May 25, 1977!!!

On this day in 1977, my father suggested we go see a movie. And we did. Hours later, my life had changed. Star Wars!!!! Yup, dad took me to see Star Wars. I was hooked, But what was I hooked to, what had captured me? The Force? Jedi? Spaceships? Lightsabers? Nope. I was captured by story and the adventure a good story offers anyone willing to do the work to embrace that adventure. I began to read and read more. Words became magic. They ushered me to places of beauty and dread, danger and bliss. I visited Middle Earth, became familiar with its dragons and goblins. I spent time with Dracula wandering dark halls. I bounded over mountain tops with Frankenstein’s creature. I scoffed at Hamlet’s foolishness and was awed by his brilliance. I explored. I lived. And yes, I’ve used the Force.

Today, I challenge you to embrace a story or, if you’re feeling courageous, craft one of your own.

As Winter Wanes

I like winter. The cold. It brings, for me, a sense of peace. Not a spiritual peace. An physical peace. Yes, there is snow to shovel and ice to chip, but when labor is done, I retreat: home, coffee, hot chocolate, books, dreams.

I like darkness. On a winter day, it envleopes the afternoon, chokes the sun. It bids the day a welcome silence.

I like winter, but spring approaches, and, although, spring days shed winter’s hush, winter’s peace, I do enjoy bits of it. Spring invites me to the wood, to the space between trees. It offers new sound, new music, new perfumes, new air, new dreams, different dreams, dreams that winter can’t inspire…magic.

I like winter, but spring…it’ll do.

Roll the Dice: Horrified

Fun. It’s been tough to find for the past year. COVID-19 has pilfered fun all around the world. Still, fun, smiles, laughter… all are still needed. In part, I’ve found fun playing board games. Monopoly? No!!! Parcheesi. No!!! There are a multitude of games, new games, wonderful games, that can be played by one or several. One of these games is Horrified.

“The Stakes Have Been Raised. Imagine living in a place so wretched, that its not plagued by one, two, or even three monsters, but seven of the most horrifying fiend. In this game, you’ll come face to face with them all as you work together to rid the town of these maniacal or misunderstood creatures before its too late.”

You’ll battle as one of several heroes, facing Universal Studios’ classic movie monsters: Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and the monster’s bride, the Invisible Man, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the Wolfman. Which one scares you the most? Defeat the monsters and save the village.

“In this game, you’ll work together to rid the town of the maniacal or misunderstood creatures…before it’s too late.”

It’s great fun to play by yourself or with others. And, it’s priced right. Give it a try.

In the Beginning…

I guess this a beginning of sorts. As 2020 neared its end I lost interest in blogging, an activity that once was a part of my everyday, posting, for the most part, original poetry ( I am a poet, having published to volumes of poetry. You can even buy them in books stores and on Amazon, but that became…old. I haven’t posted since December 8, 2020,)

Two years ago, I was asked to write a screenplay, and I did, and it looked like it was to become a movie…BUT THEN COVID. Yup, the virus shut down the movie industry and stalled the progress I was making toward the silver screen. Perhaps 2021 will be kinder. I’m currently crafting a second screenplay now. I’ll let you know

During the lockdown(s), I began to turn to other interest, original interests, childhood interests: comic books, adventure, games, etc. I’m 52, but at my core I’m 12. I’m still a kid and I enjoy all the “stuff” I enjoyed as a kid: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, comic books, superheroes, games, adventure, stories, etc. Therefore, today, I’ll begin again. I’ll begin where I started, in a galaxy, far, far away, where spaceships and wizards exist, and childhood never ends. Where will that take me? I’m not sure. But therein beats the adventure.