The characters in Unruly Mix don’t fit in, anywhere. The only entity that brings them together is the setting of Burnham, Connecticut. Some are natives, others from nearby and a few passing through. Burnham is a peaceful town in the hills with residents that keep a firm but loosening grip on the values nurtured by generations past.
It is a place that makes seasons look like they do in your dreams. When you're there, you're home. When you're not, you wish you were.
The people of Burnham, that is, the townies, who have been around since before man set foot on the moon, create the real setting. Some are nice and some are not, but they are unimpressed by current trends and calmly rein in opinions about changes brought on by the influence of outsiders.
Patience is a virtue, and the instinctive urge to resist change is tempered by the strength of their faith and confidence in their resolve: Do the right thing and everything will be alright.
In this first of three volumes, we meet the characters and see the redeeming qualities in some, the destructive tendencies in others, and the unexpected circumstances that form the foundations of future conflicts.
If you have the attention span of a fruit fly and don’t like to read, these stories are for you. None will take longer than five minutes, allowing you to get back to whatever it is you can’t concentrate on doing.
Have you been to a tag sale, a soccer game, a rest stop or a school play? Maybe you’ve let music control too much of your life? What do you think of runners, poets, online dating or grown men in speedos? The author eschews pretense with a painfully honest narrative, hoping to bring the reader to the same awkward places he describes.
Some of these tales are written as news stories with the veil of journalistic integrity lifted, giving voice to the reporter’s inner skeptic. Others are a veiled glance into a crystal ball, while others are written directly to another living, breathing person.
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About the Author
Bob Deakin has been a writer and journalist for the past 20 years with more than 1,000 stories published while working other jobs that may or may not have been a good fit. He grew up in Connecticut trying to look like a writer while wishing it were as warm and sunny as Florida, where he now resides.
He likes music, books, running and beaches and is not afraid of clowns or allergic to anything. He was a mediocre student with no attention span, does not have a degree from a prestigious school, has won no writing awards and does not have a dog.