Your host and virtual librarian, John Adcox
"Arise and drink your bliss, for all that lives is holy.”
— William Blake
"As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin' man I have chalked up many a mile.
I've read dozens of books about heroes and crooks...
And I've learned much from both of their styles."
— Jimmy Buffett
Storytellers make us remember what mankind would have been like,
had not fear and the failing will and the laws of nature tripped up its heels."
— William Butler Yeats
BiographyJohn Adcox has been a cross-media communications and content strategist, producer, user experience designer, and writer for more than fifteen years. Presently, he is the CEO of a new story incubator, production company, and publisher of "magic" eBooks: Gramarye Media, Inc.
Over the course of a 20-year career in advertising, marketing, and new media John Adcox has held a number of titles including Executive Producer, Vice President of Digital Media, Creative Director, Vice President of Marketing and Creative Services, and even CEO.
A few of his clients have included AT&T, Mercedes-AMG, Holiday Inn, Coca-Cola, UPS, SCANA, AutoTrader.com, Time Warner, Disney, Delta Airlines, 3M, Ford, and many more.
In addition, he has hosted a radio show, acted professionally (although not since age 15), designed and written scripts for computer games, written a play for a professional theatre company, taught university astronomy, and written reviews and articles on topics including mythology, psychology, technology, religion, marketing strategy, and fantasy.
John is now concentrating on storytelling; he has a television pilot and a feature film moving slowly from development hell to development purgatory, and has completed two novels. The first of the novels, Blackthorne Faire, and a collection of Christmas stories, Raven Wakes the World, are forthcoming. Please send a note if you’d like to be notified or follow John on Twitter.
His many, many interests include books and literature (he is insufferably proud of his library), religion and philosophy, mythology, the Arthurian legends, travel, baseball, science fiction and fantasy, marketing communications, Celtic music and lore, new media, theatre, and politics, not to mention astronomy and cosmological physics, as well as the lesser sciences.
John was knighted by King Richard of the nation/village of Hay-on-Wye (the famous book town on the border between England and Wales) and was ordained a minister on the Internet (he recently performed his first wedding). So he is properly the Right Reverend Sir John. Next, he hopes to find a small island nation somewhere that he can bribe to make him a Lord Admiral. He is very happily married to the fabulous Carol Bales (Lady Bales of Hay). The couple makes their home in Atlanta.
John is a committed and lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. I am the Lay Leader Inman Park United Methodist Church, a progressive, challenging, intellectually-engaging, warm, tightly-knit, and activist congregation that encourages connection, questions, and exploration.
John was born on June 25, 1964 and is pleased and proud to use an Apple Macintosh Mac Book Pro. He hopes and prays that God never forces him to use a computer that's not a Mac (except to play Lord of the Rings Online).
For more information, here are the Top Ten Trivial Facts About John Adcox.
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Hobbies and SuchI'm an avid reader ... I have a personal library of more than 5,000 books (I'm very proud of that, and always try to work it into conversation) on a wide variety of subjects including fiction, mythology and folklore (especially Celtic and Arthurian), religion and philosophy, science, history, Disney, films, and fantasy and science fiction. Speaking of, Library Thing is terrific ... my wife and I are (as of August, 2009) about three-quarters of the way throuh cataloging our own library.
As mentioned, one of my proudest ever moments was being knighted. (Yes, I am properly Sir John.) It happened on my New Years 2000 trip to England. I was dupped by Richard, the King of the independent free nation of Hay-on-Wye. Hay, a small town on the border between England and Wales, is famous for its bookstores--nearly 50 of them. Even the castle in the town centre is now a bookstore. If you get a chance, be sure to attend the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival. I hope to go there when I die if I am good during my life.
Some day, these guys are going to build my castle! My car will come from here. I am torn between the Batmobile and the Mach 5.
Favorite contemporary authors? That's a hard one. Off hand, John Myers Myers (author of a wonderful gem of a book called Silverlock), Ray Bradbury, Mark Helprin, Pat Conroy, Lloyd Alexander, Guy Gavriel Kay, Charles de Lint, Umberto Eco, Wilton Barnhardt, T.H. White, Dan Simmons, C.S. Lewis and, of course, J.R.R. Tolkien come to mind. My favorite poets are William Butler Yeats, Walt Whitman, William Blake and John Montague. Check out the Library for links and more.
Let's see ... I'm a fanatical baseball fan (go Braves!) and always root for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. I collect Mickey Mouse and adore Disney stuff. Check out my Cool Stuff page for links.
What kind of music do I like? Click here to find out! If you love live music as much as I do, join me for a beer at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, Georgia. I live in pubtopia, and I am blessed with at least twelve within a mile, any one of which could be a very favortie. It’s an embarrassment of riches. I do have a “holy trinity” of three cozy, homey, friendly, wonderful favorites: Mac McGee’s, The Brick Store (featuring God’s own beer list), and my beloved Marlay House, all right here in Decatur. Speaking of good beer, here's all the information you need if you're looking for the best here in Atlanta.
I watch way too much TV (favorites: Jeopardy!, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Arrow, Cheers. Community, Chuck, the Star Treks, and Twin Peaks). I also adore musicals (my favorite is Les Miserables) and never miss a chance to watch Rudolf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and all those Christmas specials.
My favorite movies include Casablanca, Mary Poppins and most of the Disney animated classics, the first two Star Wars movies, The Thin Man, The Princess Bride, The Big Chill, Errol Flynn's The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Muppet Movie, and Field of Dreams.
Sean Connery was the real James Bond (although I confess I think Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig are great) and Clayton Moore was the real Lone Ranger.
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"Reexamine all you have been told at school
or church or in any book,
Dismiss whatever insults your own soul,
And your very flesh shall be a great poem
And have the richest fluency not only in its words
But in the silent lines of its lips and face and
Between the lashes of your eyes and
In every motion and joint of your body."
— Walt Whitman
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye."
— Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince