Saturday, December 10, 2005

Rounding the Rocks

This is from one of the letters Frank wrote to me, in a card with a photograph of Cascade Head, Oregon:

Ignore what the back of the card says. This is really a photo of the entrance to Port Red Cloud, an important location in my novel The Engineer. You are the second person in the world to know what it looks like. Should it ever see publication, you can read about what happens there first-hand. If you squint, you can almost see Chazul's boat rounding the rocks and making its way into the port. Well, ok, you have to squint a lot, but it's there.

Had an interesting weekend in the best Chinese fashion. It included a major car accident. We weren't involved but had to stop by to help since my wife is a doctor and there were no emergency people on the scene. It also involved a minor accident that we were part of when we stopped to assist. You said something about being a former ER Nurse or EMT. Sorry, I don't remember what you did in your prior life but I recall that it was along those heroic lines. Anyway, being first on the scene sucks (as you know) and I think the people that respond for a living are terribly under appreciated. So, even thought you don't do that any more, please accept a belated thanks from a member of the general population who benefits from those who take on such careers.

Enough of the chatter. Time for some serious reading before the weekend is gone and I launch myself back onto the keyboard.


I'm squinting, Frank. I'm trying to see you rounding the rocks with Gretchen and finding a safe harbor somewhere far beyond this place, where you can be together forever. I pray that you are.


  1. If I could choose my death, I actually think I'd like to go the way Frank did: doing something I love with my beloved Chris.

  2. Mine as well. I pray both you and his family find comfort.

    I'm so sorry.

  3. I read your original post about this tragedy yesterday. My heart and prayers go out to the family of these two beloved people.

  4. I'm so sorry. You and Frank's family are in my prayers.


  5. He sounded like a beautiful person. My heart goes out to all their friends and family touched by this tragedy.


  6. I'm deeply sorry to hear about his and his wife's death. I only knew him online but it feels like having lost a friend.

    I have lost my mother but two months ago, and know how deeply it afflicts my father after 49 years of a happy marriage. There is some comfort to know Frank and Gretchen could go together. They would have wanted it that way.

    May the memories of happy times be ever alive in those left behind.

  7. Anonymous8:42 PM

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences go to all their friends and family. I got tears in my eyes reading your posts (and Holly Lisle's, too) about Frank and Gretchen...judging from the huge hole in the world these two people left, they must have been magnificent.

  8. I keep hearing the song at the end of Return of the King playing through my head as I read this post. May he and his wife have calm seas from here on out.

  9. Frank and Gretchen sound as if they were loving, generous, enlightened people. Undoubtedly, they've gone on to better things.

    I'm so sorry for your pain, and the pain of their families.



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