I write stuff.
Sometimes I blog. Sometimes I spend days staring into nothing. Other times I submit op-eds to news outlets, share helpful info within community newsletters, share stories both short and long, and hopefully offer a bit of fun along the way to my readers. Currently working on a series of interwoven stories when I'm not producing mods for Fallout 4.
Someone once said, "I love your voice!"
Now I'm doing some audio recording too.
This website is new. As it develops, the plan is to add examples of my stories, both written and audio versions, as well as blog posts about projects as they unfold and things which inspire me to write.
Most useful questions to ask about any artist, as proposed by Henry James:
1) What was the artist trying to achieve?
2) Did the artist succeed?
3) Was it worth doing?
What is in a name?
Why I go by Tomson Jane Oliver
One of the beautiful things about being married is that it helps me relate more to my mother, Elizabeth Nichols. You see, she was always a tremendous force in my life, but it wasn't until I finally settled down (age 38) that I could understand why anyone would ever choose to get hitched.
I guess I thought I'd always be a rolling stone.
But sometimes, at just the right time, everything changes. As it happens, I'm married to my best friend too! I guess no one in my family's surprised that I have a wife. I've been mostly dating women since I turned 18.
What I never expected out of life was being a mother. I thought about it, of course, I think some sort of mid-life hormonal thing took over like a body-snatcher for a couple years...
But it hasn't happened.
My mother had the misfortune of being a first-time parent of twins which she was sadly ill-prepared to handle. Over the years she'd confess that if she'd only had one child she would have named her Tomson Jane, to honor the many women on her side of the family that went by that very same moniker, many generations back. When she discovered she was having twin girls, she had to scramble and ended up bestowing my sister and me with something else.
My twin sister has a wonderful little girl named Marlies. But as I never had little ones, and now Mother is no longer with us, I've reflected a lot on that old story about names. So, as a gift to Mom and her legacy, I chose to move that name forward and use it as my professional name in voice over, comics, story-writing, and mod development.
So there you have it, now you know a little something about me. And why I go by Tomson Jane.