A few nights ago, Shelle sent me this article and asked if “Neglect” was based on what it describes. It is uncanny (and disturbing) that this is the second news piece a friend reads, which reminds her of my short tale. The first one was shared by Gina. Sadly, the strange part is not that a parent is capable of such atrocity—we see this kind of horror more and more these days—the weirdness comes from the fact that I wrote the story a long time before knowing either case had taken place in our reality.
The articles left me so angry at the women that I couldn’t sleep. So I did what I do best for my heart and me in this kind of situation: wrote myself some therapy, tentatively titled, “Light and Dark on Neglect”. I will share it with you in a few days.
Why am I posting this, if I’m not ready to show you the new tale? Well, because someone just told me that “people are born with their destinies burned in their souls.” I believe that statement is a load of ill-digested horseshit, so I wanted to say a thing (or three) about the power of choice and the self-crafting of tomorrows: we can’t dictate what happens to us or in what order it might occur, but we have the power to choose how we react to these things. And yes, by “we” I mean “me”… and “you”, too, if you like.
“Light and Dark on Neglect” almost became my first post of 2015. But I didn’t want my blogging year to begin with emotional magma, and chose to start it with “Resolute to Lick and Tell” instead. The horridness evoked by those women’s actions still lingers, but my muse and I worked on turning the essence of soul-eating rot into life-giving fertilizer. The resulting story isn’t pleasant, but the characters helped me understand certain things… and provided me with much needed release.
Have you read or experienced something that left you growling and baring your teeth lately? If so, how did you choose to deal with it? As always, self-incrimination is optional.
Chandra Nalaar, a character in The Purifying Fire, by Laura Resnick