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Update: Counting Stars – Chapter 4 Excerpt

As I said yesterday, I really wasn’t sure what kind of headspace I’d be in today. Lauren’s service was beautiful, and her dad gave a really beautiful eulogy. He shared some really fun memories, including the night we watched the debate in his basement back in 2012 and how we stayed up until 2 AM at his house for the election. He and Lauren’s mom were always so generous with their homes and their energy, like a second set of parents.

The whole London family came, and that was really special. We’re scattered across a few states now, so unfortunately we only get together for weddings and, now, funerals. The last time we were all together was Ammar’s wedding in September 2020, and Lauren’s in 2016. We went out afterwards and told stories and shared memories most of us hadn’t thought of in years. I’m really blessed to have so many amazing friends and that we can still get together like no time has passed. As good as last night was, we keenly felt Lauren’s absence, and I know we will for years to come.

No flash fiction, but I wanted to post something today. We only have a few chapters left of Mad World, and tomorrow’s chapter has a cliffhanger that I didn’t want to stretch another day, so I’m pulling one of my favorite scenes from Counting Stars. I haven’t edited it yet (and it used to be in Chapter 3), but it’s one of my favorites in this first act. I shared a piece of this a few days ago on Twitter, so it was a good one for today.  Counting Stars will be published starting November 7, with four chapters posted on Mondays until its completion.


  • It was great that all of you were able to be there to celebrate Lauren. Her parents sound wonderful. Sending positive vibes and prayers to you.

    According to arcoiris0502 on August 19, 2022
  • I’m so glad you were able to go and reconnect with your friends and her family, share memories and celebrate her life. It’s normal to be wiped out the next day. Take care.

    According to Jill on August 19, 2022
  • I am so glad you have such a good support system. One of the things I remember when a friend of mine lost her son. She said the hardest part was when everything was over no one kept in touch. That is when she felt the lost the most. Keep in touch and speak often of Lauren. Sending my prayers.

    According to Carla P on August 19, 2022