I decided to take the NaNoWriMo challenge this year. When I told some friends at work the first thing they said was – “You’re finally gonna write that book about your dad – right?”
My father was the only son of one of the best story-tellers who ever lived on Isabelle Avenue in downtown Las Vegas. My Grandmother could tell you the story of her trip to the supermarket and it would be enthralling. She had a sense of exactly what details would captivate her audience. She loved the attention and we loved the stories. I always imagined Pop growing up in her shadow and wanting to have the biggest story.
I was in about 4th grade when I discovered that most of the stories Pop told lacked the ring of truth. He exaggerated details and added “facts” of his own choosing to make things seem both more fantastic and more believable. What Pop never understood was that his life was really the big story. The man pulled off some crazy things. Absurd, irreverent, silly, bizarre – he was all of these things – almost all the time.
In truth, my pop was a complex person. He never grew up, he never wanted to – Peter Pan in all his glory. His escapades were fueled with Budweiser and a group of strange and wonderful friends who were all to willing to follow him on his journey like a modern-day pied piper.
What I want this project to be is fun and ironic – this is not an examination of the difficulties of living with Pop’s idiosyncrasies. I want this to be an exploration of the irony, the wonder, even the tenderness of a man who marched to the beat of his own drum (or maybe his own tuba).
If you would like to follow my progress, I’ll be posting excerpts and chronicling my experiences trying to pump out those 50,000 words on my new blog The King of Isabelle Avenue – I’d love to hear your comments. As of today there is nothing there but the About page that this post is based upon. I plan to start posting in earnest tomorrow!
Come along with me – there’s a good story in it. I should know, I come from a long line of story tellers.
You have beautiful pictures. I can’t really read your blog as the gray against the black and the small type is too difficult for me. But your pictures are nice.
The Blog about my story is written on a white background for just that reason:) Here’s a link if you are interested: http://thekingofisabelleavenue.wordpress.com
Good luck with NaNoWriMo. It sounds like you have all the makings for a great story (and the storytelling genes to go with it!).
Thanks! I think I will steam through the first week – hopefully I can make if through the whole month:)
So you are a writer as well as a photographer. Some talent there. I will enjoy following your story.
I have no idea if I can write – but I did get my 1600+ words in today!
I would have absolutely LOVED your Dad.
(I come from a very conservative, traditional upbringing where you always had to look perfectly groomed and perfectly behaved. When travelling overseas in my twenties, the best part was being ‘free’ from that upbringing & influence).
Now in ‘old’ age in retirement, I take great delight in living a lifestyle of my own choosing.
Pop grew up as the treasured only child of 2 parents that lived through the depression – they reveled in his individuality when he was a kid. My Grandmother was a lot like him – she lived an amazing life. Growing up in it was sometimes chaotic and I probably have sometimes wished there was a bit more consistency – but consistency doesn’t make for a good story:)
It’s great that you have found your own path – I love being at an age where I’m no longer concerned about fitting in.
That sounds amazing! I think I would have liked your dad. 🙂
Great! I’m really looking forward to reading more! And I like the photos! They are really special … ^^
I’m there! Awesome photos. Can’t wait to read the story!
I love the pics and the story already. I cannot wait to hear/see more. It would seem you have gleaned the best of your father and grandmother! I have a pied piper son. It can be thrilling and exhausting….. ♥ write on!
Go for it!!! You are braver than I!
And I thought my family was interesting! wow, you bet I’ll be following inbetween my own Wano writings! Good going!
Great Post and cannot wait to read more! Have a Great One!