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Sundance Book "In Progress" (Little Update)

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Sundanceh
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Well, I just thought I would open this post to let you know that “The Book” is under way and gathering steam and is in full progress.

After this post, the next time I’ll say something is when it’s finished. There won’t be any need to bore you to tears with redundant updates. I’ve jumped back into the “Deep End of the Cancer Pool” and will be feverishly stringing together sentences to write chapter after chapter until I finish it.

Start – Finish – Publish are the key milestones for this project.

So, I’ve jumped on this in a big way.

1. I’ve decided on the Title.
2. I’ve written the Dedication.
3. I’ve written the Special Mention.
4. I’ve written the Foreword.
5. I’ve written the Table of Contents
6. And the biggest hurdle of all, I’ve just completed Chapter I – “The Diagnosis.”

So far, I’ve outlined (16) chapters to talk about – each chapter a different path on our walk with cancer. We’ll see if I have enough to talk about or enough words to fill out those pages.

At first, I thought I’d “bitten off more than I could chew” and had a few self-doubts that I could pull something of this magnitude off. But, I found “The Zone” and regained my confidence and after penning the first chapter, I’m again optimistic that I will be able to write this.

Now, whether the public will want to read it or not, that’s another post:) LOL!

I know we recently had a “SPAT” on the board. It’s always hurtful when our members disagreements turn ugly and we turn on each other. I’ve found it’s just best to “just walk away from the fray and return again another day.”

In my study of human nature, I always try and look at the “best sides of ourselves.” And in keeping with that theme, I’d like to share with you part of my Dedication that I wrote for the book.

I hope it can help heal some old wounds and have us again refocus on the new folks who are looking to join our community. The Semis are going to make it in print of this book – very happy about that.

EXCERPT of DEDICATION

“Also, a special thank you to all of my friends on the CSN Network, the Semi;Colons. Their love, support, and friendship, have been very instrumental in my journey. They encouraged me over and over again to finally have the courage to write this book. They validated my writings and my feelings and gave me the confidence I needed to make this sort of dream become a reality. Their stories are so inspirational and I have learned so much from them. They are a wonderful group of people that I have come to know and love. It is my honor to be able to walk beside them every day.”

See you ‘round the water cooler:)

Love/Craig

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Annabelle41415
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So glad you finally decided to start writing this. I'm looking forward to being one of those honored people to read your book.

Hugs! Kim

janie1
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Craig, you don't mess around. Good luck, you will do fine, it will be a great read for, i believe.....millions! I hate that u won't be back until the book is finished. That's sad (we need you), but whatever it takes to get that book completed. I can see Harley at your feet, being either lazy or mischievious, while you are in the Zone.

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you can do this.it will be hard to relive all the bad in your past but just stay focused and i know you will make a great book.good luck....Godbless....johnnybegood

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wolfen
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I wish you unlimited success with this endeavor. Thank you for creating a book that will help many people. As we here all know, "that's just how you are". I look forward to it's publication.

Luv,

Wolfen

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what is about? self help ? memories ? biography ? medical ?.
Hugs! Hope you give me the rights for Europe! Hahahahaha!.
Hugs Mate!

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Sundanceh
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Just for you....an excerpt from The Foreword.

"I’m not going to focus on the medicinal element or treatment plans that pertain to my cancer as this would limit the audience that I am talking to. And, treatments and protocols are always changing and the information would eventually be outdated and perhaps of no value.

Instead, the direction of the book will focus on the “Human Aspects” of Cancer, because all of the topics outlined in the chapters apply universally to all of us and are the feelings and emotions that are consistent with what each of one of us will experience."

I'm giving myself a floating target of about 4-6 months to complete the writing. I'm working full time again, so will have to write in my spare time so it will take a little bit longer.

Let's hope that when this is done, that we can find a publishing house and make this thing happen. What a thrill it would be for all of us!

-Craig

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Having dabbled with writing in the past, and being a bit of a computer programming junkie, I understand getting "in the zone" and burning up a keyboard or three on a project. Wrap yourself in a blanket of creation inspired endorphins, get the goal firmly in sight, and HAVE FUN!!!!!!!

Have you ever given any thought to E-publishing your work? If you're interested, PM me... I may know "someone" who has such abilities ;)

BEST OF LUCK!!!!!

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So very glad to hear that you have 'begun'...of course you had really started some time ago with your posts here.

I am certain that among us we can find some way to get your book published, even if it is only by sheer determination, like you have shown in your fight.

When you get about half way done, let us know. From what I have read that is about the time to start the publisher search.

Hugs to our own 'author'!

Marie who loves kitties

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Wish you best luck!.you are an inspiration to me, hope I can follow your steps on this fight !.
Hugs and thks!

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A new area called 'CreateSpace'....check it out...they are publishing my 'Bald Lady' book....

You get as much or as little help as you want. They will sell both electronic and hard version...and take a cut...BUT YOU retain the rights, so if it sells BIG, and goes to a 'traditional' house, you get all the ownership...

Hugs, Kathi

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Yep, no time for too much celebration! No time for rest for the tired or the wicked:)

Just decided to strike while the iron was hot. As much as I'd like to break from cancer, I realize if this is ever going to happen, I've got to attack it just like I attacked my cancer.

If I wait....who knows right?

And I'm not going to go away from here....I'll still be here on the board. I'm working full-time and having to write the book part-time.

The words are pouring out of my head faster than I can get them typed out. I'm "burnin' up" over here" LOL:)

Thank you!

-Craig

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Love it that your in "the zone". So many will benefit from this. We are all so proud of you. Don't forget audio books!!!!
hugs,
Judy

mom_2_3
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Can't wait for a signed copy!!

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Wow Craig: That is sooooo awesome!!! I'll definitely want to hear when your book gets published...it's incredible that you can do this! I thought that maybe I should write something about my "life journey" and how I had a family once too, but then I realized that it's all boring, totally insignificant and besides...they left waaaay to eary, so writing a 10-page book/journal would be a waste for people to spend their time (and money) on it. So, I'll just keep my life story for myself, and maybe, one day, I can share it with my future family (if I'll have one). But it's awesome that you're doing it! Good luck and keep up the good work! Can't wait to hear about how your book is getting published! :)
Sophie

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So sweet! I can't wait to read the book! I'm sure it will be wonderful, just like you.

*hugs*
Gail

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Hi Craig,

I'm so glad that you're doing it!! I know it will be successful, and I can't wait to read it when it's published!! :)

Hugs to you,
Lisa

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I'm so glad you're getting off to a quick start...it will be easier for you to write the book if you do it while your story is fresh in your mind. My family has been bugging me to write up my cancer story as it goes so they can understand the details that get lost/forgotten, but I just can't do it yet...something about writing it down makes it too real for me...

Fight for my love
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I am so proud of you and I could never learn enough from you.I admire you.

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just checking in,so glad to hear you have finished your book.Can't wait to get my hands on a copy .Please let us know when it is out in stores
good to see you again.
kATE58

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Craig,

I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

Take care my friend!

Hugs,

Sue

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Craig,

I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

Take care my friend!

Hugs,

Sue

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CanadaSue
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Craig,

I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

Take care my friend!

Hugs,

Sue

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CanadaSue
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Craig,

I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

Take care my friend!

Hugs,

Sue

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CanadaSue
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Craig,

I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

Take care my friend!

Hugs,

Sue

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CanadaSue
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Craig,

I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

Take care my friend!

Hugs,

Sue

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CanadaSue
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Craig,

I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

Take care my friend!

Hugs,

Sue

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CanadaSue
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Craig,

I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

Take care my friend!

Hugs,

Sue

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holy sheeeeeeet...:) You like to post, man! :) One is enuff...we can read it...really. ;)

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CanadaSue
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One of the reason's I quit posting here was the snarky attitudes!

I only hit post once give me a break already!

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jjaj133
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Hey sue, now i don't feel so bad. I kept clicking on my post because it was taking too long and ended up with a lot of them!!!
I am working on patience!
judy

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CanadaSue
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Honest I only clicked once!

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Wow... it seems like life has taken me on another path lately and I haven't been here for a while, but this is a good post to find!!

Craig, I can't wait to read your book when it's published. Can I get mine signed?

Love ya!!

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Craig,
I have been reading your posts and you will write a great book. My father wrote a book about our home country, Ireland, a few years ago and he did a wonderful job of it.

Good Luck,

Jan

dorookie
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Craig,

Get a tape recorder for all of those thoughts, especially if you cant type as fast as those thoughts come, then you can just speak your mind and put it to words on your own time...

As for publishing, i think I may know a few people, I will be working on that end if its okay.

Love ya
HUGS
Beth

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Craig,
I look forward to reading your book. It is a real gift for all of us.

Aloha,
Kathleen

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For Father's Day, I gave my dad Chapter I "The Diagnosis" for his present. I asked him to read it and then let me know what he thought.

I got my reply back today. I was pleasantly shocked with his reply. If I'm being truthful, then the tears welled up in my eyes.

"Why is that, Craig?"

Well, it's because he used the words "Outstanding", "Superb Effort", and "Atta Boy."

"Why is that so significant?"

Because, my dad has always been my harshest critic and always very hard on me. He was not the kind of nurturing and supportive father that I needed when I was growing up. He never really believed in me or thought I would amount to anything.

So for my dad to tell me those words and that we was ready for Chapter 2, well it just got to me. I could almost sense "pride" in his words. It made me think if my dad likes what he read, then I know I must be onto something good here.

Maybe we can "Blow the Doors to the Literary World Right off its Hinges!"

I'm starting Chapter 7 now and nearly at the 1/2 way point of the book and we just started this month.

I feel good about it - covering some tough topics of course and "re-living" the experience. I'm throwing every thought and phrase I can think of. Having to write chapters from scratch.

I'm finding that this book is taking me along an entirely new journey concurrently with my cancer journey.

Gotta' go - time to go "kick some more @ss and take some more names" LOL!

-Craig

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pepebcn
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Never too late ! .
I'm sure it's goin to be a great book ! May be next Nobel prize ? hahahaha!.
Go ahead Craig you got all my support !.

relaxoutdoors08
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Craig,
Looking forward to reading about your emotional, inspirational journey.
NB

janie1
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Craig, my dad was strict as you-know-what. I was scared of him all thru high school. It hurt, but i knew he was stressed with his job, and that he really wanted to raise good kids...just it was a little over-kill. I think a lot of men back then were that way. Glad your dad can express himself now with more love. It was probably there all along.

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So great to hear that your most important critic is pleased with the "work in progress". No matter how old we get, it feels good to know that something we have accomplished is important to our parents. Keep up the good work.

Luv,

Wolfen

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So proud of you... Petrina

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Way to go. I'm glad that you're diving headfirst into this. It really sounds like you have a great plan too, it's all outlined (just like we all learned in school - see, some of that stuff DOES come in handy at some point!)
You certainly have a very interesting story of your journey through cancer.
-phil
PS: WHEN this book takes off, you could do another book with sort of a Jerry Springer slant. There certainly have been enough "fights" within our family.

We put the "fun" in dysfunctional at times!
;-)

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