Watchin' Scotty Grow

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Enclosed is a short story, titled "Watchin' Scotty Grow". A father on his death bed writes his eulogy for his son and only child (approx. 970 words).

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Words: 1,000
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476230689
About Bill Rayburn


Facebook Room (private): The Writings and Ramblings of Bill Rayburn

Defining piece:

"The Dainty" -- a 12,000 word novella, set in 1969 Detroit: one day in an Irish Pub, and that day is Christmas Eve. The dysfunctional denizens of The Dainty plow through a fierce snowstorm, cocktails, and their personal baggage as Christmas Eve plays out before them.

I am currently at work on a memoIRISH-novel, 'Deadly Dominoes', a haunting, poignant look back on my family's checkered history. The compelling story of a Scots-Irish family whose patriarch brings them (mostly) crashing down, beginning with his one year stay in a Nazi POW camp in WWII in 1943, and culminating in his suicide 36 years later. The prologue, and first four chapters, are written and available upon request.

Many short stories of fiction, and essays on a variety of subjects, are also available.

Currently living in London, England.

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Review by: Suzy Stewart Dubot on Aug. 02, 2012 :
I was curious to see that this ‘flash work’ (less than 1000 words) provoked two very different appreciations. So, I decided to make my own evaluation.
First of all, I wondered who Bobby Goldsboro is/was. I’d never heard of him. Found that he is an American country and pop singer-songwriter and one of his songs is – 'Watchin’ Scotty Grow.' Looked for it on YouTube, listened to it and found it was sentimental like a lot of American country music. Right, that was the setting for what I was about to read.
Following cleverly in Bobby Goldsboro’s footsteps this work subtly added wistfulness, a touch of jealousy, and a humanness to the father. It actually added a depth and credibility, in my opinion, that was lacking in that original version.
I’m going to have to give this story my five stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: patrick murphy on Aug. 01, 2012 :
Thanks for the SS.A little predictable from one page to the next but you didn't pull punches with the experiences Dad relates. Borders on the mawkish - a bit like shooting Old Yella - but you held the line this side of sentimental. I'd try to be more human next time - make your characters not so terribly nice. Dad couldn't have been so bloody perfect and sonny boy might well have been a little shit from time to time as he grew, matured.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: MB Crandell on July 17, 2012 :
You did a wonderful job with your story. It touched things within me that I haven't thought of in years. It also reminded me just how terrific my dad was before he was gone. It's also a gentle reminder to cherish what we have because it can disappear so quickly.
Thank you for sharing.
(review of free book)

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