Friday, December 14, 2012

Hobbit Blogfest

There is a reason why I titled this blog The Habitual Hobbit. If you want a full break down, you can click on the "The Rub" page tab but here is the down and dirty.

I chose "Habitual" because I am obsessive/compulsive (O.C.D.) I am habitual in nature and feel more comfortable if I start and complete something that has predetermined parameters built in. Fathering a 6 year old girly girl has blown "routine" right out of the equation but I am learning to cope change and roll with the proverbial punches.

"Hobbit" was used for two reasons: 
a. I was almost always the shortest kid in class/life/etc. Not hobbit sized, just shorter.
b. I am a fan of Tolkien and L.O.T.R.

So it only makes sense, that I would join a Blog fest entitled The Hobbit Blog fest.
Said blog fest is hosted by two bloggers, M Pax and Tyrean. I don't follow either of them yet but any friend of The Hobbit, is a fan of mine. I happened across this little ditty while catching up on Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog and since I am all about using someone else's motivation these days, it just made sense for me to participate. Call it divine intervention.

The Hobbit Blog fest

What is your favorite hobbit characteristic/or the one that you think closely resembles you? 

This one is easy. Frodo "fricking" Baggins. Dude is O.C.D. all the way. Frodo and I have one thing in common. We both covet a special ring (in my case, consider my wedding ring. It has absolute power, but none of which I wield and the longer I have it, the more grumpy I get.) (Love You Beth) 
I differ from Frodo in that I dislike dancing for no reason and don no hair on my foot pieces.

If you could choose between a scrumptious second breakfast and a perilous unexpected journey – which would you prefer?
I opt for second breakfast here. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if I partake in two of them, then I would be extra important, right? Plus, I am not into risking my life for people that I don't know that more than likely, wouldn't like me if they did know me, anyway. (I was going for a Bilbo-esque moment there.) “I like half of you half as well as I should like, and like less than half of you half as well as you deserve!” Ahh, forget it.

Have you ever left behind something on a journey (expected or unexpected) and wished you could have it over and over again? 
Again, easy. Honeymoon. Ocean. Wife's grandfathers ring. Washed away by the incoming tide. Never to be seen again. (Luckily, gram cracker had two rings and gave me the second one, along with a warning.)

What is your Favorite part or quote from the book that you hope will be in the movie?
Beorn. I was miffed when Tom Bombadil was not mentioned in The Fellowship and would be equally upset if Beorn gets no play.

There you have it. two posts in four days. Hopefully, I can keep this momentum going. 
Peace, see ya later.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Time To Ride A Coat Tail Or Two

I pray that this finds you well.

One could conclude that I have been in a funk lately, and I would agree. Things have been increasingly stressful over the past year round here and the more time that passes by, the more difficult it is becoming for me to focus on any one thing. Now, you could attribute it to O.C.D. if you want to and I would concur. Couple that with not having any luck finding employment, and you are left with a big pile o' funk.

I like the word funk.

Writing has taken a back seat. Not because I do not want to write, but because I find myself backspacing and erasing more than pushing forward and completing anything of substance. Every time that I start something, I redo the sentence structure, re-write a line or two that read wrong or just plain sounded stupid, and I do this so much that I lose the concept of the post and quit on the idea altogether. That can be completely pinned on O.C.D. and a substantial fear of putting something out there that is lousy. But, as they say in Hollywood, "put the hooker in the RV, and hit the road." So, that's what I'm gonna do.....minus the hooker.....and RV.....and Hollywood.

I have decided to ride the coattails of someone else's idea to get the creative juices rolling again. I follow a dude named Alex J. Cavanaugh and few other writers than I came across while reading his blog. He has a few books to his credit (which I haven't read yet, but plan to when I can earn some extra ends) and seems like an otherworldly cool dude, so it should not be a shock that I would pay attention to what he is doing. And he likes ninjas, guitars and Kate Beckinsale. BONUS! But any who!

Hosted by Mark “The Madman” Koopman, ”Marvelous” Morgan Shamy, Stephen “Breakthrough” Tremp, and David “Kingpin” Powers King, the Blog Fest runs from December 10 - 12. 

Some of his beloved friends have started a blog fest in his name and I figured that the best way for me to get back into the saddle, would be to post something that come with built in direction that is not that of my own. The rules seem simple enough. Sign up, answer the predetermined questions as follows, and then allow his uber awesomeness an opportunity to lube up your feel goods and make you writhe with the comfy cozy on the inside. Easy enough, huh? I know, right?

In +/- 20 words, what does Alex look like?
I imagine Alex is mysterious in formal appearance, as a shinobi shozoko is meant to hide a ninjas true identity.

In +/- 20 words, who could play Alex in a documentary? (Living or dead.)
Snake Eyes (from GI Joe fame.) Only a ninja can pull off playing a ninja. Or, maybe Chris Farley. (And that is not a knock on any weight issue, as Alex is a slender beast, I imagine. I was simply staying true to the ninja playing a ninja thing. Beverly Hills Ninja.)

In +/- 20 words, who does Alex remind you of?
Alex reminds me of myself, back when I was cool. My coolness wore off when my wife gave birth to my lovely daughter. All of my cool points were removed from me and infused into my daughter at a molecular level. Coolness stock = Plummet. The Dow Jones of cool stock can suck my left nah....thumb.

In +/- 100 words, (excluding the title) write flash fiction using all these prompts: 
CavanaughNinjaIWSGCosbolt Guitar

At the Cavanaugh dojo, the ninja trains for all styles of combat. Whether it be hand to hand or sword to sword, the ninja must all ways enter a higher state of consciousness by tapping into his/her IWSG and allow the world around him/her to envelope him/her wholly. Then and only then, can one master the dual wielding guitar of fire and clash rock the cosbolt.


For Bonus Points: 
In +/- 40 words, leave a comment for Mrs. Cavanaugh:

Mrs. Cavanaugh, thank you for putting Alex's best foot forward for him. I too, am a husband and know that behind every good man, stands an even awesomer woman. Continue doing whatever it is that you are doing. Alex has touched many lives with your hand guiding him and will continue to do so as long as he has your best interests at the forefront of his thoughts.