Still Learning

Randolph Randy Camp, Spotsylvania High School

Randolph Randy Camp, Spotsylvania High School

It’s the beginning of March 2014 and nearly 37 years ago I had an experience that I still think about today. When I think of those pivotal moments of my life, especially the life-changing events of my early years, my mind drifts back to my ‘walkabout.’ It was early Spring 1977. I was turning fifteen and doing quite well in the 10th grade at Spotsylvania High in rural Virginia. A strong urge of wanting to explore and escape came over me during this period of my life. I absolutely loved going to school and learning about different cultures in other parts of the world. I’d learned how the Australian Aborigines would send their juvenile boys to survive on their own in the wilderness as a passage into manhood. The Aborigines called this ‘the walkabout.’ After saving up enough money from doing odd jobs like picking up hay on local farms and weeding out flowerbeds, I boarded a Greyhound Bus and went on a journey to the city of Philadelphia. The juvenile court system classified my journey as “running away”, but to me, it was my ‘walkabout.’ The journey itself, coupled with my experiences on the streets and a brief stay at the Philadelphia Youth Study Center, actually changed my life forever. After seeing and breathing the smell of old urine and dried up alcohol on Philadelphia’s dirty sidewalks it made me truly appreciate the simple, natural beauty of little ol’ Spotsylvania County in Virginia. It was at this time in my life that I began to recognize how important the Rappahannock River (in Virginia) was in my life and how it would help shape me as a person and a writer. My ‘walkabout’ to Philadelphia really opened my eyes to a lot of things. After returning back to Spotsylvania County, I had this renewed sense of “I gotta do something”, so I started reaching out more, mostly through my stories and writings. I wrote to magazines, and my very first published article was a local newspaper piece entitled ‘PUT SOMETHING BACK’ for the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. Still, to this day, when people would ask me what do I consider the best thing I’d ever written, or what stories or books am I the most proud of as a writer, I always say the ‘Put Something Back’ newspaper article I’d wrote as a teenager. Periodically, when I meet a troubled young person who might be a little confused or feel a little misplaced, I would share with them my walkabout story, and hopefully, they too, will begin to recognize the simple, natural beauty (of both people and things) which already exists around them…(we just don’t see it until we venture out.) So  now, here it is the year 2014 and in many ways, sometimes I still feel like I’m on ‘my walkabout’….still learning and growing. –  Randolph Randy Camp,

RCstories’ Children’s TV Series

HARRY’S FIELD is an animated, children’s fantasy TV series. The series centers around a magical flying school bus named Eagle Wing, which transports kids from urban areas to an enchanted, colorful place called Harry’s Field, where they learn about nature and our environment from a variety of jovial, talking animals and plants. TIME OUT TIME IN is another very lively and engaging animated, children’s fantasy TV series created by Randolph Randy Camp. In a very entertaining and colorful manner (without being preachy), the series encourages young kids to use their imagination while simultaneously teaching them about life’s virtues, such as the importance of being polite and kind to others. All works registered with the Writers Guild of America, East.


1. Harry’s Field (May 2014, Registered with Writers Guild of America, East, Reg#R30871)

2. Time Out Time In (May 2014, Registered with WGA, East)

DON’T GIVE UP! KEEP WRITING! If you’re a writer in your heart of hearts, then write ’til your fingers are numb. There have been times when I’d felt like throwing in the towel and giving up on my writing dreams, but even after stuffing all of my writing materials underneath my bed and deep into my closet, only two days later there I was digging it all back out again. Even after scanning through your pile of rejection letters, you must (and you will) find the inner strength to fight discouragement. Take your rejection letter and turn it over to use the backside as scrap paper and keep writing. If you’re a screenwriter, you must envision the audience watching your movie as you’re currently writing it. If you’re a novelist, you must envision your readers physically holding and reading your book as you are presently writing your first draft. – Randolph Randy Camp

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About Randolph Randy Camp

Randolph Randy Camp: Screenwriter, Blogger , Storyteller, Youth Advocate and Mentor : The country boy from the backwoods of Virginia with a thousand stories to tell.
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