Mad Dog Steel Time

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iUniverse, Apr 22, 2010 - Fiction - 220 pages
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Filer ‘Mad Dog’ Wilson, journeyman lineman, has settled down with a family and a nine to five job doing distribution work for P. G. & E. in Portland, Oregon. His involvement with ex cons, a philandering boss, copper thieves, and high voltage transmission work is behind him. (Read The Copper Thieves) Then he is told of the sudden unexpected death of his father; and soon after the funeral, he is given notice of a seasonal layoff by P. G. and E. His wife Abbey tells him he should take some time off, but Filer would sooner work through the loss of his father. Ozzie Harper, a long time friend, gives Filer the chance to return to the excitement of transmission work doing electrical construction and wire work on steel towers, in Deer Lodge, Montana. It isn’t long after arriving in Deer Lodge that Filer is once again caught up in adventures with bikers, kidnappers, movie stars and strippers; and all of this after his dangerous day job as a journeyman lineman.
 

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Why do I write? Asking why I write is like asking extreme athletes why they participate in their sports. They like the way their bodies respond to the activity. Fitness is a secondary benefit. Writers write because writing exercises the mind and the end result of words on a page having a pattern and a rhythm satisfies the human necessity for pleasing and effective communication. How am I qualified to write what I'm writing and what I've written? If you are an aspiring writer, you've probably heard the advice-"write what you know." I've had a lucky life. My uncle once said my nickname should be Lucky. I agree with him, just not for his reasons. Having served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, I attended Idaho State University on the G.I. Bill. Later, while working as a Library Associate for the Chicago Public Library, I earned a Master's Degree in Library Science paid for by the City of Chicago. The City of Chicago built a new central library and needed more librarians. The cheapest and best way to get more librarians was to encourage Library Associates to become Librarians by paying for them to go to Library School. To earn my M.L.S., I worked full time at the library and attended Library School part time for two years. What is my point? I've been lucky to be able to take advantage of various opportunities that have come to me by working to make the most of them. On the other hand, I've had a lot of experiences in my life because I didn't have a particular ambition or an overall plan for my life from an early age. This means that I've filled the inbetweens with a lot of different experiences which increased my "what you know" factor. Walt Disney World employee, ground man for an electrical construction company, Peace Corps Volunteer, Community Action agent, Substitute Teacher, plus all of the various day labor jobs I've done fill out my "what you know" list. What is my purpose or motive for writing? Retirement has presented me with another lucky opportunity. I have the daily opportunities to work on my property and to write the books I've always told myself I could write if I had the time. I write because I like the way I can put words on the page for the same reason I like to landscape and care for my property. If you drive by and like the way my lawn looks that is a plus. If readers like what I've written and tell me they like what I've written for whatever reasons-this is also a plus. Is there an underlying philosophy to my fiction writing? I would have to answer that trying to understand the debate between nature and nurture is a big part of my writing. What are our natural abilities? How do we respond to human instinct after the influences of education and training? Can the human spirit be raised about animal instincts? What is the civilizing impulse in humans and how do we use it? In a broad sense, my characters are turned loose in their fictional environments, where they find their way by responding to the nature versus nurture question. To the question-Why should I be allowed to write and even publish? My answer is a question-Why should I be allowed to breathe? Beginning in 2004 I've lived in Soda Springs, Idaho closer to my family. For the last year my brother Everett and I have been collaborating on Mad Dog Steel Time. Mad Dog Steel Time is a novel based on his years in Montana building a steel tower transmission power line.

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