January 8, 2012
Did that really just happen?
Sometimes those moments are light-hearted, like this one. Sometimes they aren't, like this past Monday. My father joined me on the swing in his yard and the limb (Stupid Texas Drought) snapped off the tree and bounced off us on it's way to the ground. The weight of the swing chains and two people put some extra G's on said limb and I ended up with a concussion and deep tissue bruising on my shoulder. The great thing about something like that is by the time you realized what happened, it's already over. Like being in a car crash. Then there's that moment afterward. You know it happened, but you still can't quite wrap your head around it.
As a writer, I love to give those moments to my reader. I love to come across them as a reader. Where something happens and it's so unexpected but so believable I'm stunned. Sometimes life will just happen, and it's funny, or heart-breaking. This should be part of our stories, as much as it is part of our own lives. I'd love to hear some of your "Did that just happen?" moments. =)