After two books with Coach Bob as the main character I decided to pack it in and move on to something else. It wasn't easy to say good-bye to those wonderful characters, many were influenced by old buddies - both guys and gals. I figured they would still be around if I missed them. I could always read the stories again. That's what I said to myself. So, I said good-bye and moved on down the road. But something wasn't quite right. I wasn't afraid of the blank sheet of paper daring me to dig out a new story with different characters. I'd been there before and conquered that fear ... not once but twice. I could certainly do it again. But the story didn't come or rather the new story would not reveal itself. I kept returning to Coach Bob and the other familiar characters. They didn't want things to end either. There was another story with a positive message about earning it in life. That's what they told me or I thought they told me. Is it weird to hear thoughts and feelings from characters you invent? I don't know, perhaps it is a bit strange. What the heck, it's my oddity and if Bob and the others want to hang around and have a few more beers together ... then who am I to say no.
There you have it folks. There just might be one more Coach Bob story, if I can dig it out and bring it to life. I choose not to write for the sake of writing. Rather, I want each story to have something meaningful to say. I want to impact others, make them think, laugh and cry. That's what I have been searching for these past few months. A meaningful story that makes readers feel real emotion. I penned a few words the other week to test drive an idea in my head. There might be something there. I let a few people read my jottings which I have not done before - not this early when the story is raw and I have no idea where it's going yet. It's a different twist, at least for me and it will allow me to say good-bye.
Ok, I think I might be ready to start writing again. The engines are tuned, the batteries rested and there's plenty of cold beer in the refrigerator.
I like to read and write stories that dig deep into characters and how they respond to challenges.