Now What? You’ll love it

The rest of the evening was spent in companionable silence with only the rustle of silence of paper disturbing the silence.  I watched as they traded stories , pointed to phrases, chuckling now and then, wiping away a tear. Waving a paper, Jana said, Read this and Cindy agreed.

Jana’s rich dramatic voice began. “My pastel life turned to inky blackness after Bob died. Wandering through our–my home, a memory in every corner, the rest of life loomed ahead like a mystery to be solved. I didn’t want to go on without him.My footsteps faltered  when I reached his home office. Automatically my fingers curled into a fist ready to knock on the carved door he loved.

This is background. Then I move into the story. Thank you. Also I have trouble following ever since the fall. It’s a little bit better but still troubling. All part of the accident.


“Carly, the Fairview Weekly News is owned by Brent and Grace Anderson, clients of mine and I’d like to show them a few of of your stories maybe toward writing a column. “Now What?How would you feel about writing for a local paper?

“But what would I say?”

“Start with what happened after Bob died , your feelings and don’t hold back.”

“And what will that do?”

“Other women will read your column, and be inspired,to  try at least one of your escapades and that’s a good thing.

Days later , when I’d given up hope of hearing from Jana, she called saying The owners asked me to come in for an interview.

Shocked, I was ready to appear but what to wear until I found something to put on and actually wrote my first column, just in case.

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29 thoughts on “Now What? You’ll love it

  1. Wow, those 2 opening paragraphs had a lump in my throat!
    I agree with Jessica, she needs some catharsis to get on with her life, writing might be it.

  2. I sympathize with the nerves along with column writing. I’m doing that now. 🙂
    As a side note as a mod I can’t tell which is your snippet. Can you stick to 10 sentences? From this it looks like you have two. Thanks Charmine!

  3. What a great idea for a column. I know writing has become very therapeutic for me, and I’m sure the same will be true for her. Wonderful job! 🙂

  4. You’ve captured the essence of grief. Is moving on abandoning the one you loved? Is their death your death? Or does life continue into something completely new without them? Great snippet. I think she’s moving on since she’s worried about what to wear. 🙂 (Glad you’re feeling better.)

    • I learned a lot about grief before I wrote the book. I did meet a man and got married eventually.. We are growing old together especially now that I had the bad fall. Life has changed. Thanks Gem. I so enjoy your stories. At this point I am selecting one to own.

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