Alan Vincent Michaels' art & other stuff
I believe strongly in the written word, but the "visual word" can often convey more meaning and emotion than words do alone. I work in pencil/ink, oil, and digital photographic formats. I also enjoy creating computer-based artwork, some of which are found in my website page header, page buttons, and the artwork below.
Book cover art
Rochester Rewritten: Rochester in the Alternative (2013)
In 2013, I created the cover art and full cover design for R-SPEC's Rochester Rewritten: Rochester in the Alternative, an anthology of current and former Rochester-based authors and poets' "What if?" stories about Rochester, New York.
Rochester Rewritten takes you "on a journey through alternate histories, presents, and futures of our famous North Coast city... Welcome to Rochester in the alternative..."
For more info, click here
Front cover photography and full cover design by Alan Vincent Michaels. ©2013 Alan Vincent Michaels.
Take a closer look at the front cover. Things aren't always what they seem at first glance.
· To see a larger version of the front cover and a sample of the Kindle version, click here
· To buy the ebook versions, click iBooks Kindle Smashwords
· To buy the paperback version, click here
I have been the Rochester Speculative Literature Association, Inc.
R-SPEC meeting topics run the gamut from science and technology to creative writing and publishing. From the
Selected R-SPEC sessions that I have presented, moderated, or served as a panelist...
Overcoming Writing Roadblocks (October 2018; presenter)
Writing Endings: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (September 2018; presenter)
Technologies That Were Once Science Fiction (July 2018; presenter)
World Building: Part 2 – Science Fiction Worlds (March 2017; panelist)
World Building: Part 1 – Fantasy Worlds (February 2017; panelist)
Speculative Poetry Reading & Writing Workshop (September 2017; presenter)
Writing Workshop: Creating Believable Alien Characters (March 2017; presenter)
Distractions to Writing Speculative Fiction (February 2017; moderator)
What Do We Want from Spec Fic? (October 2016; moderator) click here
Writing Workshop – The Short-Short Story (September 2016; moderator) click here
Using Current Events in Speculative Fiction (April 2016; presenter) click here
Naming Objects, Characters, and Worlds (February 2016; presenter) click here
How to Create Realistic Fantasy and Science Fiction Settings (June 2015; panel moderator) click here
Revealing Backstory Without the Dreaded Info Dump (May 2015; presenter) click here
Dialogue-Only Writing Workshop (February 2015; moderator) click here
Flash Fiction Exercise (September 2014; presenter) click here
Far-Out Tech: How SF Tech Has Transformed Our World (June 2014; presenter) click here
Publishing Your Story or Novel (February 2014; moderator)
Planning Story Structures (October 2013; moderator)
What is Speculative Fiction Poetry? (September 2013; presenter) click here
Generating Story Ideas (June 2013; moderator) click here
Blurring the Line Between SF and Fantasy (February 2013; moderator) click here
Asteroid Mining—The New Gold (and more) Rush? (November 2012; presenter) click here
This image was created to help me visualize my short story, Exodus, which is a tale of the last ark ships leaving Atia, a depleted and nearly lifeless world. The inhabitants have exhausted their solar system's resources, and increased radiation from their sun now threatens all life on Atia and its colony moons.
After years of horrific, devastating planet-wide wars, droughts, disease, and natural calamities, the Atians decide that journeying to the stars is the only chance for their survival and for the survival of the remaining flora and fauna.
Will the last, few Atians survive?
Will they find a new world to call their home?
Artwork ©2008 Alan Vincent Michaels
I've done a lot of non-writing stuff over the years, and I am showcasing some of the cooler items here. In brief, I've done sound work on movies, voice-overs for corporate training and commercials, and numerous professional, non-speculative fiction artwork, photography, and graphic design pieces.
The Dying (Released 10-10-1997, USA) by David P. Nicholson (Producer, Director, Writer)
I'm on IMDb.com! How cool is that?
From the Puzzlemore official website...
"Frank is a vampire who likes to play with his food. But he's met his match when he confronts Fred. It would seem fortunate for Frank that vampires don't always stay dead, however, when he returns, he finds that his son's girlfriend has moved in with them. To make matters worse, he begins to have recurring dreams of a recent victim. When a rival vampire shows up bent on revenge, Frank begins to envy The Dying." · For more about David P. Nicholson's movies, click here
· To see my Boom Operator credit on IMDb.com, click here
· To read more about David P. Nicholson's movie on IMDb.com, click here
Photo by Puzzlemore, Inc. ©2013 Puzzlemore, Inc.