A retreat in military terms means, to withdraw from the field of battle to minimize losses against a superior fighting force. This weekend I'm going on a retreat, a writer's retreat. Rather than withdrawing, we writers are gathering to force down the barriers of progress. Once more into the breach dear friends, once more. So I'll be spending the weekend at a rustic cabin on beautiful Lopez Island. I am looking forward to the event. And I hope to have fun. I don't have enough fun these days. Being with a group of like-minded people is fun.
Welcome to Blank Space. In art, blank space is negative space. In writing, blank space exists between the lines of printed text (the black space). It is the unique perspective that a reader brings to the work; what the reader experiences in a work of fiction that may not be set down explicitly on the page. A work containing blank space has no overlong exposition, backstory or explanation. It is simple, direct and active.
Michael Hacker writes fiction, is a former stage actor and director, is interested in all forms of storytelling both character and plot-driven, loves to discuss philosophy, ethics and psychology, and criminal psychopathology. He is interested in crime and the legal system. He loves computers, but as an end-user. Mike's overall philosphy is stoic acceptance that mixes Christianity with the philosophy of Epictetus.