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  • File Size: 146 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Publisher: (December 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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William F.X. O'Connell (aka Ramblin' Gamblin' Willie) is a pen name I adopted a long time ago as a way of making fun of myself. I was writing then in an ornate, grand opera style, and the Willie stories were the exact opposite of that esthetic: Short, tight, gritty - composed all-but-entirely of dialogue, with only the barest, most-essential narrative.

And that joke was on me, because Brother Willie's style came to be my favorite way of writing fiction. There's more narrative by now, but still not much. A Willie story is typically the second-act crisis or the third-act resolution of a three-act comedy, a movie-of-the-mind that tells the whole story in that one tiny scene - rarely more than 1,500 words. If you think that sounds easy, give it a try. It ain't.

But it's rewarding for me, and I hope for the reader. By cutting the story down to the quick, Uncle Willie gives you everything you need and nothing you don't.

This is my way of thinking of the Willie stories, gravely intoned in the very deepest of movie-preview voices:

"When nothing happens... everything changes!"

Here's a free book of the best of the best, just for indulging this vanity:

Meanwhile, don't hesitate to spend actual money. Like the man said, "Art is the stuff that sticks with you, art is the thing that won't turn you loose." If you let Ramblin' Gamblin' Willie into your life, you might-could have him with you forever.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Brady on December 12, 2011
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I'm pretty lucky because I've know Ramblin' Gamblin' Willie for five years now. He's an underground hero, a champion of reason, and a shining example of Man pursuing greatness. You normally couldn't find Willie in a "straight" place, like Willie graces the interwebs, sharing parables, fables, and real-life fiction...all written with two purposes: to educate and to entertain. Today, right here, right now, you have a chance to meet Willie, in all of his best tales, in this one anthology.

I know Willie but I've never met him. I've never met him but I SEE him every day, week, and month. Willie the Jesuit sits next to me at Church, and badgers me at brunch about my sins. Willie the Humanist invites me speak to little kids like adults: teaching them, coaching them, and helping them to understand how special they truly are. Willie the Philosopher chides me for selling myself short, encourages me when I'm down, and reminds me that Splendor starts in the space between my ears.

William F.X. O'Connell (Willie's straight name) will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you think...oh how he makes you think... when you read his stories. Willie will take you dumpster diving, have you confront slothful hedonists, dance with Princesses in the backyard, wrestle with former Presidents, bring redemption to repentant killers, and never leave you satisfied. When you finish one of Willie's stories, you'll be yearning for more.

This may be the best dollar you spend this Christmas. Buy it for everyone you love.

Merry Christmas Willie! (I can't bring myself to address you formally)
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By TABJohnson on August 22, 2012
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Willie is a most unforgettable wise man. Read thus book and the holidays will hold more gifts than you can stuff under you tree. The gift of insight is priceless.
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By Andrew Breese on December 22, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The first of these stories started appearing as underground hits on the Internet -- over two decades ago.

Find out why!

The brutality is philosophical. The seasonality is eternal.
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