What once was lost is now found. This week, my guest is The Gnat's Trumpet.
SAGA, n. 1) From a neutral perspective: A detailed account of a complicated series of events or experiences that occur over a substantial period of time, often following the life of a hero or generations of a family.
2) From the perspective of the author: An epic narrative, rich in detail, that expertly recounts the slow building tension of the shifting tectonic plates of individual interests present in all familial relationships leading inexorably to cataclysmic events, after which harmony is possible.
3) From the perspective of the audience: A story told in wordy, self-indulgent, dragged-out fashion; a type of narrative which takes advantage of the goodwill of its readers by forcing them to endure for extended periods a longing for a resolution the author suggests to them they may expect and which repays that goodwill by providing them instead with frequent pauses often broken only by distracting details having little apparent connection to the overall plot.
About The Gnat's Trumpet: First things first, The Gnat's Trumpet won't be for everybody. His first comment on this blog was May 15 of last year, the word was OPPORTUNITY and he offered this definition: An unhappily married secretary who is also your best friend. Just so we're clear where this is headed.
Gnat's eponypseudonymous blog has for more than a year told the story of an extramarital affair Gnat pursued and found. His writing employs a surprising, neutral first-person narrative style. Articulate language neither triumphant nor anguished describes the triumph and anguish and temptation and satisfaction he experienced in his own instant of a recurring story as old as monogamy. The blog impressed me in the level of honesty about and openness to the author's own history. Welcome back to Gnat, and thanks for a first-rate contribution.
How to be a future guest on this site: Just send an email to dpascover at mac dot com. On a future Wednesday, after posting that week's guest, I'll send you an email with a word to define. You'll be expected to return your definition along with a graphic representing either your definition or yourself by the following Saturday. The only rules are no profanity and no novels, please. And whatever I make up at the last minute.