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"A Look Inside The Writer's Brain"
Readers have asked how to tell which of my writings are true.
TRUTH: All stories about Misty, me, our family, and the characters in our life,
are factual. Looking back it's pretty bizarre, but I've never made up anything about us.
(Here's something I've never written about: Misty was an abused child. Under age,
she ran away and got married to escape from home. The groom turned out to be a violent
and dangerous character, and the abuse continued. She finally got away from him, but not
without him burning her car and belongings. After Misty and I had been together a couple
of years, we read in The Miami Herald that he had been found murdered in an unrented room
at the Voyager Motel, on US 1, in North Miami Beach. He had been shot to death, and was
still clutching handfuls of rare coins. It's a mystery, but something like that was bound
to happen to him.)
FICTION: I've written maybe half a dozen stories of the "Twilight Zone" genre:
I like that kind of stuff, but none of it is true... as far as I know. Certain
elements come from my experience. Misty and I owned the train picture. I still remember
my grandmother's phone number, the one the wino dialed. I've always been fascinated by
mirrors. I once designed a stage set where a statue of Hank Williams came to life and sang.
It was done with mirrors. The Clock of St. James was actually the tower clock in the old
Nashville railroad station. These stories are never about us. File them under "Fiction".
FUNNY STUFF: Funny stories about Misty and me are true. The really weird ones are not.
These are pure flights of fancy. Sometimes they have a moral, or irony to make a point,
but are mostly just to make us laugh. They are not true.
To wrap up: All my stories are true, except the weird humor and fantasy pieces about
obviously fictitious characters. I hope you feel better. I do.
Copyright © May 5, 2001 by Jack Blanchard. All rights reserved.