Monday, June 19, 2017

Fallen Star Dust

About the Book
Title: Fallen Star Dust
Author: Morgan Straughan Comnick
Genre: Collection (Poetry, Short Stories, and more)
When I reached the point where adult life began to make its presence known right after high school graduation, I looked to the sky. I hoped to see a shooting star that would light my way and I wished that it would leave a trail of star dust behind to remind myself to stay young at heart. Thanks to writing, the enchantment of youth has never left me. In the next chapter of my life, I began college to follow my dream of being an educator. I developed my career, found out who I was an independent being, stopped hiding my passions, figured out my role in my lifelong relationship with my now-husband, and realized that it was okay to question the world. There was darkness that needed to be seen as well as the light. The poems, short stories, scripts, essays, and other works in this second collection are my everything: the shoulders I cried on, my joys, my bravery when the road became too twisty or too safe. It led me to a waterfall of creativity. That fallen star dust gave me the drive to become who I am today: a teacher, an author, a nerd, and a person of morals, love, and magic.

Author Bio

Educator of young minds by day, super nerdy savior of justice and cute things by night, Morgan Straughan Comnick has a love for turning the normal into something special without losing its essence. Morgan draws from real life experiences and her ongoing imagination to spark her writing. In her spare time, she enjoys doing goofy voices, traveling to new worlds by turning pages, humming child-like songs, and forcing people to smile with her "bubbliness." It is Morgan's mission in life to spread the amazement of otaku/Japanese culture to the world and to stop bullying; she knows everyone shines brightly.

For more information about Morgan and her works, check out her website, which also have links to all her social medias:


“Hamlet” Script Rewrite:
Morgan (as Hamlet): “Man, nothing seems to be going good for me lately.  I mean, I’m still so heartbroken that my father was murdered and here, nearly a month later, my uncle, my father’s creepy brother, becomes the new king of Denmark.  Not only that, but my mother, my worry wart MOTHER, married my uncle a month after her husband was killed!  I don’t think everything is right. I don’t trust my uncle; he’s too moody.  And I just don’t understand my mother. Did she marry my uncle for love, for power, for…other stuff that makes me sick to think about?!” (Throwing up noise and shakes).  “Note to self, NEVER imagine your uncle like that!  Maybe I just don’t get women...Maybe that’s not a bad thing…” (Smacks head).  “Oh, and on top of all this, some stupid Norwegians are trying to invade too! AHHHHHHHH! I suppose it could be worse; I could be reading a play for a high school class.  But, I’m sad.” (Gives puppy pout) “MAN!  I need a drink.  OH!  F.Y.I. guys, I’m not promoting drinking or anything, but…yeah, you guys all took D.A.R.E.”
Krystil: (Reading from script) “So, poor Hamlet was basically depressed about his deceased father.  Now, when the story takes place, two men run in fright, seeing a ghost, which they believe is the dead king.  They tell Horatio, Hamlet’s best friend, who tells him the news.  Horatio also sees the ghost king and runs to find Hamlet, who is still whimpering like a puppy dog.”
Horatio (student):  (calling) “Hamlet!  Hamlet! Where are you dude?”
Morgan (as Hamlet): (muffled) “Below you, get off my face bro!”
Horatio (student):  (steps off) “What in the world are you doing?”
Morgan (as Hamlet): “I tried to jump over the table last night, but I didn’t make it and so I took a nap.  What do you want?  Oh! Secret handshake!”
Horatio (student):  “That was weak…anyway!  You need to follow me; I saw your father last night…”
Morgan (as Hamlet): (stands up): “Say what?!  You’re pulling my leg.  My father is…he’s…”
Horatio (student):  (pats shoulder compassionately) “Let it out buddy…”
Morgan (as Hamlet): (cries) “He’s swimming with the earthworms man…”
Horatio (student): (rolls eyes) “Anyway, I really saw him!  In front of the watch tower.  He was all, see through and ghost like.”
Morgan (as Hamlet): (yawns).  “Dude, isn’t that something Scooby Doo should handle?”
Horatio (student):  “I think he wants to talk to you…”
Morgan (as Hamlet): “Well…I do miss my father and Project Runway isn’t on tonight…Okay.”
Krystil: “Hamlet and Horatio wanted front row seats to the event so they waited all night in the bitter cold.  They were about to give up when the ghost came and spoke to them.  It was indeed, King Hamlet, Hamlet’s dead father as a spirit.”
Ghost King (student): “Hamlet, my son…”
Horatio (student):  “AHHHHH!!! Run away before he remembers I owe him $5!”
Morgan (as Hamlet): “Shut up!  Father, it is good to…see through you.  Please, what do you want from me?”
Ghost King (student): “Hamlet, I must tell you the truth…Claudius, your uncle and my horrible brother, murdered me by pouring poison in my ears. He has always wanted my beautiful Gertrude and my beloved Denmark. I demand from you a great task: avenge me!”
Morgan (as Hamlet):  “I’m not sure I have the time, I mean, prom’s coming up and…”
Ghost King (student): “Hamlet!  I’ll haunt you boy!  Look inside yourself; what is right…”
Morgan (as Hamlet): (deeply sighs, thinking) “Avenging you father.  I agree and will make it my mission, even if it makes me breathless!”
(The ghost vanishes after this, saying “weee!”)
Horatio (student):  “Man, that was flippin’ nuts!”
Morgan (as Hamlet): “I have a great task.  I’m not sure if the ghost can be trusted, but I will study hard.  I will pretend to be insaner than Mr. Young in order for others to leave me alone.”
Horatio (student):  “You can hide in the library; nothing important is in there.”
Morgan (as Hamlet): “Excellent idea!  And how true.  Now…I’m off!” (flips a pretend cape and glides off to the side)

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