The first word that young Crisanto Alcozar heard in his life was ‘help.’ He was six years old. Though, admittedly, to say that he heard it is a bit of an impossibility for two reasons. First, Crisanto had been born deaf.
What is a family? Is it the blood in your veins? The diseases you share? Certain genetic markers that make you likely to enjoy foods? Or is it proximity? The nights spent hearing each other cry through the walls? The number of times you’ve breathed each other’s carbon dioxide? Or is it neither of these—is it something else entirely?
The interview was published on September 15th, 1982. Nearly a full year after Janet first experienced the disembodied sound. In fact, when the reporter from the Eastern Daily Press finally made his way around to the Wilstead’s home to ask if either of them had noticed any strange noises over the last few months, Janet was astounded to learn that it was not, in fact, all in her head.
For thousands of years, the goat has stood as a powerful symbol. Its unnatural, rectangular pupils, the strong curve of its horns, have evoked the imaginations of humans for generations. But though it’s clear the goat has a deep symbolism, when finally the residents of Inver Grove Heights were forced to come face to face with one, this certainty was joined by a new and unexpected question: A symbol of what?
I can't even begin to thank you all for all of the love and support you've given me over these last months. Anyone who says that writing is a solitary endeavor has obviously been doing it wrong, because if it wasn't for all of you giving me feedback and encouragement throughout the process, this novel wouldn't exist.
I know it's been a few months since you've heard from me, and I've been taking this time to wrap my brain around all that we've done together and all we've accomplished since August. But now as I'm preparing to launch into phase 2 of this crazy thing (Editing! Yikes!) I wanted to take the time to let yinz know where my head is at.
So I made this video!
While dumping all of my thoughts and feelings about this would probably take days, not minutes, I was able to condense at least some of it into the 5 things that this process has taught me about me: Valuable lessons that have changed my life. I never could have learned them without you.
Talk to you soon!