Friday, February 25, 2011

A day for reading, mourning

Author L.K. Madigan died on Wednesday. The Portland writer's name was Lisa Wolfson. She announced in January that she had pancreatic cancer. It is a heartwrenching post.
Despite being diagnosed with cancer again, she said she is "so lucky."
I’m not angry about the diagnosis. How can I feel angry when I had this gift of time? I’m not even afraid of dying. We all die, and I made my peace with that a long time ago.
She was 47.

When I saw the news of her death on GalleyCat, they also provided her advice for aspiring writers. She talked about books on writing and then wrote:
It’s good to read those books, but don’t feel guilty if your process is different than what they advise. The main thing is to WRITE. Some days it might be 2000 words. Some days you might tinker with two sentences until you get them just right. Both days belong in the writing life. Some days you may watch a “Doctor Who” marathon or become immersed a book that is so good you can’t stop reading. Some days you may be in love or in mourning. Those days belong in the writing life, too. Live them without guilt.

If you want to pick up a good book, pick up Madigan's Flash Burnout and The Mermaid's Mirror. Today, is one of those days she talked about for mourning.

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