Cierra J. Bullock
And I Approve this Message.
Cierra Jean Bullock, 51, passed away in the twist and rise of a tide on April 21, 2047. Her family reported that they drove to Ocean Beach, California, to spend a few nights in a house by the shore of the ocean itself. According to daughter Eliza Calderwood, Bullock was said to have wandered off by herself late one night to “watch the sky aglow above and the sand between me toes with each footstep - like one might do in a storybook.” She then wandered out too close to the water and the ocean tongue rolled in to sweep her out to sea (John Smith…). Her body was found early the next morning with salt in her lungs and her limbs ...view middle of the document...
The news hit Bullock hard, and she was said to have gone into a depression. In a journal entry, Bullock wrote, “How can it ever be so bad? How can a person be so selfish as to block the whole world out? […] because of his moment of weakness, the world will never know the voice and language of Daniel Shendal. I hope he’s happy with that.”
Due to the traumatic event, Bullock went into a depression, leading her to an almost suicide attempt, but was stopped by an old man whom she never named. In the same journal entry, she wrote: “He [the old man] just went on and on about how life is a box of crayons and all this other stuff. But, even though his analogy was childish, it made a lot of sense. I don’t know what it was, but something he said snapped me back to reality. Thank God for that old man,” (“August 21, 2013”).
Bullock survived her depression through the help of therapy and writing. Throughout her recovery, she became less social, and began interacting with her creations instead. Bullock wrote in her autobiography, “Each character I invented pulled me along on invisible strings like puppets with a faulty puppet master. I would ask them, ‘Who am I?’ and they would tell me the answer is in my own reflection, and so I would look in the mirror and wander into the soul of the little girl looking back, questioning my sanity,” (Smitten with Words).
Bullock used the power of writing and literature to make it through the dark time in her life, and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 2014. She went on to Bingham Young University of Idaho for two years, and then transferred to University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She graduated with a masters degree in creative writing in 2019, and published her first novel, Androphobic, a story about a...