Would you enjoy “The Reluctant Archivist?” Take the quiz and find out!’
1. Seeing the phrases “mental illness,” “politics,” and “mystery” together makes you feel: a) nothing in particular b) intrigued c) somewhat repelled.
2. You would rather read: a) a book set in the here and now b) a book set in medieval times c) a book set in the 1970’s
3. To read a book to its end, you need: a) over a dozen quirky characters b) the possibility that the main characters find no meaning in their experience c) a main character who realizes his purpose
4. Your usual attitude toward the Midwestern U.S. is: a) it’s a down-to-earth place b) seems kinda boring to me c) never been there and don’t care to go
5. You think the main character should usually: a) show flaws but also great resilience b) never waver and be strong as iron c) have the most weaknesses and limitations of any character
6. Your ideal fiction book has: a) steamy romance and innuendo b) mystery elements and twists c) new technological gadgets
Chose most of these?
* 1970’s setting
* intrigued by mental illness, politics, and mystery
* main character who finds his purpose
* the Midwest is a down-to-earth place
* flawed but resilient main character
* twists and mystery
You’ll enjoy “The Reluctant Archivist.”
Ambivalence in real life is a pain. But my ambivalent book character, Mill, may pique your interest. Just read the synopsis:
Ever since his participation in high school debate team, Milliard (“Mill”) Fairbairn has known he wanted to pursue a career in local politics. Becoming the mayor of Champaign IL has now become The Goal in his life.
As Mill’s coalition and campaign gathers steam, his older brother Gary, always less ambitious but equally intelligent, plunges into a traumatic future from which even his resourceful brother can’t extricate him.
Mill, ever-supportive, is relieved when Gary achieves some stability, but it is quickly threatened by Mill’s conniving political rivals, who will use any opening to discredit Mill. One night their efforts even threaten Gary’s life and home.
As Gary loses emotional ground, Mill’s own vulnerability to stress becomes more and more apparent. Not willing to entirely give up The Goal, Mill’s distraction and self-sabotage nevertheless nearly derails his plans forever. In the end, however, a change of direction provides the very information necessary to get back on track and achieve what Mill could never have accomplished at home in Champaign.
I’ve been preparing to publish my book, “The Reluctant Archivist” for several years now. I’ve revised the heck out of it. It needs to either be published, or perish.
Shall I send it out to fifty agents, hoping one will like my synopsis enough to consider promoting me to a publisher? Or do I pay a publisher to publish and help me promote my book?
Since you’re not my mother, my publishing angst probably won’t move you. But leave a comment if my synopsis does!
In my upcoming book The Reluctant Archivist, Mill and John’s class presidential campaign rally at the University of Illinois showcases some foods that dominated the 70’s landscape in the Midwest. For example, Mill’s Campaign Canapes, composed of a tablespoon of deviled ham on rye with a gherkin to garnish, were and probably still are welcome finger foods for informal gatherings.
Do you remember the deviled ham in the white can with the red devil adorning it? If so, why share your 1970’s nostalgia and post a comment at juliehadler.com?
Quench your thirst for meaning–read.