Sorrow is the Ocean

Seven days until my creative thesis is due. Tomorrow I am taking off from work and spending the entire day entering my wife‘s line-edits and re-writing entire passages, writing new openings to chapters , and weeping softly in the corner of the apartment. Have my music cued up. Have my Chinese and bagel shop menus nearby to deliver me soup, sandwiches and boatloads of coffee. Phone will shut off. Contemplating putting tinfoil in the windows.

I am re-reading Will Christopher Baer‘s noir-crime thriller, Kiss Me, Judas. It’s so dark and tasty, full of lines like “sorrow is like the ocean and sometimes i wish my heart would stop.” Come on. You can’t get any better than that.

Keep on.


About J. R. Angelella

J. R. Angelella is the author of the popular debut novel ZOMBIE: A NOVEL (Soho Press) and a contributing author to the murder-mystery anthology WHO DONE IT? (Soho Teen), benefiting the nonprofit organization 826NYC. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Sou’wester, JMWW, The Collagist, Literary Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal and The Nervous Breakdown. His short story “Sauce” won the 2012 Short Story Contest held by The Coachella Review. He received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He taught creative writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland at College Park. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, the writer Kate Angelella.
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