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Topic: Writing (01/11/07)
- TITLE: The Book That Never Was
By Kristi Wood
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My book is gone now. I never did get it written. Sure, I did research and took notes. I developed a story line, a set of characters, and was working on the setting. But it vanished and took the drive to share this story of mine away with it.
Where did it all go? Certainly a fair amount of it has disappeared down the rabbit holes the multiple sclerosis is making in my brain. My memory is like a country road: passable but slow going with many potholes to maneuver around. But I also think that I feel less connected to my characters and the struggles in their lives because of the resolution happening in my own heart. I am being transformed by that grace I was telling you about. Iím actually starting to see myself as God sees meÖas He sees everyoneÖthrough a lens of forgiveness and grace. Iím learning how to let go of the self-criticism and doubt that haunted me for so long. Iíve lost my book and Iím OK with thatÖIím OK with meÖIím OK with doing the best that I can and that the best I can is far short of the goal.
Sure, I wish I had written more when the ideas were fresh. I wish I had journaled more during my own struggle for self-acceptance. I would love to share my transformation so that maybe God could use my story to help someone else. Maybe He still will. It just wonít be on that planet, with that 13 year old, in that book I never wrote.
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