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Grief in Storytelling

I'm hard at work on STEALING THUNDER. The number 2 book in the Darkness Paranormal series that I'm writing. As in STEALING DARKNESS, this book deals considerably with grief. It's a recurring theme for most of my work, mostly because of the truth of the emotion. InSTEALING DARKNESS, the grief is over an unseen loss and how it relates to her own inability to save someone. But in STEALING THUNDER, the grief has several avenues. The first is Graham's coming to terms with the loss of his mother, a loss he thought he dealt with long ago. For Grace, it's watching a friend slowing fading away. And for a little girl, it's dealing with the grief of watching her mother die and knowing there's no way to stop it.

People automatically think that grief is something that happens after death. But in fact, from the moment we realize the finality of a situation we are forced to deal with our own mortality, and the inevitability of loss. I've often heard people say that i…

The Moment When Everything Changes

As writers, we're often given the advice that our stories should begin "the moment everything changes", when the world becomes different enough to be a catalyst to change the way things have always been done.

This goes along with the million other pieces of advice that we are supposed to deciminated and integrate... and all while we are to remain original and authentic. Sounds easy, huh?! I mean, really, within the first three chapters we need to introduce character, setting, motivation, conflict and good dose of imagination. And, if your writing a suspense or mystery you need to add in a few red herrings, a believeable crisis and maybe a dead body or two... So, how the heck do we do that when we have to start at a point where the characters are being thrust into a situation where they don't even know themselves or how they are going to react?

For years, I thought this meant that I had to start with an immediate action. For Obsidian, it was the moment when his frie…

Have you gone BLUE?

The first time she went in for a colonoscopy she was only slightly scared. After all, she hadn't had any symptoms, nothing to indicate that there was any problem. She probably wouldn't have even been there had it not been for the fact that her brother had just recently been diagnosed with colon cancer and the doctors had suggested that all immediate relatives of age have a colonoscopy. There was no other history of it in the family and her brother was already well on his way for treatment. It was just a test. They wheeled her in to the viewing room, gave her the injection to make a little more comfortable and little less self-conscious about the procedure and the started with the colonoscopy. Ten minutes later she was back in her room. It sounded like a dream, most of the words the doctors spoke were fuzzy, hazed by the medicine, but one thing was clear, or rather unclear. They were unable to finish the colonoscopy because her colon was almost completely blocked with polyps.