I like conflict so much better when it sticks to story

by JoslynChase in Challenges

Neuschwanstein in AutumnWhen I complain about the bumps and bruises of life, my children like to remind me that I wouldn’t write it any other way. In life, we try to avoid conflict; in fiction, we demand it. But I like conflict so much better when it sticks to story!

Many of you know that my husband and I recently moved to Germany. In fact, we only finished serving out our two-week Covid quarantine two weeks ago and now it looks like we’ll be doing it all over again.

2020 and the old one-two punch

Actually, 2020’s been more like the one-two-three-four-five…

Yesterday I found out a dear writer friend of mine passed away. Today I found out my father-in-law died last night, struck suddenly by Covid. My mother-in-law has also tested positive for Covid, and many family members as well.

Funeral PallbearersWe don’t know if/when/how there will be a funeral or how many more funerals might follow. After the rest of the family finishes their quarantine, we’re going to try to fly back to the States to be with them, but times are uncertain and everything carries so much more risk than it used to.

More conflict, coming your way

Due to Covid restrictions, it’s been difficult to accomplish all the little tasks of finding and settling into a new household. Even though we already own a car in Germany and it’s been sitting here waiting for us, we can’t drive it. We’re still trying to get it registered and plates put on it because there’s no walk-in service anywhere. You have to make an appointment for every step of the multi-step process.

After visiting eleven houses, we’ve found one we like that will meet our needs. But our move-in date falls right when we’re most likely to be back in the states attending a funeral. And when we get back—another two-week quarantine.

This, in a story, is what we call progressive complications. Nice on the page.

Not so great in person.

There’s a lot to be grateful for

Grateful for GrandpaDespite the mess and heartache, we are grateful for many things. The wonderful years and times spent with Grandpa and that our children had a chance to know him well. The strength and resiliency of family and the knowledge that we’ll all be together again, forever.

We’re grateful for old friends and new—those we’ve been reunited with in Germany and those we now miss in other parts of the world. Plus, the chance to make new friends going forward.

I’m grateful for my readers and the opportunities I have to create and share stories, adventures, mysteries, puzzles, and thrills with them. I appreciate the support I receive in return and the good feeling I get when others enjoy reading my stories.

Truly, there’s a lot to be grateful for, even during these tough and frightening times. Let’s hold to the best of life and humanity and look forward to better times ahead.

My Christmas card to you

Please take a moment to view my video Christmas card. It’s for you, my readers. It’s short and simple but I hope it brings you some hope and cheer. Merry Christmas!

6 Responses to “I like conflict so much better when it sticks to story”

  1. Dear Joslyn

    I am very sorry for the loss of your writer friend and also that of your father-in-law.

    I created a virtual monument to remember those who died from COVID-19 on Facebook, it is called Covid19 Memorial (https://www.facebook.com/Covid19Memorial). If you want to honor your loved ones, one day, you can add something about them there .

    You are very kind and generous, because even if you feel sad, you still have the heart to think of others and congratulate us on Christmas.

    I wish you the best in the coming year, and much happiness with your husband and children.

    Hugs and kisses from Spain,

    • JoslynChase says:

      Thank you so much for your friendship and kindness. I will visit your memorial, and I wish you and your family also a happy Christmas and prosperous New Year. Perhaps one day we’ll make it back down to sunny Spain and see you again!

  2. Yumna Mahmood says:

    Hi Joslyn
    When I saw your email in my inbox after a long time , I couldn’t wait to read it. Thanks for the email.
    After reading your email, I really feel moved and these are sad News that have made me worried. Grand Parents are a blessing. One good thing is that your children were blessed as well as you. It’s not easy to accept that your beloved ones are no more alive, and only one thing that will help you feel like they are alive, do something with an intention that they share the rewards in the world they have fled to for the good deeds you do that were taught by them.
    My Uncle, Uncle Pasha, recently moved to Mascot, spent the duration of quarantine and yesterday went for COVID-TEST.
    It’s a risk in every move, but he did it. Hope and prayers work.
    Well, after reading your post, I think that writers were out of events of history to, so GOD is making a new ground for them to write. COVID-19 will be the main conflict and sub-conflict for many of the novels started by some genius.
    Thanks for reading till the end.
    Thanks for an awesome post.

    • JoslynChase says:

      Hello, Yumna! Thank you so much for your heartfelt comments, and for reading my post. I appreciate your thoughts and inspiration.

  3. Selma Martin says:

    Hey, Joslyn. Greetings. Thanks for the update. I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. I cannot imagine what you must be going through. I write to tell you that you and your family are in my prayers. All this ‘progressive conflict’ oh my — life! I hope the new year is kinder to us. We’ve learned so much about resiliency but really, #enoughIsEnough.
    Together with condolences I wish you a merry Christmas and ‘hope with intention’ in 2021. Here’s looking at you.
    I Wish You Miracles (from Japan)

    • JoslynChase says:

      Dear Selma, thank you so much. Your kind and thoughtful words warm my heart and bring me comfort. And hope. Things will get better. We’ll miss those we lose, but I have faith we’ll someday reunite. I wish you also a very merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy new year!

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