Marty wrote and asked me what I thought of comma splices. I tend to avoid them. However, I think a number of good writers of fiction will employ the sentence splice when it’s apt and keeps the narrative flowing. The key, for me,—is the splice intentional?
Oh The Splices You'll See by Stan Carey
“Far from being a literary evil, then, comma splices are often fine, but they create a noticeably casual effect that is widely considered ill-suited to contexts such as essays, reports, and business writing”— Stan Carey
More about those "splices" John McIntyre
Speaking of comma splices—
From A Tale of Two Cities:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.—Dickens