“Like the generations of leaves, the lives of mortal men. Now the wind scatters the old leaves across the earth, now the living timber bursts with the new buds and spring comes round again. And so with men: as one generation comes to life, another dies away.”—
It’s been a busy year. Between a hectic day job and now, a new baby, I haven’t been on top of updates here. It’s been a while since MudScout released a new book, but I’ve been busy behind the scenes, helping some friends and clients with their book projects.
An Indelible Decade is more than just a family history. It offers a first-hand glimpse into the life of a young man nearly a century ago, illuminating the character-shaping challenges and adventures he faced first as an apprentice aboard a commercial sailing vessel, and later, as a member of Canada’s RNWMP, stationed at Churchill, Manitoba.
Orphaned at the age of fourteen, E.R. Huntington was apprenticed aboard the three-masted, square-rigged ship Cambrian Princess. In the next four years, he went around Cape Horn eight times—more than enough to be considered a “real seaman.”
Taking a cue from my best buddy Nore (pictured here), a MudScout is somebody who doesn’t mind wading into the muck if that’s what it takes to unearth a hidden gem. Or anything else worth digging for. Yes, there’s a story behind this.
If you’re in Vancouver in February for the 2010 Olympics, check out one of these shows (note that they’re in February, not Jan. as the link suggests. Try this link for reality. There’s the return of the legendary Short Attention Span Theatre (rooted in part in Kid Koala's book, Nufonia Must Fall, which I worked on back when I was still at ECW Press), as well as a rare appearance by Lederhosen Lucil. Lucil has all but hung up her hosen these days, so don’t miss this rare chance to see her live. And who knows when the Short Attention Span Theatre will return — I’m told this is a specially commissioned resurrection.
If you can’t make that show, check out one of Koala’s other DJ gigs and you might be fortunate enough to hear some music from his new project, The Slew (their album is called 100%). I’ll post a video from The Slew right after this. Hearing it blew my mind. Seriously. I don’t say that too often.
People often ask me where you can find MudScout books. And then I’ll read about how obscure and hard to find they are. The thing is, although most of the titles are still in print, they aren’t in all that many stores these days — I’ve handled most of the distribution myself because we’re too small for most distributors to play ball with, and if the books are in stores, they tend to be specialty stores. It’s tough keeping up with books on consignment in small bookstores all across North America -– I’ve had incredible help from my authors, who often sell copies at their events and through their networks, but at the end of the day, MudScout’s a one-woman show (I also work another job full-time).