I wrote today for Mid-Week Blues Buster. My goal today was sunshine and unicorns, but obviously I’m just not that type of writer. I write emotion, drama, conflict, and real life through horror. It’s just the way I’m made. Everyone has a gift, and as someone told me recently, mine is to make people cry. What a wonderful gift (I jest). Anyway, the song Another Nail In The Heart didn’t exactly lend itself to happy, but I did my best. And I’m pretty happy with the product! Enjoy!
A Writer’s Conundrum
“Another Nail In My Heart,” she wrote, then crumpled up the paper. The words dripping from her pen were filled only with sorrow. And why? She had a charmed life.
The next sheet of lined yellow paper sat before her, a blank slate for her to fill. And this time, she wanted to fill them with happy words, words of rainbows and lollipops. Words of hope and inspiration. Instead of her usual: horror, pain, and sadness.
Diego plopped down beside her on the couch craning his neck to see what she was writing. She covered it with her arm like a child trying to keep someone from cheating off of her paper.
“Oh come on, I just wanted to see what you’re writing. Let me guess, another tale of killer clowns. Or divorce on a hike?”
She nodded towards the four crumpled balls of paper on the floor, and he reached forward and squeezed her leg gently.
“Maybe that’s your gift—making people cry…or scream.”
“Very funny,” Ana said. “How do you make happy interesting? Drama is much more fun, because it produces conflict immediately. There is always an issue to resolve.”
He took a swig of Sam Adam’s and put his arm around her. “You’re the writer, I defer to you.”
“A lot of help you are.”
He found the remote and started clicking through football games until he found the right one. Ana leaned up against him, tapping her pen against the empty pad, leaving tiny ink marks in her wake.
“Oh, did I tell you? Nick Hutchins and his wife are getting divorced.”
Ana sighed, set the pad down next to her on the couch and turned her attention to her husband.
“Didn’t they just adopt twins?”
“About six months ago, yeah. But turns out Nick was sleeping around. And guess what? She caught him in bed.”
“With who? Oh wait, don’t tell me, Shelly from accounting?” Diego was always telling Ana about what a slut Shelly from accounting was.
“No. With Patrick Weasler.”
“Oh God, that’s even worse. Who did you hear it from—Nick?”
“No, I heard it from Shelly. She’s best friends with the wife—what’s her name—and went over to pick up the pieces after Nick left.”
Ana picked up the pad, the blank lines seemed to suddenly fill up with words of woe, sorrow, divorce, infidelity and unhappiness: the shit of life. Diego flipped through the channels absentmindedly, not content with any of the games on T.V. as his wife scribbled furiously across the paper.
“Unicorns and rainbows?” he asked.
“Divorce and despair,” she said. “I guess, it’s just what I’m fated to write.”