A man fights for survival in the desert. The first (short) story in the world of “The Forgotten Creatures”. • 18:00 min read
Sand blasts forward, hurtling up sheer rocks into the yellowing sky. Ahead, a plane escapes. Whirring blades. Pitted metal. Open cockpit. The flying contraption, a gravity defying pile of airborne junk, lifts the sand beneath into a whirling trail behind. Lumis glances up at the rearview mirror dangling from the windshield, only to see his wake get consumed by a bigger storm. A sand storm. He tightens the scarf back over his nose, snug below his splattered goggles, before increasing speed.
Continue reading “Cloud Herder”
A short story • 15:00 min read
Matthew, pull your window up.” “But Mom…”
“You’re freezing us out, pull it up.”
“But I’m feeling sick back here.”
“Then pull it up at least half way.”
Sinking into his seat with a sigh, Matthew put his cold finger on the automatic window opener. Up, down, up, down — until Dad turned the window lock on. The mountains excited Matthew for the first hour, but the winding roads were taking their toll. Even the fall leaves couldn’t lift his spirits anymore.
Continue reading “Where Yonder Ends”
The shocking truth behind all my stories…and the closet door in my bedroom • 3:30 min read
I have lied about my creativity, inspiration, and originality. It’s all false, a pack of lies to hide a sinister truth. The truth — hiding behind a closet door — is something I’m not sure you’re ready to hear. But confess, I must. The moment you walk into my room, you might realize something is off. There is a standing desk, an all-purpose desk for storage, and a minimalist writing desk by the window. ”Why three desks,” you ask? Because it requires a lot of space to accomplish what I’ve been doing in the cover of night.
Continue reading “The Portal to Creativity”
Kill the Beast!” cried the villagers. The mob brandished their torches into the hollow darkness, Gaston at the lead. In this scene, the Beauty and the Beast live-action remake captures a deeper darkness than its animated predecessor. Because this time, the provincial people are real people — an unsettling reminder that outrage is an everyday reality.
Continue reading “Outrage, Beauty, and the Beast”
In Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, the runaway niffler creates some of the best scenes in the movie. Set in the expanded universe of Harry Potter, Newt Scamander is traveling with a suitcase of magical creatures to New York City. Seventy years later, Harry studies a textbook, Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, by none other than Newt Scamander.
Continue reading “We’re All Nifflers”
Real quick…the blog has been updated! Everything is the same except for a fresh, new look AND! Wait for it. A new web address!
Instead of samlbyers.wordpress.com, it is samlbyers.com. For my WordPress followers, I have already transferred you over. But make sure to subscribe to the email newsletter (located to the left >>>). Thanks!
Continue reading “Why I am (So) Excited to Watch Rogue One”
So it is time for me to be super honest with you and share a deep, dark secret. Because let’s face it – a guy is not going to tell everyone he cried in a movie. That’s weird…really weird.
But this is exactly what I am about to do.
Continue reading “The (Only) Movie I Cried In. Here’s Why.”