Author Steven Craig Presents:
Truth: In 1,000 Words or Less
Truth: In 1,000 Words or Less
Steven is the author of Waiting for Today and is an accomplished writer who has composed a novel, screenplay, short fiction, opinion essays and poetry. His work has been published in a wide variety of highly respected publications.
Inspired by his love for the written word and a finely crafted story, Steven spent fifteen years teaching literature while honing his own craft in a myriad of artistic endeavors. It was his relocation to Breckenridge, Colorado, however, that finally provided the impetus to take time away from teaching and embark on the journey of a lifetime- the writing of Waiting for Today.More About Steven
Waiting for Today is a life-affirming novel about human suffering that inspires hope about what it means to be human. Waiting for Today charts the life of Jacob, a young man who loses what he loves most. Plunged into the depths of suffering, Jacob must come to terms with his faith, or lack thereof, and the nature of the human condition. Jacob is already a wounded man when he meets Faith. Wary of the terms of life’s happiness, he relents to the soaring spirit that she brings to him and allows himself to finally accept the wonder and joy life has to offer. But when his dreams of bliss are shattered, Jacob must somehow find the courage to live and love again despite the inherent disillusionment of an impermanent world. Waiting for Today evokes universal questions about mankind’s existence and offers inspiration about the beauty of each soul’s journey. Set largely in modern-day Washington, D.C., it is a tale of faith and promise that reveals insight into the meaning behind human suffering.More Info
“Waiting for Today” is a wonderful novel. It is a quiet and intimate story in many respects. The first part of the novel deals with the courtship and marriage of Jacob and Faith. Jacob is a teacher in D.C. and an avid Red Sox fan. Faith owns a flower shop and has a secret passion for the piano. The author seems to court both sexes in the early chapters. The male population is served with some excellent baseball scenes. Although I am not a fan of the Red Sox, the novel brought me back to the vivid experiences of watching those particular games. The female population is served by some outstanding prose about relationships and emotions. This is the area where Craig’s writing really excels. The rooftop in Georgetown and the sledding scene were fabulous examples of truly excellent writing.
Events become tragic as the birth of their first child, Aurora, nears. Jacob is forced to deal with loss on all levels. I won’t spoil the plot, but much of the novel’s literary merit comes as events spiral down into the territory inhabited by Job. The writing is terrific. It has a regional taste and flavor to it, exploring New England, DC and Spain. Some passages are just beautiful. I would stop and just appreciate a wonderful sentence or paragraph. The story is heart-breaking and heart-building. Faith is tested and Jacob definitely explores the dark territory of the soul.
“Waiting for Today” is an excellent first novel by Steven A. Craig. He is a talented writer not afraid to explore the emotional landscape caused by love and loss. As I let the pages slip through my fingers, I kept thinking that this is a really good novel in its understated way and truly admired a job well done.
This book takes you on a long journey through one man’s stuggle to accept that life is full of risks, and that if we refuse to take any, we will always be “waiting for today.” At first, I found it hard to sympathize with the main character. I mean, why can’t he just get over his losses and move on? But he really symbolizes the hidden wounded parts in all of us: the tragedies and harsh words that leave deep scars – and leave us more cynical, jaded and wary about life and love. He slowly unravels his doubt and learns to receive what life has to offer, but he’s given some serious trials along the way. There are some really great scenes that stay with you. One of my favorites is when Faith just happens to see Jacob committing a random act of kindness on the jumbotron at a baseball game…and that kickstarts their love affair. In the end, I got that life can be messy. And sometimes it can hurt a lot. But it’s a beautiful gift that is so worth the effort…so worth all the risk. It’s better to jump into life and swim like crazy than to stand on the edge just waiting.