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Counting Losses

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NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Reese lives with crippling anxiety, depression, and a womanizing chauvinist named Tony. As Reese struggles to get over his not-so-recent heartbreak, he finds himself tired of the way his roommate treats the opposite gender and demands Tony come clean about his ill intentions toward Janet, a woman whom he just recently met.

When Tony refuses to cooperate and leaves town for business, Reese takes it upon himself to tell Janet the truth. This sets in motion a series of events that leaves Reese jobless and smitten with the woman his roommate scorned.

Over the course of several months, Reese learns important lessons in hope, friendship, love, and the possibility that everything, good or bad, happens for a reason.

From the Author (May 9th 2023)

As some of you might have noticed, my book Counting Losses is no longer for sale. I've thought about this for a while and decided to stop production of the book for both personal and social reasons. No one told me to do this. It was my call and it's the right one.

When I came up with the plot for Counting Losses, I just wanted to tell the story of a man, Reese, who was looking for a reason to live when his life was one disappointment after another.

The point was that he was using situations out of his hands and people to give him happiness. So when those people and situations inevitably let him down, he would go into a suicidal spiral of depression. Only through finding happiness within and staying on his medication was he able to find some form of inner peace.

The problem is that the love interest, Janet, is made out to be the villain of the story, which was not my intention. Although, it seems that she is just a flakey and unfaithful woman, I tried to hint that she too has mental health issues like Reese. Unfortunately, the book is only from Reese's point of view, so her struggles are not apparent. I feel that was a huge mistake on my part.

With the surge of misogyny, sexism, and ignorance about women/feminism on social media I fear that Counting Losses could add fuel to that fire. Regardless of the message of mental wellness, I don't want anyone to use my work to justify their insecure, toxic masculinity.

Maybe someday I'll release Counting Losses again. I might rework it to have Janet's point of view represented. I don't know. We'll see.

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