I love the phrase “That’s all she wrote.”
Dad always used it as an expression to describe the end of something.
Track meet ends
Time to leave the restaurant
High school graduation
“That’s all she wrote”
Of course the saying is meant as if there was nothing more for “her” to write about
The function has ended, the task completed, and so she hung up her pen
But I like the saying so much for the thought that maybe
she didn’t stop writing because it was over,
it was over because she stopped writing.
She stopped writing and so the people stopped reading
they lived for her writing so without it, they couldn’t go on
Because I imagine she’s a fiction writer and not a journalist
The story relies on her and not she on it
She stops writing when her brain is tired
or her laptop dies
or she can no longer see through her tears
but never because the story demanded a halt..
that is, unless she imagines a bright red stop sign
Which makes me think-
why did she stop writing?
How long did she stop for?
How do you know she stopped writing?
Are you sure she didn’t continue on a page that blew away in the wind?
Are you sure she didn’t continue three lines down in code?
I’d like to think more about this
But right now I’m tired,
so that’s all she wrote