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An Unusual Short Story

JDB & the elopus story1The other day I got an email from a niece who asked for help getting an item for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. One of the items they needed was an original short story written by a published science fiction author that contained three items, Misha Collins, the Queen and an elopus. Oh and the complete story had to be 140 words or less. So being the good uncle that I am, I said sure, what’s an elopus? And who’s Misha Collins? She explained that an elopus is a cross between an elephant and an octopus and that Misha Collins is famous and has an organization that promotes random acts of kindness. Well, how could I refuse? So I wrote the story that follows and sent it to her along with the photo at the right showing both the story and the cover of my sci-fi book. I’ll say this, 140 words isn’t much. So, just for fun, here’s the story. Enjoy.

 

The Elopus and The Queen

By J. Drew Brumbaugh

Queen Elizabeth sat calmly on her portable throne near the bow of the converted Royal Navy destroyer. Misha Collins stood by her side amongst a crowd of security agents, an infectious smile on his face.

The Queen tilted her head to look at Misha. “Why are we doing this again?”

Misha swayed with the motion of the ship in the waves, stable despite the rocking, “To reward a most inspirational act of kindness, an act of sacrifice by a creature who has managed to remain undiscovered. An elopus who prevented a horrible collision between cruise ships.”

“Yes, that’s right,” nodded the queen returning her gaze seaward. “And I shall knight this creature. It is fitting and proper.”

And so, with all the world watching, the ship heaved to, and the queen knighted the strange beast.

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Author Alley

Hi all, just a reminder that I will be at the Author Alley event at Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio this Saturday, July 5th from noon until 4 PM. Author Alley is a juried meet-and-greet book-selling event that is part of the Larchmere Festival. It includes 50 of the best authors from Northeast Ohio. This is an excellent opportunity to talk with some of your favorite local authors and get books signed. It would be great to see a few of my friends and family there so try to stop by if you can. Here’s a link to the website where you can see a list of the authors and their books. http://www.loganberrybooks.com/authoralley-2014.html

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Surprising Street View

A street cafe in Paris? Nope, it’s in Cleveland, Ohio. We went out to eat last Saturday at the Flying Fig in Ohio City which is on Cleveland’s near west side. The side street with their open air dining just demanded a photo.  It could have been warmer but with all the cold weather we’ve had, people just couldn’t wait to sit outside.Ohio City Street scene

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Fantasy Movies

I’ve been trying to put together a list of the top ten fantasy movies of all time. So far I only come up with eight that I would put on that list. Anyone have any suggestions? Lord of the Rings, which certainly belongs on that list, in my opinion only counts as one. So how about some help?

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Casey Reading Her Novel

Here’s a photo of a budding young writer at her first public reading at Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights.  She read the first few pages of a fantasy novel she’s been working on and got a rousing hand from the audience when she was done.  One woman asked when she’d be back to read more. Casey at Loganberry

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Books and Cooks At Madison Library

Here’s a photo of our table at the Books & Cooks event last night at the Madison Library along with the author of the hour. Girls Gone Great was one of the big sellers and made Carolyn a “best selling author” at least for this event. Congratulations to her. We met a lot of other authors, bought a few books ourselves and had a great time. It was a good learning experience.

CBB at Books&Cooks

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Evelyn’s drawing for her dad

There is artistic talent all around us much of it never gets recognized.  Imagine my surprise when I saw this drawing on a friend’s bulletin board in his office.  It was drawn by his daughter while she waited for her dad to come back from the shop.  A wonderful piece of art, if you ask me and just goes to prove that there is talent all around us if we just open our eyes.s drawing

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More on the Cleveland International Film Festival

What a remarkable 12 days of films, shorts, features, documentaries, animated films from over 60 different countries giving us here in Cleveland a glimpse into a world most of us will never see otherwise and certainly have a better appreciation for their culture.  Best part of it all is you can spend days dashing from theater to theater to hotel to restaurant and never go outside in the crappy weather.  Wow.  Nothing like it.  Now I can’t wait until next year.

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Short Films at the Cleveland International Film Festival

The festival is over, the theaters quiet, and most everyone has gone home.  The short films have announced their winners, Oscar contenders now Live Action Short and Animated Shorts.  “For The Birds”, an awesome live action short that really deserves Oscar consideration.  One of my favorite shorts was called “The Way It Used To Be” that unfortunately got bypassed by the jury.  I guess you have to be in education or know someone who is to get the full impact from this film.  I wish the filmmaker future success.  You did a great job on this one and I still can’t believe you did it all, write, shot, edit, in 48 hours.

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Opening Night at the Cleveland International Film Festival

Last week I attended the opening night gala for the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival.  Coincidentally the opening night film was about a writer who is a sudden success and then gets stuck with writer’s block trying to finish the second book of her two book deal.  What could be more fitting?  Since I’ve never had the kind of success the main character had, I cannot really understand her feelings.  I do understand the writer’s block thing, been there, done that, hope to not do it again.  Anyone out there who writes who has never had times when the words just won’t go on paper, please tell me your secret.  Some days I think I have lots of words ready to go until I sit down to write and then somehow they’ve all escaped.  Wish I knew where they went.  Anyway, the film actually was fun to watch.  Scottish, by the way, titled “Not Another Happy Ending” and if you get a chance to see it do so.