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Foolscap 12 - A very productive three days

clock September 28, 2010 13:57 by author Amber

Here I am on the back side of a convention that has just wrapped up. Perhaps I should mention that this is my first Foolscap ( and really kind of snuck up on me. It's a small convention down in the Redmond Town Center Marriot with a focus on writing and the visual arts.

"Her Return" (C) 2008 Stopped Motion Photography
"Her Return" for the "Reunions"
by James A. Sullivan.

Friday's first panel, "New Types of Artwork", put me into an interesting position. Especially when you consider this was my first time being a panelist. Out of the three other people who were panelists with me, I was the only one there. On the bright side, I only had one attendee, so it was all good. ;) We actually had a really good conversation about the creative process I utilize and how I've built some of the more complex images, such as "Her Return". For being a two woman show, so to speak, it went well.


Friday night, Becca, a fabulous cook, friend, and owner of the Night Kitchen in Seattle, introduced me to Emma telling her that I was the one who took all of those photos in her restaurant. That lead to a find meeting of collaboration after the panel about collaboration. I'm actually very excited about this project and have already started laying the ground work for it.

"On Edge" (C) 2008 Stopped Motion Photography
"On Edge"

The second Friday panel, "Biology of the Undead", was much better attended. In addition to all of the panelists showing up, we had 10 attendees and the discussion was lively. We established the different kinds of zombies we seen in zombie fiction. Romero zombies, named after George Romero, are slow and shambling and first showed up in Night of the Living Dead, while Boyle zombies, named for director Danny Boyle, are fast moving, chaos and destruction on two legs. We even had the discussion of whether or not Boyle zombies counted as zombies, as they weren't dead, though the type still stands as other directors, most notable Zach Snyder used the fast moving zombies in his Dawn of the Dead remake. Of course, we gave some love to the classic voodoo zombie. Mention of a new type of zombie even came up: the Grant Zombie, named for author Mira Grant. Grant Zombies start off fast when they're freshly dead and get slower as their bodies begin to break down. Of course, we also talked about where zombies come from.

Saturday's panel, Collaborating for Fun and Profit, was a lot of fun actually. Cory and Catska Ench provided a great deal of feedback about how they work together. Nate Crowder spoke to his efforts to collaborate, including work he's done with editors putting together anthologies. Will Shetterly and Emma Bull talked about what it was like to work together as husband and wife on a project and then Emma regaled us with stories of her work on Shadow Unit as executive producer of the series. We talked tools and methods, from wikis to hand delivering fictional letters to your collaborator.

Saturday was a day of discussion and debates, some good and some that I'll just say happened if you get my meaning. This isn't to say it was a bad thing, but it was a bit intense at times for a two hour chat in con suite. But I can't complain too much as I had an invite to a scotch and chocolate tasting party with pushed friendly conversation for the next couple hours. I discovered that I don't really car for scotch (not a big surprise) but I do love my dark chocolate (you can at least act surprised, right?). In spite of my whiskey revelations, I had fun and I'm glad I went to the tasting.

"Emma Bull at Foolscap 12" (C) 2008 Stopped Motion Photography
"Emma Bull Hiding Behind David Howe" Shot with my sketchpad.

Because life is cruel sometimes, I was awake by 6:00 am on a Sunday and up getting ready to go by 6:30 am. This was not a bad thing in its entirety; I did get a nice piece of street parking right next to the hotel. This also afforded me time to sit in on other panels and network. The panel was "What Do Editors Do", which was some invaluable insight into the publishing industry. With both Tribal Markings in the beginning stages and Over the Edge, Year One mostly in a finished state, I feel a little more knowledgeable in what I'm going to have to do to see these forward.

My last official panel was Packing Your Sketchbook. I presented my iPhone and said, "This my sketchpad." This was the panel that I contributed the least to. I think I was one of the few if not only professional photographers there, but I got a lot out of the panel and had a lot of fun with the conversation.

After Nanobites, the traditional brunch at Foolscap, I hung out in the common area, chatting with Kat Richardson about many and sundry things. She had some excellent practical advice for Tribal Markings which made we really happy. (And I acted on that advice last night.)

I had a wonderful time and would certainly go back again in the future if they'd have me. I got to meet a lot of cool people like Kat, Emma, Sue, Sara, David, Nick, Jana, Eleanor, and many more who I cannot remember right now.

Edit: David Howe's name is actually Dave Howell. I've fixed that.

An Evening with Authors

clock September 22, 2010 18:44 by author Amber

The evening of August 21st was a mighty fine one for story tellers. The award winning author and editor Jennifer Brozek assembled a crew of talented writers from the greater Seattle area for fun time of grand stories at the Wayway Coffee House in Seattle.

Lily Cohen-More, Jennifer's personal assitant, walks between the chairs, making sure that everything is ready to go.


Jennifer is the fine host of the evening as she thanks her readers.

Nathan Crowder.

R. Schuyler Devin

Jeremy Zimmerman

Cat Rambo

Keffy Kehrli

Sunder Cameron Addams

Angela Korra'ti

Steven James Scearce

All of the photos from this night here.

Foolscap 2010 Schedule

clock September 17, 2010 08:04 by author Amber

I will be at Foolscap, September 24th-26th, and here is the schedule of panels I will be on.

  • Friday, 4pm (Alder) - New Types of Artwork – New media, new materials for creating art, etc.
  • Friday 10pm (Alder) - Biology of the Undead – Theories on the mysterious inner workings of the zombic community. Where do zombies come from? In most works of SF, it's not a mommy and a daddy zombie. Sometimes it's occult powers, but sometimes it's a virus, or radiation. Prepare for the uprising now!
  • Saturday 10am (Alder) - Collaborating for Fun and Profit – In the age of the Internet, collaboration is easier than ever. Should you collaborate on a project? What tools should you use? What are some of the common pitfalls and benefits?
  • Sunday, 11am (Alder) - Pack Your Sketchpad – Drawing anywhere and other means of refreshing your art.

I'm really excited and looking forward to it. Will I see you there?

Over the Edge: Photos in the corn rows and from the office

clock September 15, 2010 18:39 by author Amber

As usual around these parts and this time of the month the Edge of Propinquity publishes a new issue. I give to you images from two stories.

The first photo is for the story "Sir Joseph Bazalgette's Spirit Bowl" by T. D. Edge. The tale takes place in the restroom where two stately gentlemen render a special kind of assistance to those in need. Originally, I wanted actually shoot this in a lavatory with a table and table cloth, a silver bucket full of ice and a pair of glasses. My luck in finding the perfect restroom in Seattle for this shot came up empty as did the search for the bucket. Because of the kind person I am, I'll let you guess where the photo was actually shot at. For those who are curious, that win bottle is one I've had since my wedding from 12 years ago. Isn't it awesome?


Sparrow Hill Road follows Rose this time as she has to make good on a debt she owes to the Queen of the Routewitches in "Last Train". The story starts off along the corn fields and even moves through them at one point. The good folks at Dr. Maze's Corn Maze for letting us wander their corn maze early one bright and sunny Saturday morning. Torrey Stenmark reprises her role as Rose Marshal for this photo.

Experiments in Lighting

clock September 12, 2010 11:28 by author Amber

On the evening of Labor Day, Caylean Jewett, a senior at Cornish College of the Arts, stopped by the studio so I could play with lighting and try things I wouldn’t normally do in paid shoot. I mean, if they’re paying you to do their portrait, experimenting with lighting is probably not the best idea.


This shot is interesting as it's based off of an article appearing in the blog of David Hobby, also known as the Strobist. Sadly, I can't find that article, but the idea was pretty simple. Use two lights, the first being camera left and behind the subject and dial down the light so it creates a subtle high light off the hair and expose for this light so you can just make out the details of the hair. Camera right was the fill light on a 7' stand with a silver fill umbrella.

I tried to tell her this was a serious shoot and that we're not allowed to have fun here. For some reason, she didn't believe me.

I really like this shot. Let me be up front about that right now, but it doesn't work for some people. Camera right is a pretty standard light with a silver fill umbrella. Directly behind Caylean is another flash, pointed up into her hair. The reason it doesn't work for some people is the tension created by the eyes, which we're naturally drawn to, and the halo of light that originates to the left of her chin. That tension is what I like about it.

For someonw who was experimenting, I sure did like having that camera right fill light. However, what makes this picture for me is the bare bulb flash just to the right of the camera and below it. Casting the shadow of the monster onto the wall behind her.

As a thank you, I told Caylean to bring any kind of outfit she wanted and I'd shoot it for her. She went with went with an adventuress and aviator feel from dime pulp of a past that never was. As a side benefit, I did learn a new pick up line for steampunks. "Hey baby, do you wanna use my respirator?" Okay, maybe not,

"How big was it? The rotter's leg was..."

The City of Seattle and Future of MOHAI

clock September 8, 2010 15:40 by author Amber

Back in May, I helped out at the Seattle Steampunk Film Festival to help raise funds for the Carrols Clock at the Museum of History and Industry, you can read about it here. Today I received an e-mail from Sarah Egan, of MOHAI, by way of Nathan Barnett and the Seattle Steamrats about the futrue of MOHAI here in Seattle.

From: Sarah Egan <>
Date: Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 2:52 PM
Subject: The City of Seattle's Threat Against MOHAI's Future

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you today on behalf of MOHAI to inform you that the future of our museum is in jeopardy. As you may have read in the news last week, MOHAI’s agreement with the Seattle’s Mayor’s Office - one which would allow the museum to reopen in 2012 at the historic Armory at South Lake Union - is now being called into question. If we are unable to resolve this issue swiftly, MOHAI will be forced to close, and may not reopen.
If MOHAI has made a difference to your life or your community, please support us by writing an email or a note to the Seattle Mayor’s office and City council to let them know how you feel. I would also be grateful if you can help me raise awareness about this issue by forwarding my email onto friends, neighbors, and colleagues of your own. History matters and our voices really can make a difference.
Here is the situation:
1) The MOHAI building at Montlake is going to be demolished. In 2012, Seattle’s regional history museum must close its doors to make way for the expansion of the 520 bridge.
2) After three years of working together, MOHAI and the City reached an agreement last fall to save MOHAI by moving it to the landmarked Armory building at Lake Union Park. According to this agreement, all of the funds required to restore the old Armory and to complete the relocation of exhibits, staff, artifacts, and other museum services will come from MOHAI’s capital campaign and from compensation designated by the State to compensate MOHAI’s loss.. You can learn more about this agreement in the following Crosscut article:,-the-MOHAI,-and-the-moolah/
3) In developments last week, the Mayor’s Office indicated that it now wishes to renegotiate our agreement, despite the fact that that the State’s compensation cannot be redirected. Compensation funds from the State are ONLY intended: to compensate MOHAI for the loss of the Montlake building and all the functions it contains. The compensation includes funds to not only help us restore the Armory building and create exhibits to replace those we will loose at our Montlake facility, but also to relocate many of the museum’s functions (including staff offices, the research library, and artifact storage) that cannot be accommodated at the Armory. To successfully complete our move, MOHAI must be able to keep the agreement.
If you believe that MOHAI plays an important role in our cultural landscape and serves our community by preserving and sharing our history, please share your thoughts with Mayor McGinn and City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, Chair of the Parks and Seattle Center Committee. Their email addresses are: and respectively. If you would like to send a letter, the mayor’s physical mail address is: The Honorable Mike McGinn, Seattle City Hall 7th floor, 600 Fourth Avenue, P.O. Box 94749, Seattle, WA 98124-4749. We also request that you show your support by attending the City Council meeting scheduled for September 20th at 2 PM, at 600 4th Avenue in the Council Chambers, where the council members will vote on this matter.
Thank you for your support!

associate Director of advancement, events

museum of history & industry
2700 24th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112-2099
P: 206.324.1126 Ext. 56  |  F: 206.324.1346

 Thank you for reading and I hope you'll reach out to the City of Seattle and let them know how important the Museum of History and Industry is to you and the region.


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