My name is Keith R.A. DeCandido. I am sometimes referred to in Internet circles as "KRAD" (my initials), and I respond to that, as well as "Keith." ("Hey you" and "long-haired hippie weirdo freak" work, too.) Thanks to my mistaken thinking in June 2004 that being on LJ required a cutesy-tootsy nickname, I went with almost-clever "kradical" (a mix of KRAD and "radical"), which I'm now more or less stuck with.
I also have a web site at DeCandido.net, which is a handy-dandy portal to many of the things I'm involved with: podcasts I do, novels I've written, organizations I'm involved with, other social media I do, and a ton more (including this blog, amusingly), and more. Do check it out.
Here's some stuff about me, any and all of which are fair game for discussion hereabouts. I should add that you can generally tell the subject of the post from the icon that I use.
I am an author of more than fifty novels, many of which are media tie-ins. I've also written a mess of novelizations, short stories, eBooks, novellas, nonfiction, and comic books, and many of those are tie-ins as well. I posted my bibliography most recently here. The tie-ins are in the worlds of (alphabetically) BattleTech, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Command and Conquer, CSI: NY, Doctor Who, Dungeons & Dragons, The Executioner, Farscape, Firefly/Serenity, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Kung Fu Panda, Leverage, Magic: The Gathering, Marvel Comics, Resident Evil, Sleepy Hollow, Star Trek, StarCraft, Stargate, Supernatural, World of Warcraft, The X-Files, Xena, Young Hercules, and Zorro. I've also got my own worlds to play in. There's the world I created for the high-fantasy police procedural Dragon Precinct, which has spawned sequels (Unicorn Precinct, Goblin Precinct, Gryphon Precinct, and the forthcoming Mermaid Precinct) and a number of short stories (most of which were collected in Tales from Dragon Precinct in 2013). I've written a bunch of urban fantasy stories set in Key West, Florida that have appeared in several anthologies and in Buzzy Mag Online, many of which were collected in the 2013 tome Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. I've also got Super City Police Department (one novel, The Case of the Claw, and one short story in With Great Power), "the Human Finder" (one short story in Defending the Future: Best Laid Plans), and Bram Gold (one short story in Liar Liar), plus I've been part of three shared worlds: Aaron Rosenberg & David Niall Wilson's "Tales of the Scattered Earth," for which I wrote the novel Guilt in Innocence, Jonathan Maberry's V-Wars, for which I've written two short stories ("The Ballad of Big Charlie" in V-Wars and "Streets of Fire" in V-Wars: Night Terrors), and Steven Savile's "Viral," for which I wrote the novella -30-.
I also write comic books. I was the scripter of the monthly comic book based on the TV show Farscape, a series of "season five" type stories taking place after The Peacekeeper Wars in collaboration with show creator Rockne S. O'Bannon. I've also written a variety of four-issue story arcs, including a Star Trek one in 1999-2000 from WildStorm, three D'Argo-focused Farscape miniseries from BOOM! Studios from 2009-2010, and the first story arc in the Cars: Adventures of Tow Mater comic based on the Pixar film from BOOM Kids! in 2010. IDW has also published two of my Star Trek one shots over the past couple of years, and I wrote Volume 1 of the StarCraft manga Ghost Academy. My comics adaptation of Gregory Wilson's novel Icarus is due out in 2015, and I've got some more comic book stuff in the works.
I'm also an editor, both of dozens of anthologies (the ones released in this millennium include Liar Liar, Doctor Who: Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership, Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War, Star Trek: Tales from the Captain's Table, and Imaginings: An Anthology of Long Short Fiction) and several book lines (the Marvel Comics novels published by Berkley from 1994-2000, the monthly Star Trek eBook line published by Pocket from 2000-2008). I'm currently offering editorial services to any writers who might need some professional work on their novels and/or short stories via KRADitorial.
I am also a musician, a percussionist by trade. I have been with two bands, the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players (1994-2000) and the Boogie Knights (2006-present), and have also backed up several others (the Randy Bandits, Steve Rosenhaus, the late David Honigsberg, etc.). My work has appeared on six CDs (two DQYDJP, two Boogie Knights, one each by Rosenhaus and Honigsberg), and I continue to perform with the Boogies at various places.
I am a practitioner of karate, specifically the Kenshikai discipline. I am currently a second-degree black belt, having achieved that rank in March 2013. I absolutely love karate, and have found it to be incredibly useful and beneficial in tons of ways. In addition to training, I also teach, both in the dojo (a kids sparring class and filling in to teach other classes as needed) and out (two afterschool programs, each once a week).
I am a huge baseball fan in general, and a fan of the 2009 World Champion New York Yankees in particular, something I come by honestly, since it runs in the family, I was born, raised, and educated in the Bronx, and have been following them religiously since 1976, through both good times (1976-1981, 1996-present) and bad (between those two; just the mention of Stump Merrill's name makes me break out in hives). In 2002-2003, I had season tickets in the bleachers, and chronicled that in the bloggish "Bleacher Creature Feature," which is archived on my web site. I have contributed to assorted blogs and books, including the Replacement Level Yankees Weblog, Pinstripe Alley, In the Dugout: Yankees 2013, Yankees Yearly 2012, The Maple Street Press Yankees Annual 2010, and The Red Sox Fan Handbook 2005.
Politically, I lean rather far to the left, and make no apologies for it. The only times I voted for the winner in a presidential election were 1992, 1996, 2008, and 2012 (though one could make an argument for the fact that Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election, even though he conceded it and never took the Oath of Office).
I love books, TV shows, music, movies, and comic books. Finances have forced me to curtail the comic book reading, and lack of time keeps me from seeing as many movies as I'd like, but I still talk about all five of these things quite a bit.
In 1998, I became a full-time freelancer, which meant I didn't go into an office, but worked entirely from the sweat of my own brow. The economy tanking in 2008 made that difficult to maintain for a while, so I took jobs where I could for a few years there -- first working for the U.S. Census Bureau on a variety of operations, then part-time as a library clerk at a high-school library -- while continuing to write and edit freelance. Things have settled to the point where I am back to full-time freelancing again, however.
Finally, on a personal note, I share my apartment and my life with Wrenn (wrenn), our housemate Dale, and a menagerie: Scooter -- a 15-year-old Golden Retriever and the happiest dog on Earth -- and two cats, Kaylee and Louie. I am also very close to my parents, who share their house and lives with two others whom I consider my third and fourth parents; one of those four, my mother (girasole), posts here regularly, and you may see the other three (bronxbob350, helgabee, and the LJ-less Infomancer) show up once or twice.
This journal is pretty open. I've yet to delete a post here (save for obvious pieces of spam), and anonymous posters are welcome, too. Trolls are generally ignored, which is the best way to get rid of them. I ask that everyone be polite. I endeavor to be informative and helpful and entertaining, and sometimes I even succeed at one of those things. I'm glad to have you here for the ride.
I think that covers the high points. If you have any questions, post 'em in the comments here.