Cool Friends And Lasting Memories

When I was in the 7th grade, I made friends with a boy that I’ll refer to as K. K and I got along like peas and carrots. Sadly, our friendship was to be short lived. Childhood Memories

K was one of those people that came into my life at the right moment. He had that thing that only I seemed to know and understand. That’s probably because we walked on the same cloud.

K had a sister I’ll refer to as M. Never heard of M’s name before then. And come to think of it, I don’t think I have heard of anyone having the same name since.

I didn’t know his sister other than the few times I saw her. As for their parents, I think K’s mom stayed at home. His father, on the other hand, worked for a snack cake company.

They traveled a lot, and before I knew it, they were moving again. It must have been easier for him than it was for me. They moved all the time, so having to leave friends behind had become the norm.

But what made K so special to me?

It was his goofiness, his dorkiness, and the fact we saw eye to eye. This was in the days of the original Nintendo and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; which we both loved.

We would be the nerds we were and sing the Turtle’s theme song over and over – getting strange looks from all the other school kids.

He had WAY more TMNT action figures than I did, although I did have a pretty good collection of them myself. But video games and cartoons weren’t all we talked about.

K was a fairly heavy reader. And, if I remember correctly, his mom and sister were also. I made a trip with him to the local library one day where he introduced me to a new kind of book.

They were called “Which Way” books. I’m sure you’re familiar with them, but if you aren’t they go something like this:

You start off with the book giving you a bit of a story. Then, at the end of a section (not so much a chapter) you are given options that take you to different spots throughout the book.

After reading the listed options, you chose the direction you want the character or story to go. Sometimes the choice you made will lead to a quick end. Either you “won” or you died; in which case you would go back and take the now obvious route.

I thought the idea was rather clever. Apparently, so did K. We started writing a “Which Way” book of our own based on Nintendo games and using school kids as the game/story characters.

It was great fun and I was really getting into it. However, the book was never finished. K’s dad was being relocated and that was that.

K definitely had his quirks! One day I was spending the night at his house. The next morning, we were planning a full day of Turtles and cartoons, but some breakfast cereal was in order first.

He disappeared and came back to ask if I wanted milk in my cereal. I told him I did – as if there was any other way to eat cold cereal. Soon after he came back again with two bowls. And just when I was going for my first bite I noticed something…

NO MILK!

I told K I said I wanted milk in my cereal. Happily shoving in mouthfuls from his own bowl, he said there was milk in it. I started to look real hard. Finally, in the middle of the bowl, I found what appeared to be moist bits of cereal.

Okay. Maybe he did put milk in it?

After moving the stuff around I saw a spoonful or two of what I was guessing to be milk in the bottom of the bowl. He was right! He did put milk in it. I suppose I should have clarified the AMOUNT of milk to put in it?

Something else K did that I found interesting was how he ate his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Everyday, K would bring his lunch to school. He would often bring a single sandwich with whatever else his mom packed him.

The sammie was always in a Tupperware type bowl. He would open the container, take a bite of the sandwich, put the sandwich back into the container, and shut the lid. He did this with every single bite.

After asking, he told me why he did it for, but I can’t remember the reason behind it now. But it always tickled me to watch him eat.

I still have a family picture he once gave me. I tried to trace his name, but it turns out he has a pretty common name. I don’t know what kind of person he grew up to be, if he even remembers me, or would even want to hear from me.

I have often wondered what happened to K, what he’s up to now, and if he ever finished writing that book.

I know the odds of K ever reading this are slim to none, but I would just like to take a moment to tell him something:

K, you were a cool dude, man! I missed our friendship after you left, and I have never forgotten you. For what it’s worth, I’m writing you in as a character into one of my books. M will be in it also.

I hope you’re doing well and have found success and happiness in your life and continue to do so. And, K? Donatello is still my favorite Turtle!

When The Moon Touched The Earth

It’s summer time in the lower Florida Keys. The year is 1994. The sun has hid its face, and yours truly is spending a gorgeous night in a bright orange tent just off the beach. Remembering The Florida Keys

The sound of the nearby waves  soothe my soul; filling me with a kind of inner peace I’m not accustomed to in Tennessee. The stars this night seem to be in the trillions! And I am praying this day never ends.

It has been a long journey to get here. Suffering from jet lag and a crowded bus ride from Fort Lauderdale, I decide to call it a day.

Breathing in deeply, taking in the salty air, I soak in the beauty that is before me; trying to engrave the image into a lasting memory. With my gear stowed, I find my place in the tent and close my eyes.

The sounds of men and boys talking and laughing keep me from drifting to sleep. So I lay in amazement at the thought of how a poor boy could be so lucky to be here…now…in this place.

There’s a deep swelling of emotions as I realize there is much more to come on this trip. But the thoughts are pushed out of my mind as I begin to take notice of how bright the sky is.

And soon I see why.

Across the mass of water that is the Atlantic, and blessing us with a head on view of all of its glory, the moon rises out of the ocean. But this wasn’t any ordinary moon like I have ever seen.

No. This was the grand daddy of them all!

The largest and brightest moon I have ever seen, and have ever seen since, floated slowly into the sky as a god returning gracefully back to it’s kingdom.

I simply could not believe what I was seeing! Without realizing I did it, I made my way out of the tent and walked closer to the shoreline. There I stood in sheer awe at the sight the filled my vision.

I wanted to cry!

There are those moments in our lives when we have the opportunity to witness something truly magnificent. They are when time slows to a crawl, the worries of the world become meaningless and you realize just how insignificant you really are.

It’s a feeling we all know – an experience the dictionary can not describe. But when it reveals itself to us it stops us in our tracks. All you can do is simply be.

My Boy Scout trip to the Sea Base that summer changed my life. I have never been the same since. But it’s a good change! And one that I hold onto dearly.

So to the place that I have so longed to return, thank you! Perhaps we shall meet again…

Mysterious, woman-like figure captured on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover

Wouldn’t be awesome if there was life on Mars and they looked more like something out of a John Waterhouse painting than the “little green men” we’ve become accustomed to expect?

So what is this? A trickery of light and shadow? Dust or vapor perhaps? Or is it an elegant woman observing something alien to her?

You decide! And be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section down below!

FOX6Now.com

PASADENA, CA — Is it proof of life on Mars? Or just a bizarre rock formation that has people all over the world looking closely at a picture sent back from NASA’s Curiosity rover?

UFO Sightings Daily has brought attention to the picture, saying that the shape “looks like a woman partly cloaked.”

In a YouTube video, it also points out images in that same picture that “may” or “may not be” a dwelling and/or a vehicle and tracks.

Curiosity's Mars picture Curiosity’s Mars picture

We’ll let you decide after watching the video:

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A Good Day To Die

Once upon a Cessna, my dad took me flying with him. It wasn’t my first time to fly as I’ve flown the planes myself before. Little did I know what was in store for me on THIS day! Here We Go!

Arriving at the airport, we made our way into a building where my father paid to rent a plane, buy the fuel, get the low down on weather conditions and chit chat about I only could guess what.

Minutes later we were walking off toward a tan and white-ish colored single engine Cessna. I was already getting excited about the prospect that soon our chariot would take us to where the birds fly.

Dad checked the fuel mixture, did the walk around to examine the condition of the plane and went through his pre-flight check list. A few more minutes went by.

Soon the engine came to life and dad was on coms with the tower getting permission to take off. The tower gave my father directions as to what altitude we would be flying as well as a bunch of other babble I couldn’t make out.

Using the foot rudders to taxi to the designated runway, I made our way to an area in which we would stop to check the flaps. More pilot lingo ensued.

With everything looking good, I was told to get us in the air. I pushed the throttle in and the airplane began to roar. We began to move and quickly gained speed.

Moments later, I pulled the wheel back and I could feel the plane leaving planet earth. The feeling was exhilarating! The safety of being on the ground was no more.

We soared over town for a few minutes before my dad gave me some interesting news. He was going to take over so he could show me a couple ways to get out of a stall.

Remember! In case of emergency, the Cessna can and will glide to the ground. I was preparing for what could turn out to be a very memorable airplane ride. Little good it did me!

The first method my dad showed me, I’m speculating, was engine failure. He pulled out the throttle to deaden the engine, but not kill it completely. The annoying stall buzzer sounded. Confusion sat in.

The props slowed to a “crawl” and the plane shuddered slightly – bouncing the nose up before it decided to show us what a 3-D version of plummeting to the ground looked like. Here we go!

My hands braced dash. Panic and terror washed over me. The things on the ground were getting larger in appearance by the second. So long world! At least I won’t have to worry about going back to school!

The father figure driving our sinking ship was now laughing; all the while coolly instructing me on what he was doing to restore control of the airplane. That’s right. He was talking normally!

He might as well been wearing a clown suit and singing a gospel hymn because I was beginning to think the only thing on my mind was going to be the last thing on my mind. Forever!

The aircraft sputtered, the propellers came back to full swing and we jolted as the plane began to climb back to altitude. Heart rate decreasing. Breathing returning to normal. All was well.

The laughing dad person asked me if I was okay. Seriously, dude? I acknowledged and was then told there was another nifty way to get out of a stall.

Another way? How many ways can one drive an airplane into the earth at a terminal rate of velocity? Are you freak’n kidding me? Cool! Let’s do this!

This time, the ole father of mine pulled back on the wheel. We started climbing – gaining more altitude. I looked out of the window and watched the things on the ground getting smaller and smaller.

Heck! This was more like it! Hold on a sec! He said we were going to stall the plane again, right? Okay, so-o-o…

We reached a thirteen degree critical point of climb. The stupid buzzer started making that racket again. Great. NOW what?

Once again, the propellers slowed, but, this time, something weird happened. For a second, and only for a second, the airplane seemed to hover motionless in mid air.

Then it happened.

The plane went into reverse; slightly falling backward before tilting over back onto its bow end. Talking about a very awkward feeling!

Once again, for the second time now, my hands went to the dash as if they were magnetically attracted. Pulse quickens. But a little more clear headed this time. After all, this wasn’t my first rodeo!

Dad went through the motions of regaining control of the airplane as before. The craft started back to life as it did before, and moments later we were back at cruising altitude.

Ah, good times! You know, even if you asked me at the very moment of panic if I was having fun I probably would have said I was. And would I ever do it again?

In a heartbeat!

So there ya have it! A little piece of my life. If you enjoyed this story, or have one of your own, put it in the comments. I’d love to read about it!

Thanks, everybody! Have an awesome day!

Guy On A Buffalo

These have to be some of the most hilarious videos I have watched in some time. I’ve seen them a while back, but decided to share them with YOU guys in case you haven’t.

If you’re not already doing so then you might wanna sit down. Because in just a moment you’re gonna be laughing too hard to stand up! Enjoy!

Guy On A Buffalo – Episode 1 (Bears, Indians & Such)

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Aw, you ain’t done yet, son! Keep going!

Guy On A Buffalo – Episode 2 (Orphans, Cougars & What Not)

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Dry them eyes! There’s MORE!

Guy On A Buffalo – Episode 3: Finale Part 1 (Origins, Villains & The Like)

Whatcha doin’ on the floor? Get back in that chair! You still have another round!

Guy On A Buffalo – Episode 4: Finale Part 2 (Rehab, Vengeance & What Have You)

Okay! Okay… Can ya breathe yet? Did ya like ’em? Tell us what you thought about them in the comments section below!

And while you’re at it, stop on by this website and thank The Possum Posse (all rights reserved) for their work! Keyword… “THEIR work!” Not mine!

A Long Infographic

Greetings to all!

Came across a website seeing what others have suggested for Bloggers to blog about. The site started out with this lo-o-ong infographic that I just simply HAD to share.

Click the pic. You may have to click it again to blow it up. OR…you can download the PDF here. Enjoy!

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See ya on the other side! Thanks for stopping by!

 

You Can’t Please Everyone

Let’s face it! You can’t please everybody. Plain and simple. And that’s what I want to talk about today: Pleasing everyone.

Hey everybody, Kyran Ravencroft here with a bit of a message for those who keep getting backlash for putting their BEST foot forward. Can't Win Them All

It’s only natural that you strive to do your best as an entertainer or artist. You do try to please everyone, or as many people as you can, but the reality is you just can’t do it.

There will ALWAYS be somebody out there that will not like something you did or said. You might not like my blog. I may not like the way you laugh. See how that works?

To deal with the onslaught of it all you have to thicken your hide. How to develop a thick skin: Leave your emotions at home. It’s mean and straight forward to say, but that’s just the way it is.

I have listed in another post already on ways to deal with the critics that are bound to jump out of the bushes and gnaw on your feet. To see the list go check out my post called Dealing With Grammar Nazis.

Right! So there it is. Just thought I’d take a quick moment to spew out my brain thoughts. Hope you found my words helpful.

Be sure to check out my T-Shirts and stay tuned in to see what random thing or things I talk about next. Thank you, and toodles!

Do What You Want To Do

Hello, world! Welcome again to my blog!

I was thinking the other day about how people insult and look down on the average person when they break out in something new. Then, later down the road, some celebrity does the exact same thing and everybody loves them for it!

I’ve never understood that.Breaking Out Of The Norm

So here’s my advice to all of you mens and womens and childs… If you want to act or sing or write or whatever, and you have a unique way of going about it, my advice would be to follow your heart.

Do what feels right to you. Don’t let anyone tell you what you should be doing or how you should be doing it. Just don’t.

The world has become the world we know because of unique people just like you and me. I am sure if you read up on how some of those people (people like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and many others) got their start you will find they were mocked in the beginning.

They were told they would never make it. They were ridiculed and laughed at, but instead of bowing down in the face of adversity, they kept pushing until they succeeded.

That’s what I am telling you, my friend. Not everyone makes it to the top, of course. And even some of those who do are short lived. But who is to say you won’t be the next big thing? Either way, it’s worth shooting for the stars!

Let’s take me, for instance…

My upcoming book, Komplex Sinplicities, is a maelstrom of poetry, suspense, comedy, a bit of horror, and who knows what else. It’s not published as of this very moment in time, but to SOME those I have talked about to about it have kind of sneered at the idea.

Here’s why: When a person picks up a book they expect to see one sort of genre. They are expecting a certain feel from cover to cover, and Komplex Sinplicities kind of goes against the grain of all that.

But I did it for good reason. Things in the world are continuing to evolve and transition from one thing to the next. That’s putting people out of their comfort zones, but it’s the way the world seems to be working now days.

I don’t know if anyone has ever done a book quite like mine, but seeing the changes in the book market as they are, I think there should be a pioneer…a leader in the industry…to begin a new era in how we look at books.

Like I said, I may not be the first, but I’m definitely going to get some nay sayers commenting about it. And you know what? That’s fine with me. But if I don’t start this, for a lack of a much better word, revolution then some one else will.

And the best part? My next book, although very different from Komplex Sinplicities, will be just as chaotic. What can I say? I don’t do “normal” if I can help it. I find it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

So keep your nose to grind stone. Grow ya a tough skin, and do what you want to do. That’s what I have to say about it.

Do you have something peculiar and different from the norm? Leave a comment! Tell us how you plan on revolutionizing the world?

Find Your Niche

Hello everyone, and welcome to another post by moi, Kyran Ravencroft. So! Let’s get to it! Finding your niche.

Niche WritingNiche… The heck fire kind of word is that anyway? NEESH! Sounds like something out of a Monty Python movie. “NI!”

Ok. But, seriously. A niche is a well defined area of expertise. Simple, yeah? Let’s break it down a bit more…

A niche isn’t the same thing as a genre. When say you write in a particular niche it’s a different thing than saying you write in, say, Fantasy or Horror.

Defining your niche is very important if you want to start blogging and/or writing books or E-books. If you plan to make any money then defining what your niche is, your defined expertise, is the most important thing you can do.

Once you have this down to a pin point, then the next move to start making money is to write specifically to that one audience. Don’t start writing about Italian Cooking Competitions and then move into Table Etiquette For Dummies.

Keep your focus and write! Write! WRITE!

The more defined your niche is then the better your chances of success. This is especially true if it’s not in an already flooded market like SEO or Network Marketing.

Even if the populous of your market is small, no worries! Those people will start seeing your name more and more and will begin seeing you as an expert in the something you’re writing about. They are sure to buy into your stuff.

Don’t have any idea what your niche is? Begin by looking at what your passionate about. What is it that just lays on your heart everyday and you delve into head over heels? THAT, my friend, is your niche.

Take a look at what you like to do; a hobby, side job or service. Sit down with pen and paper if you need to and write down keywords that come to mind. This will help you dig down past any general idea you may have.

Let’s give it a go, shall we?

When I’m not writing I enjoy metal detecting. Ok. So metal detectorists is my choice to write about. Good! Now you need to separate the components.

Let’s say we live in Florida. Now we write about Metal Detecting In Florida. Nope! Keep going…

We live in Florida and metal detect beaches. Better! It’s a good start. From here, you can go as far down as you want. We live in Florida and metal detect the Atlantic beaches for lost Spanish gold with Garrett’s such and such metal detector.

Now you have a defined audience along with other audiences that may also be interested in your topic. Get the idea?

Finding your niche will be more difficult to fine tune than for others, but that’s okay. It may take some time and deep thinking, but you can find something to settle in.

But don’t go down so far that you’re not interested in the subject anymore. Stay where you’re comfortable. The easier the material comes to you to write about the easier it will be for you to keep writing in the future.

Do you have a niche you write in? Something odd or strange or not well known to most? If you’re willing to share then leave a comment. Hope this was helpful to you, and thank you for stopping by!

 

 

How To Choose A Pen Name

A Name By Any Other...Many new writers sit on the edge about using a pen name. They make themselves sick with worry just trying to battle it out with themselves. But truly, it’s not really that big of a deal.

Countless artists, especially writers and singers, use pen names. From Mark Twain to Lady Gaga, Lewis Carrol to Anne Rice, pen names can be found everywhere.

Even Stephen King has wrote under a handful of names! So calm down, my friend. I’m gonna help you through this!

The first question you should be asking yourself is, “Why use a pen name?” Before choosing a pen name you must first figure out the reason you wish to do so.

I’ll give you the three biggest reasons I know why to use one, how I made the choice on mine, and give you a couple (obvious) ways to go about choosing one.

So! What is the reason behind it all?

First of all, for some writers, it’s to simply protect their privacy. Either they want to write a book without the mad attention that can go with it or they just don’t want anyone to bother them about it.

Two separate things, right? Not really. Think on it.

There are those folks out there that have made writing a book a milestone in their life. They aren’t looking for anything other the satisfaction of the publication of their book.

On the other hand, some people want to follow through with being an author. By using a pen name they make it more difficult for fans to track them down on a more personal level.

Make sense?

A second reason writers use a pen name, and probably one of the two more common reasons, is because they usually write in one genre and want to put out a book in a different genre.

By doing so, the readers don’t get the two names confused. It’s insane to say it, but it’s easier to be known by one name to one genre than it is to say an author writes in this genre and that.

You may disagree, but that’s how I understand it.

The third reason, and the other most common reason, is because the person has a popular name. Perhaps there are other authors with the same name and they don’t want to confuse the following they are trying to build and/or it could be they want to avoid interference with sales.

This latter reason is why I chose to use a pen name.

As of this writing, there is a pro basketball player and at least one other author with the same name as mine – Anthony Davis. I don’t hide the fact I am using a pen name, but I’m starting to get into another blog post here.

More on that one later!

Once you filed down the meat and got to the bone you now have your reason to use a pen name. Do you still want to use it? That’s your choice. No one can make that call for you.

But let’s say you have decided to write under a different name. Great! But there’s a catch. It’s not all that easy to think up a pen name.

You name characters in your books. You could do it all day long. But giving yourself a different name isn’t as easy as you might think!

Here’s three ways to put your name together:

  1. Think of some one who meant a lot to you; a teacher, a relative, that long lost friend, etc. Maybe they had a name that really stuck with you? Write it down and keep thinking.
  2. Make an anagram! Change around the letters to your real name to make another name out of it. It can be a tedious task, but a fun one!
  3. Use baby name books or websites. There’s oodles of names out there. Surely ONE of them catches your attention!

So how did I come up with Kyran Ravencroft? I firstly looked at my writings and how my mind operates. I wanted something fitting. I used baby name lists to pour through hundreds of names.

Then I came across the name Kyran. It’s an Irish name for a boy meaning “dark.” Perfect! That for me was the hard part. The easiest part was the last name: Ravencroft.

There is a Scooby Doo movie called ‘Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost’ that had a character in it with the last name of Ravencroft. Incidentally, the character was also a writer and played by (the most awesome) Tim Curry.

I wrote the name down and said it out loud a few times. To me, it sounded good. It was catchy and fit my personality. So I had my pen name.

Whichever method(s) you use I assure you it’s probably going to take you a while to find a name that just clicks. But be patient! Don’t rush into it no matter how frustrated you may get. The result can be quite rewarding; even if it’s just for personal satisfaction.

I hope you have found this helpful! If you are using a pen name or have decided on one then share how you chose yours in the comments!

Thank you for reading, and I hope to see YOU on the flip side!