the hobbit an unexpected journey movie

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Review

Right off the bat, I want to make it clear that I am a huge fan of all of Tolkien’s written works related to the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) cycle. Yes, I’ve read the “Silmarillion” and even “The Book of Lost Tales”. But the magic started when my 5th-grade teacher, Mrs. Riegel, read The Hobbit to our class waaaay back in 1987. We were enthralled and spellbound as Bilbo was co-opted on the mission to reclaim the dwarves’ home by Gandalf the wizard. Each chapter introduced new creatures, new parts of Middle Earth and new adventures. Through each, the affable hobbit is transformed from someone who only thinks about the food in his larder to someone with true ingenuity, grit, and spine who cares deeply about his friends.

Needless to say, when it was announced that Peter Jackson would follow up his brilliant LOTR trilogy with The Hobbit I was thrilled. Immediately, I was taken back to my childhood, looked forward to reliving Bilbo’s journey once again.
Unfortunately, following the end of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey I was left with mixed feelings and a fair amount of bitterness that Peter Jackson had tainted this idyllic memory of mine by making a bloated big budget blockbuster instead of an enchanting hero’s story focused on the character development of Bilbo.

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Toilet flushing

Shit happens!

This Monday morning I woke up full of enthusiasm for the week. I had taken a particularly lazy weekend. While I hiked 11 kilometers and ran another 8 kilometers, I say lazy because I did not get any work done; I define work as working on my book, blog, angel investing or entrepreneurial projects. When I don’t get much done a degree of healthy stress builds up within me and kind of zaps me into an intense state of productivity similar to the effects of a triple macchiato.

Come Monday morning I was rearing to go, full of stress, ideas, and energy to get started on conquering the world (i.e. finishing my novella, typing up a blog post or three, finalizing some contracts, etc. etc.).

Three hours after breakfast, I found myself waiting for a plumber, half the day gone, with none of the objectives met. What happened?

As I alluded to at the start of this post, shit happened, literally.

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Exploits of a Midnight Traveler Part 18

Exploits of a Midnight Traveler – Part 18

The following is a contribution I made to a crowdsourced story organized by M. M. Leonard and hosted on his blog: http://mmleonard.com/free-story-project-exploits-of-a-midnight-traveler/

My contribution is part 18, so if you like it, I encourage you to read all 17 of the preceding parts! I will post about my experience participating in a crowdsourced story separately; overall, it was exciting and fun but did cause some anxiety along the way!

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