A local news story this week just broke my heart. A young woman was sleeping in her bed, when her next door neighbor–with whom she shared a wall–inexplicably left his car running all night long.

She died.

Here’s the story.

How awful. A 23 year old woman, recently graduated from college, juststarted her first post-college job–which isn’t easy to find these days–goes to sleep one night and that’s it. She never wakes up.

She probably didn’t think much about death. Young people don’t–usually. As you get older, this changes. I don’t think about death every day–thank God–but I do thank God every day for every day I am given. Because I have seen so many times that death can come along and wipe you out like that.

My sincere condolences to the family of Rebecca Hawk. They want people to buy carbon monoxide detectors instead of sending flowers. Will do, and thank you.

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I’m finished with the first draft of my Snow White story, and I’m really plowing through edits. I took the last couple of days off, but I had a very productive weekend. I also have been reading books, which I will review here. Among them is Jennifer Estep’s Touch of Frost, which I think is her best book yet.

I’ve kind of had my head down all summer, doing almost nothing but writing when I’m on the computer. And I guess I ended up taking an unplanned blog hiatus. Thanks for sticking with me.

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You tell me–what do you think is the next big thing in fantasy fiction? The chatter is that paranormal romance is out, but steampunk fantasy is in. I have not heard of as many vampire fantasies as I once did, and zombies seem to have been a short-lived craze. I’m currently reading Eon, which is a secondary world fantasy that seems to be patterned after medieval China. Are nonwestern cultures in? I’d love to see a fantasy based in India, or a secondary world India. I’d also love to see a culture I know nothing about.

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I have to admit–I miss running Fantasy Debut/Debuts & Reviews. This blog has been kind of directionless since I stopped my debut fixation. Anyone got any ideas on things I can cover in this blog? I’m a bit stumped. I want it to be fiction-oriented, but I need a focus. Ideas welcome.