Recently, on Absolute Write Water Cooler, we received news that one of our members passed away suddenly.
It upset me more than I realized. As I went about my day, I kept thinking more and more about this lady, a stranger to me.
Her name was Irene and she wrote middle grade fiction. Only recently, she received news from an agent wanting to represent her.
Reading her blog, I felt her joy and excitement at receiving the news. There were several agents interested in her manuscript, but when she spoke to the first agent who offered representation, she immediately felt a connection. That was who she wanted.
Irene touched her dream however briefly, and I hope that brought her some measure of contentment.
I often ponder on life and death. It's important to me to leave this world a little better than I found it. I might not be able to change big things, but maybe I can make some hurts less painful, some joys more powerful, and make friends to last a lifetime.
I think Irene accomplished that. All the interest from agents was just icing on the cake--a little personal woohoo for her bucket list. Judging by the support on AW, she accomplished a lot more than that.
She helped others with their manuscripts, offered a shoulder to cry on when things didn't go as hoped, and urged others to rally and buy her friends' books. She sounded like a wonderful person. The kind of person I'd like to be. The kind of legacy I'd like to leave.
The word on the grapevine says that her husband will continue with Irene's project and I hope with all my heart that it'll get picked up. If it does get published, I intend to buy it as a tribute to a life well spent.
Rest in peace, Irene. You left behind more than a manuscript. You left an indelible impression on people you didn't even know.
What sort of legacy would you like to leave behind? If you knew tomorrow was your last day, what would you do today?
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