Ok guys and gals, here is my latest project:
A book about playing with toys.
What I want to do is collect the toy-playing stories and memories from our youth (and any youth actually). The stories we made up, the toys we made, what we thought and felt; both boys and girls.
This may seem kind of vague but I have posted a few of my stories at the end of this post for reference:
I want to capture these memories and share them with each other and with the kids of today. I love hearing about how someone made a Gi Joe base out of pillows and a cardboard box; or how someone else imagined his closet was a black hole and the SilverHawks went on missions to rescue his California Raisins figures. I think it would be neat to have these stories and to read about other adventures kids were having while I was having mine; plus the creativity of children is so dang inspiring.
I want this to be pretty open; any toys, any time period, any gender, age, whatever
I plan to offer it on kindle and any other formats I can get it on (smashwords, etc?) I will have to learn how to do that but it shouldn’t be a problem. There is also the possibility of getting a printed version if the demand is there.
I plan to offer the book for free … or for $1 with all proceeds going to a children’s hospital.
Each story/memory will end with the authors name and website/email (if they so choose)
So, if this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of send me your stories, however short or long
I’d like to have all the stories by the summer so I can get it all edited and formatted in time for Christmas.
No vulgarity or swearing.
If you know of anyone else who may be interested or any other toy forums to promote this on, then by all means feel free to or let me know and I will. The more stories, the better
Some of my memories (keep in mind these are a work in progress):
One Sunday night The Empire Strikes Back was on TV and while watching it I made my own Star Destroyer. For some reason we had a big flat box in the house so I took that and used it for the base and glued a few smaller boxes on top for the bridge and what not. I got a few Star Wars action figures out and played with them on top of the ship. It was really lame and quick to make but I played with it while the movie was on, afterwards it got dismantled.
On another Sunday we were down in our basement and on the TV was a weekly Disney movie about Big Foot. In between watching the show and the commercials I decided to make my own AT-AT type toy. I made the whole thing out of cardboard and cardboard boxes; with if I remember correctly, toilet paper rolls for the legs. It didn’t last long but it was neat to make.
In the 7th or 8th grade I made my own SeaDuck from the TaleSpin cartoon. This one was made entirely from wood and I painted it yellow and red. It was pretty heavy to play with but it was fun to fill it up with my toys and action figures and fly them around the house on adventures. I made the back door out of cardboard I think and taped it on so it would open. After a year or two I either threw it away or sold it in a garage sale.
Once, in the 5th or 6th grade I spent the night with a friend of mine and outside his house was a large pile of bricks, all stacked up in a giant cube. His family was doing some remodeling or something and had the bricks delivered – I’m assuming this now but at the time I had no clue why they were there. But my friend had removed a few bricks and stacked a few others up in different ways to basically turn that huge stack of bricks into a fortress/base/castle for his toys. I thought that was so cool and even 20 years later I still remember that huge brick playset.