12 March 2011

10 October 2010

15 July 2010

Finding my center and going from there . . . .

The other day I looked at this blog and realized that I hadn't written anything in awhile.

Then I realized I haven't written anything. Period.

For the last few years, I've been working on this space opera saga that's been near and dear to my heart. However, I've been hitting some walls . . . experiencing Writer's Block. I finally decided to back off for a bit, let it be. Focus on something else.

But what?

Last October, I started playing DDOnline. The Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG. I fell in love with the game immediately. See, one Xmas, my folks gave me a boxed set of D&D gaming books and The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings books as presents.

I was never the same after that.

So. As I started playing DDO, a lot of old memories started playing out in my mind's eye. In high school, my brothers Rick and Dave, our friend Tim and I would play D&D on the weekends. We had a lot of fun -- good times, good memories.

For example, one Friday night, we found out that this British fantasy film "Hawk the Slayer" was going to be on late at night. Tim came out, we ate pizza and chips, drank soda and play D&D until the movie came on. We took a break to watch the movie--and we loved that movie--and started playing again after the movie was over.

For a couple of years, on the weekends, the four of us explored the worlds of Greyhawk and Mystara. Dungeons were conquered, dragons slain and treasure vaults looted.

Those were good times.

Playing DDO . . . brought back a lot of those memories.

And those memories have been hitting me hard ever since my brother Dave passed away late last year.

I can't explain it but I keep finding myself gravitating to D&D. I've been picking up old books and manuals, re-reading them.

You know what. I finally told myself I found my next project. I want to take those memories and weave them into a story, relive that fun -- and even incorporate the fun I have today in DDO.

I love SF. That space opera saga I've been working on for years . . . I love that too and I'll finish it. But, for now, there's another story that needs to be told.

And I need to write it.

Last night and tonight I've written and rewritten almost 2000 words. It's start, a good start.

And I intend on finishing it too.

Be seeing you.


30 September 2009

The Polanksi Situation

My feelings on this Polanski thing?

Samantha Geimer -- the alleged victim -- stated in an interview that she wishes Polanski would be forgiven, "I think he's sorry, I think he knows it was wrong. I don't think he's a danger to society. I don't think he needs to be locked up forever and no one has ever come out ever — besides me — and accused him of anything. It was 30 years ago now. It's an unpleasant memory ... (but) I can live with it."

In fact, Samantha Geimer filed to have the charges against Polanski dismissed from court. She said that decades of publicity as well as the prosecutor's focus on lurid details continues to traumatize her and her family.

So. If the victim wants this thing to go away -- and it appears that she does -- then let it go away.

I'm all for victim's rights and listening to what they have to say. Many people are.

But why are they ignoring her.

Remember: She IS the alleged victim. This is her decision.

People should honor it.