Purrlock Murrs: an idea for a children’s book I’ve had.

So, I’ve had this idea for a kid’s book about a cat detective called Purrlock Murrs. He is assisted by his friend and companion, Doctor John Kitten, who is a curious and friendly younger feline.

Purrlock’s greatest foe, obviously, is Murriarty.

Now all I need is an artist willing to draw cute cats, and I’ll be on my way.

(Purrlock Murrs, Doctor John Kitten, and Murriarty, all used together anyway, are all (c) Stephen J Herron 2014).

So much for more updates…

Doesn’t seem like I did too well with that whole “posting more regularly” thing!
I’ve been thinking about the blog anyway, what it is, and what it isn’t. Personal blogging seems to be less common these days. Unless you’re Neil Gaiman (and I’m not), people aren’t particularly interested in your random thoughts.

I could make the blog more photography-orientated, but that might be sort of boring as well. I post my photos everywhere anyway, including Facebook and Google+, so that might be over-saturated.

The site could turn into more of a digital resume/portfolio, which “feels” right. Owning your name as a URL is more important than ever, but to be the first site that comes up on Google when someone types in your name, you do have to be producing content that is both relevant and useful.

It’s an interesting dilemma. What does “StephenHerron.com” turn into next? Stuff, and things?

A thousand different photo ops

I take so many photos as I walk back and forth from the office to my car. There’s a small backstreet in Cleveland called Johnson Court, and I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of taking photos down here.

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It’s in the old warehouse district, and while many of the buildings around here have been renovated and upgraded, they retain much of their original character. In Johnson Court, there’s always something going on. And I’ll be there, twice a day (on work days) to capture it.

Photography update

Last time I wrote about photography was in June, when I’d taken just over 4,000 shots with my Canon T2i.

Now that number is closer (much closer) to 7,000.

As i mentioned a couple of months ago, I’ve created a website called Photosjhoot to show off (and hopefully sell) some of the best shots. Please visit :)

I’m still on Flickr, and that’s where I still post most of my photos. The new site is just for the “best of the best” and to help me figure out both the business of photography and the digital print side of things.

I’d love it if I could make the photography pay for itself. It would be a great way to get new gear and upgrade equipment. I suspect, however, that it’ll be a long road. Much better ‘togs than me struggle for recognition and few make any kind of real money. Still, I’d like to sell something. At the very least, I think I’m good enough to give away framed prints as gifts, so some of you reading this should get ready to be disappointed.

That said, right now, there’s a framed photo for sale at Baliwick’s Coffee Company in Tiffin, a neat little college coffee shop that sells lots of beautiful prints. Anyone know of any places in Cleveland that would sell my stuff?

It’s done, and it’s out

It’s been nearly a month since Gen Con 2012 (feels longer) and the Broken Rooms RPG is now available in PDF format from DriveThruRpg. The print product will be available soon, though Studio2 currently have a few copies.

After Gen Con there’s always a couple of weeks (or more) of decompression and recovery, not least from the travel and effort of running 8 hours of games a day. There’s also that whole “well, what now?” thing.

I’m not going to worry about that too much this time. Broken Rooms is a big book (464 pages) and it took a lot out of all of us to get it finished. It’s been 16 years since the first edition came out, all 100 copies of it, and I had wondered how I’d feel once this version — arguably theĀ final version — was completed.

I feel pretty good. And I don’t feel in a hurry to start any new projects just yet. Of course, there’s always an itch in the back of my mind, new ideas trying to get out, but for now I’ll concentrate on my photography and trying to make it pay for itself, as well as the actual day job. We might evenĀ play some RPGs, which would make a huge change.