Literary Reasons I’m Not Ready to Die

I’ve always thought the saying “live each day as if it were your last” was kind of stupid if taken in it’s literal context. If this were my last day on earth I would probably spend the day having a panic attack about all the things I’m supposed to do (option paralysis, much?). The other list would be: sex with my husband, eating a whole tray of homemade cinnamon buns, and reading to my girls. A movie and popcorn may be involved as well. Basically how I like to spend my birthday. Of course, nobody really knows when their last day is but when your lifespan has become significantly shorter people like to tell throw out the platitudes.

But what about all the books I haven’t read and things I haven’t done? These are the kind of things I think about when it comes to my cancer. I’m not much of a traveler, although we were supposed to go back to Ireland this summer, now I will be happy to just be here for the summer or, at best, feel well enough to go to Ontario and visit family.

So, in no particular order, and off the top of my head, here is a quick list of literary and/or pop culture things I am sticking around for:

  • Harry Potter World. Seriously. I have to go at least twice because this is #1 on my date list with the Mister and we need to spend a whole day there with just the two of us. Miss M has only begun her Harry Potter journey and the other two are not old enough yet and yes, there are Harry Potter Rules in our house re: books versus movies. I would really like to be around to discuss the entire Harry Potter series with all my girls but as that is probably not possible I hope I can take them all to Harry Potter World someday.
  • Also, is Jim Kay going to illustrate all of the Harry Potter books? I really feel the need to see all of the Harry Potter world illustrated through his superbly talented vision.
  • The third installment of The Name of the Wind series by Patrick Rothfuss. I’m not allowed to die before I get to read it – and Rothfuss is an author who takes his own sweet time about finishing his books (which is as it should be). Plus I will need to re-read the first two before and at roughly 1,000 words a book that’s going to take some time.
  • I have two picture books I’m working on and the outline for a novel that I had planned on starting in September but I’ve been sick. The Mister & I jokingly call it The Great Canadian Novel. Even if it turns out to be The Mediocre Canadian Novel and no one wants to read something set in Calgary anyway, at least it will be mine. I have too much writing to do to die right now.
  • The X-Files are returning to television. I may not have a television but I will somehow find a way to watch it when it comes out. Same thing with Twin Peaks which isn’t coming out until 2017.
  • Even more exciting than a Twin Peaks reunion, Kerry Clare‘s book, Mitzi Bytes, doesn’t come out until 2017. If that isn’t reason enough to kick cancer’s ass then I don’t know what is!

Okay, I’m exhausted now. Nap time.

Edited: 6:52 p.m. to add:

  • I forgot about Anne of Green Gables. I started reading that to Miss M recently too and even though it is slow going, due to a throat that feels like it is on fire, I would love to share the whole series with her. And Miss F someday. And Miss O too. And then take them to Green Gables.
  • Road trip to see Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home and museum. I’m currently re-reading the entire series (for the 4th time) for Miss F’s benefit. Many of our conversations start with “What would Ma (or Pa) do?”

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