The past week or so has been kind of difficult for me. On the path to recovering from Katherine leaving me, my emotional state is a lot more vulnerable than would normally be the case. It doesn’t take much for me to start to spiral back into a depressive episode. Fortunately, that no longer means alcohol, but it still means a lack of appetite or ability to get things done, an empty feeling in the middle of my chest that nothing can assuage.
And the past few weeks have been doing their darndest to keep me down. My oldest sister and I are no longer are on speaking terms because of decisions she has made and decisions I have made to protect myself from further harm. Then, I was broken up with because of my sister, though indirectly. And then I was stood up the very next day. Being an idiot, I agreed to something after being stood up that caused me to feel very shallow and empty.
Any one of these on their own wouldn’t be that difficult of a thing to put behind me and overcome, but all together and in quick succession, and in the already vulnerable state of early post-separation, it has been difficult to pull myself out of this miasma of self-doubt and depression. Add to this the ever present stress of unemployment and financial insecurity, and it’s a miracle I’ve kept it together as well as I have.
This year has really done a number on me. 2016 was the year of the world going to shit. 2017 is the year where all of that gets personal. I guess that’s what I get for tempting fate and getting married on New Years Day.
“When an opportunity to escape presents itself, Joknal must decide whether he will turn his back on Moira, or abandon his family.”
Chapter Three of The Pit and Its Champion is now available. Read it, and other stories, on The Shelf.
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The story continues, as Joknal and Moira leave the prison, now under the harsh control of Sivak, a cruel slaver. Where is he taking them? And how can it be worse than the fate they have just escaped?
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C. Michael Chase
Over a year since my last post.
Obviously, I didn’t succeed at my New Year’s Resolution to post a monthly flash fiction story last year. This year, I’m going to be trying a different tactic.
I’ve been working on a manuscript for a while, and while it isn’t done yet, I’ve decided to start releasing chapters of the book for free. They’ll be available for download right here on my site as I finish them, and it would mean a lot to me if you took a look at them.
The first chapter of The Pit and Its Champion is now available right here.
“Joknal’s execution has been stayed by the intervening hand of slavers. But the place they are taking him to is far worse than a quick death would have been. Now a pawn in the power struggles of an evil gladiatorial champion and a brotherhood of priests with mysterious aims, Joknal must fight to survive in a ruthless pit of criminals and atone for his crimes.”
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