***MY 31ST BIRTHDAY***
This coming Friday (June 3rd), I’m going to be a 31-year-old man, but I’ll still be a big kid at heart. Age is all about mind over matter: if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. I may be too old for a lot of things, but playing with action figures, playing with Legos, snuggling with animals, and writing whacky stories are not among them. Action figures of Konnor, Viktor, and Sting from the WWE are just the beginning for me. June is going to be an eventful month for me in three different ways, my birthday on the third being one of them.
On June 8th, five days after I turn 31, I’m finally going to have my sleep study. I know this sounds boring to a lot of people, but to me, it’s the most important way I can take care of myself. Whenever I’ve refrained from doing creative activities, it was always because I was too mentally exhausted to carry on with my day. I would go to bed late and wake up late, still feeling sluggish and shitty. The sleep study will determine if I need an oxygen mask for my sleep apnea, which I probably will. Having that oxygen mask and continuing to eat healthy and exercise will be my saving grace when it comes to my lack of energy. More energy means more creativity. More creativity means a happier audience. A happier audience means a happier me.
Three days after I have my sleep study, I’m going to the White River Amphitheater in
to see a concert
headlined by Slipknot and Marilyn Manson with the opening act being Of Mice and
Men. This means lots of scary masks, lots of scary makeup, lots of heavy ass
metal, and lots of creative fuel for an author whose tank is overflowing. This
will be just the first of many concerts I will attend in 2016. In July, it’s
Rob Zombie X Korn with In This Moment as opening guests. In August, it’s the
Pain in the Grass festival with Disturbed headlining the event. Finally, in
November, I’m headed to the Tacoma Dome to see Five Finger Death Punch X
Shinedown with Sixx AM and As Lions as the opening acts. Let’s get ready to
rage, motherfuckers! Auburn,
All in all, living on this earth for 31 years has been a great experience. I got to go on many vacations to both American and foreign places. I got to see many concerts of bands I love. I got to snuggle with many puppies and kitties over the years. I’ve written many stories and songs and had them self-published. I’ve met many wonderful people along the way. I got to do all of these things with my loving family on both sides of the marriage. The best part of all of this? I’ve got many more decades to go, many of which will be filled with even more magical moments. Never forget the power of love and happiness; it doesn’t just end after your birthday. We’ve got ears, say cheers!
***WEEKLY SHORT STORY CONTESTS AND COMPANY***
The new week started a few days ago, but not to worry, because I still have a few more days left before the deadline. The prompt will be “Cracked Mirrors” and my story will be called “Subway Smackdown”. It goes like this:
Khan Shou, Monster Warrior
PROMPT CONFORMITY: The damage to
Venice’s car includes shattered mirrors.
SYNOPSIS: In a dystopian future where monsters roam the city freely,
car is vandalized as she leaves her apartment. The only way she can get to her
first modeling gig without being late is to take the subway. Venice tries to find a comfortable place to
sit, but the subway train is covered in filthy creatures, both in attitude and
appearance. Khan Shou, a seven-foot tall piece of raw meat, takes special
interest in her and tries to coax her into a romantic relationship. With no
fighting skills and nobody to help her, Venice
has to brave this subway ride as best as she can.
On a side note, I’m going to be featured in the WSS’s monthly magazine for submitting “Tiger Bullet Kick” in their June edition. I consider that to be an early birthday present!
***DARK FANTASY WARRIORS***
It took me three attempts to get Christopher Brown right, so now I can set my sights on Andrew Bradley, the English mercenary from “Ninja”. For a reference picture, I think I’m going to use Freddie from the second Final Fight game. He’s got the size, the hairy body, and the military getup, so he’ll be perfect for drawing Andrew. Hopefully, it’ll only take one attempt this time. Hehe!
***BUMPER STICKER OF THE DAY***
We have a daughter in public school who hasn’t been knocked up yet. We have a son in public school who hasn’t shot any of his classmates, but he does sell drugs to your honor student. Plus, he knocked up your daughter.