Snowbound

      Clement Dodge
Snowbound

Driving home from a business trip, the author of this short story becomes stranded in a blizzard. He realizes that he's in this predicament due to his own bad decisions. But he also realizes that by making some good decisions, he can take what might have been a life-threatening ordeal, and turn it into a minor inconvenience.Set during the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings, the father of a murdered girl retreats into his writing to escape the tragedy. As his story progresses, he realizes he may have a chance to create a better world for his daughter inside the pages of his fantasy novel.As a parent of a child the same age as those gunned down in Newtown, I wrote this as a way to explore my understanding of senseless violence and how our minds can cope with tragedy through art.

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