Hi! WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF SECOND HAND STORIES!
March 2021. We are still suffering the time of Corona virus; the time the world stopped turning; the time that the best laid plans of mice and men went awry. Every plan was changed, every contract canceled, every job lost, every trip a no-go. No jobs, no fun, no travel, no adventure, no income. Well, dang! That hurt! It's living in a science fiction movie. All we can do is hope it goes away; I lost dear friends to this horror. As I write this the vaccine is being administered nationwide and I've had my shots. We can only pray that it is effective and people can resume their lives and chase their dreams.
So - why the term Second Hand Stories?
There are tee-shirts for writers that say "Beware what you say to a writer. It may show up in a novel." In my case, you can almost bet it will. I love to write, to push words around. When I write an essay, a Facebook post, or a novel, I know that no one since the dawn of time has put words together in the exact order that I have. How cool is that? But I also know I don't have a great imagination for fantasy or make believe, so what I do is rummage through my lifetime box of things I've seen, heard, read, and pull something out. Stories someone told me, perhaps fifty years ago over a dinner table, may show up in my writing, morphed into an unrecognizable shape. I sift through the memory box and write. Second hand stories, you see.