WAKING THE DEAD - for the Holiday Zine. It's being proofed as we speak, and will go to Lynda as soon as that's done. Hopefully later today.
So, yeah, Christmas miracles, I guess!
I discovered the news of Ursula's death within the last few weeks. drinteot heard about it, and told me, then mentioned the Holiday Zine was going to be dedicated to her, and suggested "why not write a story for it, in memory of her?"
So I did. Because it struck me as something I could do with the sadness. And because, after all, what drinteot wants, drinteot gets. And because Ursula meant a lot.
Still, I feel like the long lost relative showing up at the funeral after not seeing the deceased in years. A story for someone is certainly more meaningful when the person can still read it. That makes me sad. But at the very least, I did want to honor her memory and a story did feel like an appropriate way to do that.
I was finishing a story for betagoddess when she passed, more suddenly than expected. I was about to meet her in person for the first time about two weeks later.
Another death later, and I stopped writing. Among other things. I 'stopped' completely, in a way. Restarted the writing once or twice for a moment, in a burst of inspiration, and ground to a halt, frequently due to ye old nemesis Circumstances.
Another death, and I've written a story. Started and finished in the space of two weeks, which is very much the Old Me. Nice to know I can still do it... hopefully the story holds the old spark.