Author Interview: Richard D. Mellinger Jr.

UniversalCreativityInc14 (@Danielle_Urban2 on twitter) just posted an interview of me about my writing that I thought I would share.
You can find it here:
Author Interview: Richard D. Mellinger Jr.
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Enjoy!

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The Sleep of the Wicked

20140811-225921It was too hot in the small bedroom for him to cover his entire body but whenever he tried to drift off to sleep with exposed skin, there would be a buzz and he would feel a little tickle of something landing on him in the dark. You’d think that he also had trouble sleeping because of his chosen profession as a con man, but that didn’t seem to be the case. The lives he had ruined by charming women into exposing their life savings didn’t haunt him at all. The only thing that had been keeping him awake for three days was the fear of getting eaten alive.

He had tried making sure that the window was sealed and added a screen to the front door. He had no idea how a mosquito could be getting in, but sure enough, every night, as soon as it was dark in his room, it would all start again. He would huff and puff, he would grunt and groan, and he would throw curses into the darkness as he swatted himself.

The curses, though, had slowly taken on an edge that sounded more like pleading as the nights without sleep dragged on. He was starting to break, and here I stand by his bed with a peacock feather, a kazoo, and a pair of night vision goggles that were worth every penny.

Channel Islands Adventure

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 The Good Wife

The Good Wife

I will post some fiction on Thursday. Over this last weekend, however, I went on an adventure and thought I might share some pictures.

Between Thursday and Sunday I accompanied my girlfriend’s family while they were brought out to the northern Channel Islands on a sailing ship.

The ship was called The Good Wife with Captain Sean and was chartered through Channel Islands Charter (http://www.channelislandscharter.com/).

What I was told were Chumash burial mounds in the foreground with Anacapa in the distance.

What I was told were Chumash burial mounds in the foreground with Anacapa in the distance


 
Captain Sean started out by saying “Well, it’s your charter, we can go wherever you want,” but none of us knew exactly where we wanted to go, except that we wanted some adventure. Captain Sean and his son Cullen made suggestions which did not disappoint. They knew the islands, and the area, they were interesting people to talk to and great cooks. Needless to say, we were well fed, well cared for, and thoroughly entertained.

The lighthouse on Anacapa Island surrounded by seagulls

The lighthouse on Anacapa Island surrounded by seagulls

We made it to two islands: Anacapa and Santa Cruz.

On the first day we explored a little of the island of Anacapa. Some of the high points include kayaking into some beautiful sea caves and trekking up to the light house among hoards of seagulls.

The next two days were spent on Santa Cruz Island, where we hiked around on the island and kayaked into Painted Cave, the largest sea cave in North America, to the tune of some very grumpy sea lions.

The only negative of the entire trip was avoidable. I decided to sleep on deck the last night and was swarmed by mosquitoes all night. I was forced to bury my head down inside my sleeping bag to escape their ravenous little proboscises, where I conceived and wrote the fiction that I’ll be posting on Thursday.

 

Kayaking in painted cave

Kayaking in painted cave

Kayaking in Painted Cave

Kayaking in Painted Cave

The view from inside Painted Cave

The view from inside Painted Cave

 

It was a great trip. If you ever get the opportunity to do something similar, my advice to you is to not hesitate to do so.

 

 

Of course, our lego people had a great adventure as well.

Of course, our lego people had a great adventure as well.