So much to report and so little time. Let's see, I recently went to Belize where we nearly got evacuated due to flooding, but regardless of that adventure I did get to do everything I wanted to do scuba diving wise and above the surface of the ocean. Got to dive the Blue Hole on Halloween, which was awesome. If you don't know what that is do yourself a favor and Google it. I also landed myself a substitute teaching position about 25 minutes north of me. It's the first job I will have in my chosen profession and, needless to say, I'm psyched. I'm just waiting to be cleared by the Board and have my recommendations rattle off how awesome I am and I'll be in a classroom hopefully by this month and before Christmas. Which would be great 'cause any spare change will help right now.
Speaking of spare change!! Have you Christmas shopped yet? If so, good for you! If not, shame shame, know your name!! You're in luck. I am going to have two options for the holidays. A 2014 planner and a 2014 calendar. They are both finished and ready for links to be clicked and looked at. Both feature photography from me that has yet to grace the internet. That's right, you or someone you love enough to buy a gift for will get to see these photos first! Lucky, lucky. There are landscapes, urban exploration stuff, and even those lovely wild animals everyone loves so much. So, if you're feeling to free yourself of some spare change, go ahead and take a gander and pick up whatever strikes your fancy! EDIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See Links Below:
The Planner: For all your planning needs: www.blurb.com/b/4845901-2014-p…
The Calendar: With a FB inspired poll, the calendar was a tie between urban exploration themed and a combination of some of my more popular photography (urbex, nature, wildlife, etc.). So, what should I do? Make both, I guess!! Follow the links for them!
Urban Exploration: www.zazzle.com/2014_urban_expl…
Combination Photography: www.zazzle.com/2014_ficktion_p…
Thanks for reading!
Book Review: I Am Legend
Written by: Richard Matheson - It is no surprise that the novella I Am Legend is quite possibly the best short fiction horror story that has ever been written. In that regard, it is also not a surprise that such powerhouses as Stephen King have borrowed heavily from Richard Matheson's writing style, his ability to weave a story, the balance of utter horror and snide humor, and to explain or to choose not to explain the horror presented within the pages of their works. I Am Legend not only presents a story that is invigorating and easy to follow, but Matheson goes several layers deeper into the questioning depths of societal norms, religion, politics, and the human psychosis.
We follow a main character by the name of Robert Neville. The first chapter is in January of 1976 and he lives in California as opposed to the modern movie version where Robert Neville lives in New York City and the time period is set into the near future. That, in of itself, changes a lot of the story. Regardless, we follow Robert Neville through his routines of living alone in a waking nightmare. From the get-go we realize that Neville is alone with his thoughts since he is immune to the bite of the vampire and because of that he makes some startling discoveries. He begins to try and understand how the vampires that populate the world function and why. Refusing to believe that it is associated with stigmatized myth, he begins his experimentation in the hopes of saving some form of humanity. He even dabbles into the option as to whether or not humanity is even worth saving, if perhaps the vampire is nature's response to the way we have treated her. Nevertheless, he pushes is on to find a logical understanding in an illogical world.
He, however, struggles not only with the problem of the vampires but the problems within himself at having lost everyone he knew and having no one to talk to but himself. During this stage he questions society, religion, politics, everything that once existed in comparison to the vampire--finding little to no differences there. Like most established order, depending on your view, it can become suffocating.
As the vampire consumes his life and gives him the only reason for living Robert Neville also loses himself to an animalistic way of life, losing his ability to communicate and function properly. When his world gets flipped upside down, he reacts in the only way he knows how.
An excellent read and truly a masterpiece in a quick 170 pages. The rest of the book consists of short stories also written by Matheson which are all very good, unique, entertaining, sometimes funny, and certainly horrifying tales that follow his style where the abnormal infects the normal and has a deep, sub-level understanding that can be analyzed and critiqued openly. www.mapservices.org/myguestmap…
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