This originally appeared as a comment I left on the Steve Laube Literary Agency Blog Creative Boundaries which appeared on April 3, 2018. (There are a couple of additions.)
There are some good and worthwhile things that are questionable for publication, too – because, well, who would really understand, and the reading could have the opposite effect to that which was intended.
I’ve been urged to write about my trip to death’s door; I’ve done so on my blog, but that’s a collection of life-snippets, really, with some advice for patients and caregivers that I hope is useful.
But a book? That has to cut to the meaning with the graceful Hail Mary arc of a pass into the end zone, and how can I really say that pancreatic cancer is the best worst thing that’s ever happened to me?
How can I say that the agony (and yes, it is, even as I write) has brightened my days with beauty appreciated for itself, and not for how it makes me feel?
How can I say that life is not a duality of Good Things and Horrible Things, writ boldly on opposite sides of a strip of paper whose ends are joined into a ring? Good outside, Bad inside!
I can’t, because life and death is about cutting the ring, and giving it a half-twist and taping the ends back together.
Now trace your finger over the Good, and suddenly you’ll find you’re seamlessly into the Horrible…and then, if you keep moving, back into the Good again.
You’ve created a Moebius Strip, a two-dimensional object with only one surface, and you can dive through that ring to freedom.
You've been released to dance through the light and the shade
But how can I even begin to say this?
You’ld think me half mad.
But being wholly mad, strength permitting, I'll write it.
And who better to supply the music than Abba, with Dancing Queen?
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I'm so glad Barbara's stepped in. I'm really not doing well at all. I'll still post when I can. But writing's hard.
Thanks to Carol Ashby, Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is back on Kindle, and will be available in paperback in a few days!
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Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
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