ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A plastic hand spins clockwise, rotating a dull grayish sword. The entire character leans backward and then strikes forward, smashing a shield with a worn out sticker of a dragon on it.

The defiant knight brushed off another attack. "You will never win! You are but one man and we are a vast army." (Which was about 7 or 8 random Lego characters - all that I had owned at the time.)

"You underestimate the source of my strength," the hero said in a deep and calm voice. (He had somehow gained super-human strength in this story, although the source of his strength was something that I had not even figured out yet.)

The battle for an imaginary land had begun. It was a beautiful kingdom, decorated by a solid green and flat terrain of small plastic bumps. There was a forest of about three trees that never seemed to stay in the same place. The multi-colored castle was just one foot away from being overthrown by a single hero with his destiny being forged on the spot.

This was like one of many impromptu action and adventure stories that I told to my sister while growing up in our home, located in Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts. It was something that I loved to do and she enjoyed watching... at least I think she did. Maybe she suffered through years of trying to figure out what these little plastic figurines were actually doing while my hands likely blocked out much of what was going on. She kept coming back for the next episode, though, so I guess it wasn't that bad.

Over twenty years later, I found myself looking at some documented records of some of those stories. Yes, at the time, I may or may not have actually written down outlines and titles to many of these adventures. Occasionally I would reminisce with my sister about the times we used to get up early in the morning on Saturday to spend hours at a time playing Legos (although it was mostly her watching me). At one point I printed out the entire list of episode titles and we tried to remember what they were about!

Needless to say, these were great memories from our childhood. Now, with a wife and four children, my ambition for spending hours at a time acting out stories with Legos has waned quite a bit.

However, my passion for creative story-telling still burns stronger than ever - and yes, I admit - I still occasionally get on my knees to help build that fantastic Lego castle with my kids (and maybe tell a quick story or two).