CLONE WARS BREAKDOWN! – A Three Part Series Where I Freak Out Over A Kids’ TV Show.

Disney, Star Wars, TV Reviews, Uncategorized

You might have heard: Star Wars The Clone Wars is back!

Thats right! The greatest animated show ever, has returned to TV (err, Disney+).

Words cannot express how important this series is to me. When I was nearing the end of elementry school, I heard of this new series called “The Clone Wars.” I wasn’t a Star Wars fan at that time but I loved cartoons. Never did I know that this little show would help transform my love for both Star Wars as well as storytelling.

This short blog post is a prelude to a three part series I plan on writing. Part one is already written and should be released later this week. I am very excited that the Clone Wars is back, and have been thoughly enjoying the final season. I hope to share a bit of that enjoyment with you! But perhaps I should explain why I, and so many other Star Wars fans, love The Clone Wars.

How Faith Helps My Fear (4 Lessons from Psalm 23)

Faith, My Life, Uncategorized

Covid19. It has turned our lives upside down. One moment I’m enjoying my senior year at Lancaster Bible College, and the next I’m going home because I am no longer able to work or learn alongside of friends. There were so many people I was hoping to spend the rest of my senior year with. And I treasure the fun that I had. But with the universities closing and classes being moved online, things will have to change.

This isn’t your usual blog post from me. This isn’t about a movie I watched or a book I am writing. It’s about fear. Its about living in world that’s constantly changing, the threat of sickness and death, and how we respond to it. Many of you might not be afraid of this Corona Virus, younger people have only mild symptoms, you may think it isn’t your issue. But it has become all of our issue. The rhythms of life in America have been halted, the new normal reigns supreme, and in this time of uncertainty, we are very prone to fear.

Sonic The Hedgehog Review

Movie Reviews, Uncategorized

I remember the first Sonic The Hedgehog trailer. It was terrifying.

Then the news came out that Sonic was getting a redesign after the internet went into flames over how he looked. Still, most of us thought, “Oh… ok. So the Sonic movie might still stink, but at least he won’t look like some nightmare creature.”

But then the movie came out and people started saying it was a good movie. That’s when I got excited.

You see, as a kid I was always a fan of Sonic. I’d would often play the first few levels of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 on the Sega Genesis over and over again (because, honestly, I could hardly make it past the Chemical Plant Zone)! Also, every Saturday morning I would sit in front of the TV to watch Sonic collect Chaos Emeralds and battle Dr. Eggman in the show Sonic X! So when I heard that the Sonic movie was actually good, I just had to go see it myself! And so, a group of friends and I got together, went to the theater, accidently chose a showing with closed captioning, aaaaannnnnnnnddddd…

WOW! I am going to be completely honest. That was a lot better than I expected!

Overall I think Sonic The Hedgehog was a really good, character focused movie that manages to tap into it’s video game nostalgia while being something completely new. I’m going to try to keep this post spoiler-free incase you haven’t seen it yet.

Five Observations from Frozen 2

5 Observations, Movie Reviews

Recently I watched Frozen 2 with a large group of friends (which was amazing) and I really wanted to write a post about it. Instead of doing a full review, this time I figured I’d save myself (and in turn, you) some time and write five short observations that I had while watching the movie. I’ve never exactly done this before, so I guess you could say I’m taking a step “into the unknown.”

Be Warned! Heavy Spoilers Below!

Rise of Skywalker: A Messy But Fun Conclusion to the Skywalker Saga.

Movie Reviews

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker may be a mess, but it’s a fun mess.

I write this review both as a movie goer but also as an avid Star Wars fan. I have read a number of novels, played a bunch of video games, watched all the movies, been hooked on TV series such as The Clone Wars and Rebels, and have been greatly enjoying the ongoing series called ‘The Mandalorian.’ With this in mind, I recognize that my appreciation of this movie may greatly be influenced by my fandom, for better or for worse. But for me, I think it was for the better.

Be Warned! Very Vague Spoilers Below!

Mr. Rogers’s Friend: How Creative License Creates an Authentic Message. (Part 2)

Faith, Movie Reviews, Uncategorized

Last week we looked at the recent movie ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ which featured Tom Hanks as Fred Rodgers and followed the character Lloyd Vogel and his conflict with his father. This week we are going to take a look at the article that inspired the movie as well as what the author has to say about it today.

In actuality, Lloyd Vogel does not exist. He never fought his father in a fight that ended with a black eye. The real man, Tom Junod recognizes this, Lloyd Vogel is a fictional character inspired by a real life person. But, as Tom Junod implies in his recent article from the Atlantic, that despite having a story that was creatively different, ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ still contained a story that captured the core of who Mr. Rogers was.

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Part 1: A Much Needed Nostalgia Trip into a hurting, but hopeful world.

Movie Reviews, Uncategorized

This is part one of a two part blog series, the first installment will act as a movie review while the second one will dive into the story behind the movie. Please enjoy!

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,‘ is a beautifully done movie, directed by Marielle Heller, that dives deep into the friendship between Lloyd Vogel (inspired by the real-life journalist Tom Junod) and the children’s TV show host Fred Rogers. The movie is ‘inspired by’ a real life story and features an invaluable lesson that we all need to hear. Minor spoilers ahead!!!

Introducing My First Book: Mud & Daisies!

Mud & Daisies, Short Story, Sneak Peak, Upcoming Projects

If you’ve been following my blog then you may know that I have a little project that I’ve been working on and am very excited about. The idea for this story was first conceptualized around two years ago, I don’t know how exactly it came about but I when I sat down to write it I was in part inspired by the creepiness of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things as well at Spielberg’s lovable little alien E.T. But this little book is neither of those, rather it’s something fantastical, it’s a modern day fairytale with just as much heart.

What is this book? Well, without any further adieu, I would like to introduce you to my first book, a short story called MUD & DAISIES!

Here is a brief description:

“The two woke up in a dark cavern; the walls twisted with slime and gook. It felt like blood was rushing towards their head, no, not blood… mud.”

Mud & Daisies is a simple fairytale with a lot of heart. The eerie mud creatures have struck again, this time stealing away two children, Andrew and Shelby, with plans to transform them into mindless icky living mud. But when all hope is lost, ‘The Mud Lady’ appears! Who is this unforeseen friend? Will Andrew and Shelby be safe in her gooey hands?

I’m very excited for you all to come on this adventure with me! If you want a bigger preview to this story, I posted an excerpt a few months back. You can find that preview here!

Logo Time!

Upcoming Projects, Web Updates

This is going to be a super short blog post! But, I am excited to announce that the Story Bunk now has a new logo! Feel free to check it out below (or above since it should now appear at the top of every page)! Special thanks goes to my friend Kayla for getting this put together!

I’m excited this summer to be able to work on some stories I’ve really been itching to tell. One story in particular, I am super excited about. You won’t hear about that one any time soon though but I’ve been able to make some good progress on it already! Just a little update on what I am doing.

Also, I’ve got one finished story that I’m hoping to publish by the end of the summer! If you read my previous blog post you can get a quick preview of it… expect a title announcement very soon!