Promotion, interlude

Front cover for Napkin Notes, an anthology by The Corner Scribblers writing group.
Cover design by Isaac Craft.
The book is now available on Amazon.com.
An anthology from The Corner Scribblers, available now on Amazon.com.

Hey, pilgrim .. like science fiction?” says a suspicious guy in a black cowboy hat and duster.

“My whole life is science fiction,” says a passerby, “So is this whole year.”

“Well you’re in luck,” says the cowboy, “Because the books I’m selling are gonna be right up your alley.”

The bystander looks at the books and grunts in approval.

“They make perfect sense,” he says, “I’ll take two of each. My wife needs to read them too.”

—from the play “The Cowboy Salesmen In The Werewolf Apocalypse” by renown playwright Frederick “Fransgrim” Cheese-Omelette-Bacons, written in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic. Mr. Cheese-Omelette-Bacons has since sold the work online to Undead Marching Saloon Publishing.

Golden Age of Piracy, interlude

I have the education and tools for graphic design, but so does an increasing number of individuals in the area. My best days are when I help the people I know with design solutions. The worst days are when I can compare my field to the Golden Age of Piracy. Since my graduation from college its been so full of competition that it’s been high seas adventure on dry land, and that was just before the recession of ‘08.

—from Walter “Thorns“ Jones-Douglas’ book, How to Get a Job When the Dinosaurs Return. Flourishing Pumpkin Vine Publishers, Topeka, KS, 2017.

Camping, interlude

So my dog Butchy likes to burrow. He enjoys building a fort made from blankets. Some say there’s a behavior problem, but I think he’s camping out.

– from stand-up comic Walter Groundhog-Must on October 18, 1989 for his show, “It’s the Dogs,” live at George Tablecloth Square.

Youth and anger, interlude

There were times in my youth when boys and sometimes grown men, who were older, taller and bigger and stronger than me, would wag their tongues in such a way that I’d get offended.

Because I was just a young buck, and didn’t know better, I’d wait til the character was walking away and then come out of hiding and say something that I immediately regretted. I’d say it because I was angry, not because I thought it through.

Well more than half the time, the hooligans who said such to anger me would hear what I said, turn around and address me. They’d say something intimidating like, “What you say?”

Not planning for their retaliation, I’d be taken aback and would clam up or cower. But on some occasions I’d still be bristling. The fighting, however, was always the same, always a loss.

Part of growing up is to develop that emotional shell. So that when someone says something offensive, but otherwise harmless, it bounces right off.

The other part of growing up is to deal with the wounds from the words and actions that found their way past that tough exterior.

Forgiveness goes a long way. It’s the modern way to “turn the other cheek” when someone slaps you.

–from a 1998 interview with famed actor Gilford “Whiskers” Allsworth-Dinnersmith, who most recently has made an autobiographical work.

In it Mr. Allsworth-Dinnersmith talks about his childhood, his early career as a stuntman, and how he got discovered to become the famous playwright he is today.

Comic, interlude

–from the comic “Butchy.”

  • Characters in this panel are Butchy, a Staffordshire Terrier with an unusual, patient temperament and a high intelligence. He loves people, puts up with cats, but other dogs get on his nerves. Butchy believes the world centers around himself.
  • Rocky is an older black cat who, though extremely smart, believes he’s a vampire. He is forced to put up with other cats who have come along over the years and just wants everything back when he was the only cat.

Veggie Horror Films, interlude

They call him Skin-Face. He watched his whole family peel and eat their neighbors and now wears their remains. You will know him when you see him.

He goes around with a massive vegetable peeler, seeking all young spuds with rotten intentions. Only one with a good heart can oppose him. Can you spend one night alive in the Peeler House?

From “Night Fright-Veggie Nightmare,” directed by Vance Peeler-Frufflefluff, who also directed “Xastiron of the Skillet Massacre, in 3D.”