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All of us want to sell our writing, support ourselves by our writing, but there's an urge below that, at least for me, and something that happened recently served to highlight it.

A dear friend of the family gave us all some shocking news. After 70+ years of very healthy living, never smoking, eating well and exercising, he was diagnosed with cancer in his spine. It has metastasized and is in his lungs. He is going for chemotherapy on a weekly basis, and radiation almost daily. He is in the fight of his life.

He has read some of my other things (I write fiction) and was complimentary. Thinking of his situation, wishing there was something I could do to help, I contacted him and offered to give him, aside from my prayers, the best that I had.

It's a finished manuscript. Finished, as in several polishings, and I'm just letting it sit for a while until I can go over it one last time and fiddle just once more with it. It's a very good story, possibly my best, and those who have read it and provided criticism say that it is a 'bright' story and one that holds your interest.

Well, if anyone needs a 'bright' story, an escape, an engrossing yarn, this friend is the one. So I sent it off to him.

The old Irish name, Shaughnessy, comes from 'Seannachie', which means 'storyteller' . The Seannachie entertained his or her listeners, and his reward was their enjoyment.

That's why I write. The rest is gravy.

Beej
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