I completed my latest story last week, and now I'm unveiling it for my Creative Writing Corner readers. After the painful, laboring process of my previous story, it was a relief to write this one; it fairly flew along. Maybe that's just because it was due in a week, but I found myself galloping through it, writing 600 to 1000 words a day. That's a pretty good rate! Anyway, this story was a bit of an experiment for me. A book I read recently about Buddhism (I am an avid student of Buddhism and have taken several college classes on it) inspired me to think about the Tibetan idea of the bardo as a story metaphor. For those who don't know, the bardo is the in-between stage after death. A person goes there for a short time before his next life, and if he is trained and lucid enough, he is actually able to control his own consciousness when in the bardo and can choose the circumstances of his next rebirth. It's a very cool idea and seemed rich with story possibilities, so without further ado, here is "Bardo."