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Literally Reruns – Stumpy by Diane M Dickson

Lovely Leila has chosen one from my back catalogue for a rerun. It’s a bit sad and brutal but – there ya go. This is what she said:

The main trouble I have with God is the abundance of persons like Ryan in the world, whose plight is the center of Diane Dickson’s elegant piece Stumpy. I’ve never seen how Free Will has anything to do with the presence of persons born who feel pain but are incapable of mental self defense or the pursuit of happiness. Neither do I see how Original Sin justifies the deliberate creation of a soul in such intellectual destitution as not to even be able to construct a passable dreamworld in which to briefly escape the life he has to live. As I understand Jesus, people are not symbolic challenges to other people, but all are persons unto themselves. Souls.

Anyway, if you’re to be damned you might as well do it right and have reams of evidence standing against you instead of a slim record of a couple of broken Commandments. Which is all I have to say on the subject other than advise the reader to follow the link to Stumpy.

Q: This is quite the affecting piece. You were able to create objective intimacy, even in violence, without stooping to sensationalism. How difficult was it to write it with proper restraint?

Q:  Barbaristic solutions aside, is there a fitting punishment for Big Davy? He seems beyond karmic reach.

Leila Allison

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Stumpy

My responses:

Q: This is quite the affecting piece. You were able to create objective intimacy, even in violence, without stooping to sensationalism. How difficult was it to write it with proper restraint?

This was one of those occasions where I was able to really identify with the character. It’s wonderful when that happens and I wish it wasn’t so rare. Because of that I found that I came at it out of the mind of Stumpy who actually meant no harm and really didn’t understand. The attack could not be too important or too graphic because it had to be overshadowed by the terrible unfairness of life and the miscarriage of justice which was of course the whole point. 

Q:  Barbaristic solutions aside, is there a fitting punishment for Big Davy? He seems beyond karmic reach.

No, there isn’t a fitting punishment because no matter what you do to him it won’t change what happened and it won’t save Ryan. I used to believe in Karma or at the least comeuppance, but as I’ve hung around on this planet for a while I have come to realise that more often than not the bad guys get away with stuff. Sometimes I suppose it’s because they are cunning but also I reckon they are just lucky and evil enough to live with what they’ve done. Most of us would be in torment but when you’re not, you can just sail on. Sorry that all sounds a bit depressing doesn’t it and jaundiced oh well – aren’t rainbows lovely 

5 thoughts on “Literally Reruns – Stumpy by Diane M Dickson”

  1. Hi Leila,
    Another brilliant choosing.
    I’m really happy with the questions which I will explain on the the very next segment of this comment.

    Diane – It is brilliant to see one of your stories get some more limelight, you really need to get your pen out once again!
    And the answers are very interesting and I was going to comment further but I think you have probably given me an idea for next weeks posting.
    So ladies, thanks for the inspiration, that is always needed and much appreciated!
    Hugh

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    1. ah – now I am looking forward to next week’s posting – mind you I always do. I haven’t put my pen away Hugh but the novels have taken up most of my time lately. Maybe when this one is finished I’ll have a break and do some shorts. Thanks anyway for the nice comment.

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