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Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
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Nature, Prehistory, & Fantasy
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Artistic Expression: My primary hobbies are writing and photography. My writing usually takes the form of fantasy literature, and I am currently working on the second round of editing/rewriting for my first novel manuscript. I also enjoy writing literary journalism-type essays (things you would see in hobbyist magazines) and monologues/theater scripts.

My photography focuses mainly on nature and wildlife (particularly birds). The region of the US where I live has a great diversity of habitats and offers plenty of opportunities for any photographer.

Education: I have an Associate's Degree in Wildlife Technology, and my Bachelor's Degree was an independent major focused on environmental education, natural disasters, and writing. I know how to assess the health of habitats and waterways, determine whether they are suitable for a given species, perform various population studies, and do basic management of harvestable forest stands. I also know how to create basic mitigation plans for preparation and evacuation in case of any number of natural disasters.

Residence: The region of the US where I live is also along the line of the furthest glacial encroachment of the current "Ice Age." The entire landscape I live in has been shaped by naturally-occurring climate change, and because of the evidence and information I've gathered from living in this region my entire life and from the various professors I've studied under, I do not believe in man-made global warming. Any information you wish to present to me regarding this should be firsthand scientific papers with all the data and experiment details, not secondhand, media-edited hearsay for the common man.
... edited for the most part.

I finished the major part of the rewrites/edits on Friday. Now all I have to do is go back and add in a few minor scenes containing important information that got deleted, do a final read-through for line editing, and reformat the whole thing into the appropriate style/form for submission to agents and publishers. I wish I could say that I can get that done by the end of the week, but seeing as it's Holy Week in the Christian calendar, I have a lot of activities going on throughout the next few days.

Hopefully, I'll find some time to work on some artwork again soon too... or at least get some stuff scanned for uploading so all of you might see it. In the infamous words of Kermit the Frog, "Whatever."

Thanks for visiting!

- Ghost
  • Mood: Thrilled
  • Listening to: Misc. Celtic music
  • Reading: Prof. Robert Garland, Mary Renault
  • Watching: Vikings, Face Off
  • Eating: winter veggie casserole
  • Drinking: black tea, peach tea, water

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Plioart Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
GhostInThePines Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
So let me get this straight: you're a conservative? Please answer, as I'm very curious.
GhostInThePines Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I have both conservative and libertarian views... and a few "liberal" views as well. Primarily, though, I just believe that people need to take responsibility for themselves. I don't care what they do in their private lives as long as it doesn't infringe on the life pursuits of other people. Believe what you want. Marry whoever you want. Engage in whatever activities you want. Wreck your body however you want... just don't ask your neighbors to pay for the mistakes you might make. I'm fine with helping people who fall into hard times through no fault of their own, but I don't believe in rewarding stupidity with handouts. At the same time, I also believe in caring for our service members and elders who worked to make our lives better, both in the military sector as well as the private sectors. Most of them deserve our respect.
So to me you sound like a right wing libertarian. Alright, well in that case you CAN NOT call your self an environmentalist, because you'd be lying if you did. I also find it strange that someone with a seemingly naturalist personality can support the conservative party, the same party that gives absolutely ZERO fucks about the environment (or nature, however you want to put it). The fact that democrats are trying to reduce carbon emissions means that less coal will be mined; and thus less natural land will be plundered. So if you TRULY loved nature, as your photo gallery suggests, then you wouldn't be siding with the political party that wants to plunder and exploit it. :hmm:
GhostInThePines Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're making a lot of really poor assumptions... both about me as an individual and about effective conservation work. I have never claimed to be an "environmentalist" and have no desire to be associated with those nut jobs. I am a conservationist. Conservationists are for responsible use of natural resources that helps humanity as well as preserves nature for future generations.

Environmentalists are against the use of fossil fuels... and yet wind turbines killed 63 bald eagles last year according to a report in The Wildlife Society's monthly newsletter. Wind turbines are also responsible for the deaths of countless thousands of songbirds and bats that fly into them during their biannual migrations due to the effects they have on local electromagnetic fields. A brand new version of solar energy production - still in experimental stages and sponsored by several major tech & energy companies (including Google) - has just been blamed for literally frying hundreds of birds out in California. Oh, and nuclear energy? - yeah, you can tell me that's a good idea when you live in the shadow of a nuclear power plant like my family does, and you end up going through a potential meltdown scare in the middle of a system upgrade. And no one really wants nuclear waste being hauled by eighteen-wheelers through their towns on the way to the storage facilities that are supposed to keep it safe for the next umpteen thousand years.

In Pennsylvania, we have over 3,000 miles of streams contaminated by acid mine drainage (AMD), left over from when there were no environmental regulations to protect people and the environment from the negative effects of coal mining. Now, however, any mining/fracking/drilling projects that occur in the state must return the used lands and water to a state that is either equal to or better than how they found it prior to doing any fuel extractions. Because of these laws, hardwood forests that were strip-mined have now been turned into diverse habitat that supports 10x the species that were found in the areas before. Many of these new habitats are now owned/managed by our State Game Commission - funding for which comes primarily from sales of hunting licenses (and guess which political leanings most hunters have...). The AMD is being cleaned up by fracking companies as they clean up the waters they used for their extraction projects - clean up that would have never happened otherwise because there is no funding for it outside of a handful of local charity groups run by fishermen/hunters/sportsmen. Other groups that help with a lot of habitat creation/protection/management in Pennsylvania include Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, the Ruffed Grouse Society, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation - Northeast Chapter, and Pheasants Forever... these are only a few of the national foundations that do conservation work here, alongside the countless local groups, and they're all primarily funded by sportsmen.

So don't tell me I'm wrong for being conservative. Conservatives are not against environmental protections. In fact, I'd dare to say we're better at natural conservation than the liberals... after all, we can manage the environment and still use it to the benefit of humanity.
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Saberrex Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for faving my theories.
GhostInThePines Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
Saberrex Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav!
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