NEWSFLASH – “Mental Graffiti” Is LIVE

For those of you that follow me actively on social media you know that I’ve been goofing around about releasing a book of my so-called wisdom for several years, and have been hinting about making it a reality for the last couple months.

I’m happy, excited, and just damn thrilled to announce that it is now becoming a true reality.

As of right now, the official release date for my first book, Mental Graffiti, is January 29th 2016, a short 15 days (2 weeks) away. I am working like a champ to tie off loose ends, finish the final admin, and get this puppy ready for publication. Those things we pretty much have in the bag and are right on target.

The book in ebook format is currently available for pre-order on Amazon at the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Mental-Graffiti-Collected-Thoughts-Creative-ebook/dp/B01AFEM21K/

We are releasing this bad-boy in both ebook and paperback through amazon and it will be available in both formats by the 29th of January.

In addition to the ebook and print book release, we are also running a promotion contest in the weeks leading up to the release and for the week following the release to generate interest. Expect details on this contest to appear here later today after this initial announcement.

Going hand and hand with the release of the book and the promotional contest, I am also lining up to be a guest on several podcasts and blogs that you will see coming out during this time period. All in all, a very exciting time and busy time, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Check back here often over the next few weeks for updates.

So what is Mental Graffiti?

Mental Graffiti is a coffee table book or bathroom reader full of my sarcastic and sometimes-insightful anecdotes, observations, and one-liners that I’ve collected over 6 years through my interaction on social media. It is a response to the throwaway nature of out society, where we are all quick to discard just about everything in favor of the next quick fix. By capturing my little tidbits of random thoughts I’ve accumulated over the years, I am fighting the tyranny of out “instant gratification fast-food” culture by preserving my observations for posterity and your reading enjoyment.

Synopsis:

Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of random and quirky thoughts flit through our little brains everyday. Sparked by the intricate firing synapses making up our grey matter, these fleeting impressions appear and are instantly absorbed into the mental aether, often without being noticed. But sometimes, we allow those thoughts to surface long enough to be recognized as the hidden gems, to be considered fully, cherished, and/or adored in guilty terror, such as these:

I wonder if feline is best served with a white wine or a red? Maybe beer?

I bet every single one of you jack@$$es are just sick figments of my overactive, sadomasochistic imagination. It’s the only possible explanation.

I’ve been thinking leaving online reviews of restaurants and other establishments based on how comfortable and sanitary my poo experience has been while there.

For those of you who have successfully navigated yet another Monday, congratulations. For those of you who were less successful: do you need help hiding the bodies? #‎TheStruggleIsReal

It’s like my entire existence is a video game and I’m trying to get some extra life. #‎Coffee #‎LiquidLife

Scott E. Pond has been collecting his random thoughts and observations and posting them (for the enjoyment of the masses) on social media for the last six years. Mental Graffiti contains the best of the best, hand selected for you for this volume. Enjoy!

What else is included in Mental Graffiti?

Well I’m glad you asked! This book is chock full of extra goodies to entertain you, enlighten you, and put hair on your chest (or remove hair from your chest, depending on which you prefer). So what else do you get? Let me tell you:

Cover: a beautiful shot of me during one of my disciplinary sessions with Daniel the Demanding Dominatrix, aka Dee3 (not really, that was just a photoshoot with my good friend and outstanding photographer, Bruce Press).

Author Note: A rare insight into the mind and history of the recluse known in some circles as “The Man With No Time” and “The Artist of Reality Unfolding” (aka. Scott E. Pond).

Forward: A poignant and uplifting guest forward by my buddy and rival, Paul E. Cooley. Don’t worry, he kept his clothes on during the writing of that… I think.

Illustrations: Holy crap, this book is popping with interior photographs and illustrations, all tied in with my bits of uber-smart observations. There are even a couple guest illustrations in here as well. Man, you get all the good stuff. Examples of what to expect can be seen to the right, such as the PAMM advertisement, the fake movie poster (A Fistful of Bacon), and the Dung Beetle! illustration (by the talented Arthur Wright, aka Noble Bear). There’s like a bazillion illustrations in this book (Disclaimer: Scott has trouble counting. There are around 15 illustrations throughout the book). There is also a caricature of Scott as your favorite Canuck Superhero (by the amazing Marc Lapierre).

Links to a whole bunch of people and places, including my newsletter.

Author Photo: for those of you secretly or not-so-secretly in love with this hunk of man flesh, there’s also a picture of me at the back giving you my best Blue Steel pose. You are welcome. Also, make sure you use it in moderation: you can go blind doing that.

Expect to see updates in the coming weeks, including unboxing videos, signing videos, contest updates, newsletter updates (for those subscribed), and anything else that is relevant to this exciting next step.

 

Mental Graffiti is a product of Scott E. Pond Design Studios, LLC and Darker Reality Studios, LLC. Copyright 2016.

Mental Graffiti can be purchased, pre-ordered, and reviewed through amazon.com:

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Interviewed – OriginStori

I was recently interviewed by the uber talented John Mierau for his OriginStori podcast. If you want to get the skinny about who I am, what I do, and why I do it, check it out.


Find out all about graphics professional extraordinaire Scott Pond in this week’s episode of OriginStori! What makes him tick? Why does he rock so much? What does he have against wooden pencils and Gangsta Rap? The answers lie within…

[To listen to this episode of OriginStori, click on the images to the left or the text above]

New Cover Design: Scott Silger's THE MVP has been sent to print!!!

Awwwwww yeah!  Whose house?  

That’s right, it’s our muddah shucking house!

It’s official… Scott Sigler’s soon to be released novel, THE MVP, is off to the printing house.

It features a cover and 16 page color insert designed by yours truly (aka Scott “Big Fish” “Pondy” Pond), interior layout by Donna Mugavero, and contributing insert illustrations/designs by W. Seth Hanisek. You can see a glimpse of the cover (including the trophy, Ki hand, and Sklorno tentacle I designed and built exclusively for this project) over at http://ScottSigler.com/ today and below!

 

THE MVP is the fourth book in Sigler’s Galactic Football League (GFL) series. It is getting released this September as a limited edition and signed hardcover… get yours ordered now because once they are gone they are gone!

Design on the insert and dust jacket for this fantastic book began over 6 months ago. In that time, there were many ideas and concepts thrown back and forth until we settled on the initial flushed-out concept for the main cover: an MVP trophy being held up (and maybe even being fought over) by several GFL players. From there we continued to toss ideas back and forth as we decided on the final trophy design, settled on three players (a human, a KI, and a Sklorno), and the overal design and layout of all the elements.

That was the easy part.

Then came the actual design, creation (yes that trophy, Ki hand/arm, and Sklorno tentacles are real, physical things), photography, photo-manipulation, and layout of the cover.

It’s been a long road to get here, but oh baby… sooooo worth it.

You’ll see when you actually see this baby and hold it in your hands.

And that’s just the front cover.

Wait until you see the rest of the dust jacket AND the 16-page color insert (with some fantastic illustrations/designs by the groovy W. Seth Hanisek). But we don’t want to talk about THAT right now, do we? That would spoil the surprise… (EVIL LAUGHTER).

With Sigler’s fantastic story, Donna’s awesome and amazing interior treatment, and this cover and insert, this book is gonna be a work of art.

A FRIGGIN WORK OF ART, I TELLYOU!!!

Apparently Scott Sigler and his wonderful cohort, A Kovacs, feel the same:

Check it out: the final whoop-ass cover for THE MVP, BOOK IV in the Galactic Football League series. The cover is the creation of Scott “Big Fish” Pond, who can apparently conjure a Ki lineman up from nothing (or maybe by sacrificing a few baby squirrels, we don’t know and we’re pretty sure we don’t want to know).”

 

Haven’t yet experienced the GFL series? Not a problem… pick up your copies in eBook, hardcover (for THE STARTER, THE ALL-PRO, and THE MVP… unfortunately THE ROOKIE is sold out), or pick them up soon in paperback.

The entire GFL series will be coming to Barnes and Noble and via Amazon.ocm in paperback over the next 8 months, again with cover designss by yours truly.

Pick up your copy of THE ROOKIE and THE STARTER from B&N and Amazon in August (August 7th according to both sites).

My covers for THE ROOKIE and THE STARTER can be seen below, with fantastic character illustrations by Adrian Bogart. If you haven’t been over to Adrian’s site, man… you are missing out! He is bloody amazing. Check him out at http://www.adrianbogart.com/.

 


 

THE ALL-PRO and THE MVP will also be available in paperback around December at B&N (again with Adrian and I combining our efforts on more fantastic covers).

I cannot recommend this series enough. It is a pulse-pounding sci-fi story arc with the feel of THE BLINDSIDE, THE GODFATHER, and STAR WARS combined into one deliciously exciting and hard-hitting tale.

To be blunt… It effing rocks hard!

Head on over to Sigler’s site and pre-order your copy of this beauty.

According to his site, your time is running out on this masterpiece!

This is your last chance to order! final numbers are due on Monday and we’re considering only printing to order. If you want to be 100% sure you get your copy(s), now’s the time. We are not kidding. Don’t blame us if you get left out.”

 

GOOOOOOOoooooooo KRAKENS!!!

Mental Residue – Episode 002: The End of the Path (Short Story)

In this episode, you get to drift off to sleep with my soothing, melodic voice as I tell you a bedtime story.

There are bunnies (hidden), trees, a gurgling brook, and a hike through the woods.  Oh, and dear, dead friends… how sad.  I hope there’s also a moral to the story (there may be)… or at least some good old-fashioned poltergeist activity (there isn’t).

So grab your blankie and mug of a frothy beverage of your choice, snuggle in, and get lost in the rich and melodious voice of your favorite closet geek.

Hope you like it.  If you happen to listen to it, please leave a comment on what you think.

If you would rather read it instead of hearing my lovely voice, you can see the text version here: http://scottpond.com/archives/1980

Mental Residue Podcast – Episode 001: Interview with Paul Cooley

Hello my friends. Welcome to the first ever episode of Mental Residue, the official podcast of Scott Pond Design Studios.

I’ve been thinking about doing a podcast for my works and thoughts for several years. Around 3 years ago I came this close (holds up thumb and forefinger about 2 mm apart) to actually launching one after I interviewed Nathan Lowell, but things fell through and I got sidetracked.

Over the last weekend, as I posted, I was down in Maryland at Balticon. I had the opportunity to interview Paul E. Cooley – The Fiend Master – for an Intro to Journalism class. After the interview, I decided to piss or get off the pot. It was time to step up or shut up. You know… all the normal cliches for stopping being a lazy ass.

So here it is… my inaugural episode. *HOLDS BREATH*

I’m very interested in what you think, what you believe should be changed, etc. Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

We’re Baaaa-aaaack! Musings on Balticon 46…

Hello my friends! We’re back from Balticon and I have to tell ya a great time was had by all! True, some seemed to have a LOT more fun than others (and probably don’t remember any of it) but I think it was definitely a blast this year.

Took my son, Logan, who had a fantastic time. He got to meet Paul Cooley, Scott Sigler, A Kovacs, and many others… needless to say he was quite starstruck and now has the writers spark rekindled in him (yay!). He had a great time and definitely wants to attend next year as well. A wonderful bonding experience for us both, I think.

Saw some really great panels this year:

The Geologic Podcast live recording session, the GFL Expansion-Scott Sigler session, the Grindstone live recording session, and the live readings by Scott Sigler, Nathan Lowell, and Paul Cooley all stand out as well. These particular sessions really made the con totally worthwhile for me. The others were great, but these were the icing on the cake.

Other great things came out of Balticon other than just some great memories:

Sat down with the great folks at Dark Overlord Media (Scott Sigler and A Kovacs) and finalized the last-minute details for The MVP cover and insert design and the GFL paperback cover designs. Some REALLY cool stuff going on here. Also brought along some of the… let’s just say ‘elements’… that I’m using for the cover and insert design. You may get to see a little something about this after The MVP ships on the Friday Fix feed over at scottsigler.com… but that’s all I’m saying about that!

Got a chance to sit down with Paul E. Cooley–aka The FiendMaster— for an interview I needed for my final class for my degree (intro to journalism). What a great interview! We talked about his works, his philosophy on what makes a great story, his views on the evils of the traditional publishing routes, a little about his past and how that may contribute to his unique brand of story telling, and why/how he developed his fantastic ‘MyWrite’ app. We talked for over an hour… and I have the entire thing recorded. While the original intent was to just use it for class, this stuff is just too good. Going to try to clean up the sound quality a bit and will try to post it here for you to enjoy.

Sat down with the talented and vivacious Sue Taliaferro–aka BrightEyedDyer, poet and dye enthusiast–to discuss a great new project. More of this will be revealed in the coming months but I think it’s safe to say that we may have a little something-something coming out later this year with our combined talents that you’ll be able to purchase. ’nuff said on that as well.

Finally got to meet Scott Roche at the con this year. Scott is a fantastic author who has some really great short form fiction available (such as Ginny Dare, which I finally got a signed copy of!). He also is involved with several podcasts as well. Well worth it to check out his site (http://www.scottroche.com/). We got to talk briefly about covers, cons, and where he’d like to take his own work as well. What a great guy! Definitely someone I’d love to collaborate with sometime.

Also got a chance to meet (very briefly) the fantastic John Mierau. John is a science fiction and fantasy writer/storyteller. I’ve wanted to meet John for a while now and luckily I finally at least got to see him in action and shake his hand. For a Canadian, his a friggin’ laugh-riot (inside joke). Seriously, though, check out his work over at http://www.johnmierau.com/. This chap is another I’d love to collaborate with sometime.

Last, but definitely not least, I finally at least got a chance to meet the wonderful writer and digital designer Starla Huchton. I’ve been following her design work over the last year and I have to say not only is she one classy lady but she is also a damn good cover designer. I attended a few of her design panels and was quite impressed. I wanted to sit down with her over Balticon to talk shop but unfortunately the opportunity didn’t present itself. If you get a chance, head on over and check out her work at: http://www.thedreamersthreadnovel.com/ and http://www.designedbystarla.com/

Overall, Balticon 46 was a great event. A lot of cos-play folks, great panels, and fantastic people. Would not have missed it for the world. Now I just have to wait for Balticon 47 to finally roll around…

 

MAJOR FREAKING ANNOUNCEMENT

Awww, Snap! Look Who’s In The HOUSE!

Whose House?

OUR MOTHER SHUCKING HOUSE!!!

 

There are moments that are exciting.

You know… those moments that make your heart beat a little faster, or put a grin on your face, or that make you think “Gee, I guess I AM doing something right.”

Those types of moments are what I call an “average exciting” moment.

Well, I just had an “Oh my effing lord I’m like crazy effing insanely excited” moment.

My good friends over at Dark Øverlord Media (DØM)–A Kovacs (the vivaciously awesome Director of DØØM… yes, I just called A “vivaciously awesome”) and Scott Sigler (our Future Dark Øverlord… yes, THAT Scott Sigler… NY Times Best Selling Author and all around Freaking Awesome Dude)–have announced that I (yes, me… the “other” Scott, a.k.a. “Big Fish”) am the In-House Graphic Designer and a Preferred Provider for DØM.

Sweaty palms? Check.

Racing heart? Check.

Jumping up and down like a freaking’ crazy person. Uh… I admit it… check.

To listen to DØM’s announcement, head on over here: 46_FridayFix__GFL_T-Shirts_January_2012.mp3

This announcement rides on the coat-tails of DØM releasing 4 new Galactic Football League (GFL) tee-shirts. Oh, did I mention that I designed these 4 tees? Yes, another “Oh my God my head is swimming from excitement” moment. Check these puppies out… I can’t explain how much I dig these designs (I’m a little partial to the Krakens and the Pirates tees, but I totally l-o-v-e all of these).

 

Each of these are available over at DØM… why not head over and pick up one, or two, or all four of them today? To order them (oh, and the “Dig The Sig” tee that I designed the logo for in celebration of SiglerFest2011), head on over to http://scottsigler.com/product_categories/tee-shirts now!

I can’t fully express how much this means to me, to become part of the DØM family. You have no idea (and I mean this with all sincerity) how much A and Scott rock.  Not only are they uber creative and progressive business people, they are just so amazing both professionally and personally. To be able to be involved in giving Scott’s fans a visual representation of the work they do is an honor above anything I can explain. And since I’m a fan of Scott’s as well, to be able to give him the best graphics I can come up with is a dream-come-true.

Plus, it satiates a fan-boy’s need to see those images come to life!

Add to that the fact that they continue to come up with ideas that help me explore what I can do and push me to the edge of the envelop and beyond, which is any designer’s dream job/situation. And what ideas they are. Wowzer. We’re only now chipping at the surface of what DØM is looking to do visually and as a brand/product: I’ve seen a couple glimpses of what they have in mind and all I can say is “Oh my, I can’t bloody wait.”

It’s going to be a fun and amazing ride. And that’s just the professional side.

Personally, both Scott and A mean a cubic ton to me. Whether they fully realize it or not (and knowing them I’m positive they do know), they helped me through a very difficult time in my life, giving me something to focus on during the single most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever had to go through. Through them, I was able to focus on something as I rode through that challenge; without being able to focus on their projects last year I’m positive it would have been so much more difficult than it already was.

In a nutshell, just let me wrap up by saying that I’m looking forward where we’re going at DØM and am so excited to be able to help bring their visuals to life.

It’ll be a crazy, fun ride… so close the damn door, put the pedal to the metal, and let’s get going.

Whose House?

Awww yeah… it’s OUR house!

As Simple As Finding A Balance… and other tales of the impossible

There are some days when I wax poetic about the simpler times.

I’m not talking about the Old West, the Roaring Twenties, or even the Age of Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll. Really (although there is something to be said about THAT simpler time), it’s a matter of looking at my own life from the various perspectives I have acquired over the years and seeing just how much a proper balance is needed and has been needed over the years just to keep the sanity.

Take my early twenties, for example. Right after I joined the navy and was stationed down in Orlando, Florida, for the first year and a half of my navy career life was challenging but pretty straightforward. I was training at the time to operate nuclear reactors as an electronics technician, which, while intellectually challenging, was pretty straightforward. It was the military after all, so everything was regimented, from which classes you took, to when and where you ate breakfast, to even the required study hours. If you were willing to do as you were told and you had even a little technical smarts, you were sure to make it through the program provided you applied some effort. Simple. the only things I had to balance back then were the nightly festivities (i.e. where we were going to drink), the delightful companionships (i.e. who we were going to try to coerce into some amorous encounters), and my hobbies (i.e. which back then only consisted of pencil drawing and comic book collections… and the occasional role-playing game session).

Yep, being a geek in training was a pretty easy life to balance.

Fast forward about 15 to 20 years later. At this point, I’ve been out of the military for approximately 11 years. I’ve been in the civilian section as a technical trainer and developer for that entire time. It’s not as regimented as the military, of course, so a lot more thought has to go into the daily activities. I now have a family, pets, a house, cars, bills, and my normal life that has to factor into my daily activities. Not to mention the extent of the creative outlets I currently engage in as a freelance designer and my hobbies. Looking at it strictly from a number of activities in a given week, I now juggle about twenty times the things that require my attention compared to that younger sailer in his twenties.

It’s not easy. But then when is life ever?

For me, it comes down to finding the balance, in all things. Back in the 90’s I could “wing” it, work things on the fly and still have time to spare. Nowadays, it comes down to factoring in all the impacts on the given day, balancing all the things I want to do with all the things I have to do, and scheduling it practically down to the half-hour.

Balance.

Does this mean that my younger self had more fun? No, not necessarily… I now know what fun is while back then I was still discovering what would amuse me.

Does this mean that as a younger man I had more freedom? At a glance it may appear to be so, but in reality I was broke all the time and was hampered to the extreme in what I could and could not do. Now, I make a decent buck and don’t have to worry if I’ll have enough cash to buy a book.

Does this mean that the man who I was had more free time. Probably. In fact, I know I had a ton of free time that I wasted and squandered… free time I would gladly take back now that I am more mature.

Today, I know the value of a free hour, or a vacation day, or a moment of alone time. I know how to make the most of the time I have, knowing full well that a moment wasted is a moment lost forever. I want to make the most of every moment I have, improving and perfecting my skills that I love (creativity, art, photography, graphic design, etc.) and filling it with things that matter, like friends, family, and hobbies (reading, hiking, etc.) that will give me a lasting memory and an impact that will last me until my dying days.

Does this mean that for me to do everything I love and have to do that I have to be more diligent in planning and scheduling my life?

Most definitely.

Does this mean that it’s a waste of time and a pain.

No way.

To me, the balance and the work behind finding that balance is what allows me to be me. Finding the ability to strike a balance was perhaps my greatest accomplishment. It has given me opportunities to LIVE instead of merely surviving. Without that, my life would literally be out of whack and off-balance, spiralling beyond my control. For me, the balance is all about planning.

How about you… how do you find your balance?