He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
- Isaiah 40:29-31

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The book I'm going to write

I plan to write a book one day. I'm not sure if it will ever be published, stay a fantasy or come to life on some bookstore shelf, but there's a book here people. As a child, I wanted to write children's books. I still love to read stories to the kids and how hard can it be to write a 10 to 20 page book right? You know, Mr. Wizzle goes to School or My Mommy is a Monster. Great book titles don't you think?

But times are different for me know. Life isn't as easy or relaxed as I had planned it. My plan was to have perfect kids and a stress free, margarita filled, warm weather, relaxed life. Reality is WAY more stressed and let's just say it's been a while since I had a margarita, and the kids... My new book ideas aren't the fun and carefree creatures I pictured as a child. My new book ideas involve telling a story of a life bombed by cancer. A story of balancing life when life is so out of balance. But who am I kidding. Me write a book about something serious. I'm not that kind of person. I learned to write in a journalistic style so I can't draw things out for the drama. I'm a "get the facts on the paper" person thanks to many journalism and PR classes. My 20 page senior term paper in high school only got a 98% because I was 2 pages short. So a whole book on a serious subject. Funny.

But I had a brainstorm of an idea the other day and I just know that my idea is good. It's the kind of book that would make me grab it in the store and think "I want to read that." Would anyone else? I'm not so sure, but I sure would. When times are stressful, and this cancer thing has us down, we laugh. I have laughed at things that people on the outside world (outside of cancer that is) would think was sick. I've laughed at jokes about radiation to Joshua's testicles (see I told you sick). I've laughed at my kid as his hair grows back from chemo and he looks like a drowned rat. It's how WE get through this ordeal. It's not pretty but the humor in the situation is what WE choose to see and how WE deal. So what do you think my new book would be called? What am I going to write about the life of a family dealing with childhood cancer?

How about "My Cancer Kid Needs a Diet."


Rita said...

Great, now you have left me hanging as if I was reading a great book and for some unknown reason the book got slammed shut. So write your book so I can read it!!

Anissa Mayhew said...

You KNOW I'd be standing in line to read it, girl.

We should start a writing group...one chapter a week. Sort of like those weight loss support groups, we'll help each other stay motivated and on track.

Or at least use it as an excuse for moar cookies and coffee!

Do it, I think you'll have a powerful voice to share.