“Dammit, I wanna trick-or-treat too!”

For some reason, the whole world seems to be having Halloween fun tonight but me. Kids are trick-or-treating, adults are going to costume parties, teenage “devil worshippers” are up to all sorts of mischief (lock up your cats tonight, people!). So what am I doing? Stuck at work, listening to callers rant about magazines (and in the background? Trick-or-treating sounds!). My job is full of the holiday spirit: cardboard scarecrows and little bags of bat-shaped pretzels. Whee!

(But I’m not bitter.)

Happy Hallowe’en!!

Published in: on October 31, 2008 at 6:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Apart from the super-heroic sounds, the silence is deafening…

Hello again. Remember me?

Been away awhile, but still been here. Got tired of letting you folks hang, so today I decided “Dammit, I’m going to post something, no matter how long it takes to write it at work.

A lot of things happened suddenly, leading to the radio-silence here. Stepped-up intensity at work and in college led to not being able to spend as much time giving to the internet, only able to take. Add to that the previously-mentioned health problems of my father (who I’ve only recently have begun to know, really) and the increased hours at work (my wife lost her job), and I haven’t had the energy for the creative stuff. My pulp-hero video series on YouTube is on hiatus, the typing of my Challenger Storm novel is going slllloooooowwww… I know that the good stuff will come back soon, but not until things stabilize. I’m tired… really friggin’ tired. At the end of the day right now, I really only have the energy to point and click right now… and that’s where City of Heroes and City of Villains come in.


Gloomy Thursday

It should be raining.

It feels like it should be coming down in buckets outside, but it’s not. It’s too damn warm for December; while the rest of the county is snowing or at least nippy, I’m battling mosquitos on my lunch break.

Maybe that’s it: the weather. Last night it was very cold for us here, today it’s too warm. That rollercoaster-weather… maybe that’s why I feel so down today. Work is too busy, so much noise that feels like it’s intruding into this weird need, this craving for quiet, comfort. Yesterday was just a tired day. Today, it’s depression.

I don’t want to come across as some whiny emo-kid here. I’m not. I’ve been happy lately, but today is bad. Maybe it is the weather. Or maybe it’s the post-holiday blues. Maybe it’s this job: it’s easy and I have access to a computer all day, sure… but on the other hand, talking to 100+ miserable and mean-spirited people all day gets a bit old and soul-sucking at times.

Anyway, had a good Christmas, got cool stuff, haven’t finished writing the book yet, blah blah blah…


Published in: on December 27, 2007 at 8:17 pm  Comments (1)  

Presenting: The Mediocre Artwork of Don Gates (or: Things That Make You Go “Meh”)

Well, as I always threatened to do, I have taken steps to put some of my artwork online.

A word of warning: I did these at work, on yellow lined paper. At the end of the day we shred our notes, so these were torn from those notes (hence the rough edges). Also, the pics were taken with our digital camera, in a rush… hence the non-scanner quality. And some wouldn’t re-size too well, so you have to click the link to see them. Excuses, excuses…

And now, for your viewing (dis)pleasure:

First, some illustrations of my pulp character projects-

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The Black Wing.

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An early attempt to illustrate my characters The Cipher and Challenger Storm (note the pre-hood version of The Cipher).

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Another early pic of The Cipher (pre-hood again) and Clifton “Challenger” Storm, in action this time.

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A “title card” of sorts, illustrating the opening prologue from “Isle of Blood”

Next up, some horror stuff-

Foul Lich Priest (see it here.)

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Robert W. Chambers’ “The King In Yellow”

Lovecraft’s Egg- a tattoo design (I’m proud of this one… see it here.)

HPL’s Mythos Babies. They’ll steal your soul… and warm your heart! (See ’em here.)

And finally, something wistful-

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“Dream” (detail)

I Miss You Guys

Work has been… difficult lately. I have been trained to be a specialist in 5 different fields here… and still make just as much as everyone else here, regardless of level. That’s the way that my job works; in our home office, they give raises out like candy… you get one simply if you manage not to call in sick for a week (an exaggeration, but you get the gist). The office I work in is the red-headed step-child of our company: home office has a cafeteria, we have a (crappy) snack machine. We feel so loved!

As I’ve stated 4,795 times before, I blog from work. With the occasional post from home on weekends, I do this stuff on the fly (and on the down-low) from the salt mines. And because of the increase in work load, it’s getting tougher to post. And I miss the HELL out of it. I notice that visitors are getting fewer and fewer. Posting here let me blow off steam, let me commune with people who weren’t morons. The only pleasure I get now at work is lunch and breaks, when I can get away and write my damn book and be wonderfully anti-social. I still plan to post here, but I just want to let the faithful few know that, once again, the posts are slowing down.

Published in: on July 31, 2007 at 2:38 pm  Comments (5)  

Crawling back under my rock…

Ugh. What the hell’s that bright, hot, orange thing in the sky?

The “sun”? What is this “sun” you speak of?

Anyway, as of Monday June 18th, I’ll be back to the regular schedule: sleeping till early afternoon, up till sunrise. This schedule change had me all screwed up. My writing projects have been on hold all week, and I can’t wait to start thinking about them again. My “morning” coffee and bagel will be served at about 3:30 PM again, and all will be right with the world.

In the meantime, here’s a trio of Hopi prophesies from the end of Koyaanisqatsi (see, I told you I was too tired to reference that properly).

“If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster.”

“Near the day of Purification, there will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky.”

“A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky, which could burn the land and boil the oceans.”

The wife says anybody can read into these what they want, I say they’re scarily prophetic and self-explanatory (esp. the last one… nuclear bomb, anyone?).

Published in: on June 15, 2007 at 5:47 pm  Comments (3)  

koyanisquaatsi- life out of balance

A temporary schedule change has occurred this week, turning my nights into days. I’m working when I’m usually asleep, and vice versa. This means I’m too tired and lazy and swamped with work to post. You can send me emails: I’ll answer them, but no posts. Not even coffee can help me this week.

(Man, I’m too tired to even check the spelling and correct Hopi definition referenced in the title. I’m usually snoring in bed right about now…)

Published in: on June 12, 2007 at 9:07 am  Comments (2)  

Watchin’ The Clock

As of 11:30 PM, EST, my vacation begins.

Between me and my week off stands a horde of irate customers on the phone.

Can the Professional Dummy defeat and defuse them, so that he and his lady love can find peace and contentment. Stay tuned, and be sure to drink you’re rich, chocolatey Ovaltine!

P.S.- My long-overdo review of “The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril” is up over at The Pulp Collective. Check it out, won’t you.

Published in: on May 25, 2007 at 5:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Moving On…

Well, I finished the “Sky Captain” novelization. Meh… It was okay, not good, not bad. Kinda heavy on metaphor and simile in some really odd, awkward places. My biggest problem with the book is a tiny, nitpicker’s complaint: the phrase “collectible pulp magazines”. They weren’t collectible at that time, they were made to be read once, then discarded. I guess that’s part of their appeal to me: they were throwaway amusement, and we only recently have begun to recognize their contributions to popular culture. I refuse to acknowledge that “collectible” phrase, even if it takes place in a “Sky Captain Alternate Universe”.


Okay, I’m calmer now. It’s just a book, Dummy. Get over it…

Anyway, I got my latest issue of “High Adventure” yesterday, but before I go blasting off with retro sci-fi, I’m reading the Shadow novel “Malmordo” (orig. published 07/46). It’s been sitting on my shelf for a long time, so it’s about time I gave it a spin. I usually don’t like the later Shadow stories; editorial choices and the radio program’s influence kind of neutered the character by then. The sweet spot for me is in the first 4 or 5 years of the magazine, when he was just plain weird. Judging from the atmosphere-heavy first chapter,though, it looks like I’m in for a good ride.

Work’s getting to be a bitch, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel (however temporary it may be):


(Am I gloating, just a litte?)


Can’t really post. Too busy. I’ll leave you with this:



Real news, right?

Published in: on May 4, 2007 at 5:54 pm  Comments (6)