2014_01_01 – First sketch of the new year.

Focusing more on construction than on recognition. Eventually the finished sketches will start to look like their model source, for now though, his identity shall remain a mystery.

First sketch of the new year.

First sketch of the new year.

Perspective: Know Your Audience

I was at the chiropractor yesterday and in the waiting room the sound system started playing Stand By Me. Catchy tune. It also brings other things to mind. So, I turn to the receptionist and ask, “You know that kid from Stand By Me…?” I didn’t even get the full question out before she responded. “I don’t know, is that an old movie?” Old movie? It doesn’t seem like that old of a movie to me. But I suppose by many standards it is. It came out in 1986, which is getting close to 3 decades away. So I try again. “You know… Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman.” Her eyes light up a bit. “Wil Wheaton, I know that name.. let me think.” A bit of a pause. “He’s the guy from the Big Bang Theory!”

“Yes. Yes he is…” I suppose there is an entire modern audience that only knows Wil for his evil alter ego. “He’s the nemesis!” she adds helpfully. But she didn’t fully grasp the Why behind it. Perhaps she’s a bit younger. Perhaps sci-fi and ST:TNG were not part of her formative years. But even before that show that eventually gave inspiration for Wil to play his darker side, he had other great roles.

Stand By Me, is probably one of the best known, but I fondly remember some of his smaller roles. There was a TV movie, “The Defiant Ones” where a young Wil protects his land and his Ma from a pair of escaped convicts looking for a hideout and a place to break their shackles. I discovered last year he was one of the voices in Secret of Nimh (as was Shannen Doherty) along with many veteran actors. He apparently was Louis’ Friend in The Last Star Fighter (I’d have to see it again). And as I relayed this story to a co-worker I was reminded, “He was in Toy Soldiers, right?” “Yeah, I think he was.” “He was the kid that got killed, right?” “Yes, yes I suppose he was.”

But childhood roles aside, the man has kept active in his chosen career. Skimming through the IMDB, I’ll admit I haven’t seen many of the projects he’s been on (he was on the reboot of Love Boat??) but a lot of them sound interesting (okay, maybe not the Love Boat one). He’s also a very active writer. I still reflect back from time to time on his article in VTU magazine, The Beige Tax. He’s been an active blogger since before blogging was really a thing (WilWheaton.net), and honestly, he’s one of the few people I follow on twitter because, well, he’s fairly entertaining and occasionally insightful. Heck I read more of my Twitter feed than my Facebook feed these days.

All this is to say, Wil is much more than “The guy from Big Bang Theory”, but he is that as well, I suppose. Sometimes I’m just surprised about other people’s perspectives. Of course, ask me something about sports and I’ll probably stare blankly back at you as well. =P


Vision 2020:

As with the end of every year, I looked back on what happened and what didn’t. What was planned and what wasn’t. The expected and the surprises. And after looking back for a little while, I started looking forward. To the coming weeks and months of the new year. But this year was a little different. This time I extended my focus beyond the immediate. I decided, rather than try and set those must have goals for the new year, I’d look a little further: Where do I want to be in 3 years, 5 years, 7… The things that crossed my mind don’t happen overnight. Even the decision to pursue them doesn’t happen overnight. I gave it some thought, and some more thought, and let it soak in over the first days of the year and decided I’d start cataloguing my vision for my future. Sort of an ongoing time capsule of where I see things going, in any aspect of my life.

And then, life got busy and January zoomed by. So here I am in February already finally getting the first of these thoughts down into concrete words.

Hindsight is supposedly 20/20, but I think our view of the past is influenced by our emotion of the present. As an exercise I’ve explored “what if…” I had either done or not done some key action or decision in my past. It is a surprisingly complex series of dominoes trying to follow all of the things that wouldn’t have happened, both good and bad, if key choices had not been made the path that is my past. It is hard to hold on to regrets for long when you realize all the good things that eventually come from a bad decision (hopefully).

So… what does that say to looking forward? Is it over planning? Not if adjustments are made when things turn out differently. Not if those plans remain flexible enough to adapt to the unexpected and unintentional. The next 7 years will take me to the threshold of 2020. That is a long way to project out. I certainly didn’t see a lot of today in my mind 7 years ago. However, I did have some of the pieces starting to form at that time. Do I expect this exercise to guide me directly to my intended and hoped for future? No. But it will give me a chance to look back and see where plans changed. To see where the unexpected arose, both good and bad. And most importantly to me, a place to go back to and re-evaluate the goals I hold today and see if they still apply tomorrow

So, if you’re still here and interested, check back from time to time as I update on how my life evolves over the next 7 years and beyond. We’ll start getting into the meat of things next time.


sitting around with coffee

So… I was sitting down at the Peet’s coffee today, doodling, and someone asked if I could draw their portrait… odd world.