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Stuff What I Done Writ

One of the things I do is write. I write quite a bit and about all kinds of things. I do have three primary genres that I focus on, though. To keep things [somewhat] neatly organized and to ensure you only get what you’re interested in out of me, I write in each one using a pen name. Click on the pen name to see the books I’ve written under that name.

Informative Non-fiction on Open Source and Creativity
[Jason van Gumster](/books/nonfiction)

My entire workflow makes use of Free and open source software. While I’m certainly not the only person in the world who does that, I want there to be more. The open source ecosystem for creative tools is quite a lot deeper than most people give it credit for. I’ve been working this way for over 20 years now and I’d like to think that I’ve gotten pretty at it. So I try to give back in my own little way by sharing that experience in the form of books.

This is where you want to go to discover the possibilities with creative tools like Blender and GIMP (among others). If podcasts are your thing, you may also want to check out my podcast, the Open Source Creative Podcast.

[Jason van Gumster](/books/nonfiction)
Nerdy Humor and General Absurdity
[Ernie Vance](/books/ernie_vance)

In case I haven’t done a great job of showing it, I’m kind of a goofball. I like bringing a smile to your using humor and absurdity. Under the Ernie Vance pen name, I write humorous stories and absurd lies worth sharing. Right now, the lies are the biggest thing coming out of Ernie Vance. A year’s worth of them have been compiled into a book. Of course, if you want to get a daily does of lies, you might find the Definitely True website to your liking.

[Ernie Vance](/books/ernie_vance)
Dark Technofantasy
[J.J. Vega](/books/jjvega)

Everyone has their dark side. We’ll say that J.J. Vega is mine. Under this pen name, I write stories that I’ve labeled as “dark technofantasy”. What the hell is that? These are stories with fantasy elements, but they’re set in a grim future where things have gone all sideways. The first of these stories, Fulcrum, is set to be published later this year.

[J.J. Vega](/books/jjvega)