Updated: May 17, 2019
Even my writing group didn’t seem to understand the extraordinary pain the last year has caused me. They are the closest beings to me in all matters concerning the written word. In writing, we're always alone. I think it's why I’ve always felt like I understood boxers better than team sports players. Fighters prepare with others, but they get in the ring alone.
Alone is often a good place. Writers are loners. But that's a sophisticated alone. There are times when alone is the primitive-alone, the lost without a tribe, at the mercy of the elements. A vulnerable to any and all predators kind of alone. You make it through, or you don’t.
But I seem to still be here. So there's that.