Earlier today I found out that something terrible happened. It made me sad.
It may seem a silly thing when you read the story, but for me it was just devastating. You see, this blog began as a place where I wrote about my foibles in woodworking. Along the way I made some friends on Twitter who encouraged me to write.
A little encouragement goes a long ways, so I continued to practice making stuff and I wrote about it. When I didn’t have anything to write about, I added a chapter to my first novel, Henry Wood Detective Agency.
Once my skills became passable, I started to make some tiny boxes. I would write blog posts about the process, the mistakes, how I fixed them, and what I learned in the end. Because I was finding my feet as a writer, I often gave the boxes names. The first one was named Henry.
I loved that tiny box dearly and was thrilled when my friend Bob Borson, who started blogging about the same time I did (Life of an Architect), wanted to buy it. Henry would have a good home.
You see, at the time I was poor…very poor. I had only a few dollars and had been surviving on eggs and Ramen noodles. Bob’s purchased literally bought me food for a couple of weeks. Henry was special because, not only was he the first thing I made, the name of the detective in my books, but Henry the tiny box was also featured in first book.
Just before Thanksgiving, Bob’s home was broken into. They stole a bunch of stuff, including Henry the tiny box. (See the damage by going to his blog post I liked to above) The people who have him don’t have any idea that this little piece of beginner woodworking means the world to me. Bob loved Henry, too.
It just breaks my heart to think what they’ve done with poor Henry. I gave him personality through my blog and can’t think of him any other way but scared and unloved, possibly sitting in a dark closet or in a bag, alone.
That tiny box represents the beginning of my writing career, my friendship with Bob, and so much more. I hope the police find the people who stole Bob’s stuff. People who steal are just mean…and suck.
Henry was last seen in the Dallas, TX area.