Adam Hunault

One of Those Days
January 28, 2014, 6:08 pm
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“Put down everything that comes into your head and then you are a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.”


Today is Colette’s birthday, so I guess it’s appropriate that it was one of those days today. I got to the climax of a story and realized that what I had done up to that point didn’t have the emotional power to make the climax work. So I spent the day starting a plan to re-write the earlier parts of the story to make the climax feel earned.

2013: Year in Review
January 9, 2014, 9:44 pm
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- For Liz’s birthday present, she and I took a trip to Gulfport, on Tampa Bay, to visit Donna — someone I’ve always thought Liz should meet. We saw the sights and ate great food, and I got to hear a set of stories I had never heard Donna tell as some intergenerational wisdom was shared.

- Had my first anniversary date with Caroline. To celebrate, we recreated our first date. It had been a quick year since Caroline was in Philadelphia doing a fellowship at an art school.

- Visited Teresa in LA, my first trip to southern California. I always thought I would hate it there because people generally seem to, but as it turned out it was pretty great. Besides a bit of tourism, Teresa and I used the opportunity to outline the pilot episode for the TV show we had talked about doing for a writing sample (which we would later title Rocket).

- Made the decision in about March or April to stay at Dancing Classrooms, my day job since 2007, only through the end of summer, giving me time to use up my vacation time, then leave to find part time work that would give me time to write more. It was a very scary decision but I was having so much fun working on Rocket, my forst new project after working on Obscenity for two years, that I knew it was finally time to give up some comforts to devote more time to writing.

- At the end of May, Caroline’s lease in Philadelphia ended and, very happily, I helped her move to New York. She lived with Liz and me throughout June while finding an apartment, then moved in to her own place a few blocks from mine, and WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS how happy I’ve been about it ever since. Since then, we have spent innumerable hours just hanging around, doing nothing much, and it has been the best part of the year.

- The worst part of the year was the death of my grandfather on July 1. Caroline and I had already planned a trip to Michigan and we got there just soon enough for me to read Papa a story, “The Big Two- Hearted River” by Ernest Hemingway, the day before he died. When I heard the news that he had passed away, I was at Pyramid Point with Aunt Mary, my cousin Erik, and Caroline. Preparations for the funeral basically took over the trip after that, but we did manage to get away for a few days to visit my dad and Kris in western Michigan, and go to a water park.

- Sadly, my grandfather’s death wasn’t the only death of the summer. A good friend’s husband committed suicide a few days later, and my very first friend from childhood was found dead in a park in East Lansing.

- Read the complete Sherlock Holmes in a marathon of summer reading.

- Continued my hobby of Appalachian Trail hiking. Early in the year I finished up the last little bit of New Jersey I hadn’t done, and on Labor Day, I went on a 60-mile hike in northern Virginia with Ryan.

- One week before my full-time job at Dancing Classrooms was supposed to end, my boss offered me the option to stay on part-time. I began a 25-hour-a-week schedule which allowed me time for 3 hours of writing a day. I managed to stick to that schedule for about a month and a half, which was a hell of a lot of work. I’ve been forced to cut back due to fatigue and seasonal crankiness, but I am still managing to be quite productive. The three main projects so far have been Obscenity, Rocket and The Adventures of Moriarty.

- Carsen visited to celebrate our friend Ruthie’s birthday. We also tried to hike the Long Path between Harriman State Park and New York City, but we only finished part of it.

- Many hours of blissful hanging out with Caroline — played with Raaarr and Bunnies, watched a ton of Buffy, induced vomiting in everyone around us.

- Teresa visited New York with her boyfriend Adam, giving us a chance to hang out and also finish our first draft of Rocket. The second draft is nearing completion now.

- Thanksgiving with Caroline’s family in Virginia. Was introduced to P. D. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster (the TV version, then the actual stories).

- Christmas with Donna, Caroline and my mom back in Gulfport, Florida. I imposed on Donna’s hospitality for a much-needed week and a half in the sun.

- Spent New Year’s at the apartment with Caroline, Liz and Talitha watching The Princess Bride.

Lou Reed Screen Test
October 27, 2013, 10:13 pm
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Andy Warhol’s Lou Reed Screen Test

I Just Gotta Ask
October 9, 2013, 11:04 am
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I know that no one on the political spectrum is suggesting this, but I’ve been thinking it for the past few months, so I’m just going to say it:

How long till we kick these Republican states out of our country?

I mean, it’s not like they want to be here, right?

Noah Cooper, 1982-2013
September 24, 2013, 2:25 pm
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This summer has been a tough one for me.  It began with my grandfather’s death.  Shortly afterward, I learned that the husband of one of my best friends had killed himself — the reasons were mysterious, as they always are with suicide.  Lastly, just a few days ago, I learned that my earliest friends, Noah Cooper, was found dead in a park in my hometown.  The cause of death is still unknown.

Noah was my first friend.  His parents knew mine and so we had play dates before from the very beginning of our lives.  Once I was old enough to form memories, I always thought of Noah as one of the big kids since he was born almost two months before I was.  It made me proud that someone of his advanced age would want to hang out with a youngster like me.  Later on, we went to the same daycare at the old Bailey School, where we enjoyed climbing on the ceramic dolphin in the sandbox and using wood chips to dig up earthworms under the trees by the swing set.  Sadly, all friendships give way to time — in our case, the coming of kindergarten.  We went to different elementary schools, although we kept seeing each other at daycare.  Around 2nd or 3rd grade, he stopped coming and, although we saw each other from time to time while growing up, we weren’t very close friends after that.

I haven’t been in touch with Noah much in recent years.  When I was on Facebook, we would exchange a message from time to time.  In recent years, he has been finishing up law school and has been getting very involved with Native American rights in Michigan.  He participated recently in a smudge ceremony to save a threatened sand dune from development. He wanted to go into tribal law.

We’ve seen so little of each other in the past two decades, but I have definitely been thinking of Noah and his family (Tracy, John and Cheyney) in the last few days.  A lot of childhood memories have been coming up.  Noah was a great kid then, and it seems like he was a great man too.  I haven’t seen him much in twenty years, but I feel — oddly — like I’m going to miss him.  I’m honestly surprised how strongly I’m feeling the loss after all this time.  It goes to show that sometimes someone makes an impression on you that’s so strong that, even though they aren’t in your life anymore, it’s comforting to know that they’re still there, still being the person you loved.  Noah was the sort of person who could make that impression on a lot of people, and I’m sure there are all sorts of people like me, people who lost touch, who are feeling what I am now.  There are people we are lucky to have had in our lives, and Noah was one.

Thank You, Louis CK…
September 23, 2013, 2:08 pm
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Thank you, Louis CK, for explaining exactly why I don’t like smartphones, except not really because this isn’t quite my issue with them.  But good point.

Mission Accomplished
August 15, 2013, 8:13 am
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Wall Street Journal 7/4/13“Egyptians would be lucky if their new ruling generals turn out to be in the mold of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, who took power amid chaos but hired free-market reformers and midwifed a transition to democracy.”

New York Times 8/15/13“Death Toll in Egypt Clashes Climbs to 525″



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