Scribbling Gizmos, what is that?

A blog name conjured from a clouded mind of personal enthusiasms lacking any two-word moniker capable of encompassing them all. Ranging from fiction writing to travel to movies & television to science & science fiction to photography to defending an adult’s right to find fulfillment in a box of Legos, this is a space for a burgeoning writer, hopeful freelancer & self-proclaimed geek of all trades to explore and write on a multifarious conglomeration of…. well, stuff (yes, this was a run-on sentence, yet wholly necessary given the long-winded ramblings in my head).

About the author (to address any lingering curiosities)Me_

A currently stranded, northern hemisphere traveler living contentedly along the redwood coast of California, USA. An environmental social scientist (again, for lack of a more appropriate title) whose career highlights throw near as broad a net as personal interests from public health to marine mammals to commercial fisheries. Since at the moment, I am transitioning between research positions (eh ‘em.. unemployed) it was decided a pursuit of a long, dormant yen for writing (already established, apologies for the redundancies) was worth driving towards. How many of us have mused, immersed in mounds of must-dos, “Oh, if I only had the time to just write.

This blog set before you now, will serve as an outlet for that time I have to write and, in a manner of speaking, serve as a contributor to an expanding portfolio, one of a few goals scrawled hastily across paper fragments decorating the wall above my desk. The first goal has been met (no, not the blog, which I suppose does make two goals met). No, the first goal was to write and submit a short story (does 24 pages constitute “short”?) to a writing contest for publication. Results are pending. Regardless of the outcome excerpts will be shared along with other pieces cobbled together from various mental meanderings.

As the tagline states, “mingled writings and other doodads”, the frequent reader will, hopefully, find a smattering of enjoyment in those fiction creations, travel advice & experience offerings, occasional quotes for writers from those who manage to make a living from the art, attempts at artful photography, the occasion science and/or science fiction discussion, and any random rambling which may present itself late, on any particular evening.

So please, read, enjoy, criticize, question or simply let me know that you’re here and alive.

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  1. Thank you for viewing my post and for the like*_*

    Posted by Global Chow | April 20, 2013, 7:58 am
  2. The redwood California coast is very beautiful. Every time I visit, the trees make me feel small and young. And oddly, like anything is possible.

    Posted by bdh63 | April 20, 2013, 7:58 pm
  3. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. I hope the you are able to accept. Please check out the rules on my blog http://stormyviews.wordpress.com/

    Posted by stormyviews | April 21, 2013, 2:59 pm
  4. Hi, I’ve nominated your blog for a Liebster Award. For details see my blog at http://nannetteree.com/2013/04/23/liebster-award/

    Posted by nannetteree | April 23, 2013, 9:50 pm
  5. I have a quick question for you. Since you helped me discover the insert….lol….thank you for that by the way! How do you get the number of likes and comments the pos has at the insert point where it says ….. more… Or is there no way to do that?
    Thanks and continued success to you!

    Posted by Jennifer writingsofamrs | May 11, 2013, 8:16 am
    • Oh good, glad the “insert” worked for ya. 🙂 The “likes” appearing after that, on the main page. I believe this is what you do… In the “Dashboard” go to “Settings” then “Sharing” and down close to the bottom of that page to “Show buttons on” and check the box next to “Front Page, Archive Pages, and Search Results”. Ithink that will work. There are also “Ratings” you can turn on. Readers rate your posts by highlighting stars (3 stars, 4 stars, etc.) That’s under the “settings” section too. I’m not sure about thenumber of comments. I couldn’t find anythingabout that option. It could be a theme-specific detail where someinclude that and others don’t. Hope that helps! -Brian


      Posted by BTCarter | May 11, 2013, 11:22 am
  6. Nice site…love the picture of the wood propeller…

    Posted by robakers | June 20, 2013, 6:24 am
    • robakers> Thanks! Here’s the full picture of the wood propeller if you’re interested.

      These were taken at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in Oregon, where they Spruce Goose now resides.

      Posted by BTCarter | June 20, 2013, 4:39 pm
  7. I, too, believe in an adult’s right to find fulfillment in a box of Legos. 😉 Thanks for stopping by my blog – looking forward to reading more from you!

    Posted by Cedar R. | August 14, 2013, 1:25 pm
    • Ah, a kindred Lego spirit 🙂

      Enjoyed both your blogs. Your travels, and your work in Antarctica are so fascinating. How did you end up in that line of work? Or was it something you kind of fell into?

      Posted by BTCarter | August 15, 2013, 11:39 am
      • Completely fell into it. Burnt out after college and looking to do something completely non-academic that allowed me to travel – I wound up washing dishes at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. I found myself working alongside a lot of people in similar circumstances – lawyers, medical professionals, designers, people that just got tired of whatever they were doing and wound up taking menial jobs to allow them to visit Antarctica and have an adventure. I got hooked on the place and the community and kept going back, which led me to Logistics, which ultimately brought me to the other side of the continent and landed me where I’m sitting right this second – at Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, watching the 60mph wind gusts blowing snow around outside my window and block my view of the sawtooth mountains. 🙂

        Posted by Cedar R. | August 15, 2013, 12:05 pm
  8. I’ve nominated you for the Shine On Award! I’ve truly enjoyed your blog and feel it deserving of this award.
    For more info, check out this page on my blog:


    Whether or not you choose to display the award, I’d like to commend you on your great work. Keep it up! 🙂

    Posted by Taylor Eaton | August 16, 2013, 11:26 am
    • Thank you for this! Appreciate the recognition and congrats to you for your award 🙂

      Oh and thanks for introducing those Io9 concept art writing prompts with your “The Short Life of Irel the Metal Demi-God” story. They really get you to twist your imagination into some different directions.

      Posted by BTCarter | August 16, 2013, 11:43 am
      • Of course! I can’t wait to read more of your stuff! And I only recently discovered those writing prompts as well, so I’ve been having some fun there too 🙂

        Posted by Taylor Eaton | August 16, 2013, 11:49 am
  9. thank you for following my blog! happy that you like it 🙂 what an interesting blog you have ! for sure will be back here 🙂

    Posted by VisitSiena | February 2, 2014, 2:50 am
  10. Hello newest Spikey! I know, a bit corny, eh, but that’s the term that has come to stick for those folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it, thrown in for good measure.

    My promise to you is not to be overbearing, just a couple of posts a day, maybe 3 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


    Posted by Uncle Spike | March 29, 2014, 7:49 am

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