Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Bowl Full of Cherry

Watched the rest of the Don Cherry story. Again, interesting take on one man's perspective of his life, although according to the credits, the story was written by his son, Tim.

Overall feelings: no wonder the guy hates Montreal. I would, too, given the situation.

Some interesting facts, like his son's kidney failure crisis and of course the hockey history is always fascinating. Personally, I think they could have added a third part to the miniseries. Don's hockey career might have ended with the Bruins, but his broadcast career is just as controversial and I for one would like to see the behind the scenes stuff.

But then that would mean the CBC digging for bones in their own backyard, and that's not going to happen.

Ah, well.


Monday, March 29, 2010

Grapes of Wrath

Despite my better judgment, I decided to watch Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story, on the CBC. I'm not a diehard hockey fan, but when I do watch I try catch Coaches Corner just to listen to the interplay between Cherry and his co-host, Ron Maclean. His rants and stalwart defense of hockey have made him a Canadian icon, (but not in Quebec) and made the top ten list of Greatest Canadians by popular vote.

Besides, there was nothing else on at the time.

Bottom line, I enjoyed the show. Sure, it wasn't perfect. I don't know how much of the personal 'history' is true. Was his wife Rose that understanding of his hockey life, or was this how he remembered her? Well, as they say, times were different then. Also, I would like to think Don Cherry wasn't as wooden a character as the show's star portrays him.

But the tale itself is entertaining enough to hold the attention of anyone, of any age. It gives the average person an insight into the life of professional hockey you don't normally see, the minor league farm teams and how they're run. I took a curious pride in knowing that Rose Cherry's favorite town was my hometown of Kitchener. Don's struggles as a player, as he rubbed shoulders with some of the games legends, as well as his own headstrong foolishness was treated with lighthearted humor. One can almost understand his dislike for Montreal.

The show is divided into two parts, with the part I'm most interested in, where he coaches the Bruins, airing tonight.

My personal brush with Don Cherry. When I was twelve I had a friend whose brother-in-law played for Boston. We were sitting in my friend's kitchen when the phone rings and my friend answers. “Hello? Oh, hi Don. No, he's not here. Okay, I'll tell him.” Hangs up the phone and looks at me and shrugs. “That was Don Cherry looking for my brother-in-law.”

I look at him in wonder and say. “Who is Don Cherry?”

Told you I wasn't a fan.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Aaaand I'm in!

I've known this for a week, but it's now official, I'm a finalist in the first quarter of the Writers of the Future Contest. What does this mean? Me and eight other finalists from around the world, (mostly California and Australia from the looks of it), have a chance to win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd and all the good things that go with it.

And if I don't win? The story still might get picked as a Published Finalist, meaning the anthology needs some extra stories to fill out. This is how I won in Writers of the Future XXI. This is by no means guaranteed. The finalist pool is huge, and sometimes the anthology just doesn't have the room. Besides, call me greedy, but I'd rather win.

Wish me luck.


Aaaaand--I'm out.

No big surprise, but I didn't make the Aurora ballot this year. Again. Sniff.
Brad Carson, fellow member of the Stopwatch Gang critique group did. Vote for his story, Here There Be Monsters, as can be read in the anthology, Ages of Wonder, also nominated for an Aurora.