Collectif Creativity: 26Apr2022

by Jerry Boroff

I have self-published a coming-of-age memoir against a back-drop of the Montreal plumbing trade. The title is, Why Would Anyone Want To Be A Plumber? and is available on Amazon in Kindle and soft cover format.

The book’s cover is whimsical and makes the book appear to be directed at children. It’s a play on the expression “that you can’t always tell a book by its cover”. 

Cover art for Why Would Anyone Want To Be A Plumber?

The stories are non-fiction and very personal. It’s the only way I know how to write. The following is a partial account in one of the chapters.

I was called to unblock a sluggish toilet. After a process of elimination, I determined that it was a main drain problem in the residence. I unloaded the large sewer-rooter from my van and after opening up the clean out-cover in the garage, I began to feed the three-quarter-inch cable into the four-inch diameter, cast iron drain while running water in a nearby sink.

Twenty feet in, the cable’s cutter snagged onto something. I stopped the rotation and began pulling the wire out by hand after closing the faucet. Whatever it was that I had captured, was coming closer and closer. It wasn’t easy pulling that monster out. Even after the head of it emerged with the cutter gripping it tightly, its full body length was a good ten feet……….

I hope you enjoy the stories.

So, don’t be shy! Collectif members, share your creative impulses! Send JPG images of your creative mind at work to with up to 100 words per image describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how/if creativity affects your daily life. Please include size (height by width), title & media for all images. 

Writers – we really want to hear from you too! Send us poetry, lyrics, an excerpt. Please try to include an illustration of some sort. 

Give us informative, inspiring show & tell. Let’s get everyone exploring their inner creative soul. 


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