Photo Fiction: Palm Trees in the Snow


“I’m being transfered,” said David Martin.

“I see,” responded his wife, Beth.

The blowing wind filled the silence, while the snow on the palm trees emphasised the chill.

“They’re sending me to Mars,” he said.

“You’re running away again,” said Beth without looking at him.

“It’s a government assignment. If I refused, my career would be over. If you interfered, your career would be over. I can’t say no.”

“You’re running from life here. You’re running from me. You’re running from Earth,” said Beth, her voice cold and even. She turned and walked away without waiting for a reply.

David stared after his wife. California must be colder than Mars.


Writing Is a Waste of Time

I’m sure every author and aspiring author hears this.  “Writing is a waste of time.”  “You’ll never make any money.”  “Get a real job.”  “No one will read it.”

So, why do I write?  For myself.  I do it for purely selfish reasons.  I’ve been developing this story of mine for 14 years, and I am in the process of writing it.  I want to finish this book, and read it.  Because I want to write what I want to read.  So, how do I address these comments?

Writing is a waste of time.

No, it’s not.  It’s my free time I’m using to write, so I guess it’s like a hobby.  Hobbies do something for people, they help reduce stress, they help increase enjoyment, they help improve mental health.  It all helps me be a better person.  That is not a waste of time.  It doesn’t matter if I never publish (I will self-publish at least, though), all that matters is that I write this book for myself.

You’ll never make any money.

I’m pretty confident I’ll make a little money, but no money?  With the amount of time I spend promoting this book, a book that’s nowhere near finished, I’m pretty sure people will buy it.  Many?  I don’t know.  I can hope.

No one will read it.

Actually, people have already read what’s on my official page.  So, no one can say that no one will read it.

Get a real job.

I have one, thanks.  Writing is unlikely to be my primary job.  I have a full time job, and that is what supports me and my family.  It’s also what gives me a limited time to write.

So, authors and aspiring authors, what comments annoy you?