Writing Wednesday #1: Lifeless

The room is silent as everyone gathers around the hospital bed. I stand back in the corner, afraid to go with everyone else. I’ve never been this close to death before, and keeping my distance was my way of fooling myself into believing that I won’t be affected.

A few minutes pass. Suddenly, a loud cry comes from the bed. I look up and hear the long, solid beep coming from the machine. I stood in disbelief, knowing that our family will never be the same.

A nurse rushes in and everyone clears away from the bed to give her room to work. Another nurse follows close behind her. Nothing is said between them; their stares and expressions tell us what we already know. As everyone moves out of the room, I stay behind to say my final goodbye.

Frozen, I stand in the corner trying to convince myself to not be a coward. Death is inevitable; so why do I feel a wave of guilt rush through me? For a few moments, I look down at the bed. The body is covered by a sheet, making it a little easier for me to stand where I am. I don’t bother to move it, even though I had enough time to peek. I’ve seen dead bodies on TV before, but those were just actors playing the part. This is family.

They must not be worried about me standing here, as the doctors and nurses gather back in the room to take the body out. The time of death was called; 4:37pm. The time rang through my head a few times, as if it was something important that I should recall later.

I opened my eyes as the doctor was moving the sheet.

“No”, I thought to myself. “Don’t–”

Too late. The sheet was removed. Fear, panic, and sorrow suddenly rushed through my body, and I was caught in a sea of mixed emotions as I stared down.

“This can’t be,” I whispered.

I took one last look, hoping that my already tired brain was playing tricks on me. But, my eyes weren’t playing tricks.

I was staring back at myself; lifeless, cold. It was me that died, and I didn’t even know it.


Read Poe And Try To Keep Calm

Read Poe and try to keep calm

Image credit: iPoe Collection

There are two bodies — the rudimental and the complete; corresponding with the two conditions of the worm and the butterfly. What we call “death,” is but the painful metamorphosis. Our present incarnation is progressive, preparatory, temporary. Our future is perfected, ultimate, immortal. The ultimate life is the full design.“The Mesmeric Revelation”, Edgar Allan Poe


Marblehead Lighthouse

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Marblehead Lighthouse

Yesterday was probably one of the better days so far this spring weather-wise. So, Jess and I took the kids out to Marblehead Lighthouse State Park in Marblehead, OH.

Honestly, it couldn’t have been a better day; unless, of course, the temps were a little warmer than 55°F. It didn’t help that the cool air from Lake Erie was gently blowing, but that didn’t stop me from getting a few pics before we left.

This is one of my favorites from the set of images taken, and it isn’t too bad considering I used my iPhone 5 instead of our normal camera.

Hopefully the weather just gets better here on out, and I think for the first time, I’ll be using just my iPhone camera just to see what kind of pics I can get out of it.

I’ll leave you with a bit of history on the lighthouse:

Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes, has guided sailors safely along the rocky shores of Marblehead Peninsula since 1822.
 
In 1819, the fifteenth U. S. Congress recognized the need for navigational aides along the Great Lakes, and set aside $5,000 for construction of a light tower at the entrance to Sandusky Bay. Contractor William Kelly built the 50-foot tower of native limestone on the tip of the Marblehead Peninsula. The base of the tower is 25 feet in diameter, with walls five feet thick. It narrows to twelve feet at the top with two-foot thick walls.
 
ODNR Division of Ohio State Parks


Scrivener Coupon Code – 20% Discount

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Getting Back Into Writing

For the last, oh, year or so, I’ve been slowly working my way towards writing a novel. Although, I have to admit, it’s a pretty ambitious goal considering I’ve never really had anything significant of mine published before. Sure, I post to a few websites, but anyone can do that, and I know I’m not alone.

There are several authors out there that I follow that have written and published a novel or two, and even though most have been self-published novels, it keeps me from being discouraged about finishing my story.

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