Some people do intensive therapy work to deal with trauma. I mostly just write about my trauma and turn it into a joke. That’s the case with my latest creative nonfiction piece to be published. “Fa-La-La-La-La & The Sleigh-Shaped Coffin,” just published by ellipsis magazine, makes a bit of a joke about being hospitalized with COVID-19 a few years ago. I know–real funny, right? To be fair, while it’s about what happened in the hospital, it’s more about the warped relationship I have with my husband.
At this point we’ve been married for nearly twenty-three years, which I don’t think would be even remotely possible if he weren’t just as weird and cynical and sarcastic as I am. So yeah, “Fa-La-La-La-La” is really about the love affair I’ve got going with my husband–and who doesn’t want to read a love story?
Do check it out. You can download issue 59 from the ellipsis website for free, and my story is on page 114.