Michael Jeffery Blair
Michael Blair’s novels include Exit Point, The Architect of Law, Sudden Rivers and soon to be released The Ephemeral. His editorial work has appeared in the New York Times and other publications and he has authored several stageplays and a collection of poetry. As principal of an award-winning Los Angeles design firm, he has created communications for many of the world’s great companies.
“The mission of the writer in this post digital age is more urgent than in the past. Millions of written works are available instantly posing the question: is the writing of any value? A writer must strive to do what others cannot. That’s what makes him a writer.”
THE WRITER – It took thousands of years before people had any time to speculate about life — they were too busy just trying to survive. Great fiction fueled their progress from early sacred storytelling, surviving to this day, to Norse sagas to Greek and Middle Eastern myth to Thomas Moore’s Utopia and now our complex digital ecosystem. It gave men something to strive for beyond hand to mouth and things to remember — “breathing tokens” as the great poet Carl Sandburg put it. Storytellers were revered, their tales passed down from father to son, later written by hand and preserved through the centuries as a testament to how much we humans value stories.
The best literature is a palette that embodies enough wisdom to encourage enlightenment. That is the value of reading. Writing has always been the medium of great ideas and the driver of great movements.
THE ARTIST – I had my work in galleries and was employed as an art director and designer before I completed high school. My creative work has put me on the cutting edge of communications as the digital revolution changed the world. In a career that spans over three decades, I have garnered dozens of national creative awards, have done work for many of the world’s great companies and ad agencies and continue to explore the leading edge of digital art and technology with advanced websites that employ more programming languages than I care to mention.
Today one of the most ugent issues is our relationship with technology. This has been a classic theme throughout science fiction, but now that we live in that future people are being swept away by technology as if the Asimovs and Bradburys had not warned us. Twenty-five years ago nobody knew anything about computers and truly fine art was rare: today a generation was raised on computers and everything is art.
THE COUNSELOR – I began working as a personal counselor when I was nineteen years old. For my entire life I have continued training and mastering the most advanced techniques known and have worked with hundreds of individuals. I find that people need help when life becomes too much for them, they need someone on their side during the bad times as well as the good—I make it a point to be there when that happens and have assisted many others had given up on who would not have made it otherwise.
“The successes I get are often spontaneously written by people who just have to tell someone; they are at times remarkable and always heartfelt.”
I have helped hundreds of people attain happier, more dynamic and fulfilling lives where they are achieving what they never before believed possible. This has been in many ways a secret life because the work goes on in small offices behind closed doors between two people, but it has always been a huge part of who I am.