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Sam and Margaret #FridayFictioneers

Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and the minions for reading.

Copyright Douglas M. MacIlroy

Copyright Douglas M. MacIlroy

“Sam, what’s the meaning of life? I mean, when it comes down to it, why are we even here?”


“Are you trying to be funny, Sam? I’m asking you a serious question. I’d appreciate a serious answer.”


“Is that all you ever think about?”


“You know that’s why you’re so fat, right?”


“Yes, food. For cripes sake, Sam. Are you even paying attention? ”

The boy at the edge of the pond threw another handful of breadcrumbs into the water.


Sam gobbled the soggy bread and Margaret kept babbling about the meaning of it all.

Where are my sunglasses? The future looks bright…

I’ve finally clawed my way out of the pit I dug myself into, and by that I mean I quit my second job, the one that stole my nights away and demanded more time than I would have liked. It had become more of a hindrance and less of a necessity than it was in the beginning. When I started working it I had no other choice because it was what was required of me as a husband and father to support those that I love. Over the last three years that has changed, through hard work and diligence, and it is no longer a necessity to hold down the second job so I decided it was time to cut myself free from the chains I myself forged.

Words to live by with my new free time. I'll definitely be enjoying it.  photo credit: JoeInSouthernCA via photopin cc

Words to live by with my new free time. I’ll definitely be enjoying it.photo credit: JoeInSouthernCA via photopin cc 

Burning the candle at both ends had become too much, so I’m glad things worked out that I could stop without worrying about how I’m going to pay the bills or put food on the table. I feel bad that I decided to quit on them. It’s a nice group of people and I have nothing against any of them. I just needed to move on and pursue different things. I needed a change and I shouldn’t feel bad about that, but I do. I’m not the kind of person to just walk out on others so it was hard for me to quit, though I did so with three week notice with the additional promise that at the end of those three weeks I would finish up anything I still had on my plate, so four week notice in all.

That being said, it’s been about seven months since I’ve posted anything on my blog or even really checked out other blogs. To those of you whose blogs I used to frequent, I apologize for not being around. To those of you who don’t remember me, don’t feel bad, I’m not interesting enough to be all that memorable.

So what’s the plan for me now that I’ve got all this extra time on my hands? I plan on easing my way back into this blog-o-sphere thing by getting back into the Friday Fictioneers, assuming they’ll have me back (I’m sure they will, they’re a great bunch of people). Other than that there likely won’t be any other blogs for awhile, though the occasional random post my sneak in there occasionally. I’ve got some projects around the house I’ve been meaning to tackle (I’ve got a list a mile long actually), some projects I’m working on/want to work on just for fun, and some new found time I get to spend with the wife and kid.

This weekend we drove (and drove and drove and drove… it was a 12 hour trip one way) to Michigan’s upper peninsula for my sister’s wedding. A great time was had by all, though we wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy the area. Unfortunately, as it turned out, we only got to spend about a day and a half there before having to make the trek back home. Still, it was a great way to celebrate my new found freedom and my sister’s happiness.

If you’re wondering about the future of my writing, that’s still on extended hiatus. I don’t intend to write anything longer than 100 words for the Fictioneers for the foreseeable future, and I’m alright with that. I’m better with 100 words than I am with longer stuff anyway. Right now that kind of thing just isn’t part of my plans, though it will probably work itself back in there eventually.

Surefire plan for success

As a kid I wanted to be a fireman. Astronaut, ninja, and daredevil were all viable options as well. Needless to say, the only one of those that came to fruition is the ninja one.

Okay, okay. I’m not a ninja. Way to crush my dreams, dream killer.

I am none of those things and I’m okay with that. As I grew I realized I was meant to do something creative with my life and I just started working my way toward that recently. I have a few creative outlets in my job, but not as many as I’d like. It’s when I sit down and write, or sit down and draw, or grab my camera and go for a hike, or build something with the assortment of tools in my basement that I truly feel creative. And from creativity comes calmness and happiness, also a sense of accomplishment.

I was always one of those people who can just do things without putting in too much effort, so I didn’t. I coasted through life and just went with the flow, careful to never put in more effort than was necessary. School was especially that way for me. Even through college I hardly ever studied and still did well, which I find odd because I have a terrible memory in most cases. I tend to remember weird and obscure things over common knowledge tidbits.

Anyway, as I got beyond the schooling and into the world of a 9 to 5, I quickly realized that creative things are some of the few things I enjoy doing and am happy to put extra effort into.

Creativity is my lifeblood. Without it, I would be an empty husk of a man, and nobody wants that. So be a good minion and buy 10,000 copies of everything I release in the future and disperse them to everyone you encounter. As the cat in the hat would say, “Thanks, so much. You’re very kind.” If you can’t afford 10,000 copies, I’m alright with a few of you only buying 9,999. Just don’t make a habit of it.

The day after

As you may know, yesterday was my 30th birthday. I don’t view it as a big deal like some people seem to. To me, it was just another day, only with cake. Who doesn’t love a day with cake?
I don’t feel any older, but I do feel a bit wiser. I know I’ve got a long way to go in the wisdom department, and I also know that age doesn’t necessarily bring wisdom, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling the way I do. I know it’s not the age that brought it, but the experiences along the way. I also know that there are far wiser individuals than me and that’s a piece of knowledge that keeps me humble.
I don’t think it’s necessarily that I am any wiser than I was a few days ago, it’s just that I’ve never looked at myself as wise before. I’ve always been intelligent, but intelligence and wisdom are two very different things. I think that in itself takes a bit of wisdom to see, so I must be making some progress.
I’m not saying I feel like an old man (30 is not old, though I can’t seem to convince my wife of that). I’m just now starting to realize the man I’ve grown into and though I could stand to make a few changes, I’m generally pleased with what I see. I’m finally becoming the man I always hoped I would be, and there’s no shame in that.
Here’s to future growth as an individual and as a member of the human race.

Only a few more months!

Let’s talk holidays, shall we? As you may or may not have guessed from my love of horror, my favorite holiday is by far Halloween. Though, this year my daughter’s birthday falls on Thanksgiving, so that one will be pretty good as well. And then there is Christmas, which she will be at a great age for, so that’ll be awesome this year too. Still, I’d like to focus on Halloween for the purposes of this post.

Yes, yes, I know it’s still summer and I’m loving summer, but there are only three months until Halloween. I’ve spent the last nine months debating on a costume for the annual Halloween party and I think I’ve finally come up with something great.

I’m going to be Ash Williams this year. If you don’t know who that is, you should feel complete and utter shame. Ash Williams is the protagonist of the Evil Dead Trilogy movies (Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness). Hang your head in shame and pout for not knowing that. Or go watch all three movies immediately. Go on. Do it already. I’ll wait here until you’re done. Though they may have had some scare value back in their day, they really aren’t that frightening by today’s standards and they have a nice dose of comedy thrown in by the brilliant Bruce Campbell. Yes, that’s the guy who plays Sam in USA’s Burn Notice.

Ash Williams : King of B-movie badassery!

So how am I going to go about creating this costume modeled after the king of all B-movie badasses?

I’m glad you asked! Here’s my plan:

Step 1: Buy a blue long sleeved dress shirt and dark brown pants at Goodwill/Salvation Army. Buying cheap, used clothing is essential due to the next step.

Step 2: Rip, tear, and cut the clothing as necessary. Roll them around in a bit of dirt. Add some fake blood. Basically, make sure they’re nice and beat up looking without making them stinky and nasty.

Step 3: Buy a couple boards and a bit of hardware from Lowes. Nothing special, the cheap stuff will work just fine.

Step 4: This is the fun part. I get to play with my wide assortment of my power tools (table saw, miter saw, jig saw, router, drill, etc, etc, etc.) to turn the pile of miscellaneous parts from Lowes into a chainsaw and a “boomstick”.

Step 5: Sand, spray paint, and stain my homemade “weapons” until I’m satisfied with their look.

Step 6: Forge something from a few old belt’s to make the sling strap for the boomstick.

Don’t worry, I’ll probably post photos when I’m done, of the chainsaw and boomstick anyway. I’m not promising any photos of me dressed as Ash. Don’t expect any photos anytime soon though. This will take awhile to complete. That’s why I have to start 3 months in advance.

Wish me luck!

I guess this begs the question: What will you be doing for Halloween?