The Toy Aisle

When I was a kid, the toy aisle was paradise. All those colors. All that fun. All those possible adventures. I’d do my best to convince my mom or dad to buy me something, but they were and are very good parents. All my conniving never seemed to work; however, now and then, they did surprise me with a wonderful toy.

LEGOs were among my favorites. My friend Adam and I did our best to convert any LEGO sets into a Star Wars set. We do our best to reconstruct X-Wing fighters, Tie fighters, Star Destroyers, etc.

When LEGO began to actually make Star Wars sets. Wow!!!

I still walk the toy aisle when I can. And I’m still captivated.

I’m a happy nerd.

The Hobbit Turns 83

I’m excited to announce that JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit was published 83 years ago…yesterday.

In the late 1970’s, when I was about 10-years-old, I found a copy of The Hobbit in the attic of my childhood home and started to read. Introduced to goblins, elves, and dragons, I was enveloped in a world I never wanted to leave, and, to some degree, I never have. Reading The Hobbit, I fell in love with words and story. Today, I am a hopeful writer and a professor of literature.

CS Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, reviewed Tolkien’s novel in 1937. Here’s an except from that review.

“To define the world of The Hobbit is, of course, impossible, because it is new. You cannot anticipate it before you go there, as you cannot forget it once you have gone. The author’s admirable illustrations and maps of Mirkwood and Goblingate and Esgaroth give one an inkling—and so do the names of the dwarf and dragon that catch our eyes as we first ruffle the pages. But there are dwarfs and dwarfs, and no common recipe for children’s stories will give you creatures so rooted in their own soil and history as those of Professor Tolkien—who obviously knows much more about them than he needs for this tale. Still less will the common recipe prepare us for the curious shift from the matter-of-fact beginnings of his story (‘hobbits are small people, smaller than dwarfs—and they have no beards—but very much larger than Lilliputians’) to the saga-like tone of the later chapters (‘It is in my mind to ask what share of their inheritance you would have paid to our kindred had you found the hoard unguarded and us slain’).

For it must be understood that this is a children’s book only in the sense that the first of many readings can be undertaken in the nursery. Alice is read gravely by children and with laughter by grown ups; The Hobbit, on the other hand, will be funnier to its youngest readers, and only years later, at a tenth or a twentieth reading, will they begin to realise what deft scholarship and profound reflection have gone to make everything in it so ripe, so friendly, and in its own way so true. Prediction is dangerous: but The Hobbit may well prove a classic.”

I’m a happy nerd.

It’s Official – New URL

As the seasons change (tomorrow is the first day of autumn) so does this blog. It officially has a new URL, a new address . Drum roll, please…

There you have it. Tell your friends, especially the nerdy ones., but everyone is welcome. It’s time to explore the worlds of superheroes and stormtroopers, hobbits and hutts. It’s time to grow again.

I’m a happy nerd.

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Some Time to Play

Sunday is a day of rest. This weekend, it was also a day of games. I enjoyed a small, solo adventure into a galaxy that, all know, is far, far away. Star Wars!!!!!

Armed with a cup of coffee and my imagination, I battled some of my favorite characters with some of my favorite characters: Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Han Solo.

A card game, Star Wars Destiny is an activity that allows me a bit of fun, childhood fun. It allows me to rest.

I’m sure you play games, or once did. What do/did you play?

I’m a happy nerd. 😆

The Happy Nerd

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When I’m nerding, I’m happy.

Nerding? It’s no secret, if you’ve followed this blog for even a short amount of time, I tend to drift into worlds of my own creation. I spend a lot of time with dragons and trolls, swordsmen and sprites…and countless other creatures and critters.

My love for all things fantastic seeps from my childhood and continues to shape my adult life. Nope, adulting wouldn’t be tolerable without nerding.

When I was a child, 1977 happened, a pivotal, pivotal year!!! First, I discovered JRR Tolkien. Reading The Hobbit and then The Lord of the Rings, I was introduced to an amazing world, a world I longed to enter, and in my dreams and thoughts, I did. Then, my dad took me to see Star Wars, a galaxy far, far, away that felt to me, very, very close. These two worlds, to a large degree, shaped my days. I embraced the unbelievable then and made it believable. I still do that today.

When I must be an adult, or at least act like one, I’m a literature teacher, an occupation that allows me to swim through story after story after story. I’m also a writer, one who creates new worlds. (If I’m lucky, a movie studio will soon purchase my first screenplay. My second is being written now.)

So there, you have it – nerding. I bet there’s a bit of nerd in all of you.

It’s Been a While

Yup, I haven’t posted in a bit. Sorry. Life got in the way.

I’m returning, but in new ways. I’m still writing screenplays. Sadly, at least for now, the virus has choked the movie industry. My first screenplay is in the hands of a major motion picture studio, but the pandemic gummed up my works forward motion. Perhaps things will open up enough to give the newbie a chance. We’ll see.

For now, I’m going to blog about whatever makes me happy. Generally, that involves various travels into my imagination. So, get ready. Be prepared. Who knows what I’m going to share. I don’t!! 👍🏻😆