Gathering Mushroom Clouds In Forecast (A Memoir), by Alan Hodgkinson

GatheringMushroom_FrontISBN : 978-1-67166-6030
Format : 96 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Interior Ink : Black & white
Binding : Perfect-bound Paperback

Growing up during the height of the Cold War made a dent in my childhood, but there were a series of personal disasters that made a larger dent. I nearly bought the farm from scarlet fever, a black window nearly killed me with it bite, then occurred a boat accident where I barely survived drowning, and our family house burned to the ground, all of this before I became fourteen.

At sixteen I was in a serious car accident which my father blamed on me, and I paced up and left home. I became footloose and fancy-free, transferring from one school to another and working various and sundry jobs around California though the Sixties. My childhood mentor, a neighbor who worked for United Press International told me once that since I was so fond of my paperboy job, I should consider a newspaper career when I grew up. He said that the industry is overrun with those who would sell their own mother downriver for a good story. Someone of such upstanding character and integrity as myself, would be a credit to the Fourth Estate he flattered me.

I took to heart his encouragement. I did love my paperboy job. Becoming a newspaper reporter some day, had the natural feeling of graduating from the school of paperboy. On the other hand I thought, who would want to work daily in the slightest union with a bunch of bottom dwellers, those who would as much stoop to sell their own mother downriver for a story? It turns out, as one major life event after another befalls me over the years, a newspaper career seems fitting.

Meanwhile, between my many paycheck endeavors, I hawked newspapers on the street from LA to ‘Frisco.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

Alan HodgkinsonI’ve published many short stories and four books. A Sniper’s Sun will be my fifth. I have an MFA education in Creative Writing from Colorado State and taught writing and literature at university level. I currently am working on a sixth book, and volunteer to facilitate writing workshops for war veterans in my home of New Mexico.

À propos de Guy Boulianne

Copyright © Guy Boulianne, auteur et éditeur. Ce dernier réalise une quête personnelle, historique, généalogique et symbolique qu'il partage avec ses lecteurs. Il est le fondateur des Éditions Dédicaces LLC : http://www.dedicaces.ca.

Publié le 4 décembre 2019, dans Anglais | English, Biographie | Biography, et tagué , , , , , , . Bookmarquez ce permalien. Poster un commentaire.

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