Millstones and Milestones


Seventeen. My oldest daughter would have turned seventeen last week. Seventeen seems like such an unimportant birthday. You became legal to drive the year before, and it will be another year before you are an adult. Seventeen is just seventeen.

As I sit here at the park watching my boys and my little girl play at the park, I can’t help but think there is more to being seventeen. This year would be the last she would be a child. Responsibilities sh e will never have to face would be looming around the corner. Decisions about the future would need addressing. She does not have to worry about any of that, but I wish she did.

This morning might have opened with a big breakfast, if we could get her out of bed, and she would have gotten hugs and kisses until she told us to go away. We wouldn’t listen. A dinner of her choosing and a cake made by her mom (or maybe her brother since he loves to bake) would end the day. Would she go out with her friends, or would she stay home with her family? I don’t know, and I never will.

My wife asked me if it would ever stop hurting. I told her no. It will always hurt when those two lonely milestones come around.

For my part the grief for her, my Hailey, hangs about my heart like a millstone grinding away at the wheat of my soul with a slow persistence that I may never be rid of entirely.

Thankfully, I have my wife and children to keep me whole. They are the light that chases away the darkness that wants to feed the destructive urges that lurk beneath the surface. They may never know exactly how much I love them, but I try to show them and tell them every day.

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The Sound of Silence


I saw this video making the rounds on my facebook feed, but I never had the time to check it out until early Saturday morning. I love the original version of the song and I like the band Disturbed, so I though the combination might be interesting. I was not wrong. Don’t let the fact that they are a heavy metal band put you off of watching the video or listening to the music. The words are every bit as powerful and the music is haunting in a way that the original never quite reaches. Open your ears and your mind and check this out. You won’t regret it.

ADAPT! The Survival Card Game


Anyone who knows me knows that I love games, especially the kind you have to sit around a table and play with other people. Board games, strategy games, role-playing games, and card games are all in my wheelhouse and I’ve passed my love of games down to my boys and now that my daughter has her own board games I think it is safe to say that we are a game playing family.

I want to introduce you to a new game created by a friend of mine. It is a card game called Adapt. The concept is easy and the gameplay is engaging. Before it was ready for sale, some of us got to try out the game and it is a blast. Face down the environment and your friends as you try to survive on an island wilderness. Search for relics and equipment that might just help you escape and win the game.

Oh, and just so you don’t think this is a one shot deal, there are already expansions in the works that let you change the environment, the objectives and the strategies you use. Check it out and order your copy today.

Adapt game

The newest card game made for casual and competitive gameplay now at your fingertips.

Charlotte, NC — December 10, 2015 | North Suns Entertainment announced on December 7, 2015, the release of the core starter set that is going to change the way people view survival card games.

Adapt is a highly strategic survival card game where you take on not only the environment, but your closest friends. Players take turns facing challenges on the island, exploring, hunting, and deciding when to betray the other players all while they are hunting down the precious relics to win the game. You can avoid dangerous misadventures by collecting and holding onto the right supplies, like the fanny pack! Fight your way to ultimate survival and collect the relics around the island for a fun game night with the family or a group of friends!

The game was created by Joshua Long, Full Sail University Graduate, 2014. He feels the game works great in party situations and he would love to spread the game around the world if possible. That’s where you come in; you can buy the game now!

“I am really looking forward to future expansions for the game and see where the community wants to take the game.” – Joshua Long

Contact InformationAdapt game

Joshua Long
Game Designer / Founder
North Suns Entertainment
jlong@north-suns.com
www.adaptsurvival.com

Inspired and Feeling Fine


Last night I got a little…emotional while watching the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. I recorded a couple of videos and I’ll be sharing one of them here in a moment. Don’t worry, it’s not me blubbering for seven minutes. I talk about the trailer’s effect and how Star Wars is a source of inspiration for me.

On another note, I made my older son get out of bed a little early this morning so that I could play the trailer for both boys and Katie at the same time.  Katie was less than impressed (time to start the indoctrination), but the boys were both very excited about it.  You know it is good when Zachary is sitting on the couch looking a little stunned.

The Kickstarter is going well at this point. Six backers for $158 in the first two days is pretty awesome. Please check it out. Back me if you can. Share it if you can’t. I think you’ll really enjoy Apocalypse Rising: The Coming Darkness, and hitting my Kickstarter goal will make that happen so much faster.

Thank you for your support

I Am Broken


I should be sharing something about my Kickstarter campaign that launched yesterday, but I can’t. The link is there. You can click it, check out some information on the new book, but I’ll be honest. I’m sitting here in shock. I just wiped away the tears and I don’t quite know what to do. I’ll do a video post on my kickstarter and will probably post it here tomorrow, but for now, I can’t. I am broken.

Continue reading “I Am Broken”

Kickstarter Launched!


I started my kickstarter campaign for my next book. What’s the name of this book you say? Well watch the video and follow the K link in the corner to find out.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1281481181/apocalypse-rising-the-coming-darkness/widget/video.html

Thank you for your support!