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!