It was late at night, my phone was still sending me notifications on new emails. I rolled over in a groggy way which was clumsy yet poetic in its tired fluidity and grabbed the phone to see what it was all about. A private message--"From who?" I wondered. Well, one eye opened to allow some five in the morning clarity, I read the words, "How do I join The Midnight Freemasons? What kind of degrees do you confer?".
It was something I never thought about. In fact the question was so off my radar that I didn't even put it together for a couple minutes that he thought that The Midnight Freemasons was an appendant body within regular Freemasonry. Not wanting to make any mistakes, I set the phone down and went back to bed for a few hours.
The next morning I had all but forgot about that email. There it was in my inbox, I proceeded to let
the gentleman and Brother know that we were just a group of writers who happen to write at night since we all have day jobs, well that, and it sounds cool. I never did get a response from that brother.
Not a month ago, Brother Bill Hosler received a similar email. Apparently some Brothers are under the impression we are a regular Masonic group that confers a set of additional degrees. However Bill had to inform him, much in the same way I did, that we were not an appendant body of regular masons, but a group of writers, who happen to be Freemasons.
This got me thinking however, if the Midnight Freemasons did confer degrees, what would they be called? I'm certain they would be hilarious. Perhaps a degree based on Star Wars where you reject the Dark Side, it would feature three Sith who want me to teach them about the Force? I asked my fellow writers for some ideas,
Brian Schimian suggested The Hobbit, where the candidate represents Bilbo Baggins.
"That or the Hangover trilogy... Nothing says Brother like the Wolf Pack..."