Monday, January 15, 2018

D&D


I played Dungeons and Dragons for the first time since high school. It was really fun! Got with a group of adults and got into the story and fantasy of it. I love interactive storytelling. Puts me in the mood to write a crazy fantasy story. Many since JRR have tried to flip tropes like orcs and elves, but it's so fun anyway. I made a gnome wizard.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Three Dreams:

Dreamt that a necromancer put a lifeforce-binding spell on me, and I had to trick him into playing a boardgame called Super Best Friends, that would give me control over his soul.The soul link was like a magical rope connecting us, and Super Best Friends had a giant arch that tangled it like a knot.

Dreamt that I went to a Chinese restaurant and forgot to wear any clothes but underwear, and everyone I know was there. I felt surreal-ly casual about this, making jokes with people. My cousin starter pouring hard blue lemonade for everyone.

Dreamt that I assigned my class of students to go to a swearing in of the next Congress. I lived in DC too.
Not sure how to interpret these dreams. None were scary or anything. All very casual, chill.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Writing some new songs...


working lyric:

Build it overhead,
built it over all.
Can you see it in place?
Can you see it from space?

Can you see at all?
Have I sunk into a wall?
Have I become Mr. Invisible?
A dotted line’s my skin;
a trace vanished within
a signature from an ink pen.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Drawing Of The Three

I finished reading this book. It is the second book in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series.

SPOILERS for it ahead


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Working on The Wiz

Theatre has sorta taken over my life again. My new job is being a theatre tech director, full time, at a high school. Right now, I'm working on The Wiz.

I guess the challenge with the set design is the fact that there are SO MANY LOCATIONS. I'm trying to build a rolling set, too. To be able to move pieces in and out quickly.

The other hard part is learning how to perfect my skills with the ETC Ion. It's a tricky lighting system, but it feels like learning a new language. I have experience with lightboards, but not this one, so it's a challenge. I really enjoy it, though.

My work space:

Friday, July 21, 2017

In Defense of Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine Movie


So, I've been delving into this series this past month. Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is a weird book and a weird movie, both. 

Yeah, read/watch it, but this isn't a review. 

Lots of readers are mad because Tim Burton and the writers made HUGE changes from the book to the movie, and I want to chat about that.

So, after the jump, there will be MAJOR SPOILERS! No holding back! Go read/watch it first. This may include spoilers for Books 2 and 3!

Got that? Spoilers ahead!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Flash Fiction 3 - Craftsmanship, Overpacking, and Nobody Liked Terry

Craftsmanship


Jim loved shopping online. He held the icepack to his head and examined the fine craftsmanship that went into his new nunchucks. 





Overpacking


I took all six pairs of scissors, all three pairs of nail clippers. I packed away all the batteries, including the ones in the remotes. Your bookmarks went missing, so did all of the Pixar movies. The spoons, mine. My lesbian friend ate the shrimp cocktail you’d been saving in the freezer. I took the tape, the coffee strainer, the cloth grocery bags. All those little things you never think to buy until you need them crucially.

As I locked the door to our apartment for my final exit, I dashed back one last time to grab the toilet paper. Maybe your new lover has extra to share.

 



Nobody Liked Terry


It’s not just us, officer. Max told me that Terry’s sister said she hated him because of how bad he smelled. I live next door to Terry, and his mother screams at him all the time, sir. Johnny’s the one who found a beehive, and the only thing I did was stick it inside the piñata. It took a whole roll of tape.

All the kids in the neighborhood got together and threw a party for him on his birthday. We stuck a candle in a chocolate chip muffin for cake. We even put up yellow streamers and shot bottle rockets. Terry was excited to think that he finally had made friends, and he practically peed his pants when he found out about the party. He’s so fat that he ate the entire muffin in one bite. Even with the blindfold, he knocked the piñata down in one hit. The bees swarmed out of the hive as Terry dove for the candy.          
           
Me and Max both got stung, and it really hurt, but it turned out that Terry was allergic. We didn’t want to get in trouble, so we hid him inside the storm drain under the road.
           
Can I have a cup of water?