Monday, March 19, 2012

Grizzled old men

Another time for posting has come up and, as always, I'm unprepared. What should I say? Where should I go with it? Will anyone even care?

With that in mind, I decided to go with something I'd love people to think about: butchers.

Yes, those meat-cutting people down the supermarket/butcherstore. Not the nutters out loose on every street eeeevery night... (oooh...)

The very few cunning people around here who have visitied my site would know that I'm currently undertaking an apprenticeship in one of the few essential jobs left that will never be replaced by machines (mainly because said replacees are very good with knives): Butchering.

Yes, a female butcher. Who has attended university. And has 3 novels published, with a couple more on the way.

Don't worry, you're not the only one who's spat their coffee over that particular combination. The woman who signed my up looked insanely intimidated. I thought it was funny.

But, yes, back to my point. Butchers.

Something I've learned in the last three years of employment at a butcher's shop (my, how time draaaags...), is that one, people will tell a butcher anything, like the barbers of old, two, you will never find a crankier set of old buzzards anywhere, and three, they gossip and chat a lot more than any other profession. And 99.5% of them are men!

So if you decide to go with a protagonist next time you write, that's just a little bit hardened, grouchy and can get any bit of information you want, don't write about a PI or grizzled detective or such - write about a butcher.

~ Holly Hunt writes Fantasy, Scifi and Horror. Visit her site at


January Bain said...

That's funny, Holly! Thanks for the laugh.

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

That's a delightful picture. I'm glad you got the job. Think of it as literary:

"The butcher the barber the bartender drink maker."

Check the bathtub for blood.

Big Mike said...

Damn, that is a good idea, Holly. Now just got to figure how to get it in the story.

BTW - ever hear of the Butcher of NY? It was a real guy during the civil war.

Michael Davis (

Allison Knight said...

I love butchers. They do a great service to meat lovers everywhere. But be aware, they cut meat differently in different parts of the country. I have to explain in detail what I want and how to cut it, if I need a special cut, the the 7 blade chuck roast for example. And who ever decided to wack chickens from front to back and side to side. My grandma would have a fit if she saw the way they cut up chickens today.

Butchers are characters? oh, I'll buy that.