Community Spotlight : BlueInkAlchemist

Community Spotlight : BlueInkAlchemist

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The Community Spotlight is back, this time featuring your favorite people, reviews, threads and user groups.

Have you ever wondered where a particular community member got their name? Do you find yourself speculating about what's going in the site's more secretive user groups? Perhaps you just want a chance to read a thoughtful community made thread or user review without having to find it yourself. If so, then we humbly invite you to check out our newly resurrected Escapist Community Spotlight: You nominate them, we highlight them.

This week The Escapist would like to highlight an active forum reviewer, BlueInkAlchemist. Called "Josh" by some, Blue is a thirty-three and two-thirds year old writer of long-form fiction, ranging from flash pieces of about 1000 words to novellas and novels. He's also a pretty active gamer, a sucker for travel to new places, an erstwhile musician, and occasionally tries new foods and cocktails made from scratch.

If you've peeked your head into the User Review forum lately, you've probably seen his name around. As one user said, "He still delivers quality work fairly frequently and I have no idea how he balances that with inching ever closer to becoming a published author." Blue recently released an an 'urban fantasy detective yarn' called Cold Iron which you can read about here.

We had the opportunity to ask him a few questions, and here's how he answered:

What inspired your username?

The ancient practice of alchemy (changing one thing to another) plus the medium of blue ink (the color in my Waterman fountain pen). The idea is that through writing, I turn that ink into gold. Or at the very least, cash money.

Describe your perfect breakfast.

Waffles with strawberry compote, biscuits and gravy, bacon that's slightly crispy but not burnt, and a mug of milky tea.

How long have you been a member of The Escapist, and what brought you here?

I've been a member since 2008. I was originally brought (as were many) by Zero Punctuation, and found a decent community and an outlet to present some of my non-fiction writings.

What is your favorite aspect of The Escapist Community?

There's a good deal of honesty among those I normally speak with. That counts for a lot.

What is your favorite color?

While I have heard red is objectively the best color, I'm going to have to go with blue.

What was the last game you played?

I most recently played a few rounds of Tribes: Ascend. I also tried to get farther in Amnesia so I can finally review it but that game scares the shit out of me.

How long have you been writing reviews, and what inspired you to begin?

I've been writing reviews for about 3 years. I wanted to express opinions on storytelling in various mediums and reviews seemed a good way to do that. Additional readers coming by to check out my words never hurts, either.

In your opinion, what's the best review you've written up to date?

It's not strictly a review, but the open letter I wrote to Confused Matthew about The Departed is probably my best critical work to date.

If there was a movie made of your life, who would you want to play the lead role?

Stanley Tucci or Jason Schwartzman.

If you would like to nominate someone for an upcoming Community Spotlight, feel free to let me, Nasrin, know through a PM or by posting in the official thread! When nominating, please tell us why this user deserves to be in the next Community Spotlight and provide links if possible.

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Woo! I love the community spotlight and user group spotlight. It's a good way to get to know some people and user groups you may never have known existed. Glad these are back.

I hope this continues, it's a really fun little thing to do and sometimes a very interesting read.

Best of the 3:
Woo! I love the community spotlight and user group spotlight. It's a good way to get to know some people and user groups you may never have known existed. Glad these are back.

I hope this continues, it's a really fun little thing to do and sometimes a very interesting read.

Agreed. I vote for Nasrin's cat to be the next spotlight!

Nice to see Blue get featured, I've always enjoyed reading his reviews in the User Review section.

Looking forward to future spotlights.

This spotlight thing is a nice idea. I've been following Blue Ink's blog for a while now, and its good to see him get some more attention.

So THAT'S why your name is that. That's honestly a really cool reason, much better than the random collection of nouns idea I presumed. Really cool to know and to find out more about you, especially since I love to read your stuff.

Does make me wish I had a kindle or something to read your book.

Calumon: ...I like that hat.

Thanks, everyone. Nasrin did a fantastic job writing me up, and I feel honored to be in the spotlight. Your support means a lot!

Jack and Calumon:

Does make me wish I had a kindle or something to read your book.

You can get it in PDF format via Smashwords. Hopefully in the future I'll make it directly available from the site.

Damn, been a long time since I've seen one of these!

(Reading this interview made me realize what a lousy interviewee I'd make.)

I have removed my words from this site.

DeadpanLunatic:
Ha, looks like my nomination has been successful. Dance puppets, dance!

Ahem.

Nice to see Blue featured here, and very nice to see things are moving along. I've been wondering when we'd see the new Spotlights appear. Is there a schedule to this or will we see new ones whenever you can find the time?

They'll be more frequent than they have been, but I'm loathe to commit to a schedule as we'll all have Expo on our plate for at least the next month :)

I'm very glad you guys liked this. I was nervous!

Yay. The Spotlight is back. This gives me an opportunity to plug my spotlight.

Hope this happens more often than the last one did.

Oh, this is cool. Bravo, BlueInkAlchemist! Nice to see our user reviewers getting some love.

Wow, cool to see the spotlight back.

Congratulations to BlueInkAlchemist. I can think of few more deserving, and it really shows in the interview. Glad to see you getting some recognition, as it's quite well-deserved. Also, I'm surprised you didn't get a little blurb about your blog or book. Shame, that. (Which you all should look up, they're both excellent.)

I laughed! I cried! I vowed to make sure @BlueInkAlchemist reaches New York's Number 1 Best-Selling list!

Very well done and can't wait for future spotlights

NewClassic:
Congratulations to BlueInkAlchemist. I can think of few more deserving, and it really shows in the interview. Glad to see you getting some recognition, as it's quite well-deserved. Also, I'm surprised you didn't get a little blurb about your blog or book. Shame, that. (Which you all should look up, they're both excellent.)

Nasrin, awesome human being that she is, added a tiny blurb about the book in my write-up. Thanks for pointing it out to people!

Looking at the second and third paragraphs, there's no way I would be as interesting as that if I'll ever be featured.
I better think up some stuff quick. >.>

This spotlight didn't disappoint. I've strangely only found out about Blue a few days ago and he really deserved this spotlight.

Finally, glad to see this is back. And I'm surprised I didn't think of nominating Blue for this. Bias towards my favourite reviewer, I guess, but I'm glad Blue did get it, because now I know where to get something new to read. And also

BlueInkAlchemist:
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You can get it in PDF format via Smashwords. Hopefully in the future I'll make it directly available from the site.

Thanks for that, I was a bit disappointed when I saw all the stuff about needing a kindle for it. Of course the solution would be on the one link I didn't check.

Fappy:

Best of the 3:
Woo! I love the community spotlight and user group spotlight. It's a good way to get to know some people and user groups you may never have known existed. Glad these are back.

I hope this continues, it's a really fun little thing to do and sometimes a very interesting read.

Agreed. I vote for Nasrin's cat to be the next spotlight!

Boba Fett says wasssaaaaaaap?
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Nasrin:

Fappy:

Best of the 3:
Woo! I love the community spotlight and user group spotlight. It's a good way to get to know some people and user groups you may never have known existed. Glad these are back.

I hope this continues, it's a really fun little thing to do and sometimes a very interesting read.

Agreed. I vote for Nasrin's cat to be the next spotlight!

Boba Fett says wasssaaaaaaap?
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Oh gods in Asgard, that's too awesome. Cat's look like they're fire their lasers when they yawn sometimes.

OOOH! I'm playing his zombie Forum Game right now. This guy is classy. :)

Nice to read up on him!

Redlin5:
OOOH! I'm playing his zombie Forum Game right now. This guy is classy. :)

Nice to read up on him!

That zombie game is still going on, too!

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/362.366032-Parsely-Z-WARD-get-cricket-bat

BlueInkAlchemist:

Redlin5:
OOOH! I'm playing his zombie Forum Game right now. This guy is classy. :)

Nice to read up on him!

That zombie game is still going on, too!

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/362.366032-Parsely-Z-WARD-get-cricket-bat

And I just got the player killed again in it. We need reinforcements... <.<

thenumberthirteen:
Yay. The Spotlight is back. This gives me an opportunity to plug my spotlight.

Hope this happens more often than the last one did.

And mine too! Well not really mine, but my group.

Nice to see this back! I think you should do a moderator spotlight :D

TimeLord:

thenumberthirteen:
Yay. The Spotlight is back. This gives me an opportunity to plug my spotlight.

Hope this happens more often than the last one did.

And mine too! Well not really mine, but my group.

Nice to see this back! I think you should do a moderator spotlight :D

Oh yeah, and my group too!

But moderators already get cool titles and stuff. Unlike us regular peasants.

thenumberthirteen:

TimeLord:

thenumberthirteen:
Yay. The Spotlight is back. This gives me an opportunity to plug my spotlight.

Hope this happens more often than the last one did.

And mine too! Well not really mine, but my group.

Nice to see this back! I think you should do a moderator spotlight :D

Oh yeah, and my group too!

But moderators already get cool titles and stuff. Unlike us regular peasants.

But would you not like to know some of our secrets about being mods? Not that we'd necessarily reveal such things but we can always just taunt you with information you wouldn't get :P

TimeLord:

thenumberthirteen:

TimeLord:

And mine too! Well not really mine, but my group.

Nice to see this back! I think you should do a moderator spotlight :D

Oh yeah, and my group too!

But moderators already get cool titles and stuff. Unlike us regular peasants.

But would you not like to know some of our secrets about being mods? Not that we'd necessarily reveal such things but we can always just taunt you with information you wouldn't get :P

I'm just sore about not being made a Mod, or getting one of those cool "Thanks" badges. I mean I've never actually DONE anything, but that's beside the point.

I'm actually very happy to know more about BlueInkAlchemist, who knew he not only did so many reviews but amongst that his reason for picking his username is inspiring! This was probably the best guy to interview as an introduction for the Community Spotlight.

Also liking how frequent this is going to be- that way everyone can feel loved and welcomed- I certainly feel this website is becoming all the more engaged with it's community and that I can truly appreciate if not admire. Thank you Staff Members, and I look forward to knowing more about people around here like say Fappy, Zombie_Fish, Daystar, and people I don't even know but deserve the attention :}

 

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