Gary Moor

Gary Moor

Writer / Contributor

Gary's Bio

As a native Oregonian I spent much of my childhood in Portland Oregon. I graduated from high school and attended community college in Astoria Oregon, where I had my first job. I consider Astoria my hometown. I have an AA degree from Clatsop Community College and a BA from Oregon State University where I twice lettered in varsity crew. I have worked as a pizza maker, logger (setting chokers for Crown Zellerbach), commercial salmon fisherman (Cook Inlet Alaska), Fuller Brush Man, Air Force jet pilot flying EC and KC-135s out of South Dakota and Okinawa Japan. I then did home repair and remodeling for 20 years. It is during this time I started writing books―about 20 years ago. I married twice. I had two children on the second go around. They are now full-grown and pursuing lives they love. I am very proud of them. I have mentored teens, I do rites of passage work with teens and men, and assist in Family Division for Landmark®. Now I live in an RV on a farm in Corvallis Oregon. Here I managed to unburden myself of 95% of the stuff I felt I could not live without, yet I have all that I need. Life is pleasurably simple as a result, and allows me to focus on what is important: my novel writing.

“The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.”

– Carl Sagan, from Cosmos. New York: Random House. 1980 p. 4

What Fair Trade/Sustainable Art Means to Me

The existence of fair trade and sustainable art predates our current economic system. The economic system we live under now did not naturally arise. We created it to serve a purpose and over the centuries forgot what we had done and now see it as the normal way for our lives to work. What if people valued themselves, each other, and what they created, such as art, rather than the accumulation of wealth?

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February 2018 Mid Month Review

February 2018 Mid Month Review

I’ll be posting the mid-month reviews in two places: on Wisegoddess.Com and Theblissquest.com/blog until the transfer and conversion is complete. February is showing early signs of spring already, so my outdoor to do list is getting long already. It feels like a mad...

January 2018 Mid-Month Review

January 2018 Mid-Month Review

January 2018 Mid-Month Review It’s already two weeks into the new year and I’m can’t figure out where the time has gone. I put my head down and started in on re-writes and—BAM--time warp. It’s all good as long as I’m able to get some basics caught up, but for now it’s...

Character Studies

Character Studies

Someone asked why and how I distinguish between character and characterization. The why: because relying on appearance only as a tool creates two-dimensional characters. Complexity is in the contradictions, and the harmony between appearance and action. It’s in the...

December 2017 Mid-Month Review

December 2017 Mid-Month Review

It’s already the mid-month, and I have no idea where the month has gone…the year, actually. It’s almost 2018. How did that happen? I suppose it’s a good sign that I’m stunned by the passage of time. It means I was busy, productive, and working toward something that...

Scold of Jays Beta Read Completed!

Scold of Jays Beta Read Completed!

Dear Beta Readers: Half of the Scold of Jays beta manuscripts are in, and the feedback has been tremendously helpful! There were two issues I was worried about, and both concerns have been nullified by beta feedback. I’d like to just apologize in advance for...