Heart – Obviously broken numerous times; healed, masses of scar tissue.
Lungs – Extended. Reports indicate subject breathed life into others and their manuscripts.
Brain – Huge brain, full of writing and publishing matter, vocabulary, insane thoughts, kind thoughts; a couple chunks missing, cause undetermined.
Eyes – Bloodshot, massive crow’s feet. Causes – disproportionate merriment while writing, editing, Facebooking.
Ears – Eardrums distorted and disfigured. Reports indicate subject marched to the beat of a different drummer.
Hands, fingers – Calloused fingertips, computer keyboard impressions evident.
Elbows – Worn thin. Causes, assumed – holding head in hands, extended time at her desk.
Shoulders – Over-abundance of tear stains. Interviews with associates indicate subject frequently offered a shoulder to cry on.
Back, spine – Bulging and curved. Records indicate subject occasionally withstood extraneous worry.
Ribs – Twisted. Cause – writing rib-tickling blogs, poetry, and short stories.
Butt – Baby got back. Gluteus maximus is quite broad and flat. Reports suggest subject spent too much time sitting.
Knees – Rough, raw. Cause, assumed – excessive time expended praying for success.
Legs – Strong, muscular. Reports indicate subject stood tall and firm in her ethics, honesty.
Feet – Rigid, balanced. Interviews with associates confirm subject stood on principles.
Lap – Worn to the bone. Reports and interviews suggest subject often held and comforted others.
Mouth – Subject’s lips frozen in a smile. Many laugh lines. Reports indicate excessive laughter with family, grandchildren, and friends…and a life well lived.
What would we find at your autopsy?
Karen S. Elliott was raised by a mother who wanted to be an English teacher and who worked for Merriam-Webster as a proofreader and an aunt who could complete the Sunday New York Times crossword in a day. Their favorite expression was, “Look it up!” Karen reads punctuation and grammar manuals for fun.
Karen is an editor and proofreader, blogger, and writer. She edits fiction and non-fiction including: sci-fi, fantasy, children’s, mystery, paranormal, western, horror, literary, historical, and journalism. Karen completed her writing coursework through UCLA and University of New Mexico, and was the winner of the SouthWest Writers 2009 Writing Contest – The Best Hook. Her short stories have been featured in The Rose & Thorn Journal, Every Child is Entitled to Innocence anthology, Valley Living Magazine, BewilderingStories.com, and WritingRaw.com. She is currently working on collections of short stories and poetry.