• The Story Behind the Book

    Just Another Week in Suburbia: The Passive Casper

    The best stories feature characters who take journeys. And that doesn’t necessarily mean geographical journeys, but intellectual, emotional, and spiritual journeys. The simplest example is Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. While he does take a physical journey, it’s all about how his adventure shapes him, and who he becomes: he goes from a meek Hobbit to a bold, courageous leader – a Hobbit who would dare banter with a dragon and betray a friend to broker peace. I’d written other stories where characters took physical journeys, and their change is a byproduct of their experiences. But now I was interested primarily in focusing on the character’s growth. Part of this…

  • Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 6e

    Dante wonders how much the Bourbon & Cokes are affecting him. He feels as if he’s standing outside of himself, observing his gregarious nature, and frowning with disapproval. Patricia doesn’t mind, though, sitting next to him. He wish he could read her, but he is terrible at reading people. This is why he lives in constant fear that Flavia will come to the realisation that she has settled, and she would be better of pursuing somebody worthy of her stature. He cannot comprehend how she would love him, or that sometimes two people so different can still find love in one another. He smiles. He’s sure it’s a cool smile,…