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I’m off to The Eclectic Reader this morning to attend Pam Wolf’s booksigning event for her kitty cat tale, Jake’s Gift. I’ll finally have a chance to meet Jake in person because Jake and his Cat Rescue friends will be on hand.
I hope I don’t forget to take my camera. Having my picture taken with Jake will be high on my list of To Dos.
What I’m Reading
I finished The Bees by Laline Paull and plan to write about that amazing book on Monday. Then I started Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. I didn’t know until I started reading that it was a sequel to The Shining. It’s really gripping, so I’m reading it in record time. The only bad thing….night before last I had a nightmare, a bad one, and I could relate it directly to the novel. I’m only reading it in the morning now instead of at night.
I was given permission to start transitioning out of the walking boot and into regular shoes, but I have to do it gradually beginning with only two hours a day. I’ll be getting some physical therapy this month as well. This little broken metatarsal has turned into the neverending story.
I’m still working on the rewrites for the new suspense novel and making mental notes for the new work in process. I’d get a lot more done if I’d work on one thing at a time.
On the Passion for Writing
Apparently this post hit home for a lot of readers because I received good comments and also a few emails on the subject. There is another side to that story, as there always is. When we identify our passion, even if it’s just our passion of the moment, we should give it our all while we have the chance.
One of our favorite members of Northern Colorado Writers passed away this week. He had more than one passion during his lifetime, and in these later years had chosen writing to fulfill his needs. The one work I most wanted to read was the memoir of his travels around the world working with various governments and cultures: Weeping Kings and Wild Boars: Moments of Magic and Sorrow from Forty Years Trying to Save the World. He also wrote short stories and essays. His novel, Fire in the Grass, was set in 1990 South Africa.
So there you have it. The other side of a passion for writing. If you have it, write your little heart out while you can. Jerry Eckert had the satisfaction of knowing he’d finished his books, and he won a major award for the memoir this year, even if he didn’t get to see his books in print. That’s quite an accomplishment, but he was an amazing man. We will miss him.
Susan Gourley says
So sorry about your friend, Jerry. It sounds like he lived an interesting life. Congrats on getting out of the boot. I spent 6 weeks in one a few years ago. Not fun. Hope you got some pictures of the booksigning.
As expected, I forgot to take the camera, Susan, but I’m expecting some of the photos to show up on the Jake the Cat Facebook page so I can link to those. Other people, especially those from Cat Rescue, took several photos that should be excellent
Margot Kinberg says
I hope the book signing went really well, Pat. I’m sure you had a great time. Good to hear your foot is slowly getting back into walking shape. Sad to hear the news of Jerry Eckert; a loss like that always leaves a gaping hole… Wishing you well as you get back to those rewrites/revisions!
Walking sure feels good, Margot, but my posture has been wrecked. Lots of exercising to do now.
You’re exactly right about the feeling that comes with losing a valued member of the tribe. There’s a space now that no one else can fill.