I have spent the last few weeks learning how to be an author in the modern era, complete with website creation, networking with other authors, and sharing stories with an audience. And now I have a reworked and completed short story called 'Loneliness and Reconciliation' to share with you all, which can be downloaded as a PDF on the front page above or in the 'BOOKS' section!
The description is as follows: 'One night, at the age of twenty-six, Seth decides to take his own life. He hesitates as he stands on the edge of the bridge, he hesitates, but someone pushes him off. As he falls, beneath the pain and heartache he feels, his heart cries out that he doesn't want to die. He wakes up to find a dark-haired stranger standing over him who claims to be his daemon, his guardian spirit and the expression of all Seth ever wishes he could be in life. What ensues is an exploration into Seth's mind as the spirit, calling himself Damon, attempts to bring Seth to accept his past and reconcile the warring parts within himself so that he may learn to live again.'
I have already received amazing feedback from beta-readers, to all of whom I am immensely grateful, and whose words I can only hope I live up to.
David Grovic-Rauenzahn explores the depths of despair and recovery in Loneliness and Reconciliation. His skillful use of language to convey a full spectrum of emotions resonates with the reader and touches the heart.
A well-written tale, full of invention and vitality, on two complications of contemporary life: loneliness and reconciliation. The story unfolds as both modern fable and a meditation on suicide and hope. The writer matches a story-tellers skill with deeper ideas about malaise's grip, but such serious subjects deserve wit and insight and this story has both.
-Merridawn Duckler, Author
For fans of the fantasy genre or anyone who has battled their inner daemon, this vividly imagined story will entertain. Read it to find out if the main character will succumb to his feelings of inadequacy or accept the challenge of pushing past his insecurities to fully embrace his future.
I know the last few months have been crazy for all of us, but I hope we can all find hope within ourselves and each other. I wish you all the best.