October 31st, 2006

all things die

A follow-up on my question for fellow writers:

If any of you read author Neil Gaiman's blog, you will have noticed that he's lost several good friends/relatives/acquaitences over the past few months. I don't know if that had any affect on my own post about what we have planned should be done with our writings upon our deaths, but yesterday Neil made this post:

Important. And pass it on....

"John M. Ford was pretty much the smartest writer I knew. Mostly. He did one thing that was less than smart, though: he knew he wasn't in the best of health, but he still didn't leave a proper will, and so didn't, in death, dispose of his literary estate in the way that he intended to while he was alive, which has caused grief and concern to the people who were closest to him."

Follow the link above to read more, and to find an Adobe file containing a template for a will that specifically is tailored for a writer or other artist who will leave creative material behind.

As he requested, I'm passing this on. And I've printed out that will for reference. Very interesting timing, this.
dream red


My family never celebrated this day, mostly because as Christians we actually believe that there is a spiritual realm, and so much of the modern Halloween celebration seems to be giving far too much credence to the wrong side of it.

For myself, I think it's quite wise to have a day in which we can recognize fear and evil (in whatever form, whether we believe they're actually real or not) and thumb our noses at them.

[And the whole costume thing is awesome, of course.]

If we here in the USA actually treated Halloween like that, as a dare rather than as a celebration (in a sense) of fear and of evil things, maybe I'd be more inclined to celebrate it myself.

Nothing wrong with candy or costumes or ghost stories (and here's a link to a lovely Halloween Op-Ed piece written by Neil Gaiman), certainly. And may you all, however you view it, have a happy and safe evening.