we already have an established personal or professional (i.e. as model and photographer) relationship that involves a high degree of trust, I will insist that you bring an escort/chaperone to any shoot involving nudity.


I’ve done professional photography and cinematography for over 13 years. In that time, I’ve done stage plays, behind-the-scenes photography on movies, a lot of concert photography, headshots, portraits (family and individual), weddings, fine art nudes, book covers, movie posters, botannicals, wildlife, astronomicals, and pretty much pointed my camera at anything I can pull focus on fast enough to capture.

My work has appeared in Jeff Vandermeer’s The Steampunk Bible and Gearhearts Steampunk Glamor Review, and it headlines Gail Carriger’s Retro Rack site. Nobilis Reed’s professional headshot is one that I shot last time I was at Balticon.

Basically, I’ve been around. If you still doubt my awesome powers, you can take a gander at this work-safe gallery and this not-so-work-safe gallery.


The Deal
I’ve got two packages on offer–if you want to do something these don’t cover, talk to me and we’ll work something out.
The first is a straightforward Headshots package, which I’m offering at $100. If you’re an actor or an author or just someone who wants some smart-looking portraits, this is the one for you. Headshot sessions run 15-20 minutes, and there are six or seven locations around the Balticon hotel that make excellent backdrops for them.

The second is the “anything goes” package, at $300/ea. For this you get me for 1-2hrs, for a group, a couple, a family, or a single, at any location in/around the hotel or easily accessible by car in the time slot.

In either case, we will confer in advance on the nature of the shoot, your desired setting, etc., take care of the photo releases, and schedule a time slot.

At the con, at the scheduled time, we’ll do the shoot.

A week after my return home, I’ll provide you a private online proof sheet, and from that you can choose up to six shots to have retouched/otherwise enhanced. I will then deliver to you all the shots, and, once they’re finished (anywhere from a day to a week later), I will deliver to you the package of retouched photos.


One Final Note

  • If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and want either of these packages, I am perfectly happy to shoot locally and throw in all my other equipment, props, etc.


Join Me
Order your photo session here:

Headshot Session
Full Photo Session
Let’s make some art together!

Remember, if you want autographed books, I’m bringing those too.

Balticon Preorders

Hi, everyone!
Dan is hard at work putting the finishing touches on Crudrat and prepping for Balticon.

If you will be at Balticon, and would like a signed J. Daniel Sawyer book hand delivered to you, please order through our online store by 6:00 PM PDT, Wednesday, May 14 (we to order by that evening to ensure our order ships to the event in time)

Select the “Regular” option instead of “Autograph” (we won’t need the extra charge as we are only shipping once) and “Balticon 2014″ as the shipping option.

Order the short story collections here
Order the Clarke Lantham Mysteries here
Order a stand-alone novel here
Order nonfiction here


Balticon Schedule

Well, it’s official: I will be at Balticon, and I’ll be profaning the place with my presence on panels.

  • When to Stop Revising and Move on to the next project (Panel) (Participant), Fri 22:00 – 22:50, Salon B (Hunt Valley Inn)
  • Grief, Loss, and Death in SF/F (Panel) (Participant), Sat 11:00 – 11:50, Salon B (Hunt Valley Inn)
  • Breaking the Mold – Branching Out to Other Media (Panel) (Participant), Sat 12:00 – 12:50, Chesapeake (Hunt Valley Inn)
  • Satellite Recording (Panel) (Participant), Sun 09:00 – 09:50, Parlor 1026 (Hunt Valley Inn)
  • Full Cast vs. Straight Read (Panel) (Participant), Sun 14:00 – 14:50, Derby (Hunt Valley Inn)
  • Handling The Technical Side: Writers & Their Fact Checkers (Panel) (Participant), Sun 16:00 – 16:50, Parlor 1041 (Hunt Valley Inn)
  • Narration vs Voice Acting (Panel) (Participant), Sun 18:00 – 18:50, Parlor 1041 (Hunt Valley Inn)
  • How to write Polyamory and not a train wreck (Panel) (Participant), Mon 09:00 – 09:50, Chase (Hunt Valley Inn)
  • Beta Readers (Panel) (Participant), Mon 12:00 – 12:50, Chesapeake (Hunt Valley Inn)
  • Why Writing Can’t Be Taught And How To Teach It (Panel)
  • (Participant), Mon 13:00 – 13:50, Parlor 1041 (Hunt Valley Inn)

In addition, I’ll be hosting a Clarke Lantham Mysteries themed party, location and time TBA in the next few days.

Check back here tomorrow for a preorder page for Balticon swag (signed books, photo sessions, etc.).

Looking forward to seeing all of you there!

What’s Next After Crudrat

Attention Girls and Boys, Androids and those whom labels don’t quite fit:

Crudrat is almost done. We’ve moved into the very final phases, which means that next week, the rest of the studio is gonna be spinning back up. Free Will is coming back. The Next 10k is coming back. And I get to get back to writing.

I gotta be honest, this is the part I’m most looking forward to. I had planned to do six books this year:

  • Avarice
    The sequel to Free Will, and the book that’s been intimidating the hell out of me for two years. I’ve got pieces of it done, but haven’t sat down and drawn the grand tapestry yet. That’s on June’s agenda. Time to put it to bed so I can get on to Antithesis Book 4.

  • The Auto Motive
    As you can see from the sidebar, this one’s been in progress for a good long while. It’s a YA Urban Fantasy story, almost comic-book in its approach and aesthetic. High adventure and high on the strangeness scale. There’s about three weeks work left to do on this one.
  • The Summer Town
    This is another YA adventure novel I’ve been noodling with for a good long while. Think Ray Bradbury meets Flannery O’Connor meets The Goonies. Like The Auto Motive, this one is actually well started–it has about a month’s left of work left in it before it’s ready for the betas.
  • Lantham #6
    Another one I’m dying to do this year. He Ain’t Heavy left you all on a bit of a ledge with regards to Rachael’s fate. This next book resolves that against the background of a bigger mystery. I’ve got three ideas for the big mystery in this book–I’ve just gotta pick one.
  • Occupant
    A no-holds-barred blood chiller terror/thriller…and that’s all I’m gonna say about it for now
  • Red Route One
    A science fiction pulse-pounder about the first Mars mission and the reality TV show that it’s based around–alluded to in Suave Rob and the forthcoming The Resurrection Junket, this one’s another standalone that’s set in the Antithesis universe right near the point where that timeline diverges from the real world.

And I’ve got a few more stacked up behind those for next year.
Now, the trick is, with nearly half the year gone: How much of that list can I get through in grand style?
Starting next Wednesday, I aim to find out.

Check back on May 1 for another big update, and your next podcast episode.

Free Will and The Next 10k

Hey everyone–

Quick update for you regarding the podcasts and where the hell I’ve been.

Short version:

Crudrat ate my life. Some projects, by dint of luck, show you all the cracks in the structure of your operation, and Crudrat has done that to AWP. Almost everything that could go wrong with a production in terms of the world hurling random obstacles at you DID go wrong, and the some of the calls I made in dealing with the setbacks set us back further. Many of you have been there with your own careers and businesses. Suffice it to say, it has been the most difficult production of my life so far–and, because of running triage and dealing with setbacks, we were left with no time for mixing and posting new podcast episodes.

However, Crudrat wraps up in the next couple days. The light is there, and it’s not a train, but glorious sunshine. And it has definitely been worth it. The final product shines, and you are going to love it. Everyone involved stepped up and did a fantastic job in the face of sometimes-impossible obstacles. And it shows in the product. To a person, the voice cast, the crew, and the support staff have done some of the best work I’ve ever seen.

And now, it’s just about over.

Expect the podcast to resume in mid-April, with a vengeance and with regularity. After all, we have to find out exactly what is going to happen when someone trips over the body of that poor girl on the Lunar surface…

Thanks for your patience!

In Memorium: Douglas Noel Adams

As it’s the birthday of Douglas Adams, lots of folks are tweeting favorite parts of his writing to one another. I’ve been trying to tweet mine, but the thought is too big for 140 characters, so here’s the long(er) version:

If I had to chose five books to read for the rest of my life, two of them would be written by Douglas Adams. I found >The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy when I was fifteen, so I was a latecomer as far as my generation was concerned. Most of my friends found the books in Jr. High. I found the radio dramas after I’d dropped out of high school. In my case, that was just the right time for it to change my consciousness, profoundly.

In its quirky and irreverent humor, I found a raw-hearted, fierce love of life and insatiable curiosity–as well as a deep sense of moral irony that earnest me was, at the time, desperately lacking. Of all the bits of the radio series that stuck with me (and I have, in fact, memorized all 13+ hours of it), the parable of the Ogloroonians is the one that perhaps helped set the tone most for the kind of life I’ve found. Here you can see it, in context, with some lovely animations (the parable starts at 1m33s and runs to 3m05s):


So the Hitchhiker’s Guide rocked. But later on, I found Dirk Gently, and again, it changed my consciousness.

Dirk Genly’s Holistic Detective Agency is an altogether weirder book, and more apparently nonsensical, which is why Douglas embedded in it a rosetta stone in the form of an essay about mathematics and beauty. It turns out that this little throwaway tidbit is an important part, because he’s basically telling you, in two pages, what the entire book is really about–underneath the…well, okay, I won’t spoil it for you, so I’ll just say “underneath the freako-bizarre paranormal mystery”–lurks one of the modern world’s finest meditations on beauty and what it means.

The little essay is called Music and Fractal Landscapes by Richard McDuff (who is a character in the book), and it’s worth a couple minutes to read it. You can find it as a pdf, easy to read right there.

— —
Douglas Noel Adams changed my life for the better, twice. He’s one of the big reasons that I write science fiction. He went missing–probably because of the Vogons–15 years ago.

And I still miss him.

Bruce’s Law and the Future of The Arts

Excitement. That’s the first thing that happens when disruption hits an industry. A world of possibility opens up and the future gets brighter than a supernova. At the same time comes the fear—something of such power will upend everything we know, and maybe the wrong people will wind up winning. Maybe it will threaten our way of life. But man, that light is pretty, particularly when it’s been so dark around here.

Eventually, the brightness dies down—or, at least, our eyes adjust to it. And, like thunder after a lightning storm or the wind after a nuclear explosion, just as we think we’ve got a handle on things, the blast wave hits. The potential that we saw becomes reality, and things start to seriously suck.
Continue reading ‘Bruce’s Law and the Future of The Arts’

Free Will, Episode 06

With the New Year now fully engulfing us, it’s time to get back to business.

I present you with Episode 6 of Free Will and Other Compulsions, In which Jade makes a decision, Jim has a vision, and the Moon Girl hears voices.


Cast this week (in order of appearance):
Renee Wilson as Marjorie
Steven H. Wilson as William Ellison
Derek Moore as Jim Hartman
Stephanie Sawyer as Cassy Orinthal
Andrea Fender as The Moon Girl
Kitty NicIaian as Radio Voice 2



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Dealing In, Episode 11

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Welcome to the First of the Free Will/Next Ten Thousand Hours Feedback shows! This one is episode eleven of the Dealing In series of feedback shows, where I and several friends answer your emails and talk about whatever comes up. This time, I’m joined by Metamor City creator Chris Lester, my The Next Ten Thousand Hours cohost Kitty NicIaian, and composer Danny Schade. What do we talk about? An incomplete list, in roughly chronological order:
1) Introductions
2) Schadeys’ music
3) Physical types for Lantham and Joss Kyle
4) Meeting Caspar Van Dien
5) Heinlein’s politics
5) Where would you live on the moon?
6) What’s Earth like in the Antithesis Era, and what effect did the nuclear war have?
7) People living on the moon and its security implications
8) Silly Antithesis titles!
9) Eggs and food and the penises of birds
10) Feedback (finally!)
11) Computer Security in Antithesis
12) Quantum computing and cryptogrpahy
13) revolutionary cell networks and types of trust
14) codes vs cryptogrpahy
15) Alyssa Hartman, Catholicism, Suave Rob and Bi-Gendered Characters
16) Commercial availability of Free Will
17) Who are the best commercial audiobook companies?
18) The future of Metamor City
19) The NSA
20) Knitting needles as weapons