Yesterday I spent almost three hours writing my leukemia book. Part I is almost done and Part II is on its way. Considering my subject, the words flew without restraint from negative thoughts. I suppose I've already mentally processed a lot of this.
I know I have to layer in some medical info, which I'm capable of doing but having a difficult time deciding how much is enough/too much. When it comes to transplant science, how much do I explain about HLA matching? Speaking of transplant, I am almost to transplant #1 which means my blog enters the scene. A writer friend of mine says I should just turn the blog into a book. But this would not tell my whole story since I've been writing it for 2+ years and my tale begins in a year and a half earlier. Also, my blog is formulaic. I more or less write the posts in similar fashion. It makes it easy, breezy and light, and doesn't always represent the darkest moments. I feel I need to protect loved ones who might be reading it, including Marty and my kids.
The blog will be layered into the book, posing my greatest challenge. I won't be going for seamless as much as a different tone, some comic relief and a break for those readers who like short and succinct.
With all the time I have on my hands, I should be able to finish this up before the big move. I need an agent and an editor, but most of all I need the discipline to sit down Monday through Friday and crank out a few pages. This is what I've always said I've wanted to do. It's time to put my money where my mouth is.