New words today: 2,635
Total word count, Orchestrated: 46,226
And here’s where the outline kind of breaks down, because I’ve covered the two things supposed to happen in this chapter and there’s only four or five pages. Each chapter covers one month, though, so I can’t just skip to the next chapter. Hurrah for character development and exploring relationships and Talking About The Mistake The Protagonist Made A Few Chapters Back and What She Has Learned From It.
I didn’t think I’d get anything done today, because I had to work on a freelance evaluation. It was done by two-thirty, though, and the second one that arrived in my inbox yesterday (argh!) is very short and isn’t due till next Tuesday, so I have time in which to spread things out nicely. I was worried I’d have to devote this whole week to freelance and lose all my momentum on my own work. Not to be the case, oh joy!
To my deep stun, I have written 17,695 new words in Orchestrated this month so far. I’m really pushing to get it finished by the end of the month so I can work on my list of agents to query with the as-of-yet-unwritten query letter next month. (At least I have my two-paragraph synopsis for the letter!)
Orchestra tonight. Not in the headspace.
The moon is huge. It’s a rose-gold colour, hanging just above the rooves across the street in a sort of ashes-of-lavender sky before the sun has completely vanished, and it looks slightly gauzy. It’s stunning, and fills me with such contentment.
There’s beauty still.
My sun salutations this morning included petting a very small black purring cat who was sitting right in front of my feet when I bent down.
We were both in a sunbeam.
Yoga is so much better with cats.
Just before 22h00, not long after many of us had focused on sending healing and peaceful energy to be used in whatever way was best at this point, Emru passed away.
I was tight and angry and lashing out at everything yesterday, so HRH captained our ritual. And he opened with a plea to the gods for peace in whatever form was best that made all my anger burn into tears. He named Emru a son, a brother, a father, a husband, a friend, a leader, a teacher, a communicator, a warrior, and by any name a good man. He was all that, and more.
Good night, Emru. Thank you for everything you did for us. Even in your illness you found the good, and turned it into an opportunity to educate and benefit others. You encouraged us all to be better people, and you will be sadly, sadly missed.
The fight continues.
From the very start Emru and his sister Tamu have turned this situation into a drive to raise awareness and teach people about bone marrow transplants and encourage people to list themselves on their country’s bone marrow registry. Cultural minorities in North America (and indeed, worldwide) are particularly under-represented on these registries, a fact that the Townsend siblings have targeted as their main focus.
Emru is only one of millions of people who needs bone marrow transplants to deal with a variety of illnesses and conditions. The most important issue at the moment is that we continue to educate, myth-bust, and spread information about the importance of adding your name to the bone marrow registry of your country. Emru is only one man; there are thousands and thousands of people out there who still need a bone marrow transplant to save their lives. Keep the HealEmru.com link circulating; keep mentioning it to everyone you meet. The majority of racial groups are still under-represented, and that’s not going to change overnight.
Emru’s been blogging his journey and treatment, and it makes for sober but enlightening reading. I am proud of all my friends for a variety of reasons, but Emru and Tamu Townsend are stars. They have tirelessly worked for this cause and given so much of themselves. The campaign may be called Heal Emru, but Emru’s name stands for every single individual who is struggling with an illness and needs a donor for stem cells, bone marrow, or peripheral cell transplant.
The HEal Emru FAQs answer some of the common questions people have about bone marrow donation.
The Heal Emru site lists contact information for registries around the world.
Prayer and good thoughts while Emru has his surgery today are good things (likewise during the recovery period while the transplant settles). Apart from this, the easiest thing you can do is walk up to someone and say, “Hey, have you heard about your country’s bone marrow registry?”
Are you a match? Find out how you can help save Emru’s life: http://www.healemru.com
Got Facebook? Please join Help Emru Find a Bone Marrow Donor and if you learn something new, invite your friends.
Got Livejournal, Wordpress or Blogger? Blog it!
Got Youtube? Subscribe to www.youtube.com/healemru
Just find someone you care about and tell them.