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i'!1 I ]i I i I Thursday, March 13, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-19 Sci-fi writer publishes first novel 'Containment' is part of planned trilogy By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com In his science fiction class at Shelton High School, Timothy Todd was assigned to write a five- page story. He penned 16 pages. "I thought, 'I really like this,' " said Todd, now 24. "This is what I want to do with my life." Todd combines his passions for science fiction, God and guns in his debut novel "Containment," released by an Oklahoma-based publisher and available online through Barnesandnoble.com and Amazon.com. The story is set in the corrupt city of Toria Vilorious, almost an- nihilated by an alien force known as the Defected Armada and ruled by the terrifying Queen Odiria. Under the protective watch of a prophet, an assassin, a skilled hacker and an exotic dancer find that the God of Ephesia still has a purpose for them. The theme of the story is re- demption, said Todd, who has worked as a short order cook at Roosters restaurant for two and half years. "It's about second chances," he said. "People make mistakes. God can use broken people." Born in Shelton in 1989, Todd grew up inspired by The Bible, "Star Wars," "Halo," the "Lord of the Rings" books and the writings of Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and C.S. Lewis. He spent time pretending to be a Jedi knight. "I've always had an active imagination," he said. Todd spent three years penning a 490-page science fiction story called "The Legacy of Kings," but then put it aside to write "Containment." Todd writes between a para- graph and one page each day. But the 257-page "Containment" was written in six months, while Todd was unemployed. One character shares traits with his father, an- other with his older brother. see WRITER, page A-24 Celebrating cultur00;s ABOVE: From left, Ashley Dolge and Alyssa Medcalf, both age 12, serve lemon cream frosties March 4 at Olympic Middle School during the Many Cultures of Shelton event. Organizers estimate more than 500 people attended the event. LEFT: 4. Jakobi Budge performs on a marimba. BELOW: From left, Kiana Henry, Clairie Pierce and Amanda McCullough perform a Hawaiian dance. Journal photos by Shawna Whelan HARSTINE ISLAND NEWS Theater club ramps up new production l: I have been out and about driving on island, I've heard a few roosters crow- rag. About a month ago - Super Bowl Sunday -- Judy and I came home to find that our chickens had been removed from their pen by a hungry raccoon. So, we are planning to get a new little clutch of chickens started. We didn't get a rooster last time, but we kind of like hearing their early morning sound, so we are going to add one to the flock. The Kiwanis annual crab, clam and spaghetti dinner is from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Primary School. The Kiwanis Club puts on this dinner as a fundraiser for Pioneer. It's a perfect way for you to see the school, meet neighbors you haven't seen for a while, eat great food, bid on some won- derful gifts for you or a friend and just have an all-around good time. The crab is freshly caught, cooked and cracked the day before by Nelson Crab in Tokeland. The clams are donat- By MIKE ed by Taylor Shellfish and are CALLAGI-IAN the best in the world. Kiwanis members serve the crab and clams with drawn butter and coleslaw. They also make great spaghetti, which comes with garlic bread. Desserts and soft drinks are also included. You get all of this for $25 for adults and $12 for children. Tickets will be avail- able at the door. One more reminder about senior lunch -- this is going to be a traditional Irish lunch in honor of that wonderful St. Patrick. Corned beef and cabbage, with some carrots, colcannon, traditional soda bread with honey-butter and green sherbet will be served. As usual, the hall doors open a little before noon with the door leading to the food room opening at noon. All those ages 50 and older and their friends are invited. They ask for a $3 donation to cover food costs. The theater club seems to be back in full speed, It's planning a play for April and has another one planned for the centennial sum- mer. Bob Helm is directing the April play and I have asked him to send us some info. Bob wrote: "Back in 1981, Neil Simon wrote and re- leased a play called 'Fools,' which made its way to Broadway and also became the 'darling' of schools and community theaters. The small cast, one stage set the basis for the play, made it a reason- ably easy play to do. Being very funny, vacant of sex, murders and mayhem also helped to provide a venue for good family audiences. Neil Simon's brilliant humor (at one time a comedy writer for Sid Caesar) made it believable enough and funny enough to be very popular then and now. Please make some time to see this production, at the Harstine Community Hall, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. We all need a good laugh and this play will provide it. There are several new faces that you haven't seen in this perfor- t mance. They are really enjoying each rehearsal and it is hard for them to keep from breaking out into laughter. The play will run April 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 27 at 4 p.m. Tickets will be available in late March at the Sage Book Store in Shelton, the Fresh Start Market, Olym- pic Bakery and Lady of the Lake, all on Pickering Road. Tickets will also be sold at community hall an hour before the show. Remember, laughter is the best medicine!" While Bob's review mentions that the play doesn't have sex, murder or mayhem, I would like to mention that I have a second book self- published on Amazon. It is titled "Tequila Cof- fee." see I'-aar'tlne, pa A-- ........  'I-F ]