A Friend I Shall Miss

Owen K.C. Stephens

I am devastated by the loss of Steve Russell. He was too kind, too smart, and too important for me to accept he is gone, but he is. I still donโ€™t know how Iโ€™ll process that, and I canโ€™t imagine what his close friends and family are going through. My heart goes out to them all.

Itโ€™s easy to say โ€œSteve Russell was my friend, and Iโ€™ll miss him.โ€ Well, maybe not *easy* โ€” my voice catches if I try to say it because of the weight of WHY I am saying it โ€“ but itโ€™s simple. Itโ€™s telling, not showing.

Itโ€™s too little for what he meant to me.

Steve and I got to know each other online, as we struggled with freelance careers and later launching publishing companies. Early on we realized that we had few peers we knew, and that we both missed having a โ€œwater coolerโ€โ€ฆ

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