Disney, Religion, and my Stories – part 1

The novelette Tragic Kingdom of Authorial Ghosts – now part of Heaven Bound in Anaheim – marked the beginning of the mix of my Catholic Christian beliefs, my love of a handful of 19th century Children’s classics, and my love of Disneyland. Religion came first. I’d begun two stories with Christian themes, but in the summer of 2017 the idea of a Disneyland story attracted me greatly.

There are quite a few Disneyland stories out there, the most popular in sales being the Kingdom Keepers series (Amazon sales rank of the first book is in the top twenty of three different categories), published by Disney Hyperion. There is also the Tales of the Haunted Mansion series (Amazon sales rank of the first book is in the top two hundred of two categories), published by Disney Press. A newer series is Tales of Adventureland, published by Disney Hyperion, released in the summer of 2017 with sales rankings only in the mid thousands, but it’s new. Continue reading

Nitpicking: Fantasy vs Sci-Fi

Nitpicking the Star Trek transporter

original art by Ed Roxburgh

Little guys dream big. Illustration by Ed Roxburgh

The Star Trek’s transporter depends on doing something so astronomically improbable, you might as well say it is impossible. It only came about because Roddenberry wanted to cut production costs; namely the cost of building a docking bay set for small transport craft, like the ones in the Star Wars movies. That wasn’t known by the fourteen year old me and I probably wouldn’t have cared if I had known the real reason for Scotty beaming people here and there. Nowadays… it bugs me, man.

Actually, I still enjoy watching the Star Trek series’ and movies. In spite of knowing the transporter is much closer to fantasy than to futuristic reality, my enjoyment would diminish if I heard Spock say, “To the Tinkerbell room. Continue reading

Tomorrowland Au Naturel, the play, and my other plays

When I started writing Part Three of Heaven Bound in Anaheim, I relied so much on dialogue to tell the story that it only seemed natural to turn it into a play after finishing the story. After accomplishing the hassle of formatting it into a play script, I entered it in a play contest. From a list of about fifty contests, there was only one that seemed to fit the bill and so, now I wait for the winner to be picked sometime in the fall of this year.

However, shortly after emailing the script to the contest, I realized Continue reading