Leaving (Travel 2)


I’ve come to find that the immediacy of losing something always increases it’s value.  It doesn’t matter what it is.  Consider the coffee bean, or rather coffee beans, specifically the last few scoops worth.  I always treat them reverently, like they’re the last beans on earth.  In my case, if I’m particularly broke, they might as well be.  I’m sort of afraid to use them, and I’m not really sure why, but when I inevitably do, they taste all the sweeter because I know they’re the last.


As it is with the coffee bean, so too is it with traveling.  I’ve come to my last two weeks in London, and I find that I’m having more fun now than at any other point on the trip.  It’s like being able to see the end has helped me appreciate things I have taken for granted.


The beautiful London things that I used to ignore daily suddenly spark an interest in my mind


Not to mention that I got to go to scotland and see things like this


Or This


Or This

bikes and castle


Now, my newfound enjoyment in all things Britain related might be from my Scotland Trip, or the weather finally breaking, or my stonehenge trip.



But I think not.

stonehenge 2

No, it’s because the trip is coming to an end.  All these other things, little trips and the weather, help make it nice, but I appreciate them all the more because soon they will all be gone.


Don’t get me wrong.  It’s not that I don’t want to go home; far from it.  I am quite looking forward to getting back, seeing the people I had left there, eating proper peanut butter, being able to afford a drink (6 pounds for a G & T at the National?  Come on!) and seeing the sun.  I’ll be quite happy for the trip back, and yet the trip still looms, and in it’s looming, I find more enjoyment in the present.


So to anyone on an extended holiday from their native land I have this to say: the immediacy of your return has a direct, positive correlation to your enjoyment of the place you will soon be leaving.  So enjoy it, because it’ll probably be the most enjoyable part.


And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, especially yourself.  Now is the time to strike.  Do not mope that the journey is over, and soon it will be nothing but memories, go forth and make new ones!  Now is not the time to weep, but to laugh.  Not to sit, but to run.  Not to die, but live.

castle 3

So go.

Just go.

And for god’s sake

Enjoy yourself.


Troll 2





1000 Loyal Followers!

Well, it’s happened.  1000 followers!  Hooray for us!

I’ve decided that, as a 1000 follower event, I’ll post a poll where you, the visitor, can vote on what the next post will be, or maybe what you would like to see more of.

Also, I’ll be posting something very soon, hopefully by next week.  I’ve been caught up in finishing my screenplay and stageplay.

And lastly, some of my collegues at film school are doing a kickstarter to fund their writer’s showcase.  Here’s their website.


If you like film or writers, check it out.


Behold! The Liebster!



Thanks to the venerable Ann Koplow I have been nominated and have received the Liebster blog award, the one award I have coveted the most due to it’s german name.  Liebster apparently means “sweetheart.”  I have many “sweet hearts”, harvested from inattentive sweethearts whom I lured into my alley, so I fully understand why I was deigned to receive this award, though I’m surprised Ann found out about my heart collection…

Anyway, I’d like to take a moment to muse over blog awards.  What a great idea.  I think blog awards are great, because they give the common man an opportunity to understand how celebrities feel when they win awards, and to understand the very nature of almost every award ever.

They’re worthless.  Utterly, utterly worthless.  They have no material value whatsoever.  You can’t sell one.  You might be able to buy one, but they probably wont generate any sort of income, alcohol or ice cream ,useful things all, but that’s not the point.  The point is that someone liked you enough to give you one, and that’s why I like awards.  They didn’t need to give you one (except in the case of blog awards where they have to give several somebodies the same award lest theirs becomes invalidated), but they did anyway.

Awards are valueless, but within this valuelessness we find their value, and so I would like to say thank you.

Thanks, you.

Thanks, you.

Anyway, as with every blog award, I gotta answer some questions now.

  1. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Pistachio, especially when it’s gelatto.  My favorite used to be orphan tears, but they’ve run out of stock at the grocers of late.
  2. If you were to write the story of your life, what might be the title? Explosions and Dinosaurs.
  3. What’s a nickname you’ve had or one that you would give yourself? Skeeter.
  4. What was your favorite book, when you were a kid? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
  5. If they made a movie of your life, what actor would you choose to play you? Zach Galifinakis or Simon Pegg.
  6. What’s your fantasy job? Being a Wizard.  Dream Job?  Screenwriter/book writer.
  7. Who is your favorite musician? Iron maiden.
  8. Who is somebody you admire? Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton, for making it’s always sunny in Philadelphia.
  9. What’s your favorite movie? Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  10. What’s a song you’d choose for your “theme song”? Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne
  11. If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be (and why)? An alpacapillar, for obvious reasons.


Bother.  I guess I have to list 11 facts now about myself.

  1. My teeth have been hurting.  I guess I have to go to a dentist here in London.  Should be exciting.  And expensive.  Le sigh.
  2. I’m 1/6th done with my first screenplay ever.  I should have it finished in a few weeks.  It’s about aliens.
  3. I enjoy the cold, but I do miss the oppressive heat of florida
  4. I much prefer walking to driving, and walking will probably be one of the things I miss the most about London.
  5. I quite like Regina Spektor.  She’s definitely worth a listen if you havent already given her one.
  6. I love toast with butter and jam.
  7. I have a trench coat, but I’m sometimes afraid I look like a flasher when I wear it.
  8. I have retractable fangs.  It’s weird.
  9. Once I battled a robot for 3 days and 3 nights.  We ended up becoming friends at the end.  I guess that just goes to show you something, I’m just not sure what.
  10. I hadn’t properly watched all of Psycho until last weekend.
  11. I have a Gandalf pipe.

So now I have to come up with 11 questions for my nominees…

Choose your answers wisely…

  1. Coffee or Tea?
  2. Book or Movie?
  3. Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter?
  4. Which disney movie villain are you?
  5. What’s your favorite Candy?
  6. Best book you’ve recently read?
  7. What’s something that you’ve learned recently?
  8. How did you get interested in writing?
  9. What music do you like?
  10. Are you an introvert or an extrovert or a bothvert or a neithervert?
  11. Would you consider yourself weird?

So now here are my nominees, who have to answer the above questions:

  1. Creative Writing with the Crimson League
  2. brian
  3. little.old.me
  4. kerry’s organized chaos

I’ll add more as I come across them.

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