Curious Critters (Vol. I) contains three audacious comic adventures of Boggs Pumpelly and Bud Ricks in script form; two country boys living amid the hills and hollows of north Alabama. If there's a strange critter --- animal or human --- anywhere in the hills, Boggs' and Bud's path seem destined to cross with them. Were it not for the boys' solemn reassurance as to the objective reality of their encounters, "Curious Critters" might well be dismissed as tall tales by the incredulous. But then, somebody once said there were more critters under the sun than was dreamed up by those fellows' pomposity... For instance:
Episode I: "Out to the Ball Game" - Boggs and Bud go to see a baseball-playing chicken at the Dew Drop Inn.
Episode II: "Hoo Doo John and the Valley of Ginseng"- Boggs and Bud go herb hunting and are tricked out of a fortune in Ginseng by wild man, Hoo Doo John.
Episode III: "The Garfish and the Hoo Doo Jig"- Boggs and Bud are saved from drowning by a fish that they have spared the previous summer while out fishing.
Coming soon: Vol. II of "Curious Critters":
Episode IV: "Workin' for the Colonel" - A tale of chiggers and revenge!
Episode V: "Over the Limit & Over the Line" - A tale of duck hunting and flying high.
Plus: Episode II adapted for film.
About the Author
Wynn Parks was born in the southern U.S., and raised on Air Force Bases scattered from the Philippines to Turkey. Growing up as a "military brat" bred into him the love of travel that has motivated so many of his life choices, and piqued his fascination with with such famous travelers as Odysseus, Ibn Battuta, and Burton. The author put himself through college at South Dakota's Black Hills State University, and later the Iowas Writers' Workshop by working summers as Driller's Helper in the eastern Wyoming coal fields. After six months as a Dobey-Paisano Fellow at the University of Texas, he spent a winter in an Alaskan bush camp as an exploration geologist. There he managed to save enough for traveling expenses to get him to the Greek island of Paros, where he contracted to teach Creative Writing at The Aegean School of Fine Arts. Having lived in the Aegean as a boy, going to Paros felt like a homecoming. Though he forayed off-island to Europe, North Africa,and Iran,it was Paros that was his haven from the middle Seventies through the mid-Eighties. In 2010, Parks was awarded a fellowship at the Hawthornden International Writers' Retreat, south of Edinburgh, Scotland. Two of the offerings published on Smashwords, originated at the Hawthornden Castle. Several of the stories featured on Smashwords are excerpted from the author's "arabesque" novel, "Songs from Dinosaki's Jukebox". "Jukebox" grew out of the author's years in Greece and, earlier, Turkey, and his life-long sense of connection with the Aegean. The author currently lives in the United States in Blue Mountain Beach, Florida.