Back when I was a kid, my parents shamed me about running away from conflict--"Don't you have any PRIDE?" I'll never forget that lacerating sarcasm from dear old mom. Now that I've learned that lesson thoroughly, and take no crap from ANYONE, I'm told I'm too aggressive, that I should be more tolerant and/or don't burn bridges. What gives? Isn't shame a perfectly good teacher?
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.