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About this time Santa Claus is putting the finishing touches on his route around the world, elves are shining up that beautiful red sleigh, and the reindeer’s coats are thick and ready for the frosty night ahead of them. Hopefully all of those kiddies who wrote to the Jolly Man have been good all year long and not just a month before, because we all know from experience that there’s no fooling the Bearded Wonder.

That unbridled enthusiasm for Christmas that children have had been lost on me for a long time. It wasn’t until I had a child of my own that the joy came back to me. I’ve always secretly hated opening gifts from people that don’t know me as well as they would like. It scares me. Luckily for me I met a woman who took the time to get to know me better than anyone else in the world and now gets me the perfect gift every time. And in turn we make Christmas a special day filled with awesome presents and quality family fun with our son.

I love giving gifts. I do. I do. I enjoy shopping: online and in person. It’s one of those signs that I’m getting old or that I am old and I’m having a hard time believing it. There are those who think “the Holidays” shouldn’t be about gifts and what not and they’re right but I want to give those that make my year an enjoyable one something to say thank you and I know you well enough to give you something other than an iTunes card. It’s a part of the process for me. I can only enjoy this month with the loved ones by my side and the wrapping paper flying all around.

The only tradition we really have is on Christmas Eve. We invite all of the family over to enjoy in making cookies for Santa, hot cocoa, a set of new pajamas, and watching “A Nightmare Before Christmas”. I look forward to this every year. It was my family’s first tradition and hopefully when my son is older and changing what he considers fun I hope this day is still something he enjoys. And I hope you and yours enjoy the things that bring your families together and enjoy the fun that the Holidays should bring.

Celebrate the conclusion of another year but look forward to the New Year.

B.McGee

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The end is coming.

The Journey to Middle Earth started for most people with, The Fellowship of the Ring, in December of 2001. However, my journey began earlier than that albeit in the wrong order just like the movies. I read, The Lord of the Rings in my teenage years because that’s what typical teenagers do. The common misconception being that the Lord of the Rings was written as three separate books when we all have been slapped and sternly enlightened that it was in fact: One Book to rule them all.

I was an ignorant reader in those days. It took me some years down the road to get to the Hobbit and since then every year I will re-read both books in all of their glory. But this time I read them in the correct order and I will sing the songs that are meant to be sung and I will drink a good drink as I toast the start of the journey. Meg Ryan’s character in, You’ve Got Mail, read, Pride and Prejudice every year around Christmas. Tolkien’s epic, fantasy adventure is my Pride and Prejudice. Obscure reference? No, not if you know me. I love, You’ve Got mail. Anyway, I digress.

I will admit that I have only seen one of the six movies in the theater (yes, the sixth is not out yet but I doubt I will make it). I have a stark fear of theaters and the crowds that accompany them. The only movie I did see was, The Two Towers and it was after three weeks since the opening. Regardless, the excitement built through the months of previews and the re-watching of the other movies bring back many fond memories of my bachelor days sitting in my recliner on rainy afternoons and watching the Lord of the Rings in their entirety. Did I fall asleep sometimes? Yes. And that’s the point. I will never forget what these movies mean to me and the enjoyment I will get when I can share them with my son when he is at the age to truly appreciate them.

I  remember buying the DVD’s one at a time as they came out: choosing widescreen instead of the traditional full screen version. Then when the box sets came out I bought those and gave my other copies to those who hadn’t enjoyed the movies yet. Then when Blu-Ray came to being I bought the box set of those. Then shortly after that I sold that set and bought the Extended version blu-ray set. It’s a life long love for me.

Even though the movies will come to an end of being made they will never not be enjoyed in my household. And the books will have missing corners and worn edges. They will have tape holding the spine together and every turn of the page will draw me further in to the journey. Whether it’s Lord of the Rings or Pride and Prejudice I hope everyone has a book like that.

There I stood, staring at an empty building, waiting for the answers to suddenly appear. For months now I’ve come to this place and waited, hoping that one day it would all become clear.
The cold rain beat down on my hard head. The night sky held not one star, not one pin drop of light to comfort those who needed it. The Moon was out, but in no way was it reassuring. The street was still dark. I was alone. It was the same old story.

Sample of Chapter 1 from Book #2.

……There will be no new short stories from Wes anytime soon. Why? Because I’ve teased my faithful readers for far too long. The full book is now available for purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here’s a link that will take you where it’s available. It’s only for e-readers at the moment but I hope it will gain some momentum and soon be available in old-school book form.
http://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Heretic-Valley-Series-ebook/dp/B008XKV670/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1344983839&sr=1-3&keywords=brian+mcgee

I hope you all enjoy it and please share with everyone you know.
Thank you to all

Brian

My initial reaction.
“There it is, finally. It’s smaller than I would’ve thought, but it doesn’t matter how large it ended up being, the only thing that matters was the here part, it was here. It had taken longer than I first expected, not too long for me to forget about it, but long enough for me to wonder if it would’ve ever been done at all. I almost gave up hope, gave up on waiting; I almost had given up on myself. But my book is done.”

My book is as finished as it has ever been before, but it doesn’t mean it’s completed. The editing process has been as evil as a cloven hoofed baby, but it’ll be worth it I’m sure. I have my fantastic writing group, family, and close friends reading the product as I type. As soon as I get the feedback, the errors I need to correct I will get after it and soon have the finished product.


Thank you to everyone that has enjoyed my short stories and soon the book shall be finished.
B

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