Five Star Blog Roundup 413: Four Great Posts and a Sue Grafton Quote
This week's Five Star Blog Roundup is brought to you by an unwelcome surprise, an insistence on surprise, talking as a failure to act, true kindness after assault, and a quote from Sue Grafton:
"Radiation Booster" by Rita Arens at Surrender, Dorothy:
I am supposed to be at a Royals game with Doug French right now. I'm not, because in spite of the fact he's in town this week only, I had to text him while bawling in the parking of KU Cancer Center in Lee's Summit and tell him I just couldn't do it. I needed to go home.
I went in to my third week of radiation expecting to be in and out in about fifteen minutes, like usual. That is not what happened.
"Novels Aren't Coloring Books" by Joanna Maciejewska at Joanna "Melfka" Maciejewska:
I want to draw my own pictures, to learn what works and what doesn’t when it comes to structure or the story. And as a reader, I want to oppose it too: I want to be surprised, awed, and amazed by the stories I read, not to be able to guess the plot progress from the number of the page I’m at.
"Who We Are to Each Other" by Kate Bowles at Music for Deckchairs:
Like every other person in the line, I’m shawled in my own history of standing exactly here, over many years: coming home for the first time, coming home after a break-up, visibly pregnant, pregnant without knowing, coming home to surprise someone, coming home for a funeral.
And just ahead of us in time is that other part of the airport story: friends and kin and professionals with signs, the whole Love Actually of the arrivals hall. They’re fidgeting, slumped, waiting to perk up at the sight of the person they’ve come for. Everyone who’s ever stood there for me is there, but not now. And when we all finally make it into the same zone of being together in time, place is remade, thinned out roles thicken into human form again, citizenship falls back into its latent state.
"An Open Letter to Glastonbury, From a Victim" by Laura at lifeonlauralane:
…this letter is to say, thank you. God I wish there were a stronger sentiment. Not many people would be aware of the amazing work you did for me — you didn’t do it so you could write about it, or get a pay rise, or for glory, you did it because you really cared.
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