author, Tore Simonsen, is a non-practicing lawyer with extensive community organizing
and field organizing experience (MoveOn Pac 2004). I enjoy travelling. I
visit my family in Norway during the summer where I fish.
grew up in a geek/nerdy way. I began roleplaying when I was 12
years old. Started with Dungeon's and Dragons and escalated to
about every game we could get our hands on- TMNT, Cyberpunk, MERP,
Paranoia, DC Heroes, etc...
I also played many video games, which I continue to do until this day.
spent plenty of time traveling the world. I went to France,
Norway, Denmark, England, Spain, and all over the United States.
graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1998. I
began practicing in the area of criminal defense, focusing mostly
on constitutional rights. As a law clerk, I worked with Jack
Wylde to research and draft an appellate brief successfully reversing
and remanding a murder plea.I represented pro-bono a peace activist who blocked President George Bush's motorcade.
an unlucky turn of events, I ended up doing some lucrative but
unfulfilling corporate work. After the war in Iraq started, and
to remedy a political tragedy, I began to turn my attention
increasingly to political action. In 2004, I worked as a field organizer on the MoveOn
PAC campaign in Cleveland, Ohio. We turned out thousands of
votes for John Kerry, but still lost the election.
2005, I returned to Cleveland, Ohio to work with a local CDC as a
community organizer. I organized residents with a local reverend
to remove graffiti under the city anti-hate ordinance. More
importantly, I worked with residents to develop local community
leadership in through leadership development classes. I
also attended the second anti-Nazi demonstration in Toledo as well
as the peace demonstration on MLK day in Detroit. The Cleveland
episode was ill-fated. By the spring, I was working with various
groups on a short-term basis. Eventually, I was arrested for
trespassing in Cleveland, Ohio. Shortly after working on
poor people's campaign in the summer, I returned to Minnesota.
Minnesota, I ended up working with an environmental group to promote
clean energy legislation. I was privileged to work with talented
individuals to help pass the MN RES. The RES requires utilities
to produce 25% of their energy from renewable sources by 2025.
the way, I have experienced many failures and disappointments, but I
have also made many good friends and learned important lessons.
2009, I fell in love. I wrote several scripts to communicate
these feelings. After several months and 49,751 words, I
completed four episodes of the Dollhouse. My laptop failed.
I then proceeded to drive by car to Hollywood, California.
My hope was to deliver the scripts. I ended up sleeping out
of my car for a week. I showered at homeless shelters (Union
Mission) and met other homeless members of the community. I tried
to attend a charity event to deliver the scripts with flowers, but the
event was canceled. After much discussion, my friends and family
sadly convinced me to board a plane to Minnesota. Everything I
have is now scattered across the country. My car is somewhere in
Los Angeles. My laptop is broken. My books and CD's are in
Nevada. None of that matters. What bothers me is
that I still haven't gotten the scripts to the woman I wrote them