The idea for Beginnings came about as a counter to the works of Raymond Carver as I understood them, works that I thoroughly enjoy. They inspired me to write again. I appreciated the brief glimpses into the struggles of the human condition and vignettes on disappointment, loss, and lives unfulfilled.
I experienced a significant event though, fundamentally changing how I see the world around us. I choose that view of the world as it is close to my heart. With that, a series originally called Exits, one about ushering people out of this world, became Beginnings, about new starts and finding happiness in the extraordinary of the ordinary life.
It’s fitting that it nods to Carver’s Beginners and the idea of what could have been for his work.