Thomas L. Hay was raised in the Golden Valley town of Clinton, Missouri. He is a Vietnam Veteran. Retired from American/TWA Airlines. He enjoys writing, golfing, fishing, singing Karaoke, and beating his wife in gin rummy. He currently resides in Lake Waukomis, Missouri, with his lovely wife, along with some hyperactive squirrels, too many irritating geese, and a few cranky old catfish.
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An Abduction Revelation: The Comeback Kid Returns
The Story Behind the Story
Most of my life I dreamt to write a novel. Unfortunately, I never found the time to fulfill that dream. After retiring from a thirty-nine year career with TWA/American Airlines, time was no longer an excuse. The subject became the obstacle. To get me motivated, my wife suggested I write my memoirs. “You have had an interesting and complicated life,” she commented. “It would make for a good story.”
The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. After all, I am the only person who knows all my memories. When I pass, they will be lost forever. recording them would mean that I would live forever. An added bonus would be that my descendants would have a history book to learn where their idiocy originated.
I started writing my memories in a big paper notebook. After fifty pages with arrows pointing every which way and notes scribbled everywhere, I had a complete mess on my hands. Again, my wife came to the rescue. “Why don’t you get a computer?” Duh! Brilliant idea, honey! But then the computer and I had issues. Lots of issues! Until we finally came to an agreement that I take a class and learn a little more about it. We still had issues, but they can usually be resolved. It still took me two years to complete the memoir. Behold: The Comeback Kid, The Memoirs of Thomas L. Hay was published in November 2011.
The process was both an invigorating whirlwind of self-enlightenment and an intense emotional trip. To jog my memory I used song titles. A song would remind me of a person, a place, or a time in my life. Example: “Heartbreak Hotel,” when my first wife informed me that she wanted a divorce. When I looked at my life, I recognized that it was but a series of events, much like an assorted box of chocolates, never knowing what would come next. I choose the title ‘The Comeback Kid” because of the many peaks and valleys I had during my life’s journey. Somehow I had always found a way to comeback from the valleys.
After publishing my memoirs, it occurred to me that I could have mysterious phenomena buried within my subconscious. Shortly after our divorce, my first wife had claimed that we had been abducted by aliens during our short marriage. She divorced me because her spirit had persuaded her to become a vegetarian, fast, and abstain from sexual activity. This melted the memory blocks instilled by the aliens and exposed traumatic experiences that had been buried within her subconscious. I didn’t believe her. Like most people who claimed to be abductees, I assumed she had a fertile imagination or had a few loose marbles.
However, after writing my memoirs, I became tormented to investigate the probability of her claim. Since I could stand to lose a few pounds and age had diminished by sex drive, I adopted her ascetic lifestyle for awhile. O-M-G… I discovered another life. I had to rewrite my memoirs. Behold: An Abduction Revelation: The Comeback Kid Returns was published in October 2012, by Balboa Press, a Div. of Hay House.
Who are the abductors? Where did they come from? Where were they hiding? Did they even exist? The answers to all those questions and many more were revealed when my memory blocks melted. What I discovered will startle and torment your reality.
Determining the book genre gave me a headache. Is it a memoir or is it a science fiction story? I let the reader decide whether it is reality, a dream, a hallucination, or a fermentation of imagination gone wild. Perphaps my imaginations were hidden memories? I don’t try to convince the reader one way or the other. I let them determine what they want to believe. However, I did remind them what Albert Einstein once said about the mysterious: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand in awe, is as good as dead, his eyes are closed and he is a stranger unto himself.”
Both books are written in a rollicked conversational style. I used many idioms that we all use in our everyday discussions. Example: “What in Sam Hill?” Everyone knows what it means, but what of the origin? Curiosity can ‘kill the cat’ and thanks to the Internet, those funny little phases became ‘clear as a bell’. I added an appendix in the second book to explain their origin. It was quite interesting how some came to be. You may be interested to see my website blog (www.thomaslhay.com) on ‘Idioms’.
Both books stand alone. The second book is not a sequel. The original memoir was written with the memory blocks instilled, while the revised memoir was written after the memory blocks were melted. Although there are some repetitiveness during the first few chapters, thereafter, the revised story takes a completely different direction. Buckle up, because you are in for one wild ride!
WARNING: Your life may never be the same again.
Thomas L. Hay, Author