Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Story Remains the Same

This morning, while flipping through a notebook I'm planning to take with me on work travel, I uncovered the opening scene for Line of Scrimmage—written in long hand. Since I rarely write in long hand and have no memory of beginning LOS the old-fashioned way, it was quite surprising to find these pages just 40 days before LOS hits the streets. I've since changed Howard's name to Henry and Miller to Merrill, but otherwise, not much has changed from this first rendition. In fact, it's exactly as it will appear in the book!


Amanda Reynolds-Smith said...

Oh Marie... I just read your "About Marie" and as I wipe the tears rolling down my cheeks, I have to say what a fabulous story!

My Father has prostate cancer and with it recently progressing to the bones and the longevity of his life diminished... it really rocked my world.

I had just signed on to RWA Australia (I think the same week he received the bad news)... and I have found that my writing is what keeps me sane, and also - the ladies that blog with me have been such a light in the dark moments...

It is true, it takes these things to really shake us up and say what on earth are you waiting for??!!

I love your story... and can't wait to see Jack's story some day!!

Fabulous quote too!


Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Marie! What a treasure that piece of paper is! It's clear you just could not wait to write that line down. Wonderful.

Congratulations on LOS! I know it's going to be a huge success!

Marie Force said...

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and for checking out my website. I'm sorry to hear you're going through such a tough time with your dad. I was very grateful to have had at least some warning that my mother's life was coming to a close. I don't know how people handle the sudden loss of a loved one. Take comfort in the time you have left with your dad and do let me know how he is doing and how YOU are doing. The writing will provide a wonderful outlet for you during this tough time. Welcome to RWA! It's a wonderful group!!
All my best,

Marie Force said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I couldn't believe what I was seeing when I found those opening pages to LOS in an old notebook. I have no memory of even writing that down!

I can't wait to see you in San Fran and to cheer you on at the RITAs. You GO girl!!

Amanda Reynolds-Smith said...

Thanks so much Marie for your kinds words... I shall definitely be in touch! Can't wait to read your book(s)!