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    • A quick note about my works, which I've never attempted to get published (yet): I love vivid, descriptive imagery in and of itself, for its own sake, but my work almost always has some kind of metaphorical underpinning. I'm particularly interested in the struggle between good and evil: their duality; their role in life in general; within individual people; within the world; their supernatural transcendence, perhaps; humanity's connection with these forces and their role in our lives; etc, etc. Sometimes, I like the reader to draw multiple conclusions on purpose; other times I will have a definite message. Below is my life-story. Thanks for reading! ~Jake~

      I've always been exceptionally smart, but I've never been too wise. That sounds kind of cocky, but it's true, dammit! I have a long and, I think, interesting story, but I don't have time to really delve into it right now. I'll update this later, but here's a brief idea of where I'm at in life. My dad started a Southern Baptist Church in Eureka, CA, called Centerpointe Community Church. He got really sick and had to resign (chronic migraines, brain seizures, panic attacks, etc.). My dad being sick, my mom worked 24/7 to support us and my older sister was forced to take care of me. I looked up to her, but she was only about 14 or 15 at the time and was going through a phase when most of her male friends were gangsters and drug dealers. With my dad being a vegetable, these guys were like father figures to me. I was 10-12 yrs old when it was really bad, and I think I was forming my world-view and core values at that time, so, although my sister snapped out of her phase, I emulated the gangster lifestyle. I started smoking weed and drinking at ~11 yrs of age, and I started doing meth within a year after that. My friends were all from Sureno families, a Mexican gang, and although I stole some cars, sold some drugs, and jumped some people, etc., I felt kind of outside the really hardcore gangster lifestyle at that time. Then my family moved up to Everett, WA, when I was 15. I got involved with some crazy people and was jumped into 7-4 Hoover Crips. I lived with some KNP's (a Filipino blue-rag gang . . . these guys are from the Philippines, started the gang in L.A., then some moved up to Everett and got it going there . . . the American version is CBG, or City Blocc Gangsta Crip). Life was crazy for a couple years, and I was totally retarded. Rivals were mostly the OLB's (Oriental Locc Bloods) from Parkside, on Casino Road. Things got a bit TOO crazy, and I started to realize how it was affecting me as a person. Long story short, I was saved, and I became a Christian for real (I thought I was Christian before, but I can mark the EXACT MOMENT that I was saved, which was at this time, although I know it's not like that for everybody). My entire world-view and values did a 180 *snap* like that, and I turned my life around. My grades sucked because I hardly went to class and I never did homework, but I always aced any test they gave me, so I wasn't really failing any classes, either. I tested off the charts, so they waived the grade requirements and let me into the Running Start Program, which meant that the school payed my tuition and I went to a community college instead of the high school. I went to Edmunds Community College in Lynnwood, WA, and graduated from Mariner High School in 2003 with 45 college credits. I then went to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, majoring in Chemical Engineering. Long story short, I came back to Washington before finishing college, did some meth, smoked some weed, started selling it all again, and then got into the whole gang-thing again. Last time, God gave me a miracle, and I INSTANTLY quit tobacco, meth, weed, alcohol, PCP, DXM, coke, MDMA, and all the other crap I was doing all day, every day . . . with NO withdrawal symptoms. This time, it was like God said, "Okay, now you get to see what it's REALLY like; how hard it REALLY is to quit drugs and get out of the gangster mentality." I'm a LOT different now, but I was arrested on 7-10-05 for 6 counts of Armed Robbery (1st Degree, with Weapon Enhancements), 3 counts of Residential Burglary (2nd Degree), a Possession of a Controlled Substance (1st Degree, with Intent to Sell), and Possession of Stolen Property (1st Degree). That's what was filed against me, but I got a Plea for just 3 counts of Rob2, with NO Weapon Enhancements, and one ResBurg2. I was looking at over 40 yrs, but got only 3 yrs, with 1/3 eligible for "Good Time." In prison, I spent 15 straight months in IMU (Intensive Management Unit), AKA "The Hole," or Solitary Confinement. That gave me PLENTY of time to think. Trust me, I'm a LOT different now! I was released from prison on 7-23-07. Now I have 4 felony points, one Strike, and am on Parole for the next 3 yrs. I'm living with my parents right now in Gig Harbor, WA, while I try to get back on my feet financially. I currently work at The Harbor Kitchen as a cook/waiter/host/everything-else (it's a small place: pretty much just me and the owner). I drive a 2001 Saturn SC-1. I would like to eventually finish college, but I now want to major in Wildlife Biology or Zoology and perhaps do research for a conservation organization, or something like that. I love animals; everything about them absolutely fascinates me. I would also like to find the right girl and get married at some point in the not-too-distant future, but right now, I'm just trying to get my own life on track. Thanks for taking the time to read my not-so-brief story! ~Jake~


        • I never really enjoyed reading much until I was locked-up with nothing else to do. Now, I read a LOT!!! About 2 yrs ago, I started a list of all the books I've read, and I'm already past 400. I like all genre's, as long as they're well done, but I'd say that my favorite has to be HARD Science Fiction (i.e.- Peter F. Hamilton, Robert L. Forward, Greg Bear, Isaac Asimov). I like Fantasy, but not if it's too corny (for example, I love Raymond E. Feist and Tad Williams, but don't much care for Terry Goodkind or Piers Anthony, with the exception of Anthony's "Quest for the Fallen Star," which he co-wrote with James Riggs and others). I also enjoy reading a lot of scientific and classic works (i.e.- Astrophysics and Biology textbooks, Plato's "Republic," Melville's "Moby Dick," Darwin's "Origin of Species," Newton's "Principia," Copernicus' "On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres," Einstein's papers on relativity, Greene's "The Elegant Universe," Stephen Hawking, John Steinbeck, Leo Tolstoy, et cetera, et cetera). I also love poetry, of course, and have memorized over 30 poems in the last few months (Poe's "The Raven," Kipling's "If," Blake's "The Tyger," Frost's "The Road Not Taken," Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Portuguese Sonnets, Vaughan's "Peace," Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII, and Carroll's "Jabberwocky," to name a few).

          A few of my fav books (author in parentheses):

          1) Fallen Dragon (Peter F. Hamilton)
          2) The Reality Dysfunction (Peter F. Hamilton)
          3) River God (Wilbur Smith)
          4) Titan (John Varley)
          5) Otherland: Vol. I—City of Golden Shadow (Tad Williams)
          6) The Dragonbone Chair (Tad Williams)
          7) The Relic (Douglas J. Preston & Lincoln Child)
          8) Shutter Island (Dennis Lehane)
          9) Camelot 30k (Robert L. Forward)
          10) Dragon's Egg (Robert L. Forward)
          11) Left Behind (Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins)
          12) Perelandra (C. S. Lewis)
          13) The Screwtape Letters (C. S. Lewis)
          14) Foundation (Isaac Asimov)
          15) Genesis (Poul Anderson)
          16) The Humanoid Touch (Poul Anderson)
          17) Battlefield Earth (L. Ron Hubbard)
          18) Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
          19) Eon (Greg Bear)
          20) The Forge of God (Greg Bear)
          21) Anvil of Stars (Greg Bear)
          22) Darwin’s Radio (Greg Bear)
          23) Flatland (Edwin Abbott Abbott)
          24) Sea of Glass (Barry B. Longyear)
          25) Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
          26) Trust Me On This (Donald E. Westlake)
          27) Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
          28) The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
          29) Dune (Frank Herbert)
          30) Shadow of a Dark Queen (Raymond E. Feist)
          31) Midshipman’s Hope (David Feintuch)
          32) Macbeth (William Shakespeare)
          33) Animalia (Graeme Base)
          34) On the Shoulders of Giants (edited by Stephen Hawking)
          35) The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
          36) Mission of Gravity (Hal Clement)


        • "Cidade de Deus" (City of God- Brazil), "Vitus" (Swiss-German), "V for Vendetta," "300," "Serenity," "Fight Club," "Snatch," "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels," "Chicago," "Memento," "Sin City," "Menace II Society," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Cloverfield," "Goodfellas," "Casino," "Batman Begins," "Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "The Incredibles," "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," "Office Space," "Boondock Saints," "The Passion of the Christ," "Finding Nemo," "Lilo & Stitch," "Ratatouille," "The World's Fastest Indian," "Pan's Labyrinth," "The Matrix" (the FIRST one!), "Animatrix," "Dawn of the Dead" (the 2004 version), "Underworld," "Pi," "Donnie Darko," "The Prestige," "The Illusionist," "Following," "Transformers" (the 2007 movie), "Charlie Wilson's War," "The Great Raid," "Equilibrium," "The Secret of NIMH," "Aladdin," "Corpse Bride," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Stardust," "Appleseed," "Romeo + Juliet" (1996), "Independence Day," "Blade" (all three), "Fallen," "Frailty," "Vanilla Sky," "Total Recall," "Catch Me If You Can," "The Beach," "A Beautiful Mind," "Gladiator," "Saving Private Ryan," "Schindler's List," "Kill Bill" (Vol. 1), "A Time to Kill," "Horton Hears a Who," "Swordfish," "Disturbia," "The Elegant Universe," "8 Mile," "The Patriot," "K-Pax," "Brotherhood of the Wolf," "The Usual Suspects," "Erin Brockovich," "Black Hawk Down," "Kung Fu Panda," "Wall-E"

        • Nowadays, I like Little Feat, A-3, The Clark Brothers, Queen, Bob Marley, Christafari, David Cook, Seal, Ginuwine, Taj Mahal, Nickelback, Norah Jones, Macie Gray, Carrie Underwood, No Doubt, Santogold, Aerosmith, Erykah Badu, M.I.A., D'Angelo, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, etc. In fact, I grew up listening to pretty much nothing but rap, so I'm now discovering all the music that I missed from being so closed-minded in the past. I enjoy all types of music, and I'll still listen to some of my old Gangsta-Rap CD's every once in a while. I used to listen to nothing but Brotha Lynch Hung, Lunasicc (Luni Coleone), X-Raided (Nefarious), Mr. Doctor, I-20, 2Pac, Biggie, Wu-Tang, 3-6 Mafia, Gangsta Boo, Too $hort, E40, Master P, Twista, Project Pat, Bone Thugs, Trick Daddy, Nas, Sicx, etc., etc.

        • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Lost, The 4400, Heroes, The Office, King of Queens, Mythbusters, Burn Notice, MonsterQuest, How It's Made, How Do They Do It?, Firefly, Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Life in the Undergrowth, The Life of Birds, The Life of Mammals, and pretty much any other collaboration of David Attenborough and the BBC. Also, How It's Made, House, UFC, So You Think You Can Dance, and, much to my chagrin, American Idol. Oh, yeah, and BATTLESTAR GALLACTICA IS THE GREATEST SHOW EVER MADE!!! WATCH IT!!

        • MC Escher
          Salvadore Dali
          Frank Miller
          H.R. Giger
          Graeme Base
          Pearls Before Swine (by Stephan Pastis)
          Farside (Gary Larson)


        • ROBERT FROST is probably my favorite, but I love poetry, and there are MANY amazing poets: Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Rudyard Kipling, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Gordon (AKA "Lord Byron"), Henry King, Thomas Hardy, Henry Vaughan, Felicia Dorothea Hemans, William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, William Butler Yeats, Emma Lazarus, Richard Lovelace, Emily Bronte, William Blake, Lewis Carroll, Isaac Watts, Dr. Seuss, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Quincy Adams (yes, the former president wrote poetry . . . check out "To the Sun-Dial"), George Meredith, Patrick Branwell Bronte (the much overlooked brother of the three Bronte sisters), Herman Melville (yeah, the guy who wrote Moby Dick wrote poetry, too . . . check out "The Maldive Shark" and "The Portent"), Edmund Waller, Thomas Carew, James Shirley, John Milton, Emily Dickinson, Alexander Pope, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant . . . I could probably think of more great poets, but that's enough to list here . . .


          For the last six months or so, I've been really trying to commit some of the great works of the past to memory. Once I have it, I recite it in my mind every once in a while to keep it fresh, usually when I'm doing something boring like running, driving, or going to sleep. Most of them are there for good at this point. Except "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," which I'm working on right now, (It's REALLY long . . . I have the first three parts down, but there are seven in total and I'm still shaky on the last four), here's a list of the poems I have completely memorized word-for-word so far:

          * Jabberwocky (Lewis Carroll)
          * How Doth the Little Crocodile (Lewis Carroll)
          * Against Idleness and Mischief (Isaac Watts)
          * Sonnet XVIII: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (William Shakespeare)
          * The Tyger (William Blake)
          * The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost)
          * Fire and Ice (Robert Frost)
          * Dust of Snow (Robert Frost)
          * Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening (Robert Frost)
          * Is There Any Reward? (Hilaire Belloc)
          * 288. I'm Nobody! Who are you? (Emily Dickinson)
          * 1129. Tell all the truth but tell it slant (Emily Dickinson)
          * Pippa's Song (Robert Browning)
          * The Poet and the Bird (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
          * Portuguese Sonnet XLIII: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
          * To Lucasta, Going to the Wars (Richard Lovelace)
          * Peace (Henry Vaughan)
          * The New Colossus (Emma Lazarus)
          * The Darkling Thrush (Thomas Hardy)
          * If (Rudyard Kipling)
          * The Raven (Edgar Allan Poe)
          * I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (William Wordsworth)
          * A Contemplation Upon Flowers (Henry King)
          * Good-Night (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
          * No Coward Soul is Mine (Emily Bronte)
          * Dirge (Felicia Dorothea Hemans)
          * Where My Books Go (William Butler Yeats)
          * Kubla Khan (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
          * The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
          * The Maldive Shark (Herman Melville)
          * Gold! (Thomas Hood)
          * It Is Not Beauty I Demand (George Darley)


        • Internet :P

        • WritingRoom.com
          imdb.com
          iblist.com
          gamefaqs.com


        • Jesus Christ
          Albert Einstein
          Sir Isaac Newton
          Galileo Galilei
          Rene Descartes
          Euclid
          Wesley Autrey (AKA "The Subway Superman")
          Sir Winston Churchill
          My Mom
          My Dad


        • "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "The truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "There is nothing in life so exhilarating as to be shot at without result." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly." - Sir Winston Churchill

          "I carry a gun for the same reason I carry a condom: I'd rather have one and not need it than need one and not have it." - Some girl in Resident Evil (not the greatest source, but I still like the quote!)

          "Wisdom begins in wonder." - Socrates

          "I reject your reality and substitute my own." - Adam Savage (Mythbusters)


        • Playing basketball, drawing, writing, reading, playing video games, animals, playing with my awesome niece and nephew, keeping my eyes open for my future wife, etc. I'm also a blue-belt in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, and have some training in Jeet Kun Do, Filipino Kali, & Muay Thai.

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      Moonrose   Moonrose wrote
      on 2/6/2009 7:15:13 PM
      Hahaha, I love your quotes!! Glad to see you're picking up your life!

      BlueIris   BlueIris wrote
      on 6/23/2008 2:52:12 PM
      I just read your mini autobioagraphy. Wow. Right now, words fail me.

      MarjeanTherese   MarjeanTherese wrote
      on 6/12/2008 11:48:58 AM
      Jake, nice work on the your latest piece! Looking forward to reading more! Hey do you mind if I add you as a friend? :D I like trying to band with YAs!....I hope you have a good day in the mean time!

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