Monday, November 20, 2017

Thankful Author 2017- KK Weil

It’s that time of year again when we all try to take a minute from our hectic and crazy schedules and think about the things we are thankful for. I think many people would agree that this has been a year filled with much sorrow, with tragedies inflicted by nature, as well as by individuals. In light of this, what I’m feeling thankful for today is support.
Support can come in many forms. It can come from a phone call from loving family member or friend. It can come from strangers who’ve taken up a collection because you lost your home in a devastating hurricane, as too many people have experienced this year and in past years as well. It can come from a simple bowl of home-made soup someone delivers because they know you’re under the weather.

So this year, I’m thankful for support. And I don’t just mean those who consistently support me. I mean I’m thankful that there are so many people out there who support members of their families, their communities and even strangers. It’s more important than ever in these difficult times to have people around us who we can count on, and every time I hear or read an uplifting story about how someone was there for another human being, it gives me a little hope.


Devices. Jolie’s got tons of them. Coping mechanisms that ensure she’s not falling victim to the mental illness that’s taken hold of both her brother and father. Helping the homeless gives Jolie much needed consistency. But when a stranger struts into her Jersey Shore creperie, writing cryptic songs on napkins and then disappearing, her world becomes anything but routine. 

Reed can play the soul out of his saxophone, but he’s hiding something. Why else would he reveal so little about himself, or plan one secluded, albeit eccentric, date after another? And what’s in that backpack he carries everywhere? Then again, with her distressed brother missing, an estranged mother returning home, and a feisty grandmother acting weirder than usual, Jolie can’t decipher whether her suspicions are valid or dangerous delusions.

When inexplicable slashings of the homeless occur in her otherwise safe town, Jolie’s devices begin to fail.


I scanned the room. “Your sax and your bag. Where are they?” This was the first time I’d seen him without them.
“Right outside,” he pointed. “In my car.”
Before we reached the door, I could have sworn I saw a tall, dark shadow glide past it. When Reed opened the door for me, no one was there.
“Did you see that?” I asked without thinking.
“No, what?”
“I think someone was out here.”
He looked in both directions. “I don’t see anyone. Must have been your imagination.”
I flinched at his words, but he couldn’t know how they’d bother me. I shook away the thought.
He motioned to his navy SUV. “I have to move it soon. Alternate side.” There were no other cars on the block.
Except for one. A black two-door sedan.
A door slammed on the car. Tinted windows prevented me from seeing inside, but my heart raced as it pulled out of its spot and flew down the block. I turned to Reed to see if he thought it was strange that someone would hang out on this desolate street after midnight, and then speed away like a bat out of hell. He just took my hand and walked, as if nothing were out of the ordinary.
I tried to be subtle as I scratched my neck. I tried not to let him hear my quick, clipped breathing.
I did not imagine someone watching me in that store. I did not fabricate a car zooming away as if they were caught spying on me.
It was not all in my mind.
It couldn’t be.

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  1. Totally agree with you regarding "support," K.K.! Wonderful post! Have a lovely Thanksgiving. All the best. :)

  2. I agree KK support for our fellow humans comes in so many forms but without it the very fabric of life is torn.

  3. I agree with you. Support is everything, and like you said, not just support for ourselves but for everyone. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving and much success with Some Whisper, Some Shout.

  4. Poignant post for Thanksgiving. I enjoyed your excerpt of "Some Whisper, Some Shout." Best of luck with sales and promotion. And...Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Support is so very important in this crazy world. I wholeheartedly agree that we can't get through life without help from...everyone.

  6. Quite the excerpt...looks intriguing

  7. Inspiring post and so true. We all need support at different stages in our lives. Thanks you for reminding us of this vital concept. Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. Thanks everybody! Happy Thanksgiving!