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I've been racking my brain trying to figure out how to best sum up this novel.
It's called The Child Thief, and it's a dark fantasy novel.
It's basically, at its basics, Peter Pan for grown ups, .... sort of
It's Peter Pan with a lot of liberties taken to the original plot. It's Peter Pan, The Wizard Of Oz, Oliver Twist, some of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, all rolled into one and written for adults, not children.
There's a lot of adult themes such as child abuse, murder, slavery, and violence. While some of the basic themes are taken from the original story, there's a lot of Celtic and Scottish mythology too.
For instance, it's Avalon not Neverland, where Peter takes his Lost Children (who are called "The Devils" in this). Avalon is an ancient myth you'll usually hear about in King Arthur legends, etc. It's been featured in various ancient myths in Britain, since at least the 800s CE.
Also the Peter in this is close to the very original Pan, who was the villain of the story before J.M. Barrie created Captain Hook.
Peter is an ancient half fairy half human boy, who was around before the Romans invaded Britain. A 'boy' who steals unfortunate children (from modern, poverty stricken New York, this time), and takes them to Avalon to help him win a war against a group of Flesh Eaters who are destroying Avalon, piece by piece.
Instead of Wendy, this story focuses on a 14 year old runaway kid, from New York, called Nick.
It's so well written and encapsulating. You really feel like you're there with these poor kids, and Peter. I bought it on Audible, to listen to. But if it appeals to you, it's available in written form too.
The author "Brom" has also written Krampus (the 'evil' Santa) and another novel called "Lost Gods", about a grieving man who descends into purgatory to save his wife and unborn child.
I haven't read his other work yet, but considering how well he wrote TCT, I do plan to.
Don't worry! I didn't vanish on ya! Just had to spend some time with my family for the holiday weekend. I promised I would. It was a good time! :)
Alright, so I have Monday off, and that means MAJOR Comsie work is going to be happening behind the scenes! And we've got goodies coming! Well...YOU guys have goodies. For me it's just...more work. LOL! But it's enjoyable work, so I'm cool with it!
Also, the new Imagine Magazine is on it's way for December 15th! If you guys have any last minute stuff to send in...get it to me as soon as you can! K? It would really be cool to get most of the magazine's articles and stories by the first of the month so Jeff has time to put it all together and we still have a chance to fix any glitches or errors before going live. So get it to us when you can. K?
I've got Monday off! So I'm going to finish up as much as I can and get it in myself! So, if you want a spot...drop me a line. Otherwise...you'll have to wait until January's issue. Don't lose your momentum, writers! We're getting between 600 and 1200 hits a DAY on the Magazine! Those are all potential new readers for your story! Don't get lazy on me! ::Giggles::
OH!!! And I added my answer to the Q&A question down below tonight! Thanks SO much to you guys who jumped in with a few comments of your own! I LOVED the answers!!! And I think it will really help some of our younger teen readers who needed to hear what you had to say! So thank you for helping us make a difference! It's good for your karma! :)
AND...I TOTALLY appreciated all the hugs given out below as well! Doesn't it make you feel good? C'mon...I know you got a little grin from it! :P It's good to see you guys again! And now we've all got the warm and fuzzy feelings going on! So thanks for that!
The idea that we can look at each other in the mirror, and simply not love the reflection staring back at us. At least not fully. It's human nature to compare yourself to those around you. To want to be more like someone you admire or even envy on some level. But we are who we are, and that's the beginning and the end of it.
I personally think that we spend more energy in trying to be somebody else than we do in being and accepting ourselves for who we are. But I'd be lying if I said that I didn't go through those same self conscious moments myself, growing up. Or even now. So this is a real thing that many of us have to deal with. What is your experience with this?
Have any of you ever had any body issues, life issues, or wished that you could change something about yourself that simply can't be changed? Maybe you want to be taller, or skinnier, or maybe you're a brunette but wish you were blond, or vice versa. Maybe you wish you could go to the gym and develop some muscles. Maybe you wish you had less body hair, or more body hair. Maybe you wish you were younger, or older, or were 'boy model' gorgeous. Or maybe LESS good looking. Maybe that's a burden for you. It does happen, you know? Sometimes those really cute faces that you gaze at dreamily just want someone genuine to talk to without their looks being a factor.
Anyway, the question for this article is, "Have you ever had any physical issue with your particular look?" Was it something you experienced when you were younger? Do you still experience it now? What was it that you wanted to be? Did it bother you or change your behavior in any way? Whatever you want to tell us, spill the beans! You're not alone.
The replies below will be used for a future issue of Imagine Magazine! So feel free to speak your mind. And anonymous replies are always welcome too. Just be sure to let me know ahead of time. K?
Filmmakers are stupid. :-p -- bwctwriter, 12:22:50 11/29/19 Fri
Watching Eli right now, and I just about burst out laughing when the movie suggested that if Eli, the boy who would get sick if exposed to normal air or whatever, could survive without his suit just because the other people in the "clean house" were "decontaminated"... Sorry, Hollywood, but that's SO not how it works. :-p
Even if the house was decontaminated, there's literally no way for the PEOPLE to be decontaminated... We all carry our own bacteria, on our skin, in our lungs and mucus membranes, and inside our bodies, that we are "immune" to (but only insofar as they stay where they are supposed to in our bodies; for example, lower gut bacteria is harmless to us, unless it gets in our upper digestive tract (think e-coli) then it can make us very sick) but that others might get sick from.
Long story short, there's no way to decontaminate everyone in such a way as to not risk exposing Eli, the main character, to germs that can make him sick. Not now, not ever. :-p
Sorry, but like I said, "movie magic" can only get you so far, and the entire concept of this "clean house" in the movie is totally divorced from real science. :-p
After nearly 40 years, E.T and Eliott have been reunited ... in a commercial :D
It's a mini sequel with Henry Thomas (the actor who played the leading character role, Eliott) and his alien friend, E.T.
This was such a special movie during my childhood, and stirred up the old emotions, seeing the pair back on the screen and watching some of the classic scenes re-done, and re-imagined.
However, I am really glad of one thing, that it was made before CGI.
This ad made me appreciate the puppetry and the work the engineers did behind the original E.T all the more because I think the original E.T still looks better than this "CGI" E.T here.
Maybe it's just me though, I'm so familiar with the physical puppet and its movements, that no CG version would look quite as "real" to me.
Still, what a great experience it was to see again. :)
This, for me, beats the Home Alone remake thing with Culkin, last Christmas.
I think that we get so wrapped up in our own bullshit so often that we forget to actually share some of the love that we have in our hearts. We're all waiting for somebody else to do it first. Why?
Whatever. I'll be first. I don't mind.
((Hugz)) I LOVE you guys!!! I really do! And I'm thankful for what you've given me over the years, and for what this site means to me. I say it openly, and proudly, and I just wanted you to know that. K?
So...if you're reading this...send a hug of your own. It's 8 characters. Two seconds worth of typing. Why not? It's so easy to do. I dunno...I just felt like sending some good vibes out into the ether today. Maybe I'm alone in that, but I'm hoping that it's contagious. People don't seem to care about what they 'give' anymore, and I think that sucks. Take a second to boost your karma and give someone else some love for a change today. K?
If not me, then SOMEBODY. Would it really hurt all that much?
You're online RIGHT NOW! You're reading this! Click reply and type '((Hugs))'. It takes 10 seconds. You would have to deliberately ignore me right now to NOT do it. Which...I mean...really? Wow.
Hehehe, come on! Give me a hug. I won't ask for another six months! Promise! Just ONE hug! I wo't grab your booty this time! Promise!
So head on over to the Library (Link up above) if you guys want to check it out! WARNING: This story contains Adult/Youth content! So, if that's not your cup of tea, don't worry...you guys have got a lot more coming your way! Hehehe!
For the fans of the series, though...enjoy! And look for the next chapter SOON! K?
Also, if you want to read all of the earlier chapters, you can find them in the Adult/Youth section of Nifty at the link below! Have fun, Shackers! :)
Enjoy! And if you want to read the series from the beginning, or if you're brand new to the Shack, you can follow the link below for earlier chapters! And HI, new readers!!! Happy to have you join the party! ((Hugz))