Ask Me Anything Invitation

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It’s your turn! I’ve posted all my and Oliver’s answers to the college class’s questions about dying, so now I invite you to ask your own questions if there’s anything at all you’re curious about. You don’t have to worry about propriety or anything else: I won’t be offended. You can ask in a comment here or on the blog, or in a private message through facebook if you’re shy. I’ll keep the questions anonymous.

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English teacher, writer
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6 Responses to Ask Me Anything Invitation

  1. Dale says:

    Dear Susan,
    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. It seems to me that you have taken up and gracefully answered so many of the big questions; and of course you are in a unique position to do so. Mine is a much smaller sort of question, having to do with how you write. Do you have an idea, mull it over, write the post in your mind, and then record those thoughts? Or do you sit down, maybe with the wisp of an idea or a picture or a quotation, and simply see where the spirit leads you? Or perhaps it’s neither of these? I would be grateful to learn more.

    Dale

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    • susanbriscoe says:

      Thanks for your question, Dale! (And apologies for the delay in answering!) This is definitely a writer’s question.
      I always start with a definite idea in mind, including the direction I want to take it in. Sometimes, if an idea comes while trying to sleep or walking or meditating, I might even compose some sentences in my head. But I never remember those when I sit down with my laptop to write, so I have to start fresh anyway. Most of the time, the idea develops more fully as I write. Sometimes when I’m writing in a more exploratory way I discover new ideas and connections as I write. I really get excited when the writing process itself brings me to a conclusion I didn’t anticipate. However, that sort of writing can be really messy and difficult to revise. Some essays get stuck in that mess and never make it into something coherent enough to publish. And sometimes what seemed like a good idea reveals its flaws as I write, so a draft might be abandoned. But I always have a bunch of posts that I’m working on at the same time; there’s always something to work on. Often I’ll write a complete draft quite quickly, in one short sitting. But then I start to tinker with it, and that can go on for a very long time. Most of my writing time is revision.

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  2. therandomblogofirreverentthoughts says:

    Hi, I just found your blog and I find it fascinating. I say good on you for sharing what is certainly a challenging and personal experience to say the least. I have a question, have you read ‘The top 5 regrets of the dying?’ I read it myself and thought it was a good book and helped me think about living in the now and what my life’s purpose might be (still working that out). So for you, any regrets? Thanks. Sincerely, Mike.

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    • susanbriscoe says:

      Hi Mike! Thanks for the question. I haven’t read that book, though I have heard of it and read reviews, so I have an idea what’s in it. Perhaps I’ll have a closer look.
      I have outlined some of my regrets in #5 of my Ask Me Anything series here on the blog. I am very glad that I am not tormented by regret, which is what allows me so much happiness now. We can all remember that it’s never too late to change things in our lives so there are no new regrets! I know I’m still learning to do this!

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  3. Perpetua says:

    Thank you for inviting us to ask you anything. I like that!! I may use that line as well in my site. I came across with your site in Discover and noticed that there is no like button. I like that as well! The comment is not on the reader as well. I like that ver much! Now the question, what theme are you using that has this option. Is this a free theme. Please, let me know. And congratulations for being discovered. Perpetua

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    • susanbriscoe says:

      Thanks! Right now I am using Twenty Ten, which is a free theme. I thought there was a like button (there is a tiny one hidden at the end of each post, I think, though the format is different depending on the device you are using). Good luck with your blog!

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