Adventures in 360 Degree Photography

It's been a long time since I posted anything, so I figured I'd share what's been going on. About a year ago, I finished the first draft of a new book. Unlike my first one, this was a young adult novel. It took place in the near future, and showed the logical progression of where technology might take us, as seen through the eyes of a spunky young heroine.

As I prepped to get started on the second draft, I decided to get a new toy for myself -- a 360 degree camera. And it's kept me from getting back to the book ever since.

So what's a 360 degree camera? Basically, it's a camera that uses multiple lenses to take a spherical photo that shows every direction, like a globe. And just like you can stretch and skew a globe to create a flat map, you can do the same with a 360 degree photo. By twisting, skewing, and manipulating it into a flat image, it can become bizarre and surreal, twisted and beautiful, or just plain...interesting.

I'm totally addicted to it. There are so many creative possibilities with 360 photography. I love playing around and seeing what I can come up with. And it really is like playing. The whole process is genuinely fun.

Writing is long and tedious. You have to constantly force yourself to sit down and slog through it. Finishing a piece isn't even enjoyable -- it's just a relief to be done. On the other hand, for me at least, 360 photography is fun while you're actually doing it. It's creatively stimulating, and I'm constantly surprised by what I end up with.  And unlike a book, which takes a long, long time to finish, I can finish a single 360 photo in a few hours -- or even a few minutes. Then I post it to Instagram and I'm done with it. It's out of my least until I start the next one.

I don't plan to stop writing. And I fully intend to finish my new book. When? Well, let's see if I can pull myself away from the 360 photography first.


Review From The US Review of Books

The US Review of Books just gave a lovely review to "How My Cat Made Me a Better Man." Here's a brief excerpt:

"Feig’s conversational style is witty and disarming. His self-deprecating humor lends charm and vulnerability to his ideas and opinions on becoming a better individual."

Take a look at the full review here!

Book Signing in Santa Monica

Looking for something fun and bookish to do on Saturday 10/29? Drop by my book signing in Santa Monica, CA! It's all part of National Cat Day, which is appropriate since my book is about my cat.

Stay for 5 minutes, 25 minutes, 105 minutes, or however long you like. And pick up a signed copy of How My Cat Made Me a Better Man while you're at it. Hope to see you there!

  • Saturday, October 29, 2016
  • 12:00 to 4:00 pm (PT)
  • Barnes & Noble - 1201 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Get details and attend!

Author Event: Burbank Library Local Authors' Showcase

I'm happy to be taking part in the 2016 Burbank Public Library Local Author's Showcase! So if you'll be in Southern California on Saturday 10/15/16, stop on by. You can meet me and other local authors, pick up an autographed copy of my book, and win some cool door prizes. Hope to see you there!

  • Saturday, October 15th
  • 1:00 to 4:00 pm (PT) 
  • Buena Vista Branch Library - 300 N. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, 91505
  • Get details and attend!