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Portrait of Gegi


When I met Gegi, she was enjoying her first time ever at Willow Springs International Raceway. She accompanied her boyfriend to the Shelby Cobra Club event and was able to get a shotgun ride on the track in his race car. She considered it all very exciting and said she was “a little bit nervous, but it was a lot of fun.”

Gegi was originally from Costa Mesa, California, USA. She studied horticulture at Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo, then attended Santa Ana College Basic Fire Academy.

Gegi never ended up getting a firefighting job because, while waiting to be placed, she worked as a substitute teacher. Subsequently, her special education job at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California, USA, “fell into place” after she earned her State credentials, so it must have been her destiny.

Some days, Gegi regretted not being a firefighter, but she really enjoyed what she was doing, so she was essentially a very happy person.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

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Portrait of TJL-2080


This portrait is of TJL-2080 (hereinafter to be called TJ) that being his professional name. TJ is a fascinating person who I knew from a group called the Antelope Valley Thespians, “an incorporated 501(c)3 nonprofit theater company” that supported playwrights and screenplay writers.

Because TJ and I both came to their meetings to have our screenwriting supported, and he was a very good photographer, loved sci-fi and virtual reality, and had so much in common with me, I thought we were alike. Then I read his Twitter profile, “Special Education Teacher, a Futuristxe, a Technoutopian, a Transhumanist.” Since I didn’t know what two out of five of those things were, I realized we were not identical twins.

TJ’s fiction writing had very interesting/ironic twists, which was a sign of excellent storytelling. As of the date of this posting, I had been looking forward to working with him on short-film production.

TJ was not just a fiction writer. He studied the use of technology to help people with disabilities, then wrote about his research and experiences.

You can learn more about TJ on the TJL-2080 blog. You can reach him on Twitter @tjl2080.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.