Personal Loss Lessons

A writer friend from an editing class died last month after a relatively brief fight with pancreatic cancer. She had written 4 books of various genres but had not had the means or information to make her books available to be read. Many members of the group are taking her husband’s war memoir to fruition as a memorial. They are caring friends and colleagues to take on this project, and, as writers themselves, they know how often blood, sweat and tears have been shed to finish a book. It becomes a member of the family.

A death is an “in your face” reminder of Carpe Diem, Seize the Day! How many opportunities do each of us have to complete our writing goals? With digital publishing available to anyone, we have no excuses.

A goal without a plan is a dream. Dream away. Dreams are what writers are made of, but goals/plans make it happen.

Thank you,


6 thoughts on “Personal Loss Lessons

  1. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, but I’m encouraged that you and your friends are working to complete her project. If her husband is still alive or if there is another family member, the Veterans Writing Project ( may be of some help.

    Several losses in my life have prompted me to ponder the fleeting nature of life and put more effort into getting my thoughts and memories down somewhere. Thanks for the reminder.


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