Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, amici. I want to apologize in advance for the quote of the week. It’s not strictly writing-related.

Today, the quote’s author is unknown. Which is too bad, as I’d like to thank him or her for the wise words:

At the end of the day, all you need is hope and strength.
Hope that it will get better and strength to hold on until it does.

Last week was rough, with family surgeries (yes, I consider my dogs family, but I mean my father, too) and other issues, some of which made the post last week and some of which didn’t. Because of those difficulties, I was determined to have a better week this week.

I didn’t.

We lost a dear member of the family this week. I should have seen it coming; she’s been in the hospital for months. But reports of her progress came filtered through a rose-colored lens. I thought she was recovering. Sure, her life probably was never going to be the same, but she was going to be around for many more years.

If you’re an optimist, forgive me for this next sentence.

Rose-colored lenses suck.

I would have preferred to be prepared than to have been blindsided. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have hoped and prayed for the best, but at least I would have had realistic expectations. Instead, I’m floored. And her end-of-life wishes were for no funeral, so we won’t all be gathering to grieve together and to find closure.

I’ve got family scattered everywhere, and I don’t know how to help them. I don’t even know what to do with myself.

I’m kind of just lost.

Gloria was one of my biggest fans. She bought all my books (in print), and I never even got around to signing them for her. And now I never will.

More to the point, she was always there. I’m not saying she was perfect. Far from it. But you’ll never find a person more loyal. She was a fierce supporter and defender of her loved ones. And now? We’re left with nothing but memories.

Maybe I should have gone with a quote about appreciating people while they’re here because all too quickly, they’re gone.

I know she’s not suffering. I know she’s in a better place. And while we mourn her absence, I’ll be rejoicing for her new, eternal life, free from pain and surrounded by love. But that doesn’t make things easier at this moment.

We all experience death and grief. I know I’m not alone in this. I’m just… raw.

Sorry this post took a dark turn. I appreciate you listening. And I know many of you will want to offer your condolences. Thank you. I appreciate it. I really do. But I’m not in the frame of mind to cope with that right now, so know I’m very grateful, but I’m closing comments.

Thanks for listening. Now go hug a loved one. The following links will be waiting for you after family time.

Story Empire

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