Implicit Contracts

I did something amazing. I took my own advice about clearing up misunderstandings. The issue was about a failure of what I call the “Implicit Contract.” One of these exists in every relationship, whether the parties are aware of it or not. In the personal realm, there may or may not be an explicit contract, like wedding vows, but there’s always the implicit one.

We’ve all known off-balance relationships in which one person will literally come out in the middle of the night to rescue a friend, but when the rescuer needs something in return, the other person is never available. We’ve all known situations in which one person tries to extract the maximum from the other, and offers nothing in return. To me, that’s a breach of the implicit contract.

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Wondering About Bullying

Why has bullying become so prevalent? It’s everywhere all of a sudden. There are news reports constantly, and I even saw a full hour special on bullying recently. Not being a parent, I really don’t have a dog in this fight, but I always wonder about the effects of stark trends in society. What has caused the issue to break into a mainstream discussion?

I know bullying has always existed, so the first question is: Is it a bigger problem now, or are we just more aware of it due to all of the channels of information available? If it is a bigger problem, then the obvious next question is: Why?

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Life Limits

My mom would have been seventy years old today. As it turned out, she only made it to fifty-eight. A little over twelve years ago, she lost a long fight with herself. Depending on your point of view, it would be just as easy to say she won that fight. I suppose it would be easier to say she lost the fight to cancer, or she died of a heart attack, but neither of those is the case. Before I explain, let me introduce Oliver. Mom made this in her ceramics class when I was a little boy.

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Decay – Good News, Bad News

I’m almost done with the first draft of Decay. Writing a novel that is quite a bit longer than the Renewal series in a month is pretty cool. I didn’t know I could do that. Even better, I like it. It feels like I learned a great deal from Renewal. That’s the good news.

The bad news is – it’s bound to be a mess, which means the release is still going to take some time. My friend, Hans, is taking me on a little scouting trip to clean up some of the details of the early settings. There are mistakes to be corrected, along with the usual pile of editing to be done. I’m hoping to do a better job with the editing from now on. It’s great to read all the glowing reviews, but not so fun to see those glowing reviews framed by editing mistakes.

The whole Renewal series was a learning experience, an experiment. If I hadn’t framed it that way in my mind, I probably never would have started. As an experiment, it’s been far more successful than I ever expected, which means that the story is no longer an experiment. More professional results are required. I hope you’ll bear with me as I try to reach the next level.

As happened with the series, the story unfolds itself as I write. I’m not one of those writers who has it all figured out before I start writing. I’m not sure what that says about me, but it makes the writing as much fun as reading. The point here is that there is a third book unfolding as I write the second one. I have copious notes. I even have a title, but I’ll save that until after Decay is released. First things first.

Thanks for reading.