My blog is sad.
I barely write on her anymore.
You see, something happened.
I got a completely unexpected and wonderful writing job, and my blog has taken a back seat.
I’m sorry, blog.
I love you and I miss you.
I will try to play with you again.
The job I mentioned is at the LIVESTRONG Foundation. I am the copywriter at the HQ in Austin.
Though I am the copywriter there, it is still difficult for me to describe the amazing things the organization does.
It has changed my life.
Not only has it made me a better writer (I still get brain gas, so please don’t hold typos/grammatical errors against me), it has opened my eyes to the realities of life.
Do you know what LIVESTRONG does? I’ll be honest; I wasn’t quite sure before I started working there.
It has something to do with that cyclist guy, right?
It has always offered and will continue to offer free, life-changing services for people facing cancer.
You see, anyone affected by cancer- a cancer survivor or their loved one- can call LIVESTRONG and have a Navigator walk them through the overwhelming journey that begins after a cancer diagnosis. If you need help finding a clinical trial, LIVESTRONG can help. If you want to freeze your eggs, LIVESTRONG can help. If you need to fight your insurance because they don’t want to pay for treatment, LIVESTRONG can help. If you don’t have insurance, LIVESTRONG can help. If you just need someone to talk to, LIVESTRONG can help. The list goes on and on, and the service is completely free of charge.
To be able to marry my love for writing with a greater cause has always been my goal; to be able to work for an organization that believes in community and life-work balance seemed like an unattainable dream until now.
If you are affected by cancer and are interested in learning more about clinical trial options, insurance & financial guidance, emotional support or fertility preservation, please let me know!
Also, here is an extremely informative article from Inc. Magazine about how the organization is doing post-Lance. It’s worth reading!
I’m still dabbling in film; Geoff and I are working on a short film and a documentary. Loves Her Gun is on iTunes/Amazon/Google+/DVD, and it will be on Netflix very soon.
I still write freelance articles now and then. I tweet writing tips. I’d love to write that book one day.
I’m also thinking of simplifying the layout of the blog and go back to personal, diary-style posts.
So, I hope you’re still there.
Blog is not here right now. She went out for a pack of cigarettes but promises to be right back. She left a message for you just in case you tried to contact her. I didn’t write it down, but let me give you the gist of what she said:
-Blog loves you too. Like the lame old saying goes, “If you love someone, set them free…blah, blah” (frankly, her emoting was a little upsetting, but probably cathartic for her)
-Blog also knows talent when she sees it. Talent is not a rock. Talent grows and stretches and blossoms like a living thing. It evolves. Blog accepts that.
-Blog is not angry. In fact, Blog has always known her primary mission with you was to kick you the hell out of the nest – failing to do so would stifle you. It also allows Blog to convert your room into an used exercise room.
– Blog wants you to know you are missed. Or rather, Blog’s secondary mission was to be a place for you to vent, allowing her to live vicariously through your hilarious escapades. But just as the end of a ride on a Ferris Wheel is sad, it also means Blog will be joining you on another ride soon enough.
Blog can’t wait!
Oh, and Blog congratulates you on your recent marriage to LiveStrong. Blog would lie and tell you a gift is in the mail, but the truth is that Blog is a cheap bastard and didn’t get you anything.
Haha. Eddy! I have no idea how to respond to this.
Well, when you think of something I will pass a message along to Blog…if I ever see her.
I am grateful for this blog because without it I wouldn’t know you! And I’m grateful for this blog because it helped you hone your craft, which led you to an amazing and fulfilling job in your career of choice. Even if you only write periodically, your readers will still check in. You created a community here, and made people feel like a part of your journey. That doesn’t just go away. I’m so happy to see you happy friend 🙂
Hey EddY,i give you the big e for effort,
but you write like the altered ego of
LaurenAnne of hipstercrite isle fame.
LaurenAnne is just practicing her Floyd R.Turbo monotone style of writing,cant
wait for her to go live on youtube,haha.
Checkout ms.hipstercrite nerdy,smartypants
librarian look.Dont you love that eighties style matching outfit.love it.
I am so happy to read about your next big adventure with LIVESTRONG. Congratulations to you! This was so exciting for me to read!
Thank you so much, Janice!
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