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Jim Cripps' Work

Normally, I write whatever, trying very hard to be original..., that is, not repeat the norm. Jim Cripps' Fiction. It's best to start at the most recent, isn't it?

Pre-NaNoWriMo 2003, I sketched the characters and plot for Shukumei. This will be a strong, dramatic story, steeped in Japanese mythology...

I have been focusing on movie scripts, and hope to get a million dollar home soon. FADE IN: What is ASTRAY?

The first new story for 2003 would be my first original script, Tower of Dreams. It was to be for a small indie, but they disappeared off the face of the Earth.

Around 2001, a team was put together to rewrite the Terms of Service agreement at, of which I was a part of. See the LJ ToS.

Near the last quarter of 2000, I went to work at Bank of Oklahoma, and not in the most glorious of positions, but certainly not the lowest. During my tenure, I produced a pocket schedule (it was invaluable), wrote and edited procedures, and created workflows. A very good experience. Started the Home at Rest series of photographs.

During 2000, I worked for the now defunct as a Copy Editor. Fortunately, I have a cached version of one of those pages I helped edit.

About 3 weeks in May 2000, I worked at (GeraldStevens), answering Emails. Wow, they recieved a lot of those! It concerned mostly all of the orders for Mother's Day, and one of the most interesting Emails I did not answer was from a man complaining about the spam he got. His mother died some time ago, and would not need to buy any flowers, and asked us why we should send him that kind of Email.

At the beginning of 1999, I incorporated and established a web presence for Transylvania Press, Inc. Neato-cool.

For the summer of 1998, the beginnings of my movie list went online.

In late 1997, I touched the Web for the first time. It was amazing, and has changed so much.

From 1996 through 1999, I worked at MACCOR on 2 different occasions, which was, on the whole, the best working times of my life. I worked a lot with blueprints, and had I stayed longer, most likely would have created some sort of SOP. Alas, the tree bore no fruit. Fortunately, through the playfulness of co-workers, I wrote up the Rules for I Say, U Say: Movies.

Earlier in 1996, while working at Lowrance, I learned some new skills in electronics. I had no time to spread my wings, for the position I had, with many, many others, was moved to Mexico.

January 12, 1996, I put myself to task to write Last Wish in one day. This was a challenge from Dave Sim, sort of, from the time when he charged comic book artists to write a book in one day. I managed to do part of that.

In mid- to late 1995, I worked at AAON as an assembler. Dirty work, long hours, maximum paycheck. For the low wage, I suppose it was alright. The only thing I learned from that job was business politics. Including the politics of personnel services.

Through 1987 - 1995, I found out just how low people can go, how far they will go to stab someone in the back, and how entropy can work on oneself. I also had the greatest vision for my magazine, and troubled myself with tempting talent to join me. 8 years there, I ended up with one issue, some ideas, and a few false starts. But, I did finish some objets 'd art. And, I created the fabulous I Say, U Say: Movies game.

1984 to 1987 I found myself at a corporate empire, McDonald's, thus beginning my run working for the best companies. Best in their field, not personnel. It was here that I came up with one of my greatest stories, The Purple Paisley Man, occassionally typing them out on the Telex machine during 10 minute breaks. It was the first time that I also tried getting collaboration. Did not work out. The next issue of Paper Story would not appear none too soon.

In November of 1983, the first version of Tyren, based on earlier doodles, was written for English class. The teacher said, "I'm fascinated by it!"

October of 1983 saw the first 4 appearances of Paper Story. Huzzah for Driver's Ed class! It was so much fun; an outlet for my writing that flowed like the Mississippi...

During 1983, I got my first job, delivering newspapers for The Tulsa Tribune. I had thought about working as a reporter, sometime around the airing of Lou Grant. Sadly (?), I would not go to the newsroom. Luckily, I started my habit of drawing and writing the story simultaneously - The Fallen Rupublic was born.

Sometime in the early '80s, I wrote my first complete short story, San Francisco at Bay; created interesting pieces in art class; and got to know the Royal typewriter very well.


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