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HexTheDoombunny

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Hi cats and kitties. Been a long while. Sorry and missed you all.

So Hex has been on a bit of a journey. Thought I'd ramble a bit about it and update on my world.

First. Fear the dust. I have to preface this by saying up front, I'm fine. In October I was admitted to the hospital with necrotizing fasciitis and resulted in the below knee amputation of my left leg. We still don't know where I picked it up, but my doctor let me know that it's more common than the public realizes and it was more than likely in the soil. That was a surreal week. Fear the dust.

I scared said doctors by immediately going through all seven stages of grief in less than an hour, spending my recovery coming up with new jokes about it and designing a claw in lieu of a leg. Seriously. I made the surgeon snort. I'm considering changing my name from Hex to The Gimp Daddy.

I have since been going through the process of getting a prosthetic and learning to walk again. It's been fascinating and amazing and completely reaffirmed my confidence in my friends and family as a support system.

Next. Pulp Fiction. I've had a lot of time to read. After the surgery I was effectively bed ridden for a month. On one of my few jaunts I came home with an entire stack of The Shadow pulp novels, and reading the great Walter Gibson sent me back to his Encyclopedia of Card Magic and Encyclopedia of Close Up Magic. If you can track them down, buy them. Great reading for work on card and billiard ball manipulation.

Last. Things My Father Left Me.

Some personal information. My father and I had a complicated relationship. I come from a staggeringly normal family. Grandpa was a farmer, grandma a secretary, dad was factory worker, mom does something involving columns of numbers, and my sister is a mom. I'm the black sheep. The world seemed a bigger place than my family believed, and I wanted to explore it.

So I did.

My dad never understood my fascinations. It led to a lot of friction. Estrangement. Silence for a decade.

Four years ago my father made contact with me and apologized. He said he may never understand me but I still made him proud and he would support me in whatever endeavors I began.

He died four days later on Father's Day. Age 57. Heart attack while at work. I'll give him credit, the man had a sense of humor like no other.

This year I turned 40. I know, shut it, I'm a young punk. But it was a point of introspection. I decided to dedicate a show to my dad.

Over the years he would bring home odd hits of things. Unusual pens, obscure tools, old magazines, and so on. When we cleaned out his storage after he passed I kept a box of some of those items. Just bits of my father's life that I could hold on to.

Having been through a trauma recently I pulled out that box. Rummaged around. Introspection. The seed was planted. What if...?

What if his way of supporting the family weirdo was to keep an eye out for unusual things, things that would fascinate a follower of the occult and the strange?

What if those items had... properties? And by sharing the stories of those items I could also share the story of my father?

A coin from a kingdom that may never have existed that passes the bearer luck, for a time? A bizarre folio of pasted in cookie fortunes that come true? Where did he find them? What stages of our relationship do they stand for? What was he thinking when he found and purchased them?

So I'm scripting it. I'll post updates as stuff is added.

Anyway, enough rambling. Hope everyone's good, love you guys, will post again soon. Gimp Daddy out!
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Well! Sounds like quite the journey so far. Glad to hear that are making it with hope and humor as your companions; they can take you far.

I like your idea. Love it, in fact. Sounds intriguing. Have you ever considered writing young adult fiction? You seem to have a lilting, pleasing, and compelling prose style, and there's a shortage of solid adolescent-level fantasy fiction at the moment, so... think about it, eh?

If you do consider it, track down a copy of Richard Chase's The Jack Tales. Jack is the everyman, sometimes trickster, sometimes, hero, often clueless about his richness. Chase, a folklorist, tracked down and recorded oral examples of the Jack cycle by traditional storytellers in the Beech Mountain, NC area in the 1930s. The Jack Tales are written in dialect, but contain a wealth of kindling for fantasy storytellers. That's one of the reasons the Jack cycle has endured. Lemme know what you think, either here, or in a PM, if you prefer.

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I am sorry you did not tell us sooner or that we knew each other better. I most certainly would have come by and visited you in the hospital. I like it when my audience can't run away [wink]
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Welcome back Hex!  Sorry for your health issues.  Wow, talk about weird stuff, right?  I enjoyed reading your post.  Trust me, we've all been there in one way or another.  Life's burdens need casting off sometimes.  I'm so glad that you and your father were able to connect, albeit for a short time.  There's a lot of families that are estranged and never reconcile.  It's a shame.

Please keep us posted on whatever you're up to.  And know that we care.
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You're a very entertaining writer, and in admirably good spirits for someone who has been through all of what you've been through lately. I suppose knocking out all seven stages of grief in an hour sped things along. Thanks for sharing a bit of what's happening in your world with us.

I can relate to the estrangement from a father. Telling the story through magical properties of items he collected sounds like it could be very compelling. Please do keep us posted on how that develops, and if we can help with any ideas for it.
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Well, it sounds you are slowly recovering from all you are going through. If you haven't been around in a while, probably you don't know there is a Saturday session in 2 days. You could just register, sit back and enjoy it and hopefully in no time you could be an active participant. This time just enjoy it and you may learn something to help you pass the time while recovering.

Take care and hope to see you around...

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Update! I will be getting my prosthetic in two hours!
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Update! I will be getting my prosthetic in two hours!


Good luck with it!  The advances in prostheses is remarkable.  I hope yours brings you increased mobility and allows you to do all of the things you want to do. 
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Hex, thanks so much for sharing your journey, with so many ‘twists and turns’. It was/is inspiring. Your show idea sounds amazing...it’s easy to overlook the emotional value of what we do for our magical spectators. Hope the prosthesis returns some of your ambulatory energy.
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Very late update: I am in the prosthetic full time now. Other than a slight hesitation on stairs you wouldn't guess one of my legs is made of carbon fiber and steel. Next up will be updates on the act. Soon...
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Here's the beastie, by the way.

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Here's the beastie, by the way.


You are so blessed to have your mobility back! Glad you took the time for an update.
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