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Happy Birthday, Mom

Today is my mother’s birthday. Her name was Marjorie Bradford and she would have been 64. I dream about her still and miss her every day. I wrote Elan Vital for her. It’s been ten years and I still cry thinking about her. Like I am now.


  1. Caroline Caroline on 08.10.2009 at 13:14 [link] (Reply)

    My condolences. That’s so young.

    My dad’s birthday would have been last Sunday. My deepest sympathies on your loss.

  2. Lauren Lauren on 08.10.2009 at 13:50 [link] (Reply)

    I’m crying, too. Thank you for sharing that.

  3. Aitchellsee Aitchellsee on 08.10.2009 at 15:23 [link] (Reply)

    As the saying goes, “May her memory be for a blessing”.

  4. Nina Nina on 08.10.2009 at 16:45 [link] (Reply)

    Hearts hearts hearts hearts to you. “Elan Vital” is one of the very best short stories I’ve ever read and I recommended it to someone who also lost their mother the other day … with the caveat that it would probably make them cry. :( I’m sorry.

  5. Emily Emily on 08.10.2009 at 19:37 [link] (Reply)

    Happy Birthday, Marjorie.

  6. Haddayr Haddayr on 08.10.2009 at 23:32 [link] (Reply)

    Oh, sweetie. I hate the birthdays, but I love them too in my fierce misery.

    :big big big big hug:

  7. claire claire on 09.10.2009 at 12:56 [link] (Reply)

    Wow, I hadn’t read that story yet. How beautiful. My condolences, Tempest. Happy Mom’s Birthday.

  8. Stephen Stephen on 09.10.2009 at 16:30 [link] (Reply)


  9. dianne dianne on 09.10.2009 at 19:27 [link] (Reply)

    Hugs to you.

  10. Julia Su. Julia Su. on 09.10.2009 at 23:14 [link] (Reply)

    So sorry for your loss. I can only imagine that your mother was a completely awesome person, judging by her daughter.

    I lost my mom when I was 12, so this resonates with me very strongly.

  11. Ellen Kushner Ellen Kushner on 12.10.2009 at 10:23 [link] (Reply)

    Sorry I didn’t know to give you hugs on that day. I’m sure it’s a tough week every year for you.

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I'm a writer, most often committing acts of genre (fantasy, science fiction, and other stretches of the imagination). You can find my short stories in many and various magazines and anthologies and podcasts. In addition to being a writer I also engage in activism and fandom -- often both at once.