Friday, January 30, 2015

Help, I’m Trapped in a Mirror Universe

Spoiler Warning!
For January, we are starting a new series, all starting with “Help, I’m Trapped…”  In this series, the main characters are trapped, either literally or figuratively somewhere and cannot initially break free.  This entry is from the TV series Star Trek.  Star Trek was a 1966-1969 science fiction series, where Captain James T. Kirk and his crew tried to peacefully search for new life and form relationships with those new civilizations.  While initially suffering from poor rating while the show was on the air, after being cancelling in 1969, the show zoomed in popularity in 1969, creating the pheromone of a franchise that it is known today. 
In this episode, known as “Mirror, Mirror”, James Kirk and three of his officers, Chief Medical Officer “Bones” McCoy, Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott “Soctty”, and Communication Officer Uhura are peacefully negotiating with the Halkan Council to mine dilithium crystals on their planet.  The Halkans refuse, so Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and Uhura beam back to their ship the Enterprise.  Unfortunately, there is an ion storm outside the ship, and a malfunction of the transporter leaves Kirk and his three officers in a mirror universe. 
There are some immediate differences that the characters notice.  Instead of being a peaceful race, the Federation is an empire that aggressively takes what it wants.  The characters are all given phasers and daggers, and it known that officers assassinate each other to get ahead.  Spock, normally free of facial hair, sports a goatee which becomes synonymous with the Mirror Universe episode.  The transporter operator is punished by an “agonizer” device for a transporter malfunction (the Mirror characters do not yet know of the switch).  Kirk quickly learns that the Halkan race will soon quickly destroyed for refusing to help the empire. 
Kirk takes his officers to sickbay, where they realize they are trapped in a parallel universe, where instead of peaceful negotiation; the Empire is focused on evil conquest.  Scotty agrees to disable the ship’s phasers while Kirk orders a delay on the attack on the Halkan planet.  Kirk goes through his Captain’s logs and finds out he assassinated the previous Captain to get to his current position.  Meanwhile, in the original universe, Spock has quickly figured out that the Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and Uhura are from a mirror universe, but has no idea what to do other than restraining them.
Back on the mirror universe, as Scotty and McCoy try to figure out a way to bring the landing party back to their own universe, mirror Spock tells Kirk over the intercom that if he continues to refuse to destroy the Halkans, Spock will be forced to kill Kirk and take over as Captain.  The “Captain’s Woman,” Lieutenant Marlena Moreau, attempts to kill Spock for his threats with a device called the Tantalus Field, but the benevolent Kirk stops her.  Kirk heads to the transporter room but mirror Spock, by then aware of the switch, holds a phaser on Kirk and Spock forces him to go back to sickbay where, Scotty, McCoy and Uhura were waiting to leave.
A fight ensues, and Kirk is forced to injure mirror Spock to knock him out.  McCoy insists on treating Spock.  Sulu arrives with three henchmen to kill Kirk and become the new Captain.  Marlena uses Tantalus Field to vaporize the henchmen and Kirk knocks Sulu out.  Kirk, Scotty and Uhura leave for the transporter room, and then Spock awakens and forces a mind meld on McCoy.  He then realizes the four’s true nature (as well as the fact that they spared his life) and decided to help them.  At the transporter room, Spock agrees to set the transporter controls to bring them home.  Marlena begs to join Kirk but the transporter was only set for four people, and Kirk tells her to help Spock bring a new era of peace to the parallel universe.  In the tag, a new Marlea appears in the original universe as a recent transfer to the Enterprise, and Kirk tells her he hopes they can be friends.

In this episode of Star Trek, the main characters are trapped in a mirror universe and must figure out a way home.  In typical Star Trek fashion, the characters work together to figure out a solution to come home.  Also, benevolence and peace win out over evil and violence.  Marlena and Spock are changed by the original universe’s actions and decide to be good in a sea of evil.  The four “good” people can make a difference in a world of corruption…and that is probably what creator Gene Roddenberry was aiming for in this episode.  

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #16

Hello Everyone!  Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

Here is the sixteenth tidbit:

16. There will be a dance in Chapter 3.

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating 10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.
15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.

Come back Monday for the next tidbit!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #15

Hello Everyone!  Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

Here is the fifteenth tidbit:

15. Chris' family has a BBQ with Lydia's family in Chapter 2.

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating 10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.
14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.


Come back tomorrow for the next tidbit!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #14

Hello Everyone!  Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

Here is the fourteenth tidbit:

14. Chris and Lydia will be auditioning for a play in Chapter 1.

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating 10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy
13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.

Come back tomorrow for the next tidbit!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #13

Hello Everyone!  Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

Here is the thirteenth tidbit:

13. Chapter 1 will be from Chris' viewpoint.  Chapter 2 will be from Lydia's viewpoint.

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating 10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)
12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy

Come back tomorrow for the next tidbit!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #12

Hello Everyone!  Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

Here is the twelfth tidbit:

12. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Drama-Comedy

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating 10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.
11. Romance is for Other People Summary (View Here)

Come back tomorrow for the next tidbit!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Romance is for Other People Summary! (Tidbit #11)

Hi Guys!  Please share this with your friends if you are excited about it!  Here it is:

Lydia: “You must be sure you have a shot.  But you don’t.  Romance is for other people.”
Jeremy: “Do you actually think I believe that?”

Chris Howard is content with being “Best Friends Forever” with Lydia Jamison, but Lydia secretly wants to go out with him.  Meanwhile, Chris’ older cousin Jeremy and Amanda have a tumultuous love-hate relationship.  After a recent fight with Amanda, Jeremy starts pursuing Lydia and refuses to leave her alone.

Lydia is at first disgusted, because Jeremy has been a pest to both her and Chris in the past.  Chris doesn't believe that Jeremy has a chance with Lydia, and does nothing about it.  But as Jeremy refuses to give up his pursuit….


Romance is for Other People is a unique novel told from first person from the point of view of two main characters: Chris and Lydia and their experiences with first love and first heartbreak.

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.
10. All the chapter titles are quotes.

Check back Monday for the next tidbit! 

Help, I’m Trapped in a Credits Sequence

Spoiler Warning!
For January, we are starting a new series, all starting with “Help, I’m Trapped…”  In this series, the main characters are trapped, either literally or figuratively somewhere and cannot initially break free.  The next entry in the series is called Too Many Cooks.  Created by Casper Kelly, this is an eleven minute short that aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim during their “infomercial” segment at 4 AM.  It became a huge viral video and scored millions of views on YouTube.  Fair warning, Too Many Cooks has an extremely high level of gore and violence, though it is depicted cartoony.
                The short starts out as credits for an eighties sitcom, complete with ear worm opening credits song (“Too Many Cooks”) and the font for the individual credit of each cast member that evokes the style of the 1980s.  It begins in a typical family home and the characters look at the screen and smile.  The song ends at one minute…and then another credits sequence begins, with new characters and the same soundtrack.  Then all the characters start to be jumbled in together, in the midst with the new ones.  A puppet character is introduced, similar to Alf. 
Then at 2:57, the style changes again, and now the sequence shows an eighties cop show, with a freeze frame, which was popular with the shows around that time.  That transforms into a show similar to G.I. Joe, followed by the most random sequence so far, multiple transitions between an image of a mansion from the sky to a hawk, which was evoking TV series like Dynasty.
When the Dynasty style credits sequence actually starts, that’s when things get crazy.  A bearded man with stingy long hair who had been popping up in the background in the earlier sequences, suddenly starts jumping towards the people in the credits…and killing them with a machete.  Then in the next sequence evokes college setting by starting with older teenage three girls in a pillow fight.  The credits start on one of the girls, and the killer appears behind him, and the video “pauses” for a second, which the girl uses to escape.  With the earworm song playing lowly in the background, the girl runs between the sets, but her credit name is stuck to the front of her body and she runs past other, frozen characters with their credit name in front of them.  It’s as if the truth is revealed: all of the characters are stuck in this credits sequence with no way out.  When the killer starts appearing, they can do nothing except enduring being killed. 
Next, a wonder woman type and geeky superhero guy are quickly dispatched, followed by a homicide deceive.  Then bodies left and right from the eighties sitcom are dispatched, then the killer starts appearing in all the roles from the previous first sequence, but every time his name appears, his name is covered up in static. Then a laser from the puppet shoots and explodes him, and it is revealed that the puppet is actually a robot.  Then it transitions to a science fiction series, with the main characters fighting the villain, who happens to be the killer again.
Then things get even weirder: in a hospital bed, the man in the bed has the credits on the front of his body and is murmuring something about a theme song and a laugh track.  The credits music start again and a credit appears on the doctor, who nervously pleads for someone to “kill me!”  Then all of the different characters from all of the different shows introduced start becoming juxtaposed with each other.  Name credits start forming into bodies and the people are stuck in the middle, as if the credit and person have switched places.  Finally, the puppet, bleeding and weak, crawls to a red switch on the kitchen floor.  Then it transitions to the characters in blue boxes like The Brady Bunch, zooming out to reveal hundreds of people.  Finally we see the dad character from the first sequence, who takes a timed picture and jumps in with the entire cast of Too Many Cooks…only for the picture to show the killer one more time taking the place of the dad character.  As a final joke, the show actually starts, only for the first character to speak to be cut off by a To be continued… credit.  Brief fake closing credits appear and the video ends. 

In Too Many Cooks, whether they like it or not, the characters are stuck in endless credits sequences, with no way to escape the crazed killer that is attacking them, and later the credits themselves are messing with them.  Some characters try to escape, like the college girl, but it is no use.  They are stuck in Too Many Cooks forever. 

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #10

Hello Everyone!  Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

Here is the tenth tidbit:

10. All the chapter titles are quotes.

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.
9.  The title is a quote from the novel.

Check back tomorrow for the next tidbit! The book summary is tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #9

Hello Everyone!  Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

Here is the ninth tidbit:

9.  The title is a quote from the novel.

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.
8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.

Check back tomorrow for the next tidbit!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #8

Hello Everyone!  Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

Here is the eighth tidbit:

8. The format is first person, alternating between Chris and Lydia.

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.
7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.

Check back tomorrow for the next tidbit!

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #7

Hello Everyone!  Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

Here is the seventh tidbit:

7. The fourth main character is Amanda, female, 16 years old.

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.
6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.

Check back tomorrow for the next tidbit!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Help, I’m Trapped in a Perfect Manufactured Reality

Spoiler Warning!  This post contains the ending of the movie The Truman Show.
                For January, we are starting a new series, all starting with “Help, I’m Trapped…”  In this series, the main characters are trapped, either literally or figuratively somewhere and cannot initially break free.  The next entry in the series is The Truman Show (1998).  This movie stars Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, and Ed Harris, is directed by Peter Weir, and is critically lauded.  It grossed over $264 million in worldwide box office.  So let’s begin.
                At first, Truman Burbank is seemingly happy with his normal desk job, his wife, and his best friend, living in the small town of Seahaven.  But underneath the cracks are beginning to show.  He’s beginning to suspect the truth, which is that he is in entirely manufactured set with hidden cameras recording his every move for a TV show starring Truman himself.  All the other people, his wife, his best friend, his coworkers, even just the random people on the street, are actors and extras are participating in The Truman Show.  Everything in the entire world of Seahaven is manufactured for him to live and work for the rest of his life.  All the houses, businesses and jobs are there to give Truman a perfect life, free from worry about things like robbery, murder and other crimes.
                But Truman feels trapped in Seahaven.  When he was a child, he desired to be an adventurer and explorer.  He wanted so bad to be free of his small town.  And recently, he has become aware of the cracks.  He has become aware of the fact that he is in a man inside a perfect manufactured world.  And he wants out.
On an otherwise typical day, a theatrical light falls out of the sky and lands in front of Truman’s house.  A few days later, Truman’s car radio starts malfunctioning and begins broadcasting someone recording his every movement in his car.  The incident shocks Truman, throwing off balance his otherwise normal day.  Bewildered, instead of wandering into his office building, he decides to go into the one next door.  He tries to go on an elevator but then sees that elevator room has no back wall (and therefore, part of a set), and is thrown out of the “office building” by “office security.”  Then an extra playing a homeless man turns out to be the same actor who played his father, and his “father” is quickly whisked away while Truman tries in vain to catch up to him.
                Then he notices that on his wedding day picture, his wife crossed her fingers during the ceremonial kiss.  He follows her to work and despite the best efforts of extras to keep him away, he finds her in an operation room – with a supposedly sedated woman jumping up when a pan drops, and Truman is escorted away again.  Truman also notices that his wife is seemingly advertising various products around the house.  She also keeps pressuring to have a baby with him, along with his mother also pressuring him. 
                With the cracks of his perfect reality beginning to show, he wants out.  He tries to buy a plane ticket, but his destination isn't available for another month.  He tries to buy a bus ticket, but the bus breaks down.  He goes home and waits in his car for his wife to come home.  He tricks her into leaving with him in the car and they encounter various artificial elements trying to keep him from leaving, including "fallout" from the nuclear power plant outside the city.  But the police officer explaining the situation, who he had never met before, uses Truman’s name.  Truman tries to escape but people in nuclear suits capture him and he goes back home. 
                Back at home, after enduring another of his wife’s product placements, he snaps and demands to know why she’s doing it, which in turn makes her frightened wife yell for somebody to do something.  A few minutes later, his best friend shows up out of the blue and the actress yells at his best friend about the situation not being professional. 
                After his wife leaves, his best friend reveals that his father is alive.  This placates Truman for a short while, but his restlessness about leaving becomes too great.  He makes a mess in the basement, strewing trash everywhere.  His best friend makes another surprise appearance and discovers that Truman used the mess to plan his escape, digging a hole out from under the house. 
                The next day, he is discovered piloting a boat out on the sea.  While the creator of The Truman Show nearly kills him with a manufactured storm, the creator eventually lets him go and he runs into the set wall.  Finally with his cover blown, the creator begs Truman to stay over the loudspeaker, saying Truman would be living in a perfect world, free from pain and worry and out there, is not so perfect and he would not be safe from harm.  Truman responds by leaving anyway, and the movie ends. 

                While Truman Burbank lives in a supposedly perfect reality, he felt trapped.  He wanted to get out because he felt the paranoia that the entire world was watching him, that the whole world he knew was fake.  It was full of flaws because the manufactured world and the manufactured people he lived with started showing their cracks, their inconsistencies.  His “perfect reality” was not so perfect after all.  Truman felt he had to escape, to get away from the artifice of his so-called perfect life.  And he does, venturing off into the real world, not a perfect reality but a much better one, filled with actual truth and actual people.  

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #6

Hello Everyone!  Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

Here is the sixth tidbit:

6. The third main character is Jeremy, male, 16 years old.

Previous tidbits:

1. I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3. There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.
5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.

Check back Monday for the next tidbit!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #5

Hello Everyone!  Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

Here is the fifth tidbit:

5. The second main character is Lydia, female, 14 years old.

Previous tidbits:

1.  I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3.  There are four main characters
4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.

Check back tomorrow for the next tidbit!

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #4

Hello Everyone!  Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

Here is the first fourth tidbit:

4. The first main character is Chris, male, 14 years old.

Previous tidbits:

1.  I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 
3.  There are four main characters

Check back tomorrow for the next tidbit!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #3

Hello Everyone!  Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

Here is the first third tidbit:

3.  There are four main characters

Previous tidbits:

1.  I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 

Check back tomorrow for the next tidbit!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Romance is for Other People Tidbit #1 & #2

Hello Everyone!  Here are the revised Romance is for Other People Tidbits!

Here is the first two tidbits:

1.  I am releasing a novel in 2015!
2. The title is Romance is for Other People 

Check back tomorrow for the next tidbit!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Help, I’m Trapped in the Fifth Dimension

Spoiler Warning!  This post contains spoilers for the end of specific episodes of The Twilight Zone.

                For January, we are starting a new series, all starting with “Help, I’m Trapped…”  In this series, the main characters are trapped, either literally or figuratively somewhere and cannot initially break free.  This series will be beginning with one of the most famous “trapped” series, The Twilight Zone.  This 1959-1964 series was created by Rod Serling, considered one of the most brilliant television writers of his day.  This series was known for its science fiction and fantasy plots with a twist ending, the ending often being ironic or humorous ending relating directly to the situation in the episode.  Because, for four of the five seasons, the episodes were only a half hour, the individual shows were tight and concise.  This show inspired two follow-up series, but without the guidance of Rod Serling, both shows floundered and were cancelled quickly.

                In “Time Enough at Last,” a glasses wearing bookworm, Henry Bemis would rather read than interact with people.  He is an insufferable bank teller who ignores his customers to read David Copperfield and makes his wife read his own poetry.  He takes his lunch in the bank vault so he cannot be interrupted from his reading.  On one of his lunch breaks in the vault, an atomic bomb detonates and he finds himself alone in the world.  At first, he is distraught at being the last man alive in a sea of destruction.  But then he sees the library, with many of the books left un-destroyed.  Henry is happy again, happier than he ever thought possible…until his glasses fall off of his face and break apart.  Henry Bemis is doomed to be trapped alone in a world full of books, with no way to read them. 
                In “Eye of the Beholder,” Janet Tyler is a woman whose face is covered with bandages.  Other than Janet’s bandaged face, no faces are seen in the first part of the episode.  While there were vague descriptions of what was done to her face (“injections,” to name one), it definitely made clear from the doctors and nurses and Janet Tyler that has a hideous face and is trying to have a normal one.  She has had her last and eleventh treatment, and cannot be worked on again.  Finally, she is ready to be uncovered, and underneath the bandages reveals…a beautiful woman in her 20s.  The doctor steps back in shock and says, “No change, no change at all.” It is then revealed at that the doctors, nurses and everyone in the hospital are pig nosed creatures with sunken eyes and twisted lips.  They are all horrified by her appearance, and Janet runs away from them.  She is then found by a man, who has another “hideous” face.  He convinces her to join him in exile in a village of her own kind.  Janet is trapped having a “hideous” face in a sea of pig-nosed people, never to be regarded as normal.

                In both of these stories, the characters are trapped, but in entirely different ways.  Henry Bemis was trapped in his own “perfect world” without a way to enjoy that perfect world.  Janet Tyler was trapped with a traditional face of beauty when everyone found their own faces normal and attractive, and she considered herself hideous.  Many, many other episodes also featured characters trapped, either by their own design or by the design of outside forces which relate so well to the situation presented.  Thus, every single character in the The Twilight Zone is trapped, never to return to the normal world.  

Still Working on the Book! The blogs are back!

First update: I'm still working on Romance is for Other People, but I have not finished revising the book.  However, in anticipation of (hopefully) finishing the revision soon, I will be repeating all the previous tidbits about the story, starting Monday, January .  And when that ends, a new tidbit the following Wednesday will premiere for the first time.  The tidbits will also be updated for the latest revision.  Hopefully in the near future I can finalize the new release date, and that will be it for Romance is for Other People!

Second update: The Friday blogs are finally back.  I felt unmotivated for a while following my post about having to delay my book.  But having finished a big chunk of the revision, I'm now back on track.  To start off, there will be a four week series for January, each one starting with "Help, I'm Trapped..." with one starting today. I hope you enjoy them!

Well, that's it for now.  It would mean a lot if you could check out my facebook and twitter as well, and maybe leave a comment somewhere!   Thank you!  Lee