You may have noticed Eddy refers quite often to his hammer. (No, not that one … a real one for pounding nails.) Hmm … wonder where he gets that hammer thing from. I began my acquaintance with hammers when I was fifteen and started roofing for Norris Johnson in Sutherlin, Oregon. I worked for him several summers. What a character Norris is … a joke a minute, and he could outwork us teen-aged punks by miles. He taught me and countless other young men a fine work ethic, and that ethic has helped me through many a project, including the one in the photo, a little remodeling project on our home in Multnomah Village. Eddy, like me, is proud to be a builder, and if you look real closely at that level on my head, you’ll see it’s only half a bubble off.
Quote of the Day: “The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.” Elias Canetti
The “Tweet” contest has officially ended, and my challenge was for readers of Trout Kill to write a critique of the novel in 140 characters or less. First, let me give a big SHOUT OUT! to all those who summoned the creative spirit and took the time to enter. I heard from some of you that it was harder than you thought. As the sole judge and jury, I had a tough, tough decision to make about the winner. Here are the top three entries:
Like a high speed joy drive down a twisting coastal road on a rainy night, Trout Kill serves up plenty of twists and bends. A thrilling read!—Rich Boley
Mechanical heart veteran-past memories cloud present-sis Em dead deer panties in pocket comatose wife friends in denial murder explosive.—Shirley Gauthier
Strangers we all know, fucked up yet normal. A story of unique yet everyday life, simplified to the point of beauty near the Oregon Coast.—Aaron Zarosinski
And the drum roll, please ….
The winner is Aaron Zarosinski!
Congrats, Aaron! I thought your entry was succinct (well, it had to be:), eloquent and insightful. I loved the tensions between “fucked up” and “normal,” and between “unique” and “everyday life.”
Aaron has opted for a unique prize: A free copy of my next novel, Trout Run, which will be released in about a year!
Quote of the Day: “If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.” Tennessee Williams
The overwhelming sensation I felt while talking about my novel at Canby High the other day was passion, a sort of urgency to explicate and learn, to share and listen. It’s close to the same feelings I often experienced when I taught “Prufrock,” The Great Gatsby, “The Scarlet Ibis,” The Lord of the Flies, Hamlet, Crime and Punishment and so many other fines stories and poems. Long live the passion!