Sunday, November 11, 2018

Interviewed by Time Union Reporter Regarding My Reactions to the Albany Episcopal Bishop's Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

Earlier today, Times Union reporter Mallory Moench interviewed me over the phone to ask about my thoughts and views regarding the Albany Episcopal Bishop issuing an edict outlawing same-sex marriage in his churches. She had seen the comment I made in response to the TU's Facebook post about the story and requested an interview. Even though I fear that I'm not as eloquent a speaker as I am a writer, I agreed to be interviewed. Well, I guess what I said was eloquent enough because the article covering the subject has since been updated and now includes my quotes from that interview:
"It's the 21st century. We have different views and different values than in Biblical times. Yes, scripture is important, but you have to interpret it based on what's going on. I think it's also a social issue. I think it's an issue of equality. I also think that the main core of Christianity should be love: love thy neighbor as thyself."
It's not making me completely reject the Episcopal church but making me second-guess going to an Episcopal Church in the Albany Diocese."
This was my Facebook comment that led to me being interviewed:
"Well, being an apostate Catholic-turned-Episcopalian, I already have a record of turning my back on a church I consider to be backwards in its views and policies. I could certainly do it again (not that I've been much of a church-going Episcopalian recently).
"Anyway, I hear the Unitarians welcome all people, regardless of identity."

Here's link to the full Times Union article by Lauren Stanforth and Mallory Moench:
Albany Episcopal Bishop outlaws same-sex marriage in his churches

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Black Vultures in Brunswick, NY

Today, when coming home from the market, Michele and I spotted three black vultures perched on the peak of the roof of another building in the apartment complex. This was an unusual sighting, since Brunswick, NY, seems a bit north of the usual range of black vultures. However, I've seen plenty of turkey vultures around here to recognize them right away, and these three birds were definitely a different species. With their black plumage and dark grey-to-black heads and legs (which looked to me to be a bit longer than the legs of turkey vultures), with their narrow but noticeably hooked beaks, I positively identified the three birds perched on the roof as black vultures. Since they remained perched on the roof for some time, I managed to load batteries in my camera and go back outside to snap a few pics. I had to use zoom to get any details, so the quality isn't the greatest, but I think the pics show that they are identifiable as black vultures. I particularly like the ones showing the birds interacting.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Artwork Accepted for Cover of Winter BARDS AND SAGES QUARTERLY

Just received word that my artwork featuring the Lovecraftian Wendigo-type entity "Ithaqua" has been accepted for the winter (January) cover of BARDS AND SAGES QUARTERLY. Julie Ann Dawson said she was looking for something for the January issue, so it looks like my timing was perfect.

Let's see, once this one is published, this will make (if I'm counting correctly) cover art number six for BARDS AND SAGES QUARTERLY. Not bad for an artist whose artistic creations are, according to at least one nasty critic, "utter and complete crap" and "very amateuristic at best". God, I love proving my critics wrong, especially when I keep doing it over, and over, and over again. It never gets old!

Thursday, September 27, 2018


My fantasy artwork "Hiding From Stinkbottom Troll" now appears on the cover of the October 2018 issue of SPACEPORTS & SPIDERSILK:
I gotta say, I love this one! Though it took quite a bit of work to draw and colour, I think it came out great. It's actually based on a sketch I made many years ago of a character my daughter created when she was a little kid.

How many cover artworks does this make for SPACEPORTS & SPIDERSILK? I think this is my tenth S&S cover artwork.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Regarding Intellectual Property Rights Issues, I Listen to My Intellectual Property Rights Attorney

Over on Facebook, on a local news channel's post about Steven Tyler sending a cease-and-desist letter to Trump's people to get them to stop using an Aerosmith song at Trump's rallies, I had left the following comments:
"I have sent DMCA notices to clip art sites that have used my artwork without my permission. In such instances, it's not about politics, it's about retaining control over my intellectual property. It could be the same with Steven Tyler. It doesn't have to be about politics."
"Additionally, not only have I sent DMCA takedown notices to clip art sites that have used my art without my permission, but I also sent a takedown notice to a website that posted one of my previously-published non-fiction articles without my permission. Again, it had nothing to do with politics, it was an intellectual property rights issue."
Someone replied to my second comment with a simple:
"Richard Fay wrong."
Being who I am, I just had to respond to being told I'm wrong. This is what I said in reply to the suggestion that I'm in error:
"Well, in my case, I follow the advice of my intellectual property rights attorney and follow what my attorney advises. As for Steven Tyler, as far as I understand it, based on my lay knowledge of the subject, he has the right to send a cease-and-desist letter regardless of the politics. It's a copyright issue, not necessarily a political one. As for any creator facing a similar issue, I suggest they consult with an intellectual property rights attorney."
"One more thing, as a creator of intellectual property, as a writer/poet/artist/illustrator, I will protect my intellectual property rights when necessary. I can certainly understand other creators of intellectual property doing the same."
"BTW, I just found out today that a clip-art site that posted one of my artworks without my permission did not takedown my work after I sent them a DMCA letter, so I'm now going to have my attorney send them a letter."
Any further comments will receive this reply:
"I follow the advice of my attorney".
Not really sure what I'm supposed to be so wrong about, but I tend to listen to what my attorney says about such things rather than what strangers online claim.

Monday, August 20, 2018

The further walking adventures of Fat Richard...

So, earlier today, I walked my obese self the 2.7 miles from The Glen down to SEFCU on Hoosick Street. I then took a rather zig-zaggy route the rest of the way (about 1.5 miles) down to the used bookstore in the Atrium in downtown. After I browsed around in the bookstore for a few minutes, I then walked over to and up the RPI Approach (a massive granite staircase that overlooks Troy), past EMPAC, up College Ave, down 15 St., and eventually up to Burdett Ave (that leg of the journey worked out to about 1.8 miles). Since my feet started hurting, I decided to catch a bus across from Samaritan Hospital and I bussed it from Burdett Ave back up Hoosick Street to Walmart. I purchased something to drink in Walmart, and then walked the .9 mile from Walmart back home.

I wonder how many of those sports car-driving doctors who have told me I'm obese as if I'm going to drop dead any moment would be able to walk the walk I walked today? During that entire hike, the only time I truly got out of breath was when I was half-way up the RPI Approach overlook staircase. Those stairs are brutal!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

First PoD Sale of August

First Zazzle sale of August 2018, first PoD sale of August 2018!

SOLD 8/1/2018 through Zazzle and being shipped to a recipient in Berlin, Germany: six Eastern Dragon Invitations.

Eastern Dragon Invitation

Eastern Dragon Invitation

by richardfay

Thank you, buyer! Much appreciated!