Star Trek, Dungeons and Dragons, and the Bible; what do they have in common?

Don't run away, not just yet.  A friend suggested my blog include provocative questions.  These three are listed in chronological order as they affected my imaginative drive and my desire to tell a story.
 
     As a child I grew up watching Kirk and the Enterprise tackle the troubles that plagued space.  As a boy with as yet undiagnosed Asperger's Syndrome I identified so much more with Spock.  Neither Vulcan or Human he didn't fit in anywhere and he never sacrificed his own identity to belong.  The Enterprise and crew, their diversity, bold thirst for adventure, and enthusiastic pursuit of discovery excited my own imagination.


     Teenagers tend to feel life is an uncomfortable fit.  Games filled with opportunities for my imagination to run wild offered an easy escape.  Dungeons and Dragons seemed a perfect fit.  With this game came a subculture of fellow 'uncomfortables'.  For each of us the kingdom of geekdom leveled the social playing field for hours at a time.


     Within the Bible parables teach wisdom while distracting us from the act of learning.  Great wisdom concerning the complexities of ethical and moral choices are simplified for easy access.  My faith carried me through brain surgery, moments of tragedy, self doubt, and a happy matured marriage of twenty five years.  Everyone must find their own path.  I'll only say that faith in something bigger than myself helps me weather whatever storms life has in store more peacefully.

     My Star Trek childhood sent me in search of my own adventures, my own discoveries.  I joined the navy and served aboard submarines for twenty three years.


     I eventually turned my story telling desires away from gaming and towards a larger audience in writing.  I hope to see my science fiction stories touch the imaginative hearts of readers the way writing it touched mine.


     Faith has pointed me towards a path of sharing the need for it in others.  Believe in something bigger and you'll be capable of so much more.

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Comment by Lia Keyes on July 4, 2011 at 3:02pm
As interesting as this is, I fail to see what it has to do with Steampunk. Can you please focus your future posts to make them relevant to readers here?
Comment by Winfield H. Strock III on July 5, 2011 at 9:13am
It was intended to address the W and A in SWAG. Inspiration and devotion can become sparse in the lonely enterprises of art. However I understand the need for focus. I will be more mindful in future posts.
Comment by Anna Patterson on September 29, 2015 at 5:21am

I am over here reading this blog this morning. Great stuff!

Comment by Winfield H. Strock III on September 29, 2015 at 7:45am

Thanks Anna. Steampunk is about inclusion and diversity. My dream through steampunk is to embrace a message of faith, hope, and love. With these each member of the community can face the challenges that sent us seeking our kindred spirits in steampunk.

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