My Journey to Become a Writer 05/11/2024 Post #132

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Tomorrow it will be a year since my mom died.

Rereading this post from May 11th, 2023 brings me back to what seems like a different life:

I’m contemplating putting together a manuscript based on the updates I posted from when she was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer through her death. Doing that means revisiting snippets of life that have been lost to my memory.

In some ways I want to do that, and in some ways I don’t.

And really – sometimes I am scared.

There have been times I have been criticized for being open about her cancer journey – as if I’m using that as an opportunity to put my writing on display. That sort of accusation makes me want to shrivel up and hide; but it is losing power.

These accounts of caregiving started on a site called CaringBridge; but my caring too much what other’s thought of me nearly burned that bridge of communication. If I really care about people, I ought to be willing to risk being misunderstood, especially if this story can help people help their own people.

I think tomorrow I will dive in and work to get this manuscript going.

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

I did Day 132 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through L.A. Writers’ Lab.  I also met with a group of fellow writers. This week we are sharing our work and sharing our stories.

How Having Someone Else as My CEO is Helping My Writing & Business Strategy

I ought to probably just take this section out since I don’t have much to say about it; but speaking generally, it’s given me a better sense of vision for forming priorities and sticking with them.

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

Here’s what I wrote 99 days ago regarding efficiency and orchestration while becoming a writer:


I'm not sure what to say here: I once got second place in a dog-look-alike-contest? I know how to fold a fitted sheet? I'm pretty much a poster child for social backwardness - at least as far as social media is concerned; but I have some stories I think I'm supposed to share and am attempting to do that here, in this space.

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