I'm an emotional wreck over my friend Janice, who may be dying. She was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor two weeks ago. She had surgery Tuesday, there was a complication, and now she may be paralyzed on her left side. I've known Janice since 2002, when we took a writing class together. She's in my thoughts constantly now that she's in the hospital. Before her surgery she told me that she would fight the disease and that she wanted to finish her novel. It is her dream to see it in print. Her experience has made me reflect on my own mortality. We all must die. We all owe God a death. We all will eventually lay down. The good part is we get to lay down our burdens. The hard part is that we have to lay down our dreams as well.
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.