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Dreamlands – Chapter 9

A white sail pushed a small, silent boat into the sand of an island somewhere far away. An older man with skin that matched the night sky and hair that matched the white sail climbed out of the boat and into the sand. He began to walk up the beach but stopped after six steps. He gazed at the sand, felt his pockets, then walked back to the boat. He pulled something out, tucked it under his arm, and again wobbled up the sand towards the palm trees. His knees creaked as he sat on a familiar, wide rock near a sleeping boy.

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Dreamlands – Chapter 8

Tina unfolded her hands. She sat back in the pew. She planted a foot and wanted to stand but couldn’t. She drew both knees up into a fetal position, hoping it would soften the pain, but it didn’t help. It was a dark, rustic chapel where men, women, and children might have prayed over 300 years prior. Today, she was the only one asking for help.

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Dreamlands – Chapter 7

Another chapter in present day. We learn more about Jem, now 13-years old, and we learn more about his mother, Tina. Also, Jem has some interactions with friends. I guess we can call them that.

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The Minute Hand – short story

My daughter recently came to me and said, “Hey, Dad, I have an idea for a story.”
Two things: It’s a joy to know your kid is thinking creatively. And it’s not just creatively but almost identical to how I go about things. I can’t say what she said because it would give away the story.

What she didn’t know was that I had been thinking of something very similar to her idea except that something was missing in my idea. What she suggested was exactly what I needed to finish my idea.

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Dreamlands – Chapter 6

When you last left Tina and Hank at the Caribbean resort, Tina was drinking with Jeannie at the bar and talking about Hank’s role in the fashion company, a role that Tina will need to start accepting if she’s going to have a life with Hank.

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Dreamlands – Chapter 4

Tina and Hank take what seems like a little celebratory vacation in the Caribbean. However, she starts to learn that this is not what she thought it was going to be. Her naiveté is more apparent than before.

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Dreamlands – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – in which we learn more about the family structure involving Tina, Hank, and their son Jem. Yes, I changed his name from Jim to Jem. You’ll eventually find out why it makes sense.