Friday, August 15, 2008

"But I need a break and I want to be a paperback writer" The Beatles



Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
It took me years to write, will you take a look?

The Beatles

To prevent me from going completely crazy stuck at home, I have committed to write a book. There, I have said it. It is out on the public. And since you are reading it on the internet it MUST be true. 

The other truth is that I work best under pressure, so my public pronouncement puts my toes to the fire.  I have started by gathering books on writing and publishing, including rereading Stephen King on writing. If as Woody Allen said, 90% of winning is just showing up, I am in my stretch run. But I know I will need much more than that to make this dream a living reality.  

My research begins with reading some of the great books you have send me or even written. If not for the generosity of Wendy H. and Elaine I might be painting a mural instead with my more gifted children. Some might argue that would be a better use of my weird and constricted talent set. Maybe that too, but later.

I don't think I want to write a self published treatise that no-one will read so I am starting by doing a needs assessment. I have an idea, an idea I think will help a ton of people, but I need to make sure it flies. The book's goal is not just crazy prevention therapy for this homebound doctor, but a practical tool to empower others. But more on that later.

My cure is still numero uno. My labs are rock solid, my rash and gut are getting better, and I know this goal will not only make my world bigger than leukemia and transplant, but it will also offer me a sense of purpose and a chance to give back. That's is the bottom line. That is the best use of this second chance. If I still rest and meditate and answer all my CLL/HSCT emails, this will help cure me. No doubt.

But, before I can give, I will be taking more. I will need your help and will ask for it soon.

Paperback Writer was the first Beatles hit that was not a love song. The Fab Four (I saw them live in 1964) remain fab to this day by their history of constantly expanding their creative vision. G-d willing, me too.

3 Comments:

Blogger JM said...

make known that which you need to sustain and propagate...we study the world, we observe our inner spirit, and find a defining process afoot...
sans the transplant, like a doppelganger of sorts I am present with each sense of emotion and physical response...
I am walking behind you on the same the same journey...
Thank you for turning on your "brights" in order to illuminate the path stretching ahead.
janeen

August 15, 2008 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger plannerlene said...

I'm at the edge of my seat eagerly waiting to hear more about the book. What an exciting adventure this is turning out to be.
Be well be well be well.

August 18, 2008 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Diane Anderson and Family said...

Terrific-I'd like to pre-ordered my copy now please, of course with an appropriate autograph by the author.
Don't dwell too much on the "moping", you are finding ways to do this. It'll happen.

Keep In It.

Diane

August 18, 2008 at 11:34 AM  

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