Bill Etem - ex-Math teacher, ex-office worker, ex-lot of stuff. Protestant ex-Football Coach at Notre Dame - at the High School of that name in Los Angeles, not the University in South Bend, IN, not a head coach at Notre Dame either, just an assistant. B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. I'm living in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area. Before Minneapolis I was in Mexico for 20 months. Before that I was in L.A. for three years. I've traveled all round France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Austria, Switzerland... Canada...most of the 50 states in of the USA. As for living for 20 months in Mexico it was mostly in Oaxaca.
`Single Moms' is my most recent fiction book. It's the sequel to `Warrior Girls' and was written in June and July of 2015.
I wrote `Warrior Girls' in January of 2014, with quite a few later edits.
`Warrior Girls' and `Single Moms' aim at humor at least as much as drama, whereas `Amanda's War' is much more about drama than humor.
`Amanda's War', which took me years to write, introduces a character named Haakon Sovant who changes after a traumatic incident. The theme of people changing after trauma is the theme of Robert Altman's `3 Women', starring Sissy Spacek and Shelly Duval. The symbolism in it is not terribly subtle but I've watched `3 Women' 3 times now and I really think it is something special. Anyway, in `Amanda's War', where a character named Haakon Sovant changes after a traumatic incident, readers are left to wonder if he changes because of benevolent forces or because of malevolent forces.
The 420,000 word `Constitutional History of the Western World' requires an abridgment, or several. I worked for years on it, and made no end of drafts. Eventually I gave up trying to revise it and simply left it as it exists now. When I felt I had to clarify something I began a new book, and when I got tired of revising that book I began yet another book. It might take some readers months to read `Constitutional History of the Western World' so it's good to have some paraphrases of it. There's `Some Practice in Learning to Recognize Satanic Cults'. There's `Protestantism' and `The Archangel Michael vs. The Antichrist'. `Constitutional History of the Western World' takes a long look at the cross but it lacks an analysis of the crucifix - though one should speak of the Roman Catholic crucifix, the Eastern Orthodox crucifix, the Anglican crucifix etc., and not of simply `the crucifix' - this analysis was provided in a few of these paraphrases. So there's `The Cross and the Crucifix' and `Protestantism' and `The Archangel Michael vs. the Antichrist' etc. I had been working hard to produce a presentable draft of `Introduction to Dumb-Ass Theory' but then I was distracted with `Single Moms'. A writer has his A material, his B material, his C material etc. The D material is stuff which is barely passable but it does pass. It's a struggle to divide the F material, the stuff which needs to be deleted, from the D material - the stuff which barely deserves to pass.
My most recent book is `The Rock Island Symposium on the Satanic Protestant Cults'. It's really just a rough draft but I thought I'd publish it anyway.
If you want to contact me to offer a comment - positive or negative - constructive or otherwise - you can send a letter. My address:
133 Crosstown Boulevard
Chaska, MN 55318