Date of Award

Spring 5-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

M.O. Walsh

Second Advisor

Kevin Moffett

Third Advisor

James Winter


The characters of Forlorn Days have been beaten down, be it personally or professionally. These stories are meant to present these characters as they struggle in their own indecisions and adversities. Some are more successful than others, while some come to the realization that it is nearly impossible to escape their flaws. The worlds they occupy are filled with a sense of disillusionment, whether it be soul crushing jobs, fractured relationships, or a lack of communicating with those around them. The characters that populate these stories are looking for a connection of any kind to break out of the fates that await them. In this yearning to break out of their disillusionment, they find that it’s more difficult than they thought. Life continues to go around regardless of the decisions they have made.


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