I am not lost…

March 5, 2018

End of an Era

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In May of 2008, in order to take the place of our last lost cat Jamie, we brought home a tiny fluffy black kitten.  Dad always tells the story that she kept clawing at the box, one arm through the airhole, determined to get out. He always says that he was worried he’d have to pull the car over and just leave it to the cat.

By the time he got her home, she was covered in her own mess, spooked and dirty. He cleaned her up, and when my mother and I got home, they were curled up, fast friends. Zaphod has been my dad’s cat ever since.

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September 12, 2017

RIP

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So I meant to have a post up for you yesterday. I was going to write it when I got home. But about halfway through my day, I got news that one of my dear friends from college had lost his mom to cancer on the 4th.

I’m still a little shaken, if I’m honest. She was an amazing woman, and I’ve left a lot of promises to her unanswered…and now I can never fulfill them.

You’ll have a book review post tomorrow, and with luck, I’ll have a fiction post for Friday. But I wanted to explain why I was gone. (Last Friday I was on the road and thought I had a post up. Whoops.)

I miss you, Diane. I’ll make sure to cheer extra loud down here for Mike.

July 20, 2017

Death of an Inspiration

This is going to be a weird topic for me to come briefly out of hiatus for, but the more I thought about it, the more I needed to get my thoughts out in a coherent way on the topic. I’ve just seen the news that Chester Bennington, the lead vocalist for Linkin Park, has committed suicide by hanging.

We lost Chris Cornell in much the same way, not too long ago. About 2 years back now, I wrote about one of the members of the YouTube group Cyndago, Daniel Kyre, dying in the same fashion. Robin Williams…I mean, the list goes on. And as much as all of these have affected me in some way, Chester’s death affects me as a writer.

Bear with me.

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January 18, 2016

Always

I don’t know how I think I’m going to get through this blog post. Reader beware: there may be gross sobbing beneath the cut, because I’m talking about death.

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September 19, 2015

In Light of Loss

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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of YouTube gaming, and follow with great joy the likes of JackSepticEye, PewDiePie, and Markiplier. I enjoy their work, and will follow them outside of gaming as well, into comedy sketches–musical numbers–whatever. I love watching creative people enjoy themselves, and these people shine.

Two days ago or so now, Markiplier put up a notice that something very serious had happened, and he might not be able to make videos for quite a while. Checking around, I noticed that his editor Matt (also part of the YouTube channel Cyndago) also seemed to be in significant distress, citing something serious happening. I was understandably concerned, but kept silent, respecting their wishes for time before saying anything final.

Tonight, the word came out that Daniel Kyre, one of the members of Cyndago, had committed suicide.

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August 13, 2014

Inspiration Wednesday – Those Who Go Before

This is a bit of a solemn topic, and it’s less direct inspiration and something a little less tangible. I’ve talked about using other writers as inspiration, and books we love, but as I’ve pushed to make clear, I believe that inspiration for writing doesn’t have to come only from books. I believe a good movie or a gripping TV show can be just as inspiring. I was never more driven to understand politics (a field which I absolutely hate) than when I was watching The West Wing. I never understood the gravity of a wartime hospital than when I was watching M*A*S*H. And some of my favorite movies are the ones which could grab you with a good story and fascinating characters, even when the topic was solemn…and you could still laugh at parts.

I watched a movie like this with my parents the other day, called The Descendants, starring George Clooney. (With added Shailene Woodley for extra awesome!) But the movies I’m thinking about here are Dead Poets Society and What Dreams May Come, with the spellbinding Robin Williams at its forefront.

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January 31, 2014

Killing Your Darlings

As much as I know this phrase comes to mind when talking about something like cutting sentences that aren’t necessary no matter how much you love them and think they’re clever, I want to talk more about character death. I read an article lately that commented on how often writers think that killing off a character is the only way of bringing about change in a plot, or heightening the stakes.

As someone who’s killed off several characters–most of whom I adored (and have found ways of bringing back to life, in some cases)–I’d like to tackle this issue. Also because I’ve suffered a loss in my family recently, and it’s a good way for me to parse things.

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