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A Time for Sea Creature

I had the most wonderful blogpost in mind for this past Saturday morning. Just one more read-through of the article Friday night and…………….. Not so fast. Snail mail came early Friday afternoon, along with the letter that I had hoped I would never see—my rejection letter from the University of Nebraska American Lives Series. My memoir, The Autobiography of a Sea Creature, about infant surgery would not see the light of day. Not yet anyway.

I came close, the letter hinted. Colleagues had consulted one another, the market was considered, their line of titles discussed; “reluctantly” though, the manuscript was returned. Woe is me set in. Deep disappointment hit. Crying helped. Blogposts would wait.

My depth of feeling was not simply due to the dashing of the chance to go more public with the infant surgery issue and gain much needed support for my creativity and talent. It was one more loss in a string of them—the death of my brother, Wayne, November 2010; the death of a dear friend, Robert, June 2011; my accident ice-skating in May 2011, where I sustained a concussion and whiplash; and now a dear-to-my-heart book I’d written, and then rewritten more than several times, rejected October 2011.

Rather than plunge deeper into the losses, I want to tell you why Sea Creature is an amazing and important manuscript. It’s the story of my discovery, as an adult, that I did not receive anesthesia for pyloric stenosis stomach surgery at three weeks old. It’s the story of my partner and me taking care of my mother who had dementia in her final years. It’s the story of a life lived full of thrilling highs and abysmal lows, unknowingly besieged by post-traumatic stress (PTS). It’s a story about how sea creatures and certain key people saved my life. It’s about my personal struggle to honor the seed of my intrinsic beauty, inherited at birth. It’s a human story about seeking freedom.

I trust that 2012 will be kinder and that Sea Creature’s time will come. Thank you all for sharing in my journey.

0 Responses to A Time for Sea Creature

  1. So sorry to hear this very disappointing news. Your pain is palpable all through your post, and how could it be other? But life has taught you a lot of survival skills, and your readers, family and friends know you will manage to work your way around this closed door. We are with you with our support, thoughts and best wishes.

  2. So sorry to hear this very disappointing news. Your pain is palpable all through your post, and how could it be other? But life has taught you a lot of survival skills, and your readers, family and friends know you will manage to work your way around this closed door. We are with you with our support, thoughts and best wishes.

  3. For the last couple of years, my mother has been writing an autobiographical story of raising my sister, a special needs child who is traumatized from extensive long-term hospital stays, as well as her own path to healing from neo-endocrine tumors (Steve Jobbs death will hopefully bring about more awareness as this class of disease is often misdiagnosed) and getting a second chance at life to be with her terminally ill daughter and her youngest, a healthy and vibrant 4 year old (and me of course!). Her book was also rejected but she kept persistent and now it is in the editing phase and is going to be published! You are such an inspirational and moving writer, Wendy. It made me sad to hear of things like “markets” and “consulting” when this is about sharing, educating and healing. When did we become a people of marketing such things? Sometimes, this broken system isn’t ready for the truly authentic human experience. It’s only a matter of time, you’ll see. The sea creature will surface! 🙂

  4. For the last couple of years, my mother has been writing an autobiographical story of raising my sister, a special needs child who is traumatized from extensive long-term hospital stays, as well as her own path to healing from neo-endocrine tumors (Steve Jobbs death will hopefully bring about more awareness as this class of disease is often misdiagnosed) and getting a second chance at life to be with her terminally ill daughter and her youngest, a healthy and vibrant 4 year old (and me of course!). Her book was also rejected but she kept persistent and now it is in the editing phase and is going to be published! You are such an inspirational and moving writer, Wendy. It made me sad to hear of things like “markets” and “consulting” when this is about sharing, educating and healing. When did we become a people of marketing such things? Sometimes, this broken system isn’t ready for the truly authentic human experience. It’s only a matter of time, you’ll see. The sea creature will surface! 🙂

  5. WOW! Thank you so much, Liz, for sharing the story of your mother’s journey and for having faith in me and my story. I feel the rightness of what you are saying. Your words energize me. Thank you for your generosity and wisdom. I like thinking of Sea Creature surfacing!

  6. WOW! Thank you so much, Liz, for sharing the story of your mother’s journey and for having faith in me and my story. I feel the rightness of what you are saying. Your words energize me. Thank you for your generosity and wisdom. I like thinking of Sea Creature surfacing!

  7. I can’t imagine what kind of emotional and physical difficulties you dealt with while caring for your mom. Thats a very tough position to be put in.

    • She was very feisty, Adam, and sometimes she would fight me. Other times, she’d just take off without our being able to stop her. Very challenging.

  8. I can’t imagine what kind of emotional and physical difficulties you dealt with while caring for your mom. Thats a very tough position to be put in.

    • She was very feisty, Adam, and sometimes she would fight me. Other times, she’d just take off without our being able to stop her. Very challenging.

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