Hey there, looks like you found me, either on purpose or by accident, but no matter how you got here you should stick around for a while because I've got lots for you to look at.
If you're a reader I've got my debut book and short stories to occupy your time. If you're into film then you'll find stuff relating to visual effects. If you have (or know someone who has) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome then you can read about how I beat it and why that might be helpful in your (their) recovery process. If you're looking for a reminder as to why we work then check out my photo gallery where you can see some of the places I've been, and that you should get to if you can.
I like this quote because it says so much about our society. We are living in an age where information is readily available, yet we don't seem to recognise the danger that also brings. How often do we fact check the information we get from the media, our leaders, or the internet? Power and influence come from what you tell people and how you tell them.
I've spent my whole life telling stories, from the battlefields inhabited by my G.I: Joes as a child, to the images seen on screen for Hollywood films. Writing is just another way for me to tell stories. It allows me the opportunity to create vast worlds and characters that can't be created any other way. I love the idea that the only limitation is my imagination. My characters live in that grey world where they aren't heroes, nor are they villains. Their actions are about self preservation in hostile worlds. Sometimes those worlds are sci-fi/fantasy, and sometimes they're the world you and I live in.
On my Writing page you can download an excerpt from my book as well as some short stories I have written.
I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS )at the age of 32. All my doctors said it would be gone after a year, but a year came and went and nothing had changed. I couldn't empty the dishwasher without feeling like I'd run a marathon. I was unable to work or do any of the activities that made me me. I was a stranger in my own body and I didn't like the person I was becoming.
It's easy to become negative when you have a long term illness, especially when your doctors don't have any suggestions, and there were some very dark times, but the key to my recovery lies in looking outside the box when it comes to how I managed myself and the symptoms.
Now I'm going to say it here right at the start, I'm not a doctor, and the things I have to say in my blog, Chronically Fatigued, are going to upset people. I don't take the conventional approach or mindset to this horrible illness, but you know what, I've beaten it.
The blog is designed for people who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and family/friends of people who have it. The things I talk about are unique to me, because Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is unique to the person that has it, so some things may resonate and others won't. But no matter what parts you relate, or don't relate to, I honestly believe that the key to overcoming Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is to understand how and why you developed it and what you are doing to encourage it.
There are so many blogs written by long term suffers who talk about managing symptoms. I don't want you to simply manage your symptoms, I want you to get to the root cause and banish this thing from your life. I'll try and stay positive, but some of the things I have to say may seem harsh. They're not intended to be hurtful, but in my case I had to face up to some honest realities, and whilst I didn't like it at the time it has made me a better, healthier, and happier person. I hope you find Chronically Fatigued useful and that it starts you on a journey to become the person you want to be.
I have a vague memory of seeing the Big Bird movie, Follow That Bird when I was 5; it's probably the first movie I saw at the cinema. Since then I've devoted a large chunk of my life to film, not just watching them, but working on them as a visual effects artist. I love the challenge it presents, the technical mixed with the art. I was lucky to work with some amazing talent during my time at Fuel VFX, and the work that we produced speaks for itself. If you're interested to see where 10 years of my life went then check out my showreel.
I got into photography when I started working in visual effects. Initially I wanted to learn more about cameras so I would be better at my work, but I keep doing it because it allows me to tell a story with just a single picture, and I love telling stories. I'm completely self taught, and to be honest I should be much better, but sometimes the stars align and I take some good photos. In my photo gallery you can find some of the images that keep me inspired. They're from my trips around the world; I've been lucky to visit some amazing places. Whenever I get a bit sick of it all I have a look at them and remind myself why I needs the money.