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story behind story: Red Filter

by K. G. Deloas


Published by LogosMythos Press at Smashwords


Copyright 2013 © K. G. Deloas


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story behind story: Red Filter

by K. G. Deloas


On a January Friday evening — a plain San Diego evening had it not been for the surprise torrential rain all afternoon — I drove home over County Highway S21, a section along the famous Pacific Coast Highway. Rush hour had been tenfold horrendous, natural when a city unused to precipitation, like San Diego, gets drenched. Puddles, potholes, accidents resulting from inexperienced braking in wet conditions — all those conspired to make rush hour a mini-hell all over America’s Finest City.

I was wise enough to stay put until the traffic settled down. By the time I braved getting on the road, the clock pointed at eight in the evening.

As I drove south down the hill from Del Mar and over a bridge (it spans a short waterway connecting the Pacific at Torrey Pines State Beach to a marsh), I decided to treat myself to free meditation: park by the ocean and chill in the evening darkness. The rain had weakened, occasionally on but mostly off, off long-enough to keep the windows down. When rain would start, I would close the windows, enjoying the sound. Rain is the perfect soundtrack to writing. Even better in a car with a sun roof. It’s impossible to listen to rain without feeling creative.

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