A Weekly Offering of This n That

Rainy Day is my alter ego. She is the little angel that sits on one shoulder and whispers in my ear to forgo that 6" piece of triple chocolate fudge with the four scoops of ice cream on it; she is also the little devil who sits on my other shoulder and convinces me that I can eat just one bite of each and be satisfied, and then laughs with such great abandon when in fact, I eat the whole thing, she falls off my shoulder. Mostly, Rainy Day helps me see the humor in living and, mostly, she encourages me down the right path. Not necessarily the straight and narrow one (how fun is that?) but the path that offers the most adventure and fun.

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Double Feature

The Awakening

I belong to SCBWI – Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the other day, another of the members posted on FB that she would appreciate it if some of us would post the blurb and cover photo on our blog. Since I know that many of you like YA stories, and even more of you have YA people on your gift-giving list, I thought it would be nice to give you yet another idea for your shopping list.

The Awakening, by Dorine White will be available 2 December 2014. Here is the cover blurb, and the cover:

"Nightmares really do come true, and for fifteen-year-old Kyler Birkwood, they are just beginning. Raised on a farm by his Aunt Martha, Kyler has no clue about the magical heritage swimming through his blood. When he discovers evidence of a mythical creature, a terrifying beast thought only to exist in fairy tales, his safe world shatters.

"Left at a school of magic to hunt for clues, he is overwhelmed and disbelieved. As loved ones begin disappearing and Orcs roam the land, Kyler must undergo a journey that takes him from the High Courts of the King to the unknown forests of the East. His magic just awakening, Kyler is the lone hope for a world that will not listen."

This looks like a fascinating read. That's a hint, in case any of you missed it ;-)

Now, back to our regularly scheduled blogging and

Soldiers of Fortune  

When I was a freshman in High School, my mother married my stepfather. That was a heck of a shock to me. I mean, I knew him, sort of liked him, but Mom and I had lived alone for several years, and we had a more or less truce between us. Then she brought a man into the mix. Yuck.

Anyhow, we moved from Portland, Oregon (where I was a Freshman in High School!) to Seattle, Washington, where I was immediately demoted to a ninth grader in JUNIOR high. I felt like I'd been tossed back into kindergarten, and needless to say, I was not a happy camper, no matter how one looked at it. There were no rose colored glasses through which to view my then miserable life.

School got out at 3.30 and if I took the bus, I'd get home sometime around 4.15-4.30. But, if I walked, and walked really, really fast (would you believe a 12 minute mile?) I could be home by 4.00. I walked. Really, really fast. Because, you see, at 4.00 was the one escape I had — a tv show, Soldiers of Fortune starring John Russell and Chick Chandler. I loved that show. The fact my hormones were waking up probably helped, too. I was in lust with both actors.

Anyhow, I would come home, watch the show, and then do my homework and go traipsing about the woods down the hill. Home still wasn't great, but it was bearable, and some day I, too, would grow up to be a Soldier of Fortune. Or a Mountain Man. Or maybe Sacajawea reincarnated.

Every couple of years, for the past few, I've looked to see if the old series had been made available, and the other day, I found it. All 52 episodes, on 5 discs, for a price I could afford. Can you guess what I'm now watching? I've now seen 5 episodes, and yes, they are as bad and as wonderful as I remember them. The fun thing is, they are all new. I remembered the show and the actors but can't for the life of me remember any of the stories. They were all filmed on a Hollywood lot, but they used a lot of travel footage and cut it in. This was the first show to do that.

John Russell went on to do the series, Lawman. I know I watched it, but it didn't have the impact that Soldiers of Fortune did. At least not for me. I'm not at all sure what Chick Chandler did after the series. But I did discover that his first name was Fehmer, not Chick. And the hero of one of my as yet unpublished short stories is Russell Fehmer, in my attempt to do homage to my all-time favorite tv show from my high school years. (If you check out the filmographies of both Chick Chandler  and John Russell  at IMDb.com you will see they both had lots of work during their careers.)

If you like adventure, b/w tv, and aren't really picky about the quality (the studio who bought and remastered them did a pretty darned good job) you might enjoy this bit of nostalgia from 1955-57, check it out. The plots are simple, there are no commercials, the acting is OK, but, heck, it's still a lot of fun!

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