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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)

'Rochester Rewritten' Front cover photography and full cover design ©2013 Alan Vincent Michaels

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..."

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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: VIEW
· To buy the ebook versions, go to APPLE BOOKS STORE  KINDLE BOOKS  SMASHWORDS BOOKS
· To buy the paperback version: R-SPEC BOOKS

Front cover photography and full cover design by Alan Vincent Michaels. ©2013 Alan Vincent Michaels.

   Voice-over work


Selected voice-over work for clients...

2019

    Voice-over characters for several NTID student filmmakers' NTID Learning Center video projects (April).

    Managed by Stacy Bick of RIT/NTID Communications, Marketing and Multimedia Services.


2017

    Getting Started With Paychex ESR (December)  VIDEO IN TRAINING CONTEXT  VIDEO


   R-SPEC presentations


I have been the Rochester Speculative Literature Association, Inc. (R-SPEC) Program Officer since October 2012, and its Marketing Officer since February 2019.

I coordinate the monthly meeting programs, present writing and special interest topics, and moderate selected topic meetings and our quarterly reading meetings. Additional tasks include the design of meeting posters, social media postings, and other collateral materials for R-SPEC and third-party presenters.

R-SPEC

  ‐ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

  ‐ is a group of Rochester, NY writers, readers, and thinkers that celebrates and creates speculative literature

  ‐ meeting topics run the gamut from science and technology to creative writing and publishing

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Selected R-SPEC sessions that I have presented, moderated, or served as a panelist...

2020

    Hooking that Plot! (February 2020; presenter/moderator) LEARN MORE

2019

    Techniques for Getting Sh*t Done! (October 2019; presenter/moderator) LEARN MORE

    Focusing on the Dilemma (September 2019; presenter/moderator) LEARN MORE

    You Finished Writing! Now What? (March 2019; presenter/moderator) LEARN MORE

    Using Speculative Fiction Tropes (February 2019; moderator and panelist) LEARN MORE

2018

    Overcoming Writing Roadblocks (October 2018; presenter) LEARN MORE

    Writing Endings: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (September 2018; presenter) LEARN MORE

    Technologies That Were Once Science Fiction (July 2018; presenter) LEARN MORE

    World Building: Part 2 – Science Fiction Worlds (March 2017; panelist) LEARN MORE

    World Building: Part 1 – Fantasy Worlds (February 2017; panelist) LEARN MORE

2017

    Speculative Poetry Reading & Writing Workshop (September 2017; presenter/moderator) LEARN MORE

    Writing Workshop: Creating Believable Alien Characters (March 2017; presenter/moderator) LEARN MORE

    Distractions to Writing Speculative Fiction (February 2017; presenter/moderator) NO LINK AVAILABLE

2016

    What Do We Want from Spec Fic? (October 2016; moderator) LEARN MORE

    Writing Workshop – The Short-Short Story (September 2016; moderator) LEARN MORE

    Using Current Events in Speculative Fiction (April 2016; presenter) LEARN MORE

    Naming Objects, Characters, and Worlds (February 2016; presenter) LEARN MORE

2015

    How to Create Realistic Fantasy and Science Fiction Settings (June 2015; panel moderator) LEARN MORE

    Revealing Backstory Without the Dreaded Info Dump (May 2015; presenter) LEARN MORE

    Dialogue-Only Writing Workshop (February 2015; moderator) LEARN MORE

2014

    Flash Fiction Exercise (September 2014; presenter) LEARN MORE

    Far-Out Tech: How SF Tech Has Transformed Our World (June 2014; presenter) LEARN MORE

    Publishing Your Story or Novel (February 2014; moderator) NO LINK AVAILABLE

2013

    What is Speculative Fiction Poetry? (September 2013; presenter) LEARN MORE

    Generating Story Ideas (June 2013; moderator) LEARN MORE

    Blurring the Line Between SF and Fantasy (February 2013; moderator) LEARN MORE

2012

    Asteroid Mining—The New Gold (and more) Rush? (November 2012; presenter) LEARN MORE

   Story visualizations


Exodus (2008)

'Exodus' ©Alan Vincent Michaels 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


   Non-writing stuff


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)

The Dying ©2013 Puzzlemore, Inc.
I have a film credit 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, LEARN MORE

· To see my Sound Department - Boom Operator credit on IMDb.com:k LEARN MORE
· To read more about David P. Nicholson's movie on IMDb.com: LEARN MORE

Photo by Puzzlemore, Inc. ©2013 Puzzlemore, Inc.