November 11th, 2010
Last night I received Google Alert from Yahoo! Answers, notifying me that someone had a question about my book. After hitting the link, this is what I saw:
Can someone summarize what the book "Double Take" by Kevin Connolly is about?
I have to admit that I was a little sad realizing that someone didn't want to be bothered with reading my book. This is the first time I've seen disinterest or laziness in response to my work, and while it's more than a little narcissistic to feel any sort of reaction to such a simple request, I found myself staring at the question for a good five minutes. He wanted to summarize me, basically - which felt almost like a bad version of literary speed-dating. Right below his question was an answer that gave me heart, though:
Some guy who hated doing his homework so he paid people to do so
Now, while I wasn't totally certain who the comment was directed at, it made me realize that this was quite likely a student having to read my book for homework. With Double Take being a common reader for incoming Freshman at Montana State University, University of Wisconsin, and Colorado Mountain College, I could see that maybe there was some student sweating bullets about an exam he or she had to take regarding Double Take. So - feeling that I was the best qualified to summarize myself, I gave it a shot. The first half of the post is reasonably accurate, but toward the end of my of summary, I began feeling a bit bored. Not just of the summary itself, but also of what I had accomplished within my own memoir! So, I decided to add a little spice.
The final third of the book takes place back in my home of Montana during a long hiking trip. During my hike, I reflect on my adventures over the past summer while keeping an eye out for hungry wildlife. The final tragic chapter takes place on Sailor Lake, where I am attacked by a mountain lion. Surviving the initial encounter, I nevertheless died a tragic death of attrition on the long hike back to my vehicle in search of medical aid. A sad way to end the book, but nevertheless, I'm currently working on a second one. Kinda tough to create a new narrative if you've already been killed by a mountain lion, but nevertheless, I am prepared to try!
Maybe it was my middle-of-the-night delirium that led me to rework the entire ending, but I think this makes the book feel much more epic. I also truly hope that somewhere in America, there is a student convinced or confused about my state of mortality. Here's the link to the Yahoo! Answers page if you have any better endings to suggest. Can Someone Summarize Double Take?
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November 1st, 2010

Because I'm going to be seeing all of you very soon! I'm currently in Glenwood Springs hanging out at my hotel, and getting ready for the event in Rifle tonight! Between the classroom visits; skateboard sessions around campus; and speaking engagements; it looks like it's going to be a pretty busy week! An article in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent has already come out, and it's actually a pretty funny read...
If author and adventurer Kevin Michael Connolly were an ordinary 25-year-old, he would describe himself with ordinary words such as adaptable, curious and stubborn. But Montana-born and -reared Connolly is an extra-ordinary young man, so he pauses thoughtfully, with a chuckle, to describe himself as “lowbrow, callused, hairy, manic, masochistic and relatively eloquent despite my best efforts.”
Here's the link to the full article if you'd like to read a bit more. Here are some extra details about my visit to Colorado Mountain College:
More information on the Colorado Mountain College Common Reader program and the author’s talks Nov. 1-5 can be found on the Web at www.coloradomtn.edu/communities_friends/common_reader. Or call the college at 800-621-8559. A photo and writing contest with the Double Take theme, invites entries that explore the idea of seeing the world from a different perspective. Find out more. Kevin Michael Connolly will give author’s talks at the following locations: Nov. 1: Colorado Mountain College in Rifle, 7 p.m. Nov. 2: Colorado Mountain College in Aspen, 10 a.m. Nov. 2: Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, gymnasium, 7 p.m. Nov. 3: Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, 7 p.m. Nov. 4: Bud Werner Memorial Library Hall in Steamboat Springs, 7 p.m. Nov. 5: Vail Christian High School in Edwards, 7 p.m.
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October 25th, 2010
Today, I'm a very happy panda. Ever since I took my first few turns on a ski hill, I dreamed of getting into Outside Magazine. While I've been incredibly happy and grateful for all of the press that has been sent my way in the past few years, Outside was always my own sort of "holy grail" for publicity. I would've been happy with a little blurb in a page margin - so to be the feature of a 2800 profile has thrown me onto my proverbial heels a bit. I'd love to post the whole article online, but I'm sure that'd get me in hot water with the Outside powers-that-be. However, if you're keen to pick up a physical copy - here's the cover that you'll be looking for (it's the November issue) - A few high points: 1.) I get a nickname that I truly hope sticks (The Cyborg) 2.) The title for the next photo project is revealed (Low Lifes) 3.) The article discusses the Cheetah Legs - excuse me, Connollegs - at length. 4.) I get quoted as saying (for better or worse): "Now's a pretty rad time not to have legs."
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September 27th, 2010
Thanks for the great class today! As promised, here are the notes and links I mentioned throughout the talk. First, links: Here are also some links to my social profiles and other online homes:
  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kevin-Michael-Connolly/37766568619
  • http://twitter.com/KevinConnolly
  • http://kevinmichaelconnolly.tumblr.com/
  • http://www.youtube.com/user/ConnollyPhotography?feature=mhum
Here is also a pdf copy of the notes that I used today in class. Sorry if they are completely incoherent, but hey - no better than yours. Here ya go:  9-27 Notes Thanks again so much for the great class, everyone! It was great bouncing some novel ideas off new brains, and I hope to see all of you online soon!
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September 7th, 2010
Between all of this fancy convocation stuff, I almost forgot to mention one of the most exciting events coming up this month in Bozeman! When I began working with Paula Beswick and Carmen McSpadden over OBOB events, one of the suggestions that came up was creating an longboard deck design contest. Well the time has come for a call for entries! We have a local longboard manufacturer, Grizzly Longboards, helping to sponsor the event alongside SCS Wraps, and Speedy Prints - both local businesses. Here's the skinny -
Thanks for your interest in One Book – One Bozeman’s first-ever Art Contest! This contest is open to students in middle school through college. The first step is to read the One Book – One Bozeman/MSU Summer Reading selection “Double Take: A Memoir” by MSU grad, Kevin Michael Connolly. Next, get creative with your own longboard deck design. Go to www.onebookonebozeman.org to find the list of locations to pick one up. Four lucky winners will get a FREE Grizzly Longboard Deck with his or her original artwork!
If you would like to print out a copy of the guidelines yourself (as well as coupon for Grizzly Longboards) - here's a download link: OBOB art contest form. Otherwise, hit the jump for the full list of guidelines as well as download link to the longboard template. Read the rest of this entry »
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