Octo”Boo”er

Summer is gone! It ran its glorious course all too quickly and now the kids are back at school. There is a hint of frost in the air that suggests the weather is starting to change. In some places the leaves are painting the horizon with spectacular  displays. Crops are being brought in and pumpkins are starting to appear. Yes something is definitely in the air.

Try standing in a cornfield during the full moon and watch for fleeting glimpses of figures mounted on brooms flash cross the sky. Or perhaps you may sense a presence just at the edge of your vision, and no matter how fast you turn, you never see what it was. The things in the night are starting to go “bump”. Yep, my time of the year!

“Cosplay Sugar Sugar Rune” by Florian Fromentin (Flickr)

I have always loved this season. You could almost say that I take de”fright’ in it all. Perhaps it’s the muse of a dear friend that has whispered in my ear as of late, but the stories that fill my head have taken a darker turn. I try to fight the darkness, but each happy tale soon comes to a bitter end. I see haunts in the shadows and will-of -the wisps in the night air. So casting “happily ever after” to the wind and the fell beasties, I welcome you to Octo”Boo”er here at the fictional campfire!

I am looking for several guess writers to join my celebration. Here is your chance to write that spooky little tale that keeps asking to be let out. So if you feel up to a walk on the darker side of the street let me know! Not up for that? Then perhaps one of the two, month-long challenges will be something you can sink you teeth into. Any which way, I’m hoping everybody will have a howling good time!

The calendar may still show a few days left in September, but I hear-by declare Octo”Boo”er has begun! I’m hoping to get the word out to all the boys and ghouls who like to write, so if you could be so kind as to pass the word along through the social channels. Watch for the twitter hash tag #Octobooer. Welcome to the happily never after!

“Happy Halloween!” by Schub@ (Flickr)

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A little story about me!

(Pause to allow gasps of surprise at a new post!)

Once upon a time there was a young(ish) man who thought that one day he might like to write out all the wild stories and characters that inhabited his slightly peculiar mind. After many half-attempts, he finally managed to build an imaginary campfire where he (and others) could go to share stories. Life was good!

But like all stories, you know that the hero can not simply find the treasure, get the girl and stroll off to happily ever after. There must be challenges and dragons along the way. It is these interruptions that make the a story lifelike, and force the hero to push that bit harder the reach his goals. It is that journey, and not the words “The End” that we love read.

“dragon slayer” by mugley (Flickr)

Similar to my fictional hero, I now find myself standing up to one of these unexpected dragons. In this case; a new job. After several years of hard work, I managed to win a promotion. So I bid driving goodbye and took up the position of dispatcher. While I was sure that it would be hard work for a while, I figured that I would master it (my dragon) in short order. Sadly that is/was not the case. Seems that the dragon was actually MUCH bigger than I imagined it was. Now six weeks later I’m still locked in mortal combat!. I have no doubt that being “pure of heart” (plus the help of the other dispatchers) I will overcome the beast and prevail in the end.

I’m just not so sure when that may be! The dragon often requires that I fight it 12 hours a day, so lately most of the time I seem to be either working or sleeping. While the stories still are safely stored in my imagination, I would seem that it will be a while before I get back to word smithing them out, so please have some patience.

In closing I would like to thank my writing friends. It was your support, friendship and advice that started me on the road to “happily ever after”. I do miss you guys.

Many thanks!

Ken

PS – In the next couple of days there is a surprise of sorts coming, so keep watch!

Breaking News

Hi all,

Just popped in to share this with you all. I’m very pleased to announce that for the very first time, I am a guest writer. My blogging friend (and talented writer) Billie Jo Woods  asked if I would write something for her blog while she enjoys a few days at the Sea Side.

I have been thinking that I should move to England. Everybody there is always going on about this wonderful place. I have to be missing something. Mind you, as my oldest son points out, since England in surrounded by water, a large percentage of it is going to be “Sea Side”! Something to ponder there.

Sorry, got distracted there. Back to it then. I have to thank Billie for letting me guest for her this week, (I’m just one of several writers, so you should check their stories out as well) it is a great honour and I’m truly touched by it. Thank you!

If you’re up to it, have a peek HERE.

With the school year quickly drawing to a close, I hope to be back at it again soon. Until then… “Cheers”!

3 Thank You’s and an Apology

Sorry gang this ones not a story. Well not a fictional one anyway!

Yesterday I found that on my comments page, I had been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award twice within a few hours. Really didn’t expect to see that! (Blushing) But the tale does not end there! Haley Whitehall also felt that I fit this category as well, but sometimes I can be exceptionally dense and I totally missed the significance of her original post. And in doing so, I failed in the first requirement way back on April 21st. Haley I’m very sorry for that error.

So what exactly am I going to do now you ask? Simple, do as I’m told. (Well sorta anyway!)

This awards requirements are as follows;

  1. Thank the person who gave you the reward.
  2. List seven random facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate fifteen new bloggers for the award.

So here goes! A big thank you to… Haley Whitehall of “Haley is Soldiering through the Writing World” , Sandra Bell Kirchman of “Fantasyfic”, and Knot2share of “A space to be Me”. I’m touched and surprised by your actions.

Now the next task is a little harder to resolve. Do I cheat and just list 7 facts about myself, or do I list 21 since 3 of my blogging friends have each asked. So get comfy, because 21 it is! Who’s up for some sharing?

  1. My middle name is Rodney; a fact that I keep hidden throughout school. My dad wanted this to be my first name, but mom stepped in and saved the day.
  2. I was bullied in school. Not physically, but often the target of mean-spirited jokes and comments.
  3. I have ADHD (inattentive type). I’m prone to hyper-focusing and have suffered depression.
  4. I created artwork for an Advanced Dungeons and Dragon’s campaign module called “Catapult Run” in college. What can I say? I’m a big geek!
  5. I once met LeVar Burton (1979). I doubt that he would remember me, I was a 14 yr old kid delivering Duty Free purchases at Toronto Intern’l Airport. He bought a very nice womans silk scarf, which I recall was blue.
  6. I’m a secret agent. OK no I’m not, I was checking to see if you were paying attention.
  7. I once refused to get on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. I got as far as the loading platform and baulked. I did get a brief behind the scenes tour as they walked me out. To keep some of my mysterious nature I won’t say how old I was.
  8. I was going to be an animator. Operative word is “was”. Did 2 of 3 years then took a year off to work. It’s been a very long year!
  9. I once had my head shaved from losing a bet. I bet a hockey team that I coached “that I would shave all my hair off if they won the championship” They went from Worst to First that season. One off my proudest days working with youth.
  10. I have been a volunteer with youth (4 to 18) for 25 years. Currently I’m a Scout Leader.
  11. I tipped a canoe that was tied to a dock. Something my friends like to remind of every once in a while.
  12. I drove from Toronto to San Francisco alone.
  13. On that trip, I stopped at the Top of Donner Pass to stand on the truck roof. At that moment I was 7,252 feet (7240′ +6′ +6′) above sea-level and for a brief few minutes one of the highest people in the US.
  14. I rode a cable car, hanging off the side just like in the movies.
  15. Most of my friends are women.
  16. My very first story was called “Dragon in the Dryer”.
  17. My nickname in high-school was Barbie.
  18. I’m still good friends with my first crush.
  19. I can predict the winning numbers for the Power Ball lotto. Again not true, but since we’re getting close to the end of this I’d thought I would check to see if you were still reading or bidding for a cool thingy on Ebay.
  20. I’m extremely proud of the veterans from my family.
  21. I’ve had fun writing this!

This is where I’m heading off road! I could name 15 bloggers that I feel are also Versatile. Problem is most of those people already have this award. Fear not, I will pass on this award to others, just not today. I would like to award it to writers that have captivated me with their work. While it would be simple just to find 15 new blogs, how would the blogger feel if it comes from a complete stranger. The nicest thing about being awarded this honour, is that it has come from people that I consider friends. So starting now, I’m on the lookout for new bloggers! (I’ve always done this, but felt the need to proclaim it again)

So I’ve said thank you, bored you with trivia, and just changed the rules. We’re done now right? Wait don’t answer, because I’ve haven’t told you the best part yet. To honour the people that have been a big support to me, I have something for you! My very own accolade. The Inspiring Blogger Award.  I’m sending this to those bloggers that have been my inspiration to try harder and push myself beyond comfort zone.

Please feel free to use this award for yourselves. The rules are simple. Someone inspires you to be a better blogger? Let them know via email or post it.  Below is my list.

My Inspiring Bloggers are;

Haley Whitehall

Selena Wolff

Billie Jo Woods

Sandra Bell Kirchman

Knot2share

Mike