Updated on 07.31.14

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Human Edition

Trent Hamm

Recently, I found out that one of my favorite writers has cancer. That person will announce it in due time if it turns out to be untreatable, but that’s her (or is it his?) decision.

When you’re a fan of someone’s work and read it faithfully, it’s easy to get caught up in that person’s work. You want a new book. You want a new blog post. You want a new photograph. You want some detail to be corrected. I do this all the time. I can’t tell you how long I’ve pined for the next book in fantasy series that I’ve loved or waited for the next album from the artist I enjoy.

Sometimes, though, the curtain is lifted. There are human beings back there, trying hard to create useful things, handle the feedback they get, and still live some semblance of a normal life. They make mistakes. They have pain and regrets.

For every singer, artist, writer, or other creative person whose work you love, there’s at least one real person back there trying to deal with this complicated mess we call life. They deal with sick children, past regrets, relationships that aren’t going well, and illnesses of their own.

We are all human.

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  1. Johanna says:

    “Million ways to save” appears to be a spammy page.

  2. Angie says:

    “mwts” worked for me.

    With all the bombs J.D. has been dropping lately, I hope he’s not the one who has cancer :/

    Of course, I don’t wish that on anyone.

  3. Vanessa says:

    If you have to be that vague, I don’t see the point of talking about the writer at all.

  4. Gretchen says:

    I read it as a thinly veiled “stop talking about how bad my topics are” lead in.

  5. marta says:

    Gretchen, you weren’t the only one…

    Also, the first paragraph is bad form.

  6. Johanna says:

    Gretchen, I think you’re right – if not the choice of topics, then the factual errors and the sloppy writing.

    If one of my readers lets me know of some “detail” that needs to be corrected in something I’ve written for my job, I correct it. No question. If I were to snot back at them, “Hey, I’m just a human being trying to live some semblance of a normal life,” I wouldn’t have a job for very long.

    Can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

  7. Johanna says:

    (Where by “heat” I mean factual corrections and other legitimate criticism. I know that many bloggers take a lot of “heat” of a form that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.)

  8. J.D. Roth says:

    @Angie (#2)
    No, I don’t have cancer. I hope. But another seldom-mentioned motivating factor in many of the “bombs” I’ve been dropping is that historically, the men in my family die young (under the age of 50) due to cancer. We have a very fatalistic attitude about it. :(

  9. Angie unduplicated says:

    Another blogger who had recent MSM coverage made a similar announcement. Trolls took this as an open invitation to slander her health, politics, and appearance, a phenomenon she’s handling with grace, class, and humor. Courtesy is cheap and unrationed-why is it scarce?

  10. Angie says:

    Wow! I came back to check the comments and J.D. replied to me! Awesome :)

    Anyway, I’m glad to hear it’s not you… and I wish you all the best in your endeavors.

  11. Kai says:

    A few of my favourite authors are getting up there in years. I fully admit that it is selfish that I really hope they’re around long enough to finish the series I love!
    Darn good authors for being humans!

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