The Poetry Corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning! Welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner, featuring Vic Tomlinson! 🙂

A Baseball Game by Vic Tomlinson

There’s nothing like an old ballgame

and even the pre-game warm-ups spark my interest.

The singing of the National Anthem

signifies the beginning of the game.

There’s the camaraderie and commonality

of rooting for your team

in the midst of thousands of strangers.

Here come the hotdog, popcorn,

and crackerjack vendors.

Let us not forget the beer

and soft drink vendors.

We eat our ‘dogs, gulp our beer,

and yell at the umps.

The players try to hit, run, and catch

for usually nine innings of play.

There’s the excitement and roar of the crowd

when you hear the crack of the bat,

and the ball soars in the air

and over the fence.

Win or lose, what an exciting way to experience

a part of American culture,

and pass the time with strangers

who are passionate about the game.

 

Awesome poem, Vic! I always loved going to the games. Thank you for bringing that back and thank you for sharing. 🙂

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If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

 

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In the Books featuring Unmasked: The True Life Story of The World’s Most Prolific Cinematic Killer by Michael Aloisi

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Unmasked: The True Life Story of The World’s Most Prolific Cinematic Killer by Michael Aloisi!

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About the Book: “When I saw my arm, I almost passed out. Trembling, I noticed my hands were just as bad. Ignoring how everything looked, I lifted my left hand and touched my right arm. As my fingers touched the black flesh, it peeled off, just like the burnt crust on a toasted marshmallow. A large sloppy chunk slid off my bicep and fell. I watched my skin, the skin that was so tan and taut just a few minutes ago, fall into the mud.”
-The true story of the burn injury that almost killed Kane, from Unmasked.

Kane Hodder. To fans, this name is synonymous with horror, an icon on the level of Bela Legosi, Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. Kane has appeared as a stunt man and actor in more than two hundred television shows and movies in a career spanning over thirty years. His role as Jason Voorhees in four consecutive films of the Friday the 13th series came to define the character feared by millions of fans the world over. The man behind the hockey mask would seal his fate as horror royalty years later by starring as the monster Victor Crowley in the Hatchet series.

Unmasked documents the unlikely true story of a boy who was taunted and beaten relentlessly by bullies throughout his childhood. Kane only escaped his tormentors when he moved to a tiny island in the South Pacific where he lived for all of his teen years. After living shirtless in a jungle for a while, he headed back to America where he fell in love with doing stunts… only to have his love burn him, literally. For the first time ever, Kane tells the true story of the horrific burn injury that nearly killed him at the start of his career. The entire heart wrenching, inspirational story of his recovery, the emotional and physical damage it caused and his fight to break back into the industry that almost killed him… and triumphant rise to become a film legend are told in Kane’s own powerful voice.

Take a peek inside the head of the man behind the mask. Be inspired by his triumphant comeback and laugh at his onset hijinks as you unmask the world’s most prolific, cinematic killer.

My Review: Okay, first off, I have to admit I’m a huge Kane Hodder fan. My introduction to him was as Jason in Friday the 13th Part VII and I loved watching him work ever since. So, when I had the chance to grab his biography and read it, I didn’t hesitate.

One of the things that jumps out right away is his straight honesty. He’s brutally honest about what he’s thinking, why he did things, and how he feels about it. His honesty also goes two ways, meaning he’s just as honest about himself as he is about others, and that’s a refreshing and awesome quality that really brought his life’s adventures out as more than just a few statements.

Because of that, we’re allowed to see a part of the man that he’s kept private for years and that’s a blessing many don’t share. There are several aspects where I can totally understand him from his “love” of a doctor to his sense of humor. While my medical experiences (I’ve never been severely burned) have been no where near as serious as his, it’s both cool and inspiring to hear how he dealt with it and survived to do some great work with burn victims. His sense of humor is, well, unique, and similar to mine. That’s all I’m going to say on that one. You’ll just have to read the book to find out what I mean. For those of you that know me, you’ll see the similarities. Lol

As with all biographies, we’re in danger or having our visions of what someone we love to watch perform shatter our expectations, and while that may be the case for some, for me, this brought a deeper understanding and appreciation for the work he’s put in over the years and I hope to see him continue and be an inspiration to everyone he meets.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Grace Augustine

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner, featuring Grace Augustine! Her poem is from her collection titled, Fragments of Reflection. 🙂

Icicle Tears  by Grace Augustine

Porcupine quills

Puncture the sensitive tendons

Of the soul

As the precious life blood

Seeps through

The pin hole openings

Draining all energy and emotions

Traumatic transformation occurs slowly

One in which all systems shut down

Only to become

Stony grey and cold and hard

My heart and I cry

Icicle tears

Awesome poem, Grace! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

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The Author Hideaway Dealership: WiFi Not Always Included

So cool! I love this. 😀 One of my dreams is to create an author’s retreat at some point.

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Welcome to . . . Oh, I see you’re in a rush, so I’ll get right to the pitch.  We provide authors with private locations that they can escape to after periods of stress.  These can be for work or just to relax, but we guarantee that nobody can intrude upon your personal haven without your permission.  Our products range from fortified offices to isolated cabins, but we do draw the line at pocket dimensions.  Yes, people tend to jump to that idea when we give the guarantee.  The problem there is that the rents are high and you never know when an interdimensional cataclysm will strike.  Last thing you want is to be stuck and gradually starve to death.  I will also tell you that we cannot build entire worlds.  It’s a single room or simple structure that can be no bigger than two floors.  At…

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In the Books featuring Patch 17: Epic LitRpg by G. Akella

Good morning and welcome to In the Books!

Here’s to reinstating this segment, so here we go! 🙂

This week I’m reviewing Patch 17: Epic LitRPG by G. Akella.

patch 17

About the Book: A new update arrives to the ultra-popular online game, Realm of Arkon. With Patch 17, the level of immersion experienced by players in their gaming capsules has made virtual reality indistinguishable from the real world. But every gamer’s dream becomes a nightmare for Roman Kozhevnikov after he gets confined to Arkon against his will. And not just to Arkon, but to its deadliest zone–Demon Grounds. Playing, or rather living as his character Krian, it’s not just about survival for Roman. He longs to exact revenge for his banishment to the virtual world where the sensation of pain has reached one hundred percent…

My Review: To be honest, I never heard of the LitRPG genre until a couple of months ago when a friend told me about it. For those that don’t know, Lit RPG features stories told about people who are not only in a game, but are aware of it. Pretty cool, if you ask me.

Of course, as a fan of RPGs from table top to PBP (Play By Post) and PBEM (Play By Email) games, I fell in love with the concept behind the genre and searched for my first book, which happened to be this one.

As introductions go, this was perfect one to grab (It was free, too. You can’t ask for more than that to try something new). The writing is fast paced ad engaging. I was surprised at how well the backstory led from the real world to the game world and found myself unable to put it down. The author did a perfect job of mixing in an enormous amount of detail of the game world while keeping the story flowing and engaging.

As I’ve come to expect for this genre now, there is a brief pause or slow down period when the character picks up an item or experience points, those are listed as they would in an actual game. While this could be distracting normally, I thought they were placed perfectly to slow the story down and give me a breather.

The characters are well done and relatable, as well as complex. As we follow the main character, he gives us a combination of seriousness and comedic take on the fictional world around him. I seriously loved the part where he first entered the world and the “little assassin.” I would explain it in greater detail, but I have a zero spoiler policy. Sorry. 🙂

Thanks to this author, I’ve found a new favorite genre and can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Audrina Lane

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner. Please join me in welcoming the awesome Audrina Lane! 🙂

The real me

Awesome poem, Audrina! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner with Vic Tomlinson! This week, his poem, “The Mountains”, comes from his poetry book, An Odyssey of Love, Nature & Life (available on amazon.com),so please, sit back and enjoy. 🙂

The Mountains by Vic Tomlinson

The mountains are

so tall and steep.

I stare in awe as they

stair-step into the sky.

I want to reach out

and touch them and stick my fingers

in their sculptured trees.

If only I could stand on top of them,

and look down on the world.

If only I could dwarf them,

the way they dwarf me.

 

Awesome poem, Vic! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

Keep up with Vic by following him on:

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If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

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