Hello. My name is Jim Perkins. I live in Olympia, WA with my amazing wife, Sharon, and currently five dogs and three cats. We do some fostering of old dogs so the number tends to vary. We both work too much and continually lose the blackberry war unfolding in our backyard.
I started blogging on a long bicycle trip down the Pacific Coast with my dog, Elke. After thinking about writing for half my life, I finally did something about it.
Many of you are here because I took a stab at writing some oddly optimistic apocalypse fiction in 2011, and thanks to that first Amazon review from Dan in Texas, it did pretty well. I wrote in a different universe, poorly and incompletely, and it didn’t do so well.
Since then, it may surprise those same people to know that I have written a great deal, including major rewrites of the originals, but it doesn’t count if I don’t publish. Herein lies a fountain of details involving life, platforms, and work – along with a fairly typical wagonload of creative character flaws.
Even working in speculative fiction, it’s all about three main things. People first. How we deal with ourselves and each other. The vast range of relationships… Even in 2008, it was clear that the ground was becoming treacherous in terms of writing and speaking about people in groups. Culture, politics, race, gender are all things that were beginning to trigger people. I could see it developing first-hand on that long bike trip in the midst of the 2008 campaign. Now the levels of risk in those kinds of thoughts are off the charts, no matter the flavor of my personal opinions.
Second is our relationship with animals. If I have a character arc beyond getting old and occasionally learning a life lesson, it’s my view of animals over a long period of time. In the past few years, I’ve been involved with my wife ( I tease her about dragging me into it ) in some serious volunteer work in animal rescue. I’ve learned a lot about the good and bad of animal nonprofits and a big part of my plan is to work in the field of animal rescue and advocacy.
Finally, I’ve worked in technology for my entire career, mostly in the form of communications. Our relationship with technology is important as it becomes incredibly pervasive. Just like every shift in the human trend line, tech is capable of great benefit and fraught with unintended consequences. Every tool is a potential weapon. Speculative fiction has always handled the optimism and danger of technology, but I don’t think many of the masters could have predicted how entwined we have become with our tech toys.
This is all just life in today’s America. I think we could extend that set of issues to much of the Western world, but I’m not the one to write about the rest of the world with any authority. Besides, we have enough to handle right here at home.
I’ve got a pile of drafts, a bigger pile of research, and a confluence of reasons why I plan to open the gates to publishing again. Some of it will be expected, and some is completely out of left field. I’m looking forward to it, and I hope a few of you are as well.
It goes without saying that creative work can be very solitary, and it always helps to hear from you all.
My email is always open, and I’m pretty good about answering it too: email@example.com
You can find my Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/WriterJFPerkins Facebook is becoming rare for me, but I do see it from time to time.
My Twitter is… Let me look… Oh yeah: @WriterJFPerkins Full disclosure, I rarely use Twitter. It messes with my positive view of human nature.
I’ll be adding some other social media links here very soon.
Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/JF-Perkins/e/B005FCZRSS/
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/jf-perkins