Back in mid-December, I posted how everyone should support a local writer and purchase Keith Lowell Jensen’s Oh Holy Night and Other Stories.Â Having read it last week, I can say with authority that it’sÂ $10 well spent.Â Although you can read each of the published stories on his blog, the book is much more portable, and you’re able to read it while in the waiting room of the doctor’s office (unlike a PDA or laptop, which could interfere with pacemakers and other vital equipment), as I did last week.Â
As I was reading the book, it reminded me of talking to a friend whom I’ve known since grade school but only see everyÂ few years or so.Â Invariably, he’s someone I run into at the Pine Cove, and I am entertained for a couple hours while splitting pitchers of PBR and listening to the types of stories that happen only in his world.Â Each of us has that kind of friend, and I’m sureÂ Keith is that kind of friend to many.
I related most to the story about the “lock in” at the church of some girl he fancied.Â Our youth group had a similar lock-in, and we were all SO excited about staying up all night and watching Friday Night Videos (which was on at 10pm!) then movies like Buckaroo Banzai (which has soured my taste for anything remotely sci fi.)Â In the end, it was a let down.Â Keith, you didn’t miss much at yours, and it sounds like things turned out better for you in the girl department in the long run.
HeÂ mentioned during his interview on Insight that he’d hired an editor.Â “Thank goodness!” I thought, since I’m the type who’s distracted by typos and grammatical errors — despite the most thoughtfully written prose.Â
Keith states on the header of his blog’s home page that he can’t spell, and I am OK with that.
As the daughter of an educator, I was taught long ago that some people just can’t spell.Â They could be the most intelligent and creative of people, but there is some synapse that blocks the ability toÂ suss out spelling errors.Â We’re eachÂ wired differently –Â some of usÂ notice the red and green markings inÂ Word, or we lookÂ up things we don’t know. Conversely, moreÂ artistic types want to keepÂ itÂ flowing and not worry about structure and spelling.Â Because these people, reading is fun and not everything sounds all corporate and instruction manual-like!
Check it out for yourself: Oh Holy Night is available at The Book Collector on 24th between J & K, at Body Tribe Fitness on 21st (owned & operated by a fellow Placer High School class of ’88 alum), and at the Crest Theatre on K Street.