While spending my nights writing new material and doing all I can to avoid sleep, I’m constantly pushing myself to try something new with the stories I’ve told over the years. Something different. Something original. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But, thanks to the awesome collection of fans the Shack has gathered over the years, I’ve realized that I can’t even touch some of the great ideas and amazing talents that they’ve come up with all on their own! Not only showing a true appreciation and loyalty to the source material, but enhancing it ways that I’ve NEVER even thought of before! It is because of them that the Shack is now preparing to spread out into areas of entertainment that I didn’t think were possible a few years back. The readers have been wowing me with what they can do all on their own, and because of their efforts, I’m more inspired than ever to keep up with them! The very first big attempt to allow readers toContinue reading »

So maybe I should have expected the weird looks that I got from the other guys and girls at the party. I mean, I’m just some stranger that walked into their private party out of a cornfield and waded my way through the fog to randomly say hi out of nowhere. I get it. But despite my shaky legs and sudden drop in body temperature… I didn’t want to let them see me being nervous. Confidence. That’s the biggest part, right? So… yeah. I’m going to be confident. The music was still playing in the background, but everyone that caught sight of me fell silent. Then, one boy kind of snarley’d up his upper lip and asked, “Ummm… do we know you, kid?” “Oh.” I said, trying to keep my voice from trembling. “I don’t think so.” Some other boy grinned, “Who invited the fetus?” The main boy asked, “Yeah, what are you doing here, fetus?” Ok… so this isn’t going too well so far. But I just smiled andContinue reading »

  Huff… huff… huff… According to my watch, I had only been running for about six and a half minutes before my legs began to feel weak and my heavy breathing was making me more dizzy than fueling my muscles to keep going. I hadn’t gotten as far as I had hoped with my first sprint. I could still faintly see the shadow of Valley Oaks behind me, a few lit windows shining hazy beams of light out into the fog. I think I was far enough down the road where no one could look out the area and see my escape, but I made sure to keep my eyes open for any traffic headed in either direction. The last thing I needed was some dang goofy teacher driving by and catching me on the side of the road. Before leaving, I had polished up my sneakers really good! And I even brought plastic bags to wrap around my feet once I got out of sight so I could keepContinue reading »

“Hi. I’m Preston. Preston Miles.” It feels silly sometimes, saying that to myself in the mirror over and over again. But the book I’ve been reading said it would help to practice. Picking it up to look at the bookmarked page again, I attempted to make sure that I was doing it right. It says that I need to stand up straight. Look people in the eye when I talk. And I should smile. Smiling is the easy part, I think. I focused my eyes on my own reflection, and let out a short breath as I brought my pearly white teeth into view. Ok… so it says I should speak clearly and with confidence. Project loud enough to be heard. I forget that part sometimes. I’ll talk louder from now on. Or… at least when I remember. So… right. Clearly… loudly… and with confidence. “Hi…” No wait. More enthusiasm than that. “HI! I’m Preston! Preston Miles!” Cool, right? That sounds cooler. “Hi! I’m Preston!” Wait a minute, my darnContinue reading »

Was it my muscles that were trembling with this much activity? Or was it the pounding vibration of my over-excited heart that was doing that, shaking like an out of control jackhammer in my chest, rattling my bones until I could hardly get enough breath in my lungs to stay conscious? I was soooooo ready to fall apart right in front of him, but I was too scared to hesitate as Alex spun me around in the center of the dark room. Wow. I can remember the unrestricted shiver that ran through me as I heard the classroom door close behind us. It was like stepping off of a steep cliff and suddenly being launched into rapid freefall without end. I’ve never felt anything like this before. I doubt I ever will again. I was literally panting for breath, giggling nervously as Alex’s hand swiftly pulled me close and clung to me by wrapping his arms around my waist. There was just enough of the military lights outside the windowContinue reading »

You’ve seen this before, haven’t you? In a book, in a movie, in a TV show? This particular character, this particular situation, this particular action scene, this particular kiss under the stars? Nope… it’s not Deja Vu you’re experiencing. It’s what is commonly (and often negatively) referred to as the story cliché. And you will run into them time and time again in the future, guaranteed. The more you read, the more you’ll see them. As a writer myself, you’re probably thinking that I’m going to sit you all down and write an entire article about how you can cleverly get passed writing clichés and work your way around them to create the most incredibly unique, one-of-a-kind scripture in all of literary history! Right? Wrong! (How’s that for a plot twist?) I’m not going to do that at all. In fact, I’m going to do the exact opposite. So get comfortable, and let me tell you what I’ve learned over the years about the awful cliché of avoiding clichés. I’mContinue reading »

1- Buzz Aldrin, the 2nd man to ever walk on the Moon? His mother’s maiden name was ‘Moon’. And the 1st man to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong (Neil A.), spelled backwards is ‘A.Lien’! 🙂 2- Young actor, Noah Schnapp (‘Will’ from the Netflix series, “Stranger Things”), is also the voice of ‘Charlie Brown’ in the “Peanuts” movie. 3- Your average ‘professional’ Youtuber makes anywhere from 50 cents to 1 dollar for every 1,000 views their video gets! One hundred thousand views might mean 100 dollars. One MILLION views might get you up to 1,000 dollars per video! Per month! Considering they could probably upload two or three videos a day over a 30 day period if they wanted to… that adds up to a LOT of money pretty quickly! (Goddamn you, Jacob Sartorius!) :O 4- There are more than 370,000 pieces of random ‘space junk’ orbiting the Earth at this very moment. Some of it is random space debris, some are detached rocket pieces, and some are fromContinue reading »

“Ok, Ma’am??? I need you to calm down, alright?” I urgently shouted into the phone as I heard her losing her control again and getting hysterical on me. “I need you to speak clearly and give us an address. We’ll send someone out to you as SOON as we possibly can, alright!” She cried, “I don’t… I don’t have any way out of here. I don’t understand what’s happening…” “I understand that you’re scared. But we can’t help you if you we can’t find you. I need to know where you are.” I said, hoping that the calmness of my voice would somehow get her to stop shaking long enough to give me a location. After a few more sniffles and tears, she finally got up the nerve to say, “I’m at 957 West Belmont! Top floor!” Excellent! “Ok… Mary, was it?” “Yes…” She whined, helplessly. “Do you have a safe place to hide out for a little bit? We’re doing all we can here at the station, but IContinue reading »

Triple M for July 4, 2016 So this movie had completely slipped under my radar until I went on vacation in June, and when I saw it, it was like, “OMIGOD, this movie is kickass!” Hehehe! “No One Lives” stars Luke Evans (“Dracula Untold”), and it starts out just being about a guy and a girl on a road trip, they’ve got the camper hitched to the back of the car, and they stop to get some rest and some food in a small town. Simple enough, right? However, when a group of murderous thieves meet up with them and decide to make them their next target, they run the couple off the road and take them hostage. However, what they DIDN’T know is just how much of a problem they just got themselves into. Yeah…that was a big mistake! I won’t tell you too much about who he is and what’s going on, because it’ll spoil some of the magic…but wow! Hehehe, when this guy comes after them, itContinue reading »

WdotW for July 4, 2016 You know, I’ve only seen 2 episodes of “Red Band Society”, and it’s a really cool drama…but it can be pretty depressing a times. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, but it’s a powerful show. Griffin is a plus! Hehehe, even if he’s asleep! 😛 Pictures: Videos: https://youtu.be/qE0Kk1zXsWE https://youtu.be/DU0GrsFvc78 https://youtu.be/h6oTNi4osuc https://youtu.be/pBPhp5a3EnM https://youtu.be/U7_50Ekx5d0  

I’m used to having my breath snatched away from me whenever I see Benji walk up and fiddle with the combination on the high school locker across the hall from mine. I’m used to the constant vibration of nervous jitters in my chest, stomach, and throat, whenever his pretty face comes into view. Even from a distance, way down at the other end of the hall. I’m even used to the jumble of sensual thoughts that I fight so valiantly to fend off while looking him over, head to toe. Not having a clue as to what an actual sexual experience might be like, and yet having the subtle promise of such a thing flood my senses with brief images and fevered flashes of sexual delights that my teenaged mind had mimicked from movies, television, and a few erotic stories online that I read under my covers in the dark of night. Filling me up with a variety of ideas that I hoped to experiment with someday in the nearContinue reading »

1- Tears of joy are actually the human body’s way of reducing emotional tension in an attempt to restore your emotional equilibrium. 2- The first YouTube video to ever hit a million views was a Nike commercial. 3- Your body physically experiences loneliness in the same way that it experiences ‘pain’. Therefore, there is a human need to avoid loneliness through social interaction (for MOST, not all) the same way that it avoids physical pain. 4- In order to keep those salads looking crisp, green, and fresh, at your average fast food restaurant…companies spray the salad with a chemical called Propylene Glycol. The same chemical that is used in anti-freeze and sexual lubricants! (Enjoy your healthy alternative, folks!) 5- Small and hairless penises were actually preferred and highly desirable in ancient Greece. Larger, hairy, ones weren’t fancied that much at all by most people. (See? It was sexy to be 12 years old back then! ::Giggles::) 6- As its properties attract and easily bind to the green dye in AmericanContinue reading »

Triple M for June 27, 2016 This week’s 3M actually turned out to be both really beautiful and extremely creepy! That’s kinda hard to pull off in the same movie! Now, on the flipside of our WDotW youngster, Jaeden, who’s SURE to win an Oscar at some point, we have young Jacob Tremblay, who’s sure to be Jaeden’s competition at some point! Hehehe! But make no mistake, this movie was made to be a horror flick! It just happened to have a deeper meaning and some other emotional elements to it that I wasn’t expecting at all. And it made for a really…’beautiful’ movie. I can’t say anything more about that, but I liked it a lot. That’s why it’s on my 150+ fave underground movie list! Hehehe! Trailers can all be found HERE if you’re interested in seeing more Comsie faves! Anyway, the basic story is…a young couple had a son, and they lost him to a tragic accident. So they decide to adopt a boy to help themContinue reading »

Whenever you write a story, whether it takes you to the house of the boy next door or to the distant ends of the known universe…whether it took place in the last few weeks, or during the turn of the last century…you are essentially creating a fictional mythology with everything you write. You’ve become the sole author of a world that you control, guiding the destinies of everyone who inhabits that world. You are the hands of fate. If you want to make it rain, make it rain. If you want your favorite character to break his leg, he breaks his leg. And if you decide to kill someone off to benefit your mysterious master plan…well, we all know how THAT turns out, don’t we? Hehehe! You, and you alone, can build and manipulate the events that you’ve put into motion in any way that you see fit. There’s a lot of fun to be had doing that. And if you want to expand on that idea, you can (feasibly)Continue reading »

WdotW for June 27, 2016 Awwww…this just seems like the Summer that he’s gonna vanish on us and come back so hot that we’re like, “WTF HAPPENED???” I’m not saying that’s bad thing! 😛 Pictures: Videos: https://youtu.be/1ecNEiTrEFA https://youtu.be/TiY3FjVHWgY https://youtu.be/9dP5lJnJHXg https://youtu.be/oVgxxdu-gJc  

Triple M for June 16, 2016 I’ve never wanted to cook random stuff so bad in my entire life! Just…one meal after another! God, I’m salivating just thinking about this movie! Hehehe! There are a few reasons that I wanted to give this highly underrated movie some attention this week! One, because I’ve been teaching myself to cook a lot more these days, and this movie…omigod! It’s like you can TASTE it through the screen! At one point, Jon Favreau makes a grilled cheese sandwich, and I’m like, “That looks like the GREATEST grilled cheese sandwich…ever!” >:O But also because this is a movie about having a real PASSION for life in general! About finding something that really means something to you and indulging in it to the point where you strive to be the best you can be, 100% of the time. Let me tell you, there’s no better feeling than that! 🙂 Also, it’s Father’s Day this Sunday! And if you want a movie to give you thatContinue reading »

WDotW For June 6, 2016 Hehehe, you’d think that NOT being able to speak Swedish would somehow turn me away from watching his videos at length! But NOPE! It’s like being in a trance! I think I actually learned some Swedish just from watching his videos! Leszek, this is your territory! You and Vincent might be able to translate some. But if not…I can just look at him and smile and be just as happy. Sighhhhhh…boy cuties… 😛 Pictures: Videos: LOL! I’m TELLING you…there should just be a cable TV channel with 24 hour programming of cute teen boys trying to figure out advanced yoga poses and giggling when they fail! Hehehe, I could watch that all day! 😛 https://youtu.be/_O3Ts5oMqmw Don’t worry, the internet didn’t create this! Testosterone did! This is one of those rites of passage that every boy goes through with his friends at one time or another. Somewhere on Earth, there is a CAVE PAINTING with one teen boy telling another, “I dare you to poke the angryContinue reading »

WdotW for May 9, 2016 Why do people treat teenagers like they’re so stupid? I don’t get it. “Ugh! He’s like 13!” So? It’s not like he’s a TWO year old! WTF? I’m so sorry that Jacob gets so much hatred thrown his way, and that people in their friggin’ 20’s act like teenagers are all stupid pieces of trash that they can make fun of every chance they get. Guess what, 20 year olds? Guys my age? We look at you the same way. So don’t get cocky. You don’t have life figured out either. Hang in there, JS! ((hugz))   Pictures: Videos: https://youtu.be/25kDKF8-thY https://youtu.be/1Fc-9bql96M https://youtu.be/u0-UoyXkj1Y https://youtu.be/yt_QJGZ7x3A https://youtu.be/6lGc8hSH1X0   What Happened? As some folks asked what it was about or what I was referring to for this week’s WDotW. I believe it was just last week that Jacob released his very first pop single for people to download, and the overwhelming hatred that swept across the internet is just an atrocity as far as I’m concerned. That’s just ridiculous.Continue reading »