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Postby JillStar » Thu May 26, 2005 4:57 pm

I wonder... is sitting in a waiting room the equivalent to a stress test; sometimes I think yet.

I'm glad to hear she did well and felt better because of it! And wanting to eat is always a good sign. :)
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Postby Hissmonster » Thu May 26, 2005 5:06 pm

lol..she has no choice..she's a diabetic and they wouldn't let her eat before the test..if I didn't feed her we would of had a host of other troubles.. :D

but yes..the story was to make you wonder who's test produced more stress..wink..

Though she is feeling better. Thanks..almost like a kid who braved a difficult task was momentarily proud of herself and now realized how tired she made herself...So I will let her sleep for a while longer..
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Postby Bess » Fri May 27, 2005 1:05 pm

I have been on both sides of this delima and I think it just might me more stressful for the family member/s waiting in the other room. When taking the test myself, (not able to walk the treadmill, I was injected with something to speed up my heart and simulate what happens while walking) I was to involved with what I was feeling at the time to consider what it was doing to anyone else.

On the other hand, I waited with my mother while my father had his test...Loving him as I do and aware of what could possibly happen, I almost became physically sick, but I lept a calm front and tried to ease mom's fears.

Your story was a beautifully written, poignant portrayal of these types of situations. Thank you for sharing...
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Postby Mlou » Fri May 27, 2005 1:33 pm

Hey, Hiss...tell Mom I said hi and I'll hope for the chance of meeting again this summer. Tell her to take it easy and let you lugs do the dirty work. :wink:
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Postby Hissmonster » Fri May 27, 2005 7:58 pm

she does that now Mlou..and she's better now..gets herself all worked up over tests like this..but when they are over...well she relaxes..though I will never ask her to take another MRI while she is concious again..long story...smile and yes Beth...I think it's hard on those waiting outside..we can't do anything...
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Postby Hissmonster » Sun Oct 02, 2005 9:10 pm

on the writing front...Craig is working on revamping my questions on BDD....let's see how long that takes him.

I'm currently researching the waverly hotel both under the waverly name and under the sterling, along with murders in Halifax NS in the 1950's...heading for the library soon on that one.

I have promised an editor the first three chapters of Wishes to read so I will be working on that as well and I'm targeting several high paying mag's that welcome unknowns (yes for the squimish that will include erotic, not hard core porn but more vanilla racy romance mags and men's mag's ...there's one called Curves that basically likes well curves to be the showcase of thier stories). Though for the men's mag's I've been advised to use a pen name as male author's tend to be picked up more than women...go figure.

I figured I will track my exploits here..maybe in the article writing thread/ or maybe on hissmonster.com...I have to start paying more attention to that...and what would be better than the publishing plight of a writer??

Oh and on that note, gotta get some more photos on the bloody thing.


I think I may have bit off a bit more than I can chew as all of these projects are slated for my month of High Halloween Production.

Can't resist the opportunity to scare the young'ens..wink

add to this my little research projects for WT and I'm full out.

but this is all to meet my goal of national recognition publishing for my 'shorts' and laying the ground work for selling one of two novels: Wishes and the yet unnamed ghost story...I would love to call it Waverly, but I will need permission from the owner, which I don't have yet, but ya never know. Will be talking to him Tuesday afternoon..so cross your fingers.

on the photography front...sent in a photo for the photographer of the year, sorry those I promised to send samples for thier opinions...I ran out of time...I have to get some better time management..I think that is my biggest problem...too much to do and not enough time to do it..grin.
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Postby Mlou » Mon Oct 03, 2005 11:17 am

Better than nothing to do and time on your hands. :-D
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Postby Hissmonster » Wed Oct 05, 2005 6:49 pm

Hey...you wanna edit a book...I can put you to work deary..grin
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Postby Hissmonster » Sat Oct 15, 2005 7:35 pm

I'm researching the Halifax explosion more in depth than the cursory information that you get on a weekend visit to the city and I have to admit that I'm utterly fascinated.

I have stumbled on the personal accountings in the days after the explosion, telling of what took place and what the survivors saw and I'm amazed.

One accounting by a reverend at the north end of town described it as a small explosion followed by a second crash and a huge 'sucking wind' warm but dangerous engulfing his home. Certain that they were under attack he was furious. Yet the old rectory was so well built and on the edge of the explosion that it withstood the blast well..or so he thought. the second floor was sheered off.

But, it was his accounting of what he saw when he left his home that had my mouth dropping..just 3 blocks away....desolation. He ran into parishners who had been blown some three hundred yards from their original positions and that miraculously they had survived. One woman had her clothing ripped from her body by the force of the explosion, was covered w/ cuts and bruises and suffered head trama, but in relation to the others was in good condition...then came the 'black rain'

By the time he found her again at the hospital her entire body was 'black'

horrifying yes..but fascinating.
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Postby Hissmonster » Sun Sep 24, 2006 3:37 pm

Well I have finally got a new computer, after several blown gasicates (sp?) with the old one including the power supply, modem, mother board, etc... I threw it out the window and bought a new system....

Now it's time to play catch up.

I have three novels to finish, and an outline for a fourth to get on the computer and flesh out the characters....Think I may do that one for writing week...smile...it's good...a serial killer w/ a twist.

I'm getting more serious into writing submissions as well as writing (freelance) for the local papers.

Not to mention all I have to catch up on here. Please pop in and let me know what has been going on in the wordtrip world, your worlds: with your writing and lives.


I am planning several trips next year, so I will be working on getting writing and photography gigs this winter to have spending cash. I don't like doing weddings or event photography perse, but will take it now as I want to get as much $$ put away for the coming spring.

I am also going to look into getting a writing grant. I have an idea for a roadtrip, travel segment...which I think will be worthwhile getting some public funding for...more to come later..
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Postby Mlou » Sun Sep 24, 2006 3:52 pm

Welcome back, Hiss. :D
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Postby Hissmonster » Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:44 pm

gee thanks.....got lots to catch up on...smile
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Postby pengwenn » Mon Sep 25, 2006 10:41 am

We missed you Hiss . . . all our bruises have healed. :)
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Postby Hissmonster » Mon Sep 25, 2006 5:58 pm

Just in time for some more :wink:
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Postby Hissmonster » Sat May 26, 2007 9:42 pm

got a side gig writing reviews. It doesn't pay much but it is getting me back on the writing for a deadline bit that I haven't done in a while.

Mlou....I will be reviewing your novel for the NE's version and will post the link here when it's published....do you want me to link it to any specific websites....PA, Amazon...here, if we have you set up for "buying the book"?
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Postby Mlou » Sun May 27, 2007 9:09 am

Sure PA and Amazon would be great. I still don't have a website because I'd probably mess it up anyway. I don't know whether I'm set up here for that or not. But a couple more members kindly wrote me they had ordered/received the book, so that's great.
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Postby Hissmonster » Mon May 28, 2007 10:51 pm

cool...will give you the link as soon as it's published.
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Postby Hissmonster » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:15 am

This should probably be a "what if" challenge someday, but for now it's good enough to just chat about....

I have been ruminating about this theme for quite some time now, but it wasn't until I watched "The Last Lecture" tonight that it hit me.

What I've been ruminating on was HOPE.

I think it's what Oprah wanted to do w/ her "BIG GIVE" which, in my opinion, misses the mark, it's too gimmicky and even if the contestants don't know what the prize is, they are competing for at least a title, the bragging rights of the biggest giver, but is that what the show should be about?

I thought it was about using financial means to give people hope, not a "Give big or go home, competition"

To me the message is all about the prize and not about hope. I would have been happier to see her give people say $20K in cash and tell them to go out and give everyone a free coffee, lunch or something like that...brighten the day of someone who may not "need" cash or would not qualify for a charity give (like those they have hand picked for this contest or those who are highlighted on Extreme Makeover) and your only prize is the smile on their face and telling them to "Pass it on."

It isn't just the very poor and needy who need hope (though it probably only makes good tv to showcase only them) and if you plant the seed in others, theory says it will germinate....


I mean think about the businessman making $40K a year, no serious medical history or trauma to make him worthwhile and he isn't the charity man of his community, but he's having a very bad day and he's worried about his "C" average kid who has no ambition and no specific talent. He has given himself ulcers and now his boss has chewed him out over something out of his control. Doesn't that man deserve a little hope too?

He's not super rich, but not poor or needy enough to warrant attention from Oprah or EM? He's too proud to consider it even if he were, so what we let him go on as he is? Is that right? Now what if someone came up to him and said, you look like you could use a pick me up? How about a cup of coffee or a tickets to a show of your choice, or a grand meal at a nice restaurant....and when he says 'what's the catch'...he is greeted with a smile and a simple...'find a way to pass it on'. How would he feel then?

Maybe he picks a show that his kid would like, maybe he uses the tickets for a charity auction that earns him a promotion, maybe he just feels a little better and when he sees an opportunity to help someone else...he just does it..
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Then I was watching a man, a therapist, hawking his new book proudly boasting that the key to life and getting what you want is to link your current "blocks" to a specific trauma in your past.

Okay...but, what he forgot was the "Then What"-- the how to part of "you made the link; what do I do next."

He spent 10 minutes reciting examples of addictive behaviors or abusive behaviors and their likely links, yet he mentions nothing about the hard part, for example:

A woman always selects the wrong men, they are over-bearing and controlling.

He says she probably had a domineering father, yatta-yatta. and so what if he is right. Say she goes back and links her current behaviour with the fact that her father kept her virtual prisoner until she ran away at 16.

How does this change her current circumstance? The answer is: It doesn't. Just "Knowing" isn't enough, there has to be an action for change and that is the hard part. How do you take that knowledge and change your life?

This therapist doesn't mention it and he never says if his book touches on it, which is what people are looking for. Don't just say let go...help them figure out "HOW".
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That brings me to The Last Lecture and Randy Pausch, a PHD in Computer Science and professor at Carnegie Mellon University, who gave a lecture at the school in Sept 07, not expecting to gain fame and noteriety, but to create a legacy for his children who will never grow up with him.

He is dying of cancer and was given a 6-mth prognosis in August.

But, it's not his dying, nor some of the cool things he has achieved in his 46 years on earth, that makes it noteworthy.

No. What has captured those who have seen it is the fact that he gives us hope. His stories not only tell about this unique man, but they show us how to have hope. He not only tells us about his childhood dreams he shows us how to accomplish our own.

In the end of the lecture, he tells us that the speech was for his kids, but we sort of knew that, what he didn't realize is that he also taught us his very last lesson as a professor, one that had nothing to do with computer science or virtual reality, but something profoundly more important and that is how to see life.


This is a man who should be a role model for our children and ourselves not the self-absorbed, vascillating and talentless celebrities who grace the news pages for their drunken &/or violent escapades.

Yet, it is this man we are losing at age 47, while I'm sure the Paris Hiltons of the world will live to old age. And the sad part is, that we wouldn't have known it, if it weren't for the internet. He would have passed and only those who were in actual contact with him would have been inspired. I guess we are lucky in one way, but a little late in another.

I can only hope that my nieces will have such a professor in their lives, but I fear that he is a rare breed--a Tigger in human clothing.

So I ask you this?


What if you were diagnosed with a fatal disease and the prognosis was only 6 months of good health left and then nothing but pain and a slow decent into death? How would you chose to spend those last 6 months?

It's long enough to accomplish a few things, but not so long as to allow yourself to put off your hopes. Would you spend those months in depressive sorrow or would you take a cue for Randy and start building nets for your family for as he put. "Someone is going to push my family off a cliff very soon and I'm not going to be around to catch them. .. So do I curl up in a ball or do I start making nets to cushion their fall?"


If you chose "Nets", tell me how?


As a writer, I find this dicotomy of Oprah; The self-help guru; and the professor a very interesting and inspirational subject. Possible story ideas have been floating in my head so much so that I can't sleep, it's 4 am and I'm up typing this entry. I'm not ready to start a story w/ these kernals but I'm noting different lines and questions down, like....


1. What if the guru got the professor's prognosis?

2. What if they turned the professor's story into a competition, how would the profitiers prevert this story?

3. What would I do to give someone hope? Is it worth it just to make someone smile, with no other agenda?

4. Should I share with others little acts of kindness I do in annonymity or would that ruin it? But, by not saying anything am I missing the opportunity to plant a seed?

5. Plant the seed of hope and watch it germinate: What would that look like?

6. Hope: The hot career of tommorow learn how to spread it around 8)

hmmm needs more thinking...
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Postby charlesp » Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:35 am

I saw that you were on IM last night. I'm glad I didn't interrupt you. Nice piece.

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Postby pengwenn » Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:39 am

I just might steal that "what if" for next week. I hope you don't mind. Or I could have you post it.
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Postby Hissmonster » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:34 pm

Thanks CP...and Penn, be my guest, I would love to see what everyone would come up with 8)

and for those of you who want to see the Last Lecture below it a link to ABC news...through it you can find the links to the CMU website and the primetime show from Weds.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/LastLecture/

This will open the page of highlights at the very bottom is the selection that says view the entire lecture....it's 76 minutes but well worth it.


If this link doesn't work type in "the last lecture" in your google search and you can find it that way.
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Postby Mlou » Sun Apr 13, 2008 4:27 pm

Hey, Hiss...how's the novel coming?
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Postby Hissmonster » Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:50 pm

slow...buckled down and did the taxes this week...having a problem liking what I'm writing..I mean I know the ending to Wishes, but somehow I hate the flow of everything I'm putting on paper...so I switched to out of ashes and have revamped the 1sat possession scene 2 to set up the next scene that follows, when I got stuck there, moved on to "double vision" outline...I know it will take place in western mass and need to do more research...thinking I would like to make is a girls college, though right now I can't think of one out near the Berkshires....any suggestions?
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Postby Mlou » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:53 am

Hey, it's a novel. Invent one. It's so exclusive not many people even know it's there. Right?
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Postby Hissmonster » Sat Apr 19, 2008 5:03 pm

rofl

that is quite a possibility, I have to find/invent a place (would like it real if I can) that is rich enough where a guy can make a living as a personal trainer, but where he can be seperate and alone..no small town..more of a wildrness/survivalist type... :-k that's it i will google massachusetts survivalist camps & see what pops up
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