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When A Character Fails, It's in the Writing

It's been awhile since I've posted my thoughts.

     But what I'm seeing as of late on--and hearing outside of--social media, is the downfall of tv shows due to a character/actor/storyline departure.
     Which confuses me.
     Not because it happens.
     It has always happened.
     Some of our most beloved characters and shows have had unexpected absences for decades. What confuses me, is why it is such a hot topic.
     I suppose then, an examination of the times is in order.
     Looking back at some of my beloved shows as a teen (20yrs ago) where a character, or a continuing story line had finally come to an end, I realize the difference is the approach. Whether there was discord on set or not, a family or financial issue--whatever the cause--we were never made privy to the reason something/someone we had enjoyed for so long was now gone.
     We just dealt with it.
     The same way we reconciled our emotions over Old Yeller dying, or the necessary sacrifices …
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Short Story S:4 P 6 - "A Warm Welcome"

*****Here's another short story I wrote that, as far as I know (no response back), never got published***

She drew in a sharp breath, body tensing as her eyes flew open. I’m about to be abducted. The thought pierced through her skull. Hazel eyes flickering wildly to the single window in the darkened bedroom, peering intently, she waited in bated breath for something...but seconds ticked by and only blue moonlight greeted her. “For Pete’s sakes,” she muttered, muscles relaxing and eyes closing briefly in relief. Shaking her head at the absurd thought that had literally jolted her awake, Katherine stretched out her sleepy limbs, straining the light sheet covering her in this summer heat. Sitting up, she curiously glanced around her room, and out the bedroom window, one more time before getting up to use the bathroom. Where the hell had that thought come from, she wondered as she sat in the muted shadows of her tiny bathroom. She wasn’t one to be afraid of the dark, she actually enjoyed it-…