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About my last column

Sorry, I should have mentioned it: Yes, my last column was directly related to the incident in which my friend and former coworker was hit by a "blinded by headlights" idiot in a truck, during a snowstorm.

He's out of danger, although of course he faces a lot of therapy and such in the future; but he's in good spirits, as always, and probably handling the situation a whole lot better than I did. He's still in the hospital, and I'll bring any more updates to you as they happen. Thanks again, everyone, for your thoughts and prayers.


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Feb. 16th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update...I passed word on to the prayer group at church. Still praying for him BTW.

Feb. 16th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and keep it up. He's still got a lot of difficult days ahead of him.
Feb. 16th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)

Glad to hear that people can handle those kinds of changes with flying colors. If I left an accident without one of my limbs, I'd be bitchy and angry at the world. Glad to hear your friend has a better attitude!

Best of luck!
Feb. 17th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'd be exactly the same way as you. I tend to get mad at the world when I stub my toe, and there he is worrying about other people. Odd that I'm envious of someone who's been through as much as him.
Feb. 17th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
Oh that's not weird at all. I'm even envious of him. I'd kill for that optomistic, compassionate outlook on life...but alas, I'm selfish and worrysome. Bleck.

Let his story be an inspiration for me not be a bitch.
Feb. 18th, 2006 09:44 am (UTC)
I've done a lot of things that people might look at as being compassionate, helpful, etc. Joined the volunteer fire department and EMS, ran for my position on the Albion Town Council, and so on. But we all tend to do things for selfish reasons, even if we are being compassionate. Heck, I *like* fighting fires. Think I'd be crazy enough to do that if I didn't like it? :-)

I don't much like being on the Town Council, but if you care about your community you have to get involved. I'd rather stay home and write, so I guess that makes me caring. And I'm continually trying to get my writing published, so I guess that makes me optimistic.

But I don't FEEL caring and optimistic. I just want to get published so I can quit my full time job and write full time. There's nothing wrong with wanting to do something for yourself, as long as it doesn't hurt others.

I guess I'm just a mass of contradictions, like everyone else. Sigh.
Feb. 18th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
Re: inspirations

I do volunteer work with the Humane Society, so that's normally my good semaritan deed. I'm in college to do journalism because my dream is to make commercials big enough for the Super Bowl, but I've always wanted to open my own shelter for abused animals because I cannot bare animal cruelty. My best friend and I are working on getting a book published because as it goes, writing fuels me. I can defintely relate to that. We all want to do some much with their lives and it's probably all for selfish pleasures, but I don't see wanting to be happy as being selfish. Ya know what I mean?

I could never be on Town Council. Aside from Bloomington, I've never had a deep love for any of the cities I've lived in.
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
write right
Super Bowl commercials, huh? You're aiming for the big time.

But never mind that, let's get to the writing: tell me about the book! Fiction or non-fiction? What's it all about? I love talking about writing, it's healthier than food and safer than sex.
Feb. 19th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
Re: write right
The book is about short stories because that's my passion and my craft. My short stories are always in some way autobiographical. I like to tap into touchy subjects like religion and incompentent parents. Controversy and things that are taboo make me orgasm.

Writing is healthier than food, and as for the sex thing, I wouldn't know. :)
Feb. 20th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
show us your shorts
I started out writing a lot of short stories, mostly in the science fiction genre. But I'm long winded by nature, and have a lot of trouble keeping my stories as short as modern publishers prefer. It's different if it's a whole book of shorts, of course, since you don't have to worry about fitting into a magazine's length requirements. I hope you'll give me a chance to read your stuff sometime.

I used to write a lot about incompetent parents -- until I become one. (Um, parent, that is, not incompetent.) In general, I prefer to write escapist stuff, although that doesn't mean I can't fit serious themes into my writing.

You wouldn't know about sex (except for controversial orgasms)? Good for you, hold off as long as possible. I started early, and liked it so much that it's about all I can think about unless I force my mind in another direction. Who needs the distraction?
Feb. 17th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
I'm really sorry to hear about your friend. I'm sending positive thoughts his way.

It's so distressing that are such thoughtless and idiotic people out there, and even more distressing that they cause harm to others.


Feb. 17th, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
Thanks for the good thoughts and the hugs. I'm needing them more than usual this week, for some reason. Must be February.
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