This has comments on my writing and reading. Primarily about Mycroft Holmes and stories involving him. Secondarily about whatever I'm reading at the moment.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Mind The Gap
Ric Locke died and he wasn't as well known as some of the other writers I've loved, but he reminded me of all those who have gone before.
The giants upon whose shoulders we stand. The giants whose shoes were several sizes larger than life. Shoes hard to fill.
My father was not a writer. Though he introduced me to Louis L'Amour, he wasn't much of a reader, either. He died several years ago and news of other deaths take me back to the funeral home in Sparta, Michigan where we honored Dad.
My step-sister's husband loved my dad as much as any of us, and he spoke to me of what a good man Dad was. All I could think of in response was the challenge this posed to both of us as men. Can we be good men like Dad? We must be good men like Dad, because he's gone and someone else must do what he did.
There is a gap in this world. It is created by the loss of great men and women. It challenges each of us to do and to become their replacements.
Dad's death challenged me to be a better father, neighbor, and friend. When I reflect on the deaths of the writers whose prose I've enjoyed, I'm challenged to be a writer who can fill the gap.