The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Dumbass, The Memoir

Dumbass, The Memoir: How I turned talent and boundless potential into an utterly miserable life.

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I just read on Salon.com that Augusten Burroughs is being sued by his family for his memoir Running With Scissors. His family claims he made the whole thing up. Normally, that wouldn't be too big of a deal except he said some extremely unfaltering things about them. It would be disingenuous for me to express an opinion on the suit or his book since I've never read it. Hearing a 30 second excerpt on NPR hardly qualifies as reading a book, does it? Whether he did or not isn't what interests me. What does interest me is that he has made a lot of money because people enjoy reading about other people's suffering (real or imagined).

He might be onto something.

Since we owe enough to have bought a ticket to the international space station, I'm thinking I should take some pro-active steps for debt relief. I'll write a memoir. Now all I need to focus my angst is a garret apartment lit with a single, bare light bulb, a cheap jug of wine, and a box of crayons. Hmm. With a little work, the Devil Queen's attic would be perfect . . .

2 Comments:

Blogger Kristin said...

I think you should do it! Your writing is angsty-hilarious. I'd read your memoir. :)

2:44 PM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

I've read all his books and they are all good. Running With Scissors, Dry, and Magical Thinking all autobiographical. His childhood was pretty fantastic (and not in a good way). I will be interested to see what happens with the lawsuit.

writing is cathartic - go for it!

4:38 PM  

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