Friday, May 30, 2008

the other side of the magnifying glass

I'm used to being the storyteller — the reporter who sifts through material, interviews sources and compiles a concise article meant to sum up the life or dream or project of a complete stranger. I'm always gratified when the source of my endeavors comes to me later and says I captured the true spirit of the story. This time, I'm on the other side. A writer named Jodie Andrefski, who writes for a Web site called Story of My Life, contacted me after seeing a comment I'd left on another blog and asked if I'd be willing to let her write my story (the cancer part of it, that is). What's remarkable about the end result (read it here) is that all the material is taken from my blog. It's kind of amazing to think that chronicling our daily lives can generate such dramatic stories if it's tied together the right way. It was cool to read the article and see what quotations and details stood out for Jodie and what strands from my posts she chose to weave together. I think she did a nice job — she captured the spirit!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

O Emilie, who is this wonderful girl who wrote this? Writing about other people - who does that? Most people (including myself) are so caught up in their own life and struggles, with little time for anyone else. And I see what you mean about taking snippets of your blog - goes to show you that the maturity of your writing style can allow for that.

- Susanne

Jodie said...

Thank you for your very kind comments Emilie. You were very easy to write about. You inspire, and have a spectacular gift of sharing your thoughts here on your site in a way that simply draws your reader right in.
Thank you again..I wish you peace, love and much, much laughter. =)

Jamie said...

That story is just amazing. What a wonderful tribute to you, Steve, and the boys.

Anonymous said...

I think it was very well done...a lovely way to share your story with others.

Jill said...

Wow, that's flattering. Just wanted to pop in to let you know you're being thought of.

Jill/Jpickles.

SeaStar said...

I can imagine it must have felt different to see your story from someone else's perspective, and so well done. Jodie gave you the gift of telling your story back for you, as you give all your readers the gift of sharing it in the first place. I especially liked the photograph, "hope" on the mirror.

k@lakly said...

What a great way for everyone to see how remarkable you are. I left you something over at my blog, I hope it adds some light to your journey.

Ahuva Batya said...

What a truly fitting tribute for such a strong and beautiful woman.

Jo on the go said...

Holy cow! Can that be right, the page has had 52,000 views? If only half of them read it, that's a lot of prayer power!
She did a nice job.