I was not a normal child. While other kids were playing baseball or Barbie, I was contemplating the meaning of the universe. At age twelve, I refused to attend church any longer, declaring "Nature is my sanctuary," and walking the woods behind the church while the family was inside.
I was always telling stories. My first venture into multimedia storytelling came when I was about ten years old. My friend Kurt and I wrote a story that we "filmed" with an instamatic camera and black-and-white film. The marionettes my grandfather gave me were the actors: a clown, a wizard, and a French poodle. I can't remember the plot we cooked up, but the fiery conclusion took place in a metal trash can.
I continued writing stories through my teens, and after graduating from college went to a graduate filmmaking program. What a relevation: here was a medium that married storytelling, photography, and music. I never did make the Hollywood big time, but to this day I make little videos from time to time, just to amuse myself and my friends.
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Andy the Astralnaut
by P.J. Blair
Twelve-year-old Andy Milton astral-travels to Astralia and trains as an Astralnaut to help his granddad, who refuses to believe that he has died. When Granddad descends to the Realm of Lost Souls, Andy must follow him—only to be stalked by a vicious Dark Soul eager to kill Andy’s earthly body.
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