Thursday, December 20, 2012

A World of Pairs

I wrote this several weeks ago, about "couples" and how difficult it is to be alone during the holidays.  This passage was discarded as happens during the editing process, but the truth of it stands.  In Pages in the Wind, Emily struggles with feelings of isolation and loneliness in a world of "pairs."

I tried to relax as much as someone can relax on the metal mall chairs.  Looking out at the mall shoppers, holding shopping bags and walking in and out of stores, one thing was readily apparent - pairs.  Pairs were everywhere; friends laughing and chatting, couples holding hands and occasionally stopping to look in the windows.  The world is made up of pairs, paired up as friends, lovers, mothers with their children, husbands with their wives.  That's the way it's meant to be, the world is not supposed to be traveled alone - and from the day we're born we scramble to find someone to pair up with.

As the story evolves, this isolation will prove to be far deeper than she could have imagined.....

9 comments:

  1. I agree with your post, and the holidays are especially hard for people that are alone. I lost my wife ten years ago and life is not the same. Holidays are very hard, and even with friends around I still feel alone. I wish that I had known to appreciate her more. Its a shame that we have to learn these lessons after we lose someone. The one that I should have appreciated more is gone and its all sad. You write beautifully and I will remember what you said.

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  2. Beautiful writing - look forward to the book coming out.

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  3. Carrie Via HernandezJanuary 9, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Isolation is hard and the holidays are definitely the hardest. I try to reach out as the holidays approach but i's easy to get caught in the hustle bustle and forget. Thank you for your lovely post and I can't wait to see how emily makes out!

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  4. There is the isolation that helps and the isolation that hurts..this is definitely the latter. Wonderful writing, very atmospheric. I look forward to the ongoing work.

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  5. There is the isolation that helps and the isolation that hurts...this is definitely the latter. Wonderful writing style, very atmospheric. Definitely subscribed, I look forward to your upcoming work.

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  6. With the current explosion in the use of social media and electronic communications gadgetry, the women on the buses I commute in have overcome lonliness. They have become offensive in their pursuit of camaraderie. I guess well-to-do women are not comforted by the cheap thrill!

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  7. I enjoyed your post and certainly do agree with it! You have a great story going and the characters are great. Would love to hear more. I have as the reader before me overcome loneliness although it is not easy in a paired world. Love your writing.

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  8. So true that the world is paired. It makes it hard for us loners, or just folks without a mate especially during the holidays. Thank you for your wonderful post.

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  9. Beautiful writing style, very organic. I especially like the character of Emily which appears to be the main character. Can't wait for your finished work.

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