Charlie Walks: A Novel Chapter 7

Charlie walks the tightrope between head and heart. Between one path and another.

Daniel Bourke


How do you choose between A or B? Well… the trick is to remember there’s also C, D, E, F, G, yes, no, all of the above and none of the above.

From my first novel, Charlie Walks.

Charlie’s downtown again. At another grey building. Working on something he enjoys but not to the depths he’d like. So he’s torn.

Torn between a known path and his own path. Between what he thinks he should be and what he’d love to be.

Chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3, chapter 4, chapter 5 and chapter 6 are also available.


Another day downtown.

Sarah decided to move overseas. Germany. I’d read writers go to France. The two are close. Where do writers who are technology nerds go?

Back to the problem. I was stuck. I liked where I worked but I liked working on my own project more.

Stay at a large company with all the benefits and comforts a large company can offer or leave and start my own? Two selfish choices. Of course I wanted the best for me. Doesn’t everyone?

I turned it into a story. Two roads. One, into town, well explored, known. The other, out, newfound land or complete ruin. And door number three? Well, I can’t reveal all of my tricks yet.

My issue?

Patience. All the songs talk about wanting something, longing for it. Then when they get it, the songs revert back to the journey.

In my head I was a writer and founder of a company. Charlie the writer, Charlie the company of one. Did I just say that? Yes. Really? Yes. That sounds good, doesn’t it? Real good.

Did other people think these things? Of course they did. Except tragically many of them never leave the warmup phase.

The lady with the badge came down and said hello and we walked over to the elevators. The doors closed in and my fun thought experiment went silent.

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This is the end of the sample chapters.

If you’ve enjoyed the ride so far, you’ll love the rest of the book. There’s plenty more to come.

For more, check out the book’s homepage.

And there’s also a video on my YouTube channel where I read the first 42 pages (16 chapters) out loud, chapter 8 starts at 30:57.