A memoire of a day on a farm during the time of hog-killing. Neither altogether true not altogether fiction. A blend.
(#) RyRy 2005-07-30 08:30:45 AMWhen you write in first person, it's completely engaging. It's rare that I read an original story online, but every time I read one of yours, I'm met with a delightful treat. This seems like such a simple thing to describe, but you write it extremely well. This feels as though it could belong in a book of short stories.
Author\'s Response: Well, I thank you for the kind words. This was that one which popped up yesterday and whined and kicked and peed on the floor until it got written. On edit, I changed only half a dozen words, so I guess it knew what it wanted. I seem to be collected a number of these back-country tales and may group them one of these days. Thank you again.
(#) Angel 2005-07-30 06:58:58 PMThis bothered me. I'm not a fan of knowing how animals are killed, although I am not so naive as to think they just magically appear on the shelves in the supermarket. I felt like that nine year old; she acted just as I would have if I were in that position and place. The grandfather seemed scary too, although at that age anyone and anything always has some other secret meaning to it if that makes any sense.
Overall, I did enjoy it, even if it did make me want to run and hug my cats. Lovely!
Author\'s Response: I am glad the reactions and feelings of the child rang true. I willed myself into her and it felt right. I read the whole thing to MC and asked him if he thought I had gone too far with the butchering scenes. He said they were what made the story work so ...Farms are not peaceful and pleasant places, no matter what most people think. Nature is very raw and close in a place where people live off the land. I am glad you found something worth your time in this. I seem to be accumulating a number of these little vignettes for some reason. Hah!