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Mike Doscher
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United States

October in Houston

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 15, 2017, 7:01 PM

Autumn came in all at once. I know it’s been here for a few weeks on paper, but it just hit me on the way home. A chill undertone to the breeze, like remembering something you almost forgot. The chill came in under oaks and between the skyscrapers at a stoplight. Five flavors of autotune drifted in from F150s and BMWs around me, and there could be no mistake. I don’t know where the groundhog spends this season, but it was all very druidic.

It’s been in the 90s all week, but that doesn’t seem to matter now. The Pumpkin Express is coming up the on ramp. Last October was a blur, but this year offers a clearer view, if not a more coherent account. We are defined by what we can no longer talk about. There’s still things worth saying.

Houston is too big, too weird, and too many different things to have some simple opinion of the city at this point. If I had to try for the clutch shot I’d say that I was a stranger, but made to feel welcome. It’s easy to indulge in superlatives, so choose whichever ones you like about this place. Same population as London, but five times the area.

I don’t know that I’ll ever feel wholly at ease somewhere this big, but little things keep surprising me. Victorian and art deco houses under magnolia trees, the odd sea breeze, and a landscape governed by water rather than heat and state lines. Happy to be here. Happy to have a sense of purpose, and the sharpening of the mind that comes with that.

There’s so much work to do, but it’s not a bad problem to have. Thought I’d check in.


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BenWurth Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Student Filmographer
Hey, Mike! How do I buy/pre-order a copy of "Spacecraft of the First World War"? I would love to support the project!
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hi! I would love for you to support it, but it not's quite done yet.

To be sure, I won't shut up about it when it *is* done, so please watch this space.

...and thank you! :)
HellsingDS Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  New Deviant
I was browsing mech concepts for inspiration on a game concept im playing around with for fun/practice and couldn't help but be drawn to your works in particular (I'm a Content QA aspiring to one day become a Designer).

I felt I should sign up and show my appreciation for your work, I love how you combine old and rugged with futuristic concepts in such a stylistic and practical way :D
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you, that's very kind of you to say so. Congrats on getting into the industry!

I like taking that exists and using it as a basis to create something new. If something is *totally* new, getting the audience to connect with it is more difficult.
cullyferg2010 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017
Quick question:  Is 'Scorched Earth' a series here on DA, or something accessible somewhere else? 
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