About MikeV

I’m an eclectic homesteading geek with a creative streak. While I’m proficient on Mac and Microsoft, my development platform of preference is Linux. I currently create 3D images and animations using Blender 3D and use many of the creative tools available on Linux in my projects. I also have experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXpress and PageMaker. In the end, it’s ultimately about the art. Additionally, I am also experienced in managing and developing for LAMP, have experience in Linux systems administration, networking and systems diagnostics, troubleshooting and building computer systems and networks.

Snippet 02 from: The Cooperative – Destination

Here is an experimental snippet from the first book of The Cooperative series. Needs editing and will probably be radically changed once I start writing that series. James is tormented by constant visions related to an experience he had, an experience that took him briefly to the beginning of the Cooperative. He is determined to sort the visions out and has been obsessively trying to find a way back. The intrusion of the aliens to Earth exposed him to a Gatekeeper named Steven Crow that he had been seeing in his visions. This Gatekeeper appeared for all intents and purposes to be the one the Younger was talking about, the one who was not immersed in time; and the one who was key to getting him back to Aris, who was supposed to be his wife.… Read the rest...

Snippet 01 from: The Cooperative – Destination

The Cooperative is a series I am developing to explore the birth of the Cooperative, plus the early history of the Younger – all from the eyes of a very confused Terran named James. This particular snippet was actually written in response to an online writing competition, to which I am thankful for inspiring me to put my latent thoughts down onto… well… not paper. You know. The competition was to create a story around the image in this post with the presumption that the main character had been somehow pulled into the painting.


It wasn’t the most spectacular painting in the market, but something about it seemed to pull at James.… Read the rest...

Snippet 04 from: Crow – Vindication

A pre-edited snippet from Chapter 3 of Book 3: Crow – Vindication. Steven is still struggling to find a place for himself in the Cooperative. Unfortunately, most of the Cooperative still sees him as a dire threat to their very existence and will go to great lengths to terminate that threat.


Steven Faces Resistance

“How long is this going to take?” Steven shifted from foot to foot impatiently. Aradia looked up at Steven briefly, then returned to her task, barely hiding her annoyance.

“You do not have to wait, Steven,” she said after an uncomfortable moment.

Steven looked at Sally then back at Lohet’s daughter, oblivious of her irritation.… Read the rest...

Why would anyone want to read what I write?

I’m a daydreamer from as far back as I can remember, and have been jotting down ideas, stories and whatnot since my teens. I was fortunate to have fallen in with a creative crowd which helped me develop myself as an artist and story-teller. We spent countless hours passing ideas back and forth, developing characters and plots, writing, play-acting scenes and even breaking out a state-of-the-art VHS camcorder and laying down some action scenes. We spent as many hours quietly drawing our characters and scenes as we developed our ideas about them.

That foundation has followed me over the decades to today.… Read the rest...

Author Pages – Why Now?

There is one question that I have seen on various Facebook writers groups. “When should I create an Author’s Page?”

The importance of immediately creating an FB Author Page, author-oriented Twitter Account and even an Author Blog, among other social networks, cannot be understated. This networking isn’t about the book you are working on. It is about YOU, the author. It’s about your journey in your creative endeavor. About your interests that spur your storytelling. It’s about you writing into the wee hours of the morning, or getting up before sunrise to return to your writing with a cup of good coffee.… Read the rest...