I had a good day today, and got my line edits in for Light which means this novel thing isn't just a dream I'm having (if it is, don't pinch me). I'm looking at a sincerely miserable upcoming two weeks at work, and adding in this task for the novel isn't a pic-nic, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless. Every step of making this book has been so damned awesome. I'm excited, scared, and paranoid. It's a heady mix.
It might also be the wine.
Speaking of heady mixes, though...
"Solomon's Paradox," by Kelly McClymer
I'm going to say it again over and over when I discuss I Never Thought I'd See You Again but here it comes a third time: the range of stories is surprising (in a very good way). This third tale is speculative fiction based - a young man who drove and texted and ended up in an accident that killed the passenger (his good friend) is involved in a new "atonement" program where, instead of jail, his body is given to the victim for a year.
The story is told through the eyes of the mother of this dead son - who is temporarily not dead and abiding in the body of the young man responsible for the son's death. This is a year that is supposed to be about atonement - the guilty young man loses a year of his life and allows the other to "live" for that year in his place (and his body). The drugs involved suppress the mind of the body, leaving it mute and silent throughout this year.
What would you do? Would you live out this year fully with your "son" or would you plot some sort of revenge? Is a year enough? Is there actual atonement?
Is it possible to move on?
Brilliant little concept for a story, and the characters were vividly done.