Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Dear readers,

I'm finished with my rough draft! Like Charles pointed out, endings are hard and tend to have a way of providing a great deal of resistance. I am no different. I've been wrestling with the arrangement of a lot of writing for a long time, but particularly since I have been recovering from my surgery. While I wouldn't recommend rupturing your appendix, spending quality time in ICU, and getting to know all the trauma nurses on a first name basis, I will say that getting sick put my life into a much sharper focus. Suddenly all the minutiae that had been part and parcel of my days fell away. I couldn't distract myself because, well, I couldn't really move that much. And writing seemed extremely important, at least a lot more important than making sure the bookcase was dust-free and the books were arranged alphabetically. I once heard a writer say that before she had a child, she couldn't write if there were dishes in the sink and after she had her son, she could write if there was a dead body in the sink. While losing a toxic evil organ is different than birthing a lovely baby, I think the end psychic result was the same for me. God gave me another chance, something not everyone gets. And I thank each of you, my dear readers and friends, who encouraged me to explore some of the darkest material of my life. I actually starting to cry when I wrote the last chapter -- that's how I knew it was the last one. I'm looking forward to catching up on e-mail, reading my favorite blogs, and resting a bit before starting in on the work of revision. Thanks so much for all your love and support!

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"My thought has always been completion. Maybe you have to rebound better, shoot better, hit free throws, handle the ball, defend better. You have to do all those things in the course of a game." Isiah Thomas

Cocktail Hour
Drinking suggestion: Moet for everyone!

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Wednesday!


Scott said...


Congratulations!!! I'm happy for you! It must feel great to be finished. Hopefully I'll know that feeling soon, LOL.

Hope your week is going good, and the rest of it is even better. take care! Oh, nice tiara! :)

Tim said...

Congratulations Michelle!
I'm glad that your life-threatening ordeal gave you a better focus on your writing but... don't be scaring us like that again, ok? :)
Take care!

the walking man said...

Now the edit?

Charles Gramlich said...

Great idea to take a break and recharge before the edit phase. I always do if I have the chance.

R said...

Congratulations, Michelle! The surgery I had a few years ago was a band-aid compared to yours, but spending those weeks immobilized sure gave me compassion for those less fortunate and also helped clear the clutter out of the closet of my mind.

jodi said...

Girly, that is a God awful fugly tiara. Even Lola kitty has a prettier one! Congrats and Cheers to ya! xoxoxo

Shawn said...

Congats, Lil Pebbs!!!

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laughingwolf said...

grats on that, michelle :D

glad you survived that appendicitis...

my own session with it was not as bad as yours... i was in my 20s, in some pain driving from toronto to see my doctor in st.catharines, doing about 85-90 mph

after he [chief of surgery] rushed me into the or to remove it, he told me it was the biggest he'd ever seen... and had it ruptured during my drive, likely would have killed me, and taken any number of folk on the hiway at the same time... i, too, was lucky

chris said...

Congratulations on the finishing of your book. It must truely be a labor of love. Even though I am not a Poet or writer I understand how it is to get completely involved with what ever you may be doing. I have been accused of tunnel vission more than once.

Get outside today,I don't think our winter will be this warm for very long.

laughingwolf said...

lemme know when the book comes out, and where i can get a copy...

Lana Gramlich said...

Congrats on surviving appendicitis & completing the rough draft! You're one hard working woman! ;)

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