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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at www.clsnet.org if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Major congrats to Ron Rash and Serena

My friend Ron Rash, has just sold his novel Serena to 2929 Films for mid six figures and up. I have read the short story, Pemberton's Bride, and it is stellar.
In Collinsville, Alabama readers of Rash's One Foot in Eden include Jeff Graves, John and Susan Weaver Morgan, Russ Beene and myself--4/5ths of the Collinsville Film Society. In the Upstate South Carolina satellite of our group are my sister and her Husband Owen, and friends Lynn Arve and Karen Scism. Of course Rash has thousands more Upstate readers as he was raised in those parts, lives now in Clemson and teaches at WNC in Cullowee.
Pat Conroy loves this latest novel, and an Australian critic calls it the Appalachian MacBeth.
Rash came to speak at NACC outside Rainsville, Alabama in March of 2007.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117987544.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&query=serena

http://www.rusoffagency.com/authors/rash_r/serenat/serena.htm

http://www.rusoffagency.com/authors/rash_r/ron_rash.htm

And to paraphrase and congratulate again from one of Rash's own characters, this one on page 202 of World Made Straight:
Smarts like yours just didn't grow up like daisies in a bunch of hogweed.

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