Should an author kill a main character?

I'm sure those that managed to slog their way through the novels Game of Thrones (or more likely enjoyed the cinematic version in all its bloody, lusty, much more engaging glory) are familiar with the notion of an author killing off one (or countless) main characters. But I am struggling with letting one of my characters … Continue reading Should an author kill a main character?

Coping and Hope

I wrote something yesterday. Only 750 words or so, but it wasn't an email message or a note to my sleeping teenage son saying I'd taken the dog for a walk so if he woke, get his own breakfast. It took me about twenty minutes to write the first sentence, but after that the words flowed … Continue reading Coping and Hope

Living in the “after”

I am living in the days after my best-friend /companion /confidant/ lover/ soulmate/ husband left his wrecked body behind, and moved into the the afterlife, joining his father and others he loved who had gone on before him. Its an unbelievable, unreal place to be--living without his shining eyes, his smile, even his pain and suffering, which … Continue reading Living in the “after”

Surreal

No glib, superficial entry today. Sorry folks, this one is a little heavy. A couple of nights ago, we were driving up the mountain from town. It was dark, raining lightly, and a thin fog hung on the banana plants and spiked fences of our neighbors. The headlights flashed across something in the road. "What the … Continue reading Surreal