Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

Another Reason it’s Good to be a Writer

February 9, 2012 1 comment

Sometimes events in our lives make us introspective. We reflect on our lives and our beliefs, seeking comfort in the familiar and understanding for things that happen beyond our control. This can lead to contentment at times and anger at others. Psychologists call it stages of grieving. Philosophers call it meditation and understanding one’s self. I call it that thing we all do, no matter how much money we have or what our skin color or internal plumbing looks like. Being human binds us, for better or worse. I guess that makes it easier for the aliens bent on taking control of our world someday easier to stereotype us.

But until that day I can spend time fantasizing all sorts of thoughts about a variety of very touchy topics. Religion, politics, sexism, and Paula Dean trying to make a buck off her unhealthy lifestyle by endorsing a drug for diabetics. The thing is that I’m a writer, so I like to get my thoughts out there and to be heard. While spewing opinion laden sensitive topics may be cathartic, it can also piss off a lot of people. I greatly respect individuality and everybody’s right to believe what they want, so I don’t want to do that. Not to mention having people angry at me is going to stunt my writing career from a sales point of view!

So here’s where writing is cool. Rather than go on and on about a topic I can invest my thoughts and feelings into my characters in my books. As long as I don’t make the book in general preachy, it becomes a character trait (or quirk). I get it off my chest and my character becomes deeper and more interesting. Win-win.

And the situation that prompts such thoughts? Well, those will develop and unfold however they do. It’s been a long week but things are looking unexpectedly optimistic. Still, gor people like me who feel the need to try and take charge of their lives and be in control of what happens it’s difficult to watch things happen beyond our control. Recognizing that quirk is, I hope, the first step in dealing with it, but I still don’t have to like it. 🙂

As for me, it’s still my every intention to be the exception to the rule that nobody gets out of life alive. For the rest of us, never settle for anything less than a happy life and be sure to share that with the people that matter – and even the people you don’t know. Maybe those people will make a difference someday too.

In hindsight I almost renamed this post, “It’s not a tumor!” I couldn’t think of a good way to convey it with an Austrian accent though. 🙂

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Saluting the Spirit of a Warrior

November 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Nearly twenty years ago I enlisted in the Air Force. I trained side by side with some amazing men under the controlled abuse of special operators from the Air Force, Army, and Navy. I witnessed some of the people I knew do things that I’m still not sure are humanly possible. I mention that not because I want to talk about myself or because I want to bring attention to the recent Veteran’s Day. Enough people have done that, and while none of their words should have any less impact, this blog post isn’t about that.

I brought this up because I’ve known my share of heroes, both in the military and civilian life. Among all of them I want to bring attention to a man who I consider a true warrior at heart. I know some real beasts and I know what it takes to accomplish what they’ve done. What I can’t imagine is what it would be like to be given a virtual death sentence in the form of a diagnosis of having stage four cancer. To be fair, it has an 8% – 15% survival rate beyond five years, and I sincerely hope the man I’m speaking of can be in that niche.

I’m talking about Marc Hamlet, a man who approached me through Novel Concept Publishing because he had a book he wanted help publishing. Turns out we could help him, and so we did. He’s got a great futuristic science fiction book called The Capable Man that not only includes high tech sci-fi, but also tells a story about human nature. The sales numbers are impressive on it, but even more impressive is that Marc conceived and wrote this novel after he received his diagnosis. Sure, we might all tell ourselves that when given such a edict we would spend our remaining time as best we possibly can. Well one of those things for Marc was wanting to publish a novel, and that he has. I’m hoping he has the time and ability to follow it up with the sequel he has planned. You see through this process Marc became more than just a business venture for me, he became someone I admire and a friend.

This is where you come in. Plain and simple I’m asking for people to go and check out his book. Tell your friends about it. It’s a good book, I promise, and you don’t even need to be a sci-fi junky to get into it. I want to turn Mark’s moderately successful book into a very successful book. I want to help him realize a dream he’s had, and I want this to help him with whatever medical expenses he’s sure to have, as well as to insure that there’s a stream coming to his family if the dice roll poorly.

I’d also encourage you to check out his blog and read about his trials and tribulations. He fights his battle with an inner strength and professionalism that I doubt many of us have. Frankly, I found it to be downright admirable. If you’re seeking someone to admire and be inspired by, read what this man has to offer the world before it’s too late.


The Capable Man, by Marc Hamlet

The Capable Man, by Marc Hamlet


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