"You know what? The bastard blows me out of the water. This guy writes Maine like Ardai writes New York. If you're not reading him, you don't know what you're missing." --Chris F. Holm, author of "The Collector" series, The Killing Kind, and Red Right Hand.

"A refreshingly new voice in noir." --Ed Kurtz, author of Nothing You Can Do and The Rib From Which I Remake the World.

"A glorious boilermaker of noir and East Coast gothic. The action is taut as a sprung snare and Bagley tightens the screws with every page." -- Laird Barron, author of Swift to Chase and Blood Standard.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Tagged for Random Stuff

Sandra Ruttan tagged me for a "16 Random Things" meme. Why 16? I have no idea. So anyway, here you go...16 random things about me:

1. I'm not a native Mainer. I was born in Utica, New York and didn't move to Maine until 1983.
2. I've never been no Valentino, but I had a girl who lived in Reno. She left me for a trumpet player, but it didn't get me down.
3. My parents met at a mental institution. They both worked there, but still...
4. I figured out The Usual Suspects right away, but never caught on to the fact that the kid in The Sixth Sense was dead until that ohhhhh moment.
5. I learned to play The Simpsons theme on bass to impress my kids. And it didn't.
6. Twenty-two years into the relationship and I still have no frickin' idea what my wife sees in me.
7. The smell of Ivory soap makes me gag. That's because my mother used to make me eat it as a punishment. I don't mean getting your mouth washed out with soap for saying a dirty word or talking back. I mean eating the goddamn soap. She died 32 years ago, but I still can't stand that scent.
8. I flunked my senior year of high school and got my diploma through adult ed. a year later. So I guess was inevitable that I'd get a master's degree in creative writing.
9. When I was a little kid, the only thing I wanted to be other than a writer was a marine biologist.
10. I think William Gay is the greatest living American writer.
11. I started out writing fantasy and horror stories.
12. I hate soda.
13. Instead of writing, I played in the snow with my five year-old today.
14. I hitchhiked from Madison, Maine to Herkimer, New York when I was 17.
15. I'm hooked on Doctor Who. And Freema Agyeman.
16. I'm even more boring in person. Hard to believe, I know.
Well, that's it. Sixteen tidbits about me you were wetting your pants to know. As usual, I'm not going to tag anyone. Play along on your own blog if you want, or feel free to post your list here.
Extra points to anyone who names the author of the lyrics I rippped off in #2 (and no fair looking it up on The Google).


pattinase (abbott) said...

I had to bite into a bar of yellow laundry soap with all the kids laughing at me through the screen door.

Sandra Ruttan said...

Wait... you're telling me the kid in The Sixth Sense is dead? Guess I don't need to watch that one now.

;) Seriously though, I haven't seen that movie.

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

Patti: Fels Naptha soap? That stuff tasted terrible.

Sandra: Until I read your list, I thought I was the only person left who had not seen THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.

Sandra Ruttan said...

See, this is why we make lists - to know we aren't alone!