This is where we explore the distaff side of this ‘Meet The Blogger Tour.’
TWOFER! That’s what I got. Two for the price of one.
I’ve been stumbling around like a constipated rhino, yodeling, “We’re going to Rants’! We’re going to Rants’!” but there’s another side to it. BrainRants would like to be a published author, in fact the reason that he originally started his blog, was so that he could practice composing and publishing 500 words a day, for an entire year. That’s where I first found him.
He attracted the attention of a lovely, lady author, named H. E. Ellis. Since I was constantly hanging around his blog back door, like a lost puppy hoping for a pat on the head, she noticed me also. She had already published a coming-of-age novel titled The Gods Of Asphalt.
Using stories solicited from a circle of bloggers, she compiled an eBook titled Fucked-Up Fairy Tales, to which I was allowed to submit a disappointing little ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ story. She also assembled a Christmas spoof titled Iconic Interviews, in which I was interviewed as a crusty, corpulent Frosty the Snowman.
After Rants’ marriage ended, the online writing seminars graduated to personal visits. One backyard brainstorming session of two couples produced the story line of the Grim Reaper, overworked by the deaths of Earth’s burgeoning population and subject to Other-Worldly bureaucracy. H.E. wrote it as a book titled Reapers With Issues and 3 sequels yet to come.
I purchased an eBook version of it, and also a paperback copy for a memento. With my usual, unthinking arrogance, I asked if I could get an autographed, first-edition copy. While H. E. did the actual composition, she gave the other three co-writing credits. Not only did she sign it herself, but she arranged for the other three to sign it also.
The logistics of the care and concern, time and effort, organization and labor, to get three other people together with one book, is awe-inspiring and heart-warming. All the more so, because a monkey-wrench got thrown into the situation.
By the time the book was written and published, Rants was back on his second 1-year tour of Afghanistan. After getting the book signed by the other two, she packaged it up, and shipped it half-way around the world to BrainRants. He autographed it and added a dedication, and shipped it back Stateside. It still reeks of camel shit, and desert sand sifts out when I hold it – AND I HOLD IT DEAR TO MY HEART!
So, this is the heart-high Yin, of the Yin and Yang creative and caring couple that we’re going to visit. They’re each younger than our actual children, but maybe I might persuade them to adopt us. 😀 I forwarded photos of the entire clan, and haven’t heard of any vision or psychiatric problems, so here’s hoping.