Lorne S. Jones is the author of the novel Mighty Oaks, available on Amazon.com. And a cancer patient with a grim prognosis.
From your host, Lynda Williams
If you knew you had months, weeks, or days to live would you still care about writing? Lorne S. Jones does.
Lorne and I both attended the same Writer-Librarian Read Dating event this April at the Vancouver Public Library. I didn’t interact with Lorne much at the time. But a few days ago, I was weeding backlogged messages from lists when I spotted the subject line on readdating “Probably my last book”. And was humbled by Lorne’s message in which he tells the group about his aggressive brain cancer and follows up by urging us to keep writing!
When I asked him if I could share the e-mail on The Writer’s Craft, he said yes. You can read it here: Lorne Jones – Probably My Last Book. I also quote, below, from the e-mail in which he gave me his permission.
We might take it for granted that, because we can read, every generation that follows will somehow magically be imbued with that ability. Even a light skim through history tells us otherwise. So many dead languages. So many lost stories. I’ll make my plea one more time: all you writers out there, keep at it, no matter how many buckets of cold water are thrown on your dreams. Even in the face of a full fire-hose blast of negativity, your work has value and possibly even the ability to keep the fragile flame of literacy from being dowsed.
Lorne S. Jones
Let’s tell Lorne we’ll keep the torch alive for him.