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January 23, 2015
So far two people have skipped to the end of Letters Home. My nephew is forgiven, he’s a twelve-year-old with a book in his hand. My sister I’ve been giving a hard time. She told me how much she loved the last letter and how impactful it was. I said, Yeah, imagine what it would have meant if you’d read it at the end, like you were supposed to. She said she’d forget about it and let it touch her again as the finish of the book. (You can’t tell but we were kidding with each other.)
When I finish...
January 22, 2015
Dream recall is much more of a learned and developed skill than a propensity; with effort, it can be boosted. If you ever find yourself in need to grieve, you’ll be likely to find your departed there; his or her presence might not be a comfort, right away, but will guide you through where grief must take you, back to the comfort that presence always was in life.
January 18, 2015
I enclosed copies of this letter with the copies of Letters Home I gave to my three nieces and my nephew.
I’m not sure when you’ll want to first read this but whenever feels like a good time, for you, will be best. You probably know your great-grandpa Rex, your grandma Lynne’s dad, was a pilot and fought during World War Two, back in 1945. Great-Grandpa Rex and Great-Grandma Kate were just married and separated for many months. He was on a boat in the Pacific Ocean, near Japan, and...
January 15, 2015
One of the times I talked with my sister while working on Letters Home, she said she didn’t know if she would want to read it when I was done. She wanted to read the originals. I told her she should. No one will have quite the experience I had reading all those seventy-year-old letters. Same as I got only a glimpse of what that experience was like for my grandparents, what’s in the book will give readers only a glimpse of my experience.
This is good and bad. The good is partly logistical, if...
January 11, 2015
Letters Home is available for purchase in paperback and as an Ebook.
Rex and Kate, just married, part when Rex ships out as a member of the inaugural crew of the USS Shangrila, bomber pilot for the U.S. Navy, fighting in the Pacific theater against the Japanese during WWII. They make a lovers’ pact to write each other every day. This romantic gesture, these letters home, become more and more vital as the distance between them widens, as the months slowly pass.
As he waits out the big three: th...
January 8, 2015
My mother has had this same dream twice. She lies on her bed in her room surrounded by votive candles. On the steps to her room upstairs are all the people she’s met in all her life. The steps are filled, a parade of people in the order she encountered them, all coming in to say goodbye. She offers each of them one of the candles to take with them when they leave.
Her cancer has returned. They found it early, right where they were looking for it given her history. She is in a fantastic positi...
January 4, 2015
Coordination of the release of a book is a bit stressful. Plus I’m finding finishing one aspect and letting that go and then moving onto the next more romantic, so that’s the way I went. Official release day will be when I have the thirty paperbacks I ordered in my hands and can start handing and mailing them out. My hope for Letters Home is that I can gift copies to people interested enough to want to read my grandpa’s story. That will be the culmination of a process that has been enormously...
December 29, 2014
My thanks, again, to all who voted, here:
The results came in quite close with B over A over C, but only a single vote separating each. I was planning to go with B, but all three felt a touch too long, so I went back to the drawing table, and ended up splicing all three, so this is what I ended up with:
Rex and Kate, just married, part when Rex ships out as a member of the inaugural crew of the USS Shang...
December 21, 2014
Some days I worry about becoming one of those writers who continues writing out of habit long past the point of producing work of value. Other days I worry I already am.
December 13, 2014
My mom buys popcorn seeds in bulk, so I basically never have to buy popcorn seeds. I just fill up off hers. I’ve never asked her how much it costs at bulk prices, much less offered to chip in for my share. I stopped by to fill up after she got a new bag. I forgot my canister, so she gave me the old bag with a little left and I started adding to it from the new bag. First I complained that I was getting stuck with old and new popcorn mixed together, “just acting the fool, of course,” to borrow...