Luck and Unluck

Hey guys. The birthday celebration went faboo. Bryon had a great time, I tried the new DQ M&M blizzard, and I learned finally how to correctly pronounce Mucha.

I feel pretty lucky. I had a great day with a great guy. And I had a great cruise with a great guy.

Sometimes I think about where I am. It would have been possible for me to have perpetuated dysfunction, knowing how little I kn3w about a good relationship. But I fell in with Bryon. And from there, we have lived exactly the geek romance that we have wanted. Wow, am I lucky.


Recently, an author I know had less luck. Jay Lake has treated his cancer over and over, and now he has three tumors. The injustice and impersonal biology of this makes me shake my fist helplessly at the heavens. I know life is unfair too. There is no treatment prognosis yet.

And I got nothing. I think that it would belittle the situation to say anything. This is a tragedy, totally unfair and out of anyone’s control. He’s managed the risk as best he can, and if anyone has faced this crisis with dignity, it is him. He has blogged about cancer with an incredible honesty.


Life is just so…you try to catch the good in your fist, but if you open your fist at the wrong time, your fist is empty. Appreciate the good. But it is okay to rage against the bad.

Jay, you make the world a much better place. Know that much.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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