Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 9:06 a.m.
I guess I feel about as sane as any author whose novel was just released. I always do something I wish I didn’t, such as start maniacally reading and finding a few small typos and mistakes that have somehow slipped through the cracks even though it went through three drafts and has been exhaustively edited by me and others.
It’s always something. I believe I could proofread a manuscript — or for that matter, update it — a hundred times, and something would still slip through, and I’m positive each time I’d think of little tidbits to add and others to subtract.
Every project, by necessity, must end.
No need to get excited. All is well. The book is good. I like it in spite of the fact that I wrote it.
I do, however, need time to relax. Tuesday was a good time to ride around and around my mother’s lawn. It was a good time to go to an athletic contest without bringing a notepad or a scoresheet along. It was a good time to go watch sons of friends and acquaintances play soccer at Clinton High School.
Often the providence is at the end. Like NASCAR.
Clinton’s overtime, 3-1 victory over Union County was such a match.
The Red Devils outshot the Yellow Jackets, 27-7, but since the outcome is determined by shots that go in, they trailed, 1-0, until late in the going. The reason I know this is not because I jotted it down — of course, I could have done so in my iPhone — but because I looked it up at GoClinton. Clinton (4-8, 3-2 Region III-3A) scored twice in overtime, and finally the game ended because, as is the means in soccer, a referee gazed at his wristwatch repeatedly and finally proclaimed, “Okay, this enough,” quite likely because he had seen enough.
Soccer is located between baseball and basketball. Baseball has no clock. Basketball has a clock. Soccer has roughly a clock.
The Red Devils do not mirror in many ways other soccer Red Devils such as Manchester United and the country of Belgium. What I ponder, though, when I am watching them play, is how good they are. This is because I imagine what a Clinton High School soccer team would have looked like in 1976, when there wasn’t one.The best player would probably have been someone who quit either baseball, tennis, or track. He would wear an Army surplus jacket with peace symbols etched in black magic marker. His hair would be long and shaggy, and often, if he kicked the ball well, he would stop in his tracks and stare in wonder at his mighty deed. His teammates would follow his lead rather than the instructions of the coach, who undoubtedly would have known little about what he was doing. A 1976 Clinton squad might have been 4-8, too, if only because all the teams they played would have been similarly composed.
No Parker Duncan, though. He scored two goals and assisted the third.
In other words, I find the current edition of Red Devil soccer to be magnificently proficient.
It’s out. Now. Today. Cheap. $3.49. You can’t afford not to!
Forgive Us Our Trespasses falls eight months and eight days after the release of Crazy of Natural Causes. Eight is my lucky number, and this is pure luck. Apparently, my speed is about eight months. It’s a good pace I’m setting. You can order Trespasses here: http://www.amazon.com/Forgive-Our-Trespasses-Monte-Dutton-ebook/dp/B0192I3Q1K/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458316129&sr=1-1&keywords=forgive+us+our+trespasses
Crazy of Natural Causes has been out since late July of 2015. In the interest of peace, love, and understanding, I’d love for you to give one or two or four of them a read. If you’ve never watched an R-rated film, then I wouldn’t recommend my novels. If you have, I expect you’ll love them.
The Intangibles (2013) is based on boyhood memories and is set in a small Southern town amid the tumult of the 1960s. The Audacity of Dope (2011) is a freewheeling yarn about a pot-smoking songwriter who somehow becomes a national hero, and that comes with complications.
Crazy and Trespasses are my third and fourth novels. I’m working on a fifth, Cowboys Come Home. Most of my books can be examined and purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/Monte-Dutton/e/B005H3B144/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1416767492&sr=8-1
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