“Rabbit holes are my specialty. I live and breathe in them.”
― Kara McDowell, One Way or Another
Pig Trails and Rabbit Holes is now live on Amazon and may be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09GQSNYL2 in both download and paperback.
Pig Trails and Rabbit Holes refers to the way my mind works…a curse or a blessing? Alice’s rabbit hole worked out well, right? Think of all the friends she met. A white rabbit, the Mad Hatter, a hookah-smoking caterpillar, a Cheshire cat, and the one I most emulate the March hare…as in, as crazy as a March hare…or a Mad Hatter…which is it?
I write in a world that is slightly out of focus or as a Southerner might say, cattywampus, waiting for something to occur that will send me on an unplanned metaphorical trek, twisting and turning like a wild pig trail or mountain switchback, until I find my rabbit hole. My motivation may be a spoken or written word, a song, a taste, or a smell…food maybe. I seem preoccupied with food.
Once the pig trail leads me to my rabbit hole I will pursue my rabbit to whatever lengths necessary to satisfy myself. It is maddening to live in my head sometimes. See, I’m already wondering why you have a rabbit and a hare in the same story about Alice’s great adventure. They are the same, right? No, they are not. I did not know that. Shame on you biology teacher!
Several years ago, I decided to attempt to bring my maddening thoughts under control by writing and created the blog Ravings of a Mad Southerner. It was a failure …but I’ve enjoyed the trip along the pig trails even though my thoughts are under no better control than they were seven years ago when I embarked on the storm-tossed sea of blogging.
Symbolically, the title of my blog, Ravings of a Mad Southerner has nothing to do with anger but is related to the madness experienced by Alice’s Mad Hatter or March hare…and the madness experienced by the author of the blog.
In all fairness, my madness has nothing with the production of felt hats or crazy hares at the beginning of their mating season. I get my madness honestly, I was born this way it seems.
Most of the rabbits I pursue resemble Elmer Fudd’s “wascally wabbit”, Bugs, or Gary K. Wolfe’s bumbling, Roger Rabbit. I admit sometimes I encounter monster rabbits resembling the fanged demon Kevin McCarthy pulled out of his hat in Twilight Zone: The Movie, but it is rare.
While I search for my rabbit holes, I tend to get lost. Mostly I like it that way. To quote Yogi Berra, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”
Pig Trails and Rabbit Holes is now live and may be purchased in both Kindle and Paperback at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09GQSNYL2