Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Our Hopes and prayers for Patry Francis

Patry Francis, whose blog, simply wait, offers "WILD STORIES, UNPREDICTABLE OUTBURSTS, AND POLITE BOOKISH COMMENTARY," in some of the most elegant prose on the Web, had not been posting since mid-September. I assumed she was hard at work on her second novel. I didn't see her November 25 post until today, and was saddened to learn that she's been diagnosed with "an aggressive form of cancer." It looks as though she has a good chance of coming through. She's committed to fighting it. Check out her post--it's brave and inspiring. And say a prayer, or give a thought for her recovery. I'm looking forward to reading her next novel.

6 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm sorry to hear this. I'll check out her blog.

steve said...

Charles--
thank you for the thought, and for posting a comment on Patry's blog.

Lisa said...

As you know, I've been making myself scarce lately, but tonight for some reason I checked in at Simply Wait. Patry was the person who inspired me to start blogging. I loved Simply Red, bought Liar's Diary and loved it too. So much that I did something I'd never done and I emailed the author to tell her how much I loved the way neither of her main characters were who they seemed to be and I LOVED that. Much to my surprise and delight she replied quickly and told me how happy it made her when people "get her". It turns out we grew up in neighboring towns and I immediately felt a kinship with her. She became a wonderful and supportive friend and I know that so many other people feel as I do about her. If there is karma, she has a bank overflowing with it. She is an inspiration and I doubt I'll think of much else on Wednesday (today). I can't say enough about how much I admire her and how much she's inspired me.

Lisa said...

I said Simply Red and I meant Simply Wait -- color me tired :)

Julie said...

Thanks for your comment on mine - it buzzed, and threw up a couple of interesting links to book 'Emergence' by Steven Johnson (touches on connective lives of cities..)
and to a blog on Weltanschauung if you're interested in either.

steve said...

Lisa--I agree with you. I read The Liar's Diary at a really stressful time in my life, and didn't appreciate it the way I should have. I realized later that Patry was telling the truth in her title--it was a liar's diary.

Julie--Thank you for commenting on Patry's blog. I hope the overwhelming support she's getting in the comments section will help her recovery.