A book set in your region?
I’m going with the novella; Jack the Giant-Killer by Charles de Lint. It’s set in Ottawa and surrounding areas to reveal a very mystical urban fantasy realm. A world where the Wild Hunt roams as bikers, a world of fae and magic. Her eyes are indeed opened to the other world and she can never go back to like it was before.
Jack The Giant Killer is the story of Jacky Rowan, living in Ottawa, On. She breaks up with her boyfriend and discovers a very mysterious world that basically hides in plain sight in the world we live in.
One evening Jacky witnesses a group of faceless bikers tormenting an old fellow. Though, she discovers that all is not what it seems. In fact, this encounter leads her down a path where she discovers a whole new world.
Jacky Rowan becomes know as Jack of Kinrowan and is task with rescuing a young child from the Unseelie Court. It’s a fascinating tale with references to areas that I have been and some that I want to see if imagine the scenes unfolding with my minds eye. Sort of a walking tour of the story.
I know, I know, I’ve been slacking with the blog post these past couple of weeks. So, I’m going to have a day of catching up on stuff. I have some game scenarios to blog up and a few other things to get caught up on as well; for instance my 2018 Ultimate Reading Challenge posts too.
It’s been a busy few weeks for me.
I had to take a step up from being simply an assistant director, and into the directors chair for a couple of weeks, since there is circumstances beyond our control that is happening. For me, it’s a learning process and I’m learning as I go along and it’s good to have a producer there who knows what she is doing.
For me it’s like being a deer in headlights, since I’m scared and I really don’t know what to do. I’ve been in so many productions and have seen many directors and their styles of directing, and when push comes to shove it’s one of the scariest things that I have to do.
I was planning on watching and learning how it’s done with a seasoned director, but due to a personal matter she had to take a break for a couple of weeks, and will hopefully be back to take over the reigns in a bit.
The play is coming along nicely and the actors are getting into their characters, a partial set has been built and needs to be finished, and the tech crew is learning as they go. This is a whole new ballgame for me that’s for sure.
I Heard The Owl Call My Name is written by Magaret Craven was written in 1967 and was first published by Clarke Irwin and Co. Ltd in Toronto, ON. The edition I picked up is a Totem edition published in 1975 by Pan Books Ltd.
This is the edition that I remember reading back in elementary school back in the mid 70’s. If I recall correctly it was one of four books to choose from to write a book report on. I Heard The Owl Call My Name intrigued me because it was about an indigenous tribe in British Columbia.
The story is about a young Anglican priest who is dying, but he is sent to a native village int he wilds of British Columbia.
Mark Brian, is the priests name and he has an experience that really changes his outlook on life in general. Hunting and fishing, celebrating in festivals and experience a funeral which transpires his own understanding of his upcoming death.
The title refers to an Indian legend of upon hearing an owl call your name it’s a warning of imminent death. Mark knows his time has come but it’s a sudden surprise that effects the villagers in this remote community in British Columbia.
It was good to read a novel that I haven’t read in over four decades. Back then it was just an assignment book report and I remember I got 83% grade for it because I misspelled the name of the tribe twice in it. Now, re-reading after all these years it’s a great Canadian classic and it stills stirs emotional feeling at the end of it.
If you should ever run across a copy of it, you should give it a read.
I recommend it.
… often go awry.
For the past three Game Night events being held in town it’s been a wash for me, after promoting it on social media and urging some friends to come out and give it a whirl, and also gives someone a chance to take a seat at my game table and see how I run my games. But, alas it wasn’t in the cards to be doing so.
The January Game Night saw me continue on with the second Unknown Armies adventure that I had done. The December Game Night had a few new players at the table and playing some UA. That night we were hit by a ton of snowfall and that played a factor on people showing up to do some gaming. Only one player arrived for the session and we decided not to continue on and ended up playing some Munchkin. Munchkin is a very cool card game by Steve Jackson Games and illustrated by John Kovalic. We played a couple of rounds and it was a pretty battle going on.
February Game Night I had written up a D&D 5e adventure. A few people inquired about it and I thought it was a good thing to do and get some people playing. And also there was some interest expressed on the social media and I thought there might be a little turnout for that one. But, I thought wrong thanks to Mother Nature who decided to freeze rain on my parade.
The most recent March Game Night event I had prepped a classic TSR RPG set in the Conan The Barbarian world. The problem was that I slept in from a nap. I got up and contacted the fellow who was running the Game Night event and he informed me that no one had shown up for the role playing but the 40K guys were there and playing a battle. Which was pretty good to know.
I was thinking of heading over and just hanging around a bit, but I decided to do some work on a Roll20 Gamma World 1e scenario. I got some players interested in doing a VTT game in that setting and I’m looking forward to running it.
This weeks 2018 Ultimate Reading Challenge had me thinking of quite a few books to read. They’re hundreds of books that have been made into movies. I was either going to find a book I haven’t read but saw the movie, but then I decided to read a book I haven’t read in a long time and see if it lived up to my memories of it.
So, I decided to revisit a classic and give Stephen King’s The Shining a re-read. I think it was 1978-79 when I first read it. I was on a huge Stephen King kick after reading The Stand and I hunted down Salem’s Lot, Carrie, and Night Shift to read that summer as well.
When I first read the book and saw this cover, which look a heckuva lot like Warren Beatty. So I pictured Warren Beatty as John Torrance while I read through it. The writing and the depiction of the events happening played pretty horrific in the theatre of the mind’s eye.
It was a year or so later that the movie adaptation of the novel would hit the screens, and it was being directed by Stanley Kubrick that made the anticipation to see it even more.
The novel is a pretty good story which I really dog. The film adaptation of this novel changed drastically and the story line was basically the same but the characters altered to fit Kubrick’s vision of the story. So, I really enjoyed it once again on another level.
I look both the book and the movie. Each of them stand out in their own medium. The book is a page turner while the movie is a edge of your seat visionary journey. Which I can admire them for what they are.
Re-reading this book is something I’ve should of done a while since it’s like visiting with an old friend.