|Ronnie Polaneczky To The Rescue|
A young couple had lost 13 days of work waiting for the reliable and ever-efficient technicians from Comcast to arrive, but to no avail. When A news columnist, who is used to hearing complaints about Comcast service or lack thereof, was so touched by a young couple’s story that she took desperate measures. Ronnie Polaneczky called CEO Brian Roberts’s 92 year old mom.
The couple had their service the next day. This is double good news: someone cared enough to step in and help strangers, and Mom still rules!
On the Writing Side of Life
Last week I visited SARAH FOSTER’S blog and read her post about symbolism and getting messages out to others.
I’d just been having a conversation with someone who knows me quite well, and he said, “Your books are all about who you are and what you believe in.” I think I said something like, “You’re nuts.” I can be subtle once in a while.
But Sarah’s post caught me up short. That guy who knows me, knows me, I guess. Because when I thought about each of my books, they did have messages about things that are very important to me. It has just taken me a while to figure all of that out. And here I thought I was simply telling stories.
What I hope is that my work never moralizes. I’d hate to be accused of using my writing as a soapbox. Didactic writing is a bore.
I’ve just started to shred an old manuscript and set it free from some very self-conscious prose. So this was a chance to think about the underlying messages this story might have. I was surprised to find one of my lifelong philosophies dead center. I’ve always loved to see justice in our world, and this story will be all about finding it, even after death. I’m a romantic at heart, and if you can’t have your justice in this life, then I think you deserve it afterward. It’s never too late.
What about your own stories? Do they have your philosophy at their core? Have you read books that you recognized their underlying message, but appreciated it because it deepened the story? Any favorite books with messages?
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