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Monday Morning Musings: The 11th Anniversary of Michael’s Death…and a Request

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Over the years since my husband Michael’s death, I’ve commemorated his passing a number of ways.

I’ve written about how important he was, the positive difference he made in my life, and about how much I loved him. (Still love him. I don’t think love goes anywhere. But I digress.)

The one thing I perhaps haven’t written about is what Michael liked to do.

51vgoDYH2cL._UY250_While Michael wasn’t one of those “hail fellow, well met” types (and just as well), he enjoyed being around people. (Then he enjoyed going home and being away from people. A balanced life, as it were.)

Michael also loved to write. And if he could write something touched someone–or better yet, tickled someone’s funny bone– he counted that as a good day.

(Well, every day was a good day, so long as he was alive. But again, I digress.)

Because today is the 11th anniversary of my husband’s way-too-early death, I figured I’d ask a favor of you.

First, if you knew Michael, please come here and tell me what you remember most.

Second, if you ever read any of Michael’s work, let me know.

Columba and the Cat coverThird, I’d like it if you’d pick up a copy of one of five things: “A Dark and Stormy Night,” “On Westmount Station,” “Columba and the Cat,” “To Survive the Maelstrom,” and of course AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE. All of ’em are e-books, which Michael loved (he jumped onto the e-book bandwagon long before most people); all of ’em have some shred of something Michael told me in there, or better yet, some of Michael’s own words there.

Then come back and let me know.

Why do I ask these things? Well, it’s simple. I often feel alone, as if I’m the only one who’s grieving my husband’s death. And while I probably am grieving the hardest (especially after eleven years), there are others who do remember my husband. And remember him with fondness.

While I’ve contributed to all of the above things–and while I wrote AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE–I have discussed Michael’s importance at the end of every book or story I’ve written. (Or story that I’ve finished for him, in the case of “On Westmount Station” or “A Dark and Stormy Night.” Though “finished” is a bit much for the latter; I added a few touches, that’s all, to make it a legal collaboration in that case.)

I don’t know how many people read the very end of the book, but in every case, I’ve talked about my husband. Because he was incredibly important to me, and without his influence, I wouldn’t still be trying to make it in the crazy business of publishing.

So if you want to know why I still remember my husband, buy one–or more–of these stories. Then come back and let me know.

Now, I’d best get back to revising CHANGING FACES, as if all goes well, it’ll be released sometime in late October or early November as an e-book.

Written by Barb Caffrey

September 21, 2015 at 4:13 am

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  1. I never knew Michael personally but have read several of his stories. His legacy is shining bright, thanks to you and your love for him. Sending hugs and angels your way, my friend! 🙂

    MRS N, the Author

    September 21, 2015 at 6:36 am

    • Thanks, Mrs. N. I wish you had known him. I think you’d have liked him a great deal (and Mr. N. would’ve, too). *hugs* and blessings.

      Barb Caffrey

      September 21, 2015 at 7:28 am

  2. Ooh, another beautiful cover. I wish more authors paid attention to how important a good cover is getting someone to notice what’s behind it.

    *hugs* hang tough.


    September 21, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    • Thanks, Kamas.

      Michael was an artist, so I wanted to make sure I had the best possible covers. I traded a couple of edits for three covers for Michael’s “Columba” series — the only reason the second in that series hasn’t come back out (that being “Columba and the Crossing”) is that I must finish my CHANGING FACES revision first. Then, I will turn my attention to getting the next story out of Michael’s…I don’t think he’d mind.

      And the “On Westmount Station” cover is a pic I found at iStockPhoto; the lettering was done by Jeremy, Chris Nuttall’s main cover artist. (I’m sorry I can’t remember Jeremy’s last name just now. But Chris does list him at his page as someone reliable to work with.)

      Barb Caffrey

      September 22, 2015 at 3:14 am

    • Oh, I almost forgot — and that would be terrible of me. 🙂 Kathy at The Author’s Secret came up with this great cover for “Columba and the Cat.” I recommend her highly.

      Barb Caffrey

      September 22, 2015 at 3:16 am

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