Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Spiraling - 3.24 #sol20 Story Challenge

Monday morning, I finished reading Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby. As a novel, it's simultaneously harrowing and uplifting. It's also a ghost story, in part.

Monday afternoon, I went walking in search of ghosts. Unsurprisingly, I ended up in a cemetery. I paused at this gravestone.

I wondered about this man who died at age 86 in 1918, the first year of the so-called Spanish flu. William, did a virus claim you, too?

On my return home, a helicopter hovered overhead. I don't know why. I observed how my thoughts that had skewed morbid, now shifted paranoid.

Monday night, I visited NPR's Tiny Desk. The first song of the latest small-scale concert featured these lyrics: "My girl, give a smile when the pain comes; pain, the only thing that'll make it all right. She says she talks to angels."

Which whirls me back to one of the main character in Thirteen Doorways, Pearl, a girl who does smile through pain and at times talks to an angel.


  1. Interesting combination of events, Brian. I used to love to roam cemeteries when college age. Go fogure?

  2. This so reminded me of Spoon River Anthology! Edgar Lee Masters in 1915 wrote epitaphs of somewhat fictional dead people from their perspective as they looked back on their lives. I love "George Gray" and hadn't thought about it in years. Spooky post!

  3. I do feel like this YA dystopian world we're living in creates the spirals you mentioned. Be them helicopters above our heads, or headstone dates that correspond to current events. I do love ghost stories so will give your book suggestion a try...but I might stay out of the cemetery that day so I don't spiral.

  4. Ooh - must add this to my (ever-growing) list. You mentioned it yesterday, I think, and this second mention piques my interest even more. I wonder, too, about William Baker. Spanish influenza? hmmm...