May 21st, 2009

A real-life mystery, solved

NPR reports, “Seventy-five years ago, a young man named Everett Ruess rode off alone into the Utah wilderness, never to return. The mysterious disappearance of the 20-year-old artist and writer baffled thousands and inspired several books and a film. Now, a team of geneticists and forensic anthropologists has finally put the mystery to rest.” Read, see, and even listen to more here.



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Anyone out there had breast cancer?

There's a character I'm considering giving breast cancer to. Because I like my characters and don't want anything bad to happen to them, at first I was just going to give her a scare. But now I'm thinking of giving her a breast cancer that hasn't spread. She is only 33 and is a single mom.

I'm having a hard time finding women's firsthand experiences with this kind of scenario. I wonder what it would be like to find a lump, how long it would take to get into the doctor, what kind of testing would be done (and how long it would take). If I remember from my years in health care, standard treatment for a breast cancer that hasn't spread is lumpectomy and radiation. I wonder how that treatment makes you feel, if you lose your hair (I think that's only for chemo, though), what the side effects are, how long it lasts (and how frequent it is).

I just want to write something that is true to the experience, although I'm sure it differs for every woman.

If you feel like sharing, you could email me at aprilhenrymysteries@yahoo.com



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What’s in a review? Maybe a chance to have a bunch of people read your words

Amazon has become the place where anyone can print their opinion on anything. And sometimes people will pick something innocuous – like a black Tshirt sporting a howling wolf and a full moon – and go to town with reviews.

See what I mean here. [Full disclosure: I’ve seen this for some other fairly bland consumer product, but can’t find my old blog post about it…]



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