I was in the middle of editing an independent film I had made called Annihilation Celebration. When deciding how to distribute it, the two obvious options were Amazon and iTunes. From my reading I learned that offering my movie on Amazon would be no problem, but that getting approved on iTunes would be close to impossible. Requiring an expensive process in which you paid “approved aggregators” who still can’t ensure that you’ll be approved once submitted, everything I read basically confirmed it was close to impossible to get your movie available on iTunes as an independent film maker. However I ran across an article written by an indie filmmaker who had found a creative way to offer his movie as an App. Read More
Shortly after graduating high school I wrote and self-published a book about an oddball character that lived in a school bus titled, “Jim Jamkins: The Fringe Benefits of Converting a School Bus into a Home.” The comical story allowed readers to see life through Jim’s eyes as he used unlikely logic to handle the different experiences that were presented to him throughout each chapter. In the opening pages Jim decides to purchase and live in a school bus. Although he researched a number of housing options, Jim realized that to afford any of them he would have to put in more than 30 hours a week at the local pizza place where he worked. Spending that amount of time working would severely cut in to Jim’s current video game schedule. And if you knew anything about Jim, you understood that gaming was one aspect of his life that was non-negotiable. Sure, he ended up having to buy cheaper land that was located next to a semi-dangerous electrical power site in order to stay within his budget and pull the whole thing off, but on the flipside he was able to live in a freaking awesome custom rigged school bus and enjoy uninterrupted game play. Read More
For roughly 6 years I lived in a downtown Tulsa Apartment that also ended up being the location where I created the first version of Thinkpierce.com. The low rent and high tolerance of the area allowed me the freedom to fund creative endeavors and play drums at full volume (even though I had neighbors directly below me– thanks Daniel & Mercedes! ☺ It also ended up being the set location of an independent film I made called, “The Turtleneck Club” Let’s just say to call it a bachelor pad, would be an understatement; for starters I literally installed a shower in it. ha ha. Before getting married and moving to a place with a roof that didn’t leak, ha ha, I decided to get it on camera in all it’s glory thanks to the help of video buff James Plumlee. In addition to shooting the apartment at different times of the year, I was able to get access to a couple of high-rise buildings nearby to really capture the area. It’s been fun to finally put all the pieces together and end up with a video snap shot of what would best be described as the original “Thinkpierce Headquarters.” Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday!
Anyone that has rummaged through a few pages of Thinkpierce.com, probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that drama class was one of my electives as a senior in high school. What might not be expected however was that I hated it. The class focused heavily on Shakespeare type plays and other stereotypical content that anyone would assume to be a part of a drama class. It seemed to be something my peers could get in to, but it just wasn’t for me. When I dropped the class and didn’t return the next quarter something unique happened; for whatever reason, the drama teacher Mrs. Harbolt wanted me to come back to the class when the next semester started. Around that same time I had already started working on a rough draft for a space based story during my homeroom period that featured a character named Captain Robert. I wasn’t really interested in coming back to the class if I had to keep doing the same type of stuff I had done the first quarter, however Mrs. Harbolt’s question put another idea in my head. I asked her if she would let me put on my own play if I enrolled in drama again next semester. I don’t know why, but she said yes and that moment marked the beginning of what would eventually turn in to a play called, “Captain Robert and the Search for Magni-Tron Transmitters.” Read More
“Numlock & Gordon” is the half-finished illustrated story of two characters that I sketched while working a call center job. It began by drawing a character named Gordon in a veterinarian clinic who was becoming obsessed with a rugged door wreath while waiting for his dog – you know, the predictable action-romance “Hollywood blockbuster” storyline that gets recycled and released every year? Yeah, that one. From there a rough plot began in my head adding a sidekick character named “Numlock” (named after the numlock key) and the Numlock and Gordon adventure began. Read More
As I was wrapping up Dick Spazway’s Road to Success I was already putting together new material for my next screwball booklet, which I ended up naming “National Debt.” Still including plenty of garbled comics, Booklet #2 also featured short stories that were equally spazzed out. Guided by what had become my golden rule; “The less sense it makes, the better it is,” it didn’t take long for the National Debt Booklet to become populated with oddball characters and adventures as my collection of fragmented stories took shape. Read More
Sometime between elementary & middle school I started drawing ridiculous comics on pretty much whatever happened to be near me at the time. It was during that era as kid when you and your friends have developed so much inside joke jargon that you’re practically speaking a different language at times. The comics were just one more way that jargon was being put to use and the less sense each comic made, the more it seemed to entertain me. Read More
One day I was taking a side street through a busy part of town to avoid traffic when I spotted an old 1979 Flat bed Ford truck parked in front of a house. It didn’t have a for sale sign on it, but I was curious to see if the owner would be up for parting ways with it. Visit Uticaremodeling.com to see the video (featuring music by And There Stand Empires) and learn the story behind the coolest vehicle I have ever owned. Thinkpierce, Something new Every Friday!
I purchased my first investment property on one of the main street of Jenks, Oklahoma roughly a year after graduating high school upon ordering a real estate investment course from an infomercial on TV. Did it go as planned? Not quite! However, using what I learned from that first house, I went on to create Utica Remodeling Company. Click here to see the pictures and read the story about my very first remodel. Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday!
I recently reached a point in my video editing when I realized I would soon be coming up on the video footage of the different remodeling projects I had done. I began to brainstorm about how I would be presenting that footage and what place it would have in the Thinkpierce Platform. After some thought, I decided to combine the remodeling photos and videos in to their own website… and that’s when Uticaremodeling.com was born.
When I first started out in my remodeling business, I went by the name, “One Man Show Remodeling.” After growing the business further, I then updated the name to, “Utica Remodeling Company.” Although I am no longer accepting new remodeling work at this time, I decided the best way to organize the videos & photos of my remodeling days would be by creating an additional “tribute” website (uticaremodeling.com) that existed in conjunction with Thinkpierce.com.
Check out the newest addition to the Thinkpierce family; UticaRemodeling.com! Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday!