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Mary Beth W., 23 Nov '12

December 21, 2015

I must stop working so much. I have worked long into the nights, only getting a few hours of sleep, sometimes none at all.

I am almost delirious with lack of sleep. I keep multiplying and sorting and finding the answers, and yet the answer I am looking for does not grow near. If anything, I seem to be getting farther from the truth, rather than closer to it.

But you are not reading the babbling of a madman, this I can assure you. My name is Eric Vanhouten, a scientist few have probably heard of. But they will hear of me, they will. I will grow famous and renown among those who are of science and those who are not. If only I could find the damned answer!

The lost souls of my daughter and wife haunt my waking hours and live in my dreams; another reason I have taken to sleeping less than a normal person would. Then again, a scientist attempting to die and then be resurrected - that's not exactly normal in itself, now is it?

Some doubt. They say that I am trying to be like Christ, trying to become the impossible - God. Maybe, if my theories are correct and my experiment works, I will have done something like Christ, when He was Resurrected from the cross. But, of course, I believe in no god. If there was truly a more powerful being out there, don't you think he would have let me keep my precious Jezelle and Anna when I had nothing else left?

Some think that it can be done. They encourage me, and drive me further into scientific work. It's nice to have people behind you, but the only people I truly want by my side are my wife and child.

So maybe you are reading the feigned babbling of a madman. I suppose, though, you will want me to tell my story from the beginning.

And so I shall.

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  • Mary Beth W. said...

    This is my first attempt at not only a diary entry - by a "mad" scientist, no less! - and an extended Burrst. I will be writing the second one to this one soon! Although I'm not totally happy with this piece (it feels like it needs something...) I hope that you all enjoy it. Please, constructive criticism is wanted!

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  • Tyler Ford said...

    I think it sounded good. Everything seemed to be there. Good voice throughout. Good pacing. Very uniformly well done.

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  • Tyler Ford said...

    Oh. And I really love the idea of extended Burrsts. I think I'm going to try it. Soonish. Hah.

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  • Mary Beth W. said...

    :D Thanks so much! I'll be watching for your soonish burrst ;)

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  • kassandra lee said...

    A very enticing prelude. You have laid the right amount of breadcrumbs to want the reader to know more. Such heavy weight rests with 'And you shall' What an invitation to the next burrst.

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  • Mary Beth W. said...

    Thanks so much, @kassandra lee :)

    • Posted 4 years ago