Well, the free promotion ended for "Trinity and the Sad Child." I'm happy to say that over the five day promotion that the story was downloaded sixteen times. Not a large number, but I think it's considerable. Considering I'm a new author with no advertising budget, I think I'm going pretty well.
Additionally, the genres available on Amazon are extraordinarily detailed. I've tried to make them as broad as possible, but alas it's not. Bullying is a popular category, sadly. Special Needs and Disabilities are not as common to read, sadly as well. And the Death and Grief category is even less common.
I don't like that bullying is such a prevalent problem that it is in demand so much. I also don't like the stigma that surrounded special needs, illnesses, and disabilities. That's why I put the word "sick" in my title for the second story. I know it's probably not "politically correct," but sometimes I worry that being so careful with our language just adds to the stigma and discomfort. Plus, I think the word "sick" adds to the urgency of special needs, illness, and disabilities.
If we don't add some kind of urgency to help the lives of children and people living with these conditions, then do we have less motivation to seek a cure? Do we just dismiss people that live in this way and cast them aside? Do we forget about children who are not yet born who could one day be cured?
I know I'm probably being overly optimistic. However, I don't believe anything is impossible. I believe that if we can't do something now, then someone more clever will come along down the line and do it. Our technology has advanced at unfathomable speeds. Whoever says that something cannot be done, is someone who places limitations on all of our dreams.
Death and grief is a topic that is always difficult to discuss with anyone. In the foreword for "Trinity and the Sad Child" in emphasized that listening is more important than speaking. After a devastating loss, it really is best to let the person who suffered the loss to begin speaking first.