Larry Brody: Live! From Paradise! #25 – ‘Larry B Takes a Peek into the Afterlife’

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THE USUAL NOTE FROM LB: From the summer of 2002 to  the spring of 2010, Gwen the Beautiful and I were the proud and often exhausted owners of a beautiful Ozarks property we called Cloud Creek Ranch.

In many ways, the ranch was paradise. But it was a paradise with a price that started going up before we even knew it existed. Here’s another Monday musing about our adventure and the lessons we learned.

Oh, and if y’all detect any irony, please believe me when I say it comes straight from the universe and not your kindly Uncle Larry B.

by Larry Brody

My Cousin Barry from Springfield called me yesterday to see if I’d heard about the recent death of a mutual friend. Cousin Barry had just returned from the funeral and was pretty broken up. He wondered why I was taking it so calmly.

“After all,” he said, “it’s over for the poor guy. You know there isn’t really any afterlife.”
“Do I?” I said.

Cousin Barry was silent for a minute. Then: “Wait a minute. Are you telling me you—‘believe?’”

My mind went back over twenty-five years, to when I had what was called “an early heart attack.” I was 32 years old and so much in my prime that I was at the gym bench pressing, when suddenly I couldn’t catch my breath. Because an elephant’s foot was on my chest.

I thought it was nothing. That it would go away. But twenty minutes later I was being rushed to the emergency room, trying to figure out what was happening—and then I wasn’t figuring anything because I was dead.

That’s right. I was lying dead in the passenger seat of a friend’s car. Except that lying dead didn’t mean being “dead” the way I—every bit as unbelieving as Cousin Barry—had imagined.

Instead, it meant that ridiculous, hokey, so-often-quoted experience of flowing, flowing, flowing through a long tunnel toward a distant light.

It meant feeling no physical pain. Total relaxation. Total peace. Total love.

I felt like an infant in my mother’s arms. Warm. Happy. And I was curious, knowing soon I would be in the light that grew ever larger, ever nearer –

Except that instead of reaching the light I found myself short of breath and in agony again in the ER, with an anxious resident and nurse peering down at me…and then smiling widely because they’d brought me back to life.

“He’s back!” the young doctor said. “How you feeling, Mr. Brody?” I couldn’t answer. I was in too much pain. The nurse give me morphine, and a sense of well-being took me over.

But not the same kind of well-being I’d felt when I was dead. No, sir. Nowhere near it in quality or degree. And not the same kind of absence of pain either. Nowhere near it.

An hour before what turned out to be a major coronary infarction (the cause of which was never found) I’d been a confirmed atheist. Now I was a confirmed believer.

Not necessarily in God or heaven as we usually think of them, but definitely in something. A kind of wonderful continuity I’ve wanted to know more about ever since.

So do I cry at funerals? No, not for the deceased, although I do get a little misty about those who will miss them, including myself.

Do I fear death? Not in my brain, or my soul, although my body still gets the shakes at the thought. As though it’s programmed to physically resist the temptation to jump right to the end of this volume of existence and hurry into the next.

I told Cousin Barry the truth. Yes, I believe in an afterlife, but not as a matter of faith.

I believe because I’ve experienced it. I know that death is a natural part of things because I’ve been there and in those few moments learned more about life than in all the years of living that had come before.

That knowledge adds value to every living moment because I know I’ve got nothing to fear in the end. That even if I never leave the tunnel and reach the light the beauty and perfection of the journey that is the last moment will make everything else worthwhile.

Some people praise creation for its mysteries. Others damn it.

All I can do is marvel, and be thrilled by the very fact that I’m so amazed. Know what I do have faith in? I have faith in the idea that the true purpose of life is to take note of everything that happens to us.

And in the concept that the greatest thing about human existence is that every single one of us who searches for answers, who wonders about God and the universe and what happens—or doesn’t happen—after death, and every single one of us who thinks he or she already knows, is guaranteed that one perfect, beautiful moment when we each will learn the truth.

The Latest News About ‘Cargo 3120’

EDITOR’S NOTE: What is Cargo 3120? We’ve written about this project many times over the past couple of years, but the best place to go to understand what Aaron Walker Sr. is up to is HERE.

by Aaron Walker, Sr.

Hello again!

It’s been a while since I last posted about Cargo 3120 on, but a lot has been going on behind the scenes.

So, let’s start with this:

Cargo 3120 Ties that Bind Part 3 Coming to Amazon on December 17, 2018 Pre-orders are available now on Amazon for only .99 cents.

While the book won’t be offered at .99 cents forever, I always like to debut for as low as possible to encourage new and existing readers to check it out.

In other  Cargo 3120 news…

This last year has been a wild yet fulfilling ride to say the least. While the first draft of Part 3 was completed a few months after Part 2, I felt it wasn’t quite ready. I was satisfied with the overall narrative, but it still needed a lot of polish.

Sometimes when I work on something for so long, I start to lose that creative edge, which is a clear sign that it’s time to take a break. So, I put the manuscript for part 3 down for a while and started working on future content for the Cargo 3120 Universe.

During that time, I was fortunate enough to receive helpful advice and words from none other than Larry Brody himself. To Larry, I would like to pause to thank you and your TVWriter staff for your continued support of this project!

Between Larry’s advice and the hard work of Team Cargo behind the scenes, we’ve been able to deliver a sci-fi universe that is vibrant, timely, and full of memorable characters that readers care about.

Novel writing is not easy but having a talented creative team behind me has been a huge help. Every member of Team Cargo is truly the best at what they do, and I couldn’t imagine doing this without them. After working on future content for the first half of 2018, I returned to, and finished the manuscript for Part 3.

It was a long road, but the end result is a book that I am sure readers will love. Be sure to check it out!

Accomplishments for 2018…

As I mentioned earlier, there’s been a lot going on this year. Here are the three big ones:

  • We mapped out and outlined future stories in the series.
  • Finished and released Cargo 3120: Ties that Bind Part 3.
  • Finished the first draft of the 4th and final installment in the Ties that Bind story arc.

Looking toward the future…

We have big things coming up for Cargo in 2019, including work on a new website. The new site will include detailed character profiles, new artwork, and a sample comic strip, just to name a few. The biggest addition will be a fully voice acted audio skit based on the Cargo 3120 teleplays.

In addition to the website, we’re planning for an early 2019 release of Ties that Bind Part 4. Near the end of 2019, we plan to combine the four novellas and release it as one complete novel.

Like I said, we have a lot planned for the future.

2019 is all about exposing Cargo 3120 to the world like never before. I believe it’s only a matter of time before we achieve our ultimate goal: seeing Cargo 3120 released as a television series.

My advice? If you have a dream, chase after it. Don’t wait around for someone to validate you, or to hook you up. Make your own way if necessary… that’s what we’re doing!

Time to get back to work. See you at the top!

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From Neptuneblt

The Indie Film Making Bug Just Keeps On, erm, Biting?!

What’s that, you say? You’ve been bitten by the Hollywood bug but don’t know what to do about it? Guess what, pally – you aren’t alone.

The need to create and have our creations seen by an audience is universal here at TVWriter™. In fact, it’s even spread to LB’s current living environment, the peninsulas along Puget Sound:

Erich Cannon (left) and Nathan Lee (second from right) with “Fall City” stars Meranda Long and Dashiell Wolf.

North Kitsap grads go Hollywood
by Michael C. More

When Erich Cannon and Nathan Lee embarked on their first feature-film project together, they might well have been excused for setting it in the North Kitsap environs where they both grew up.

Instead, they found their locations — and the title of the resulting film — on Google.

“We fell in love with the look of the town,” said Lee, the film’s director and co-writer, of little Fall City, the Snoqualmie Valley village that jumped out at both of them from the Internet. “We had been Googling images, looking at small towns in Washington. Neither of us had ever actually been there.”

Once Lee saw the town in the flesh — as part of a honeymoon tour of Northwest locations with his wife, Tara (a co-producer of the film who Lee credited with also being a “big part” of the casting process) — the deal was done.

“We agreed it was just perfect,” said Cannon, who co-wrote and produced. “It matched our script, it matched our story. And the name made for a pretty good title.”

Cannon and Lee have known each other since their junior high days, when they lived down the street from each other and began collaborating on a cable access show for Bremerton Kitsap Access Television while at Poulsbo Junior High.

“It strangely became somewhat popular with the students, and then worked its way outward to the public,” Cannon said of their show. They continued to work together upon their move to North Kitsap High School.

“We were both in high school drama, too,” Cannon said. “I was more into acting, and Nathan was more into the tech side of it.”

Lee stayed in theater after high school before jumping into various film and TV projects around 2006.

“I started with small positions on big movies, then transitioned into working in bigger roles on smaller movies,” Lee said. He also has five Emmy awards to show for his TV work….

Read it all at Kitsap Sun

Good luck, y’all! If you make this happen, please, please, please write in and tell us how.

Check out a review of this “remarkable indie film” HERE