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Johnny's Jottings: I Did It! I'm Now An Author!! :D
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Thursday, February 07, 2008

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Johnny is happy: his manuscript for his book has been accepted for publication.

Of course, this is fiction, as the majority of my stories are. :)

I am in a great mood! I'm not only an author, I am a (drum-roll, please!), *published* author!! :)

My manuscript for my book, "Living With A Neuromuscular Disease, From The Heart of A Kid", has been accepted for publication! I got the letter today, and I am so happy I could just sprout wings and *FLY*!!

Now there's three authors in my family: my mom (she has six, soon to be seven books out), Ronee' (she has two books), and now--me. Johnathon Irwin-Allen Denver-Sandusky! :)

For once good things are happening to me. I am breathing much better since getting the trache, my voice is starting to come back (I don't sound so much like "E.T." now!), and I feel better than I have in months. It's like my MD has reached a standstill, no new worriesome symptoms to report (having to get the trache put in was more than enough!). The only bad thing I have to put up with is my ongoing therapy or regular medical checkups or the suctioning. That's the WORST!! GAD!!

Ronee' is doing good too. She is going to try out for "America's Got Talent" (second attempt; she made it to the semi finals before getting cut); she has been teaching herself how to yodel; she is getting quite good at it. If I ever tried something like that, I'd rupture my roodles!! LOL Ronee' can sing high!

I hope she makes it. That'd be great exposure, not only for her, but for our family! :)

Even with all the good stuff that's been happening in our family, there's some bad news to report. No, not with Rebekkah or her mom or even Susie Callaway (they're actually doing good for noce! :) ), but with my friend Dominic Brownwood, who was in the children's choir at my church.

He was killed two days ago when a tree fell on him during the wicked weather two days ago. He went outside to put his bike away; the winds knocked a tree right on top of him. He died despite paramedic's efforts to save him. It was very upsetting when I heard the news; I still get tears in my eyes when I think of it.

Dominic didn't have to die like he did. Now he's with Jesus, up in Heaven.

His funeral is Wednesday of next week; the wake's on Monday and Tuesday.

I am not looking forward to saying good bye to my friend; it's going to be a rough week for us!

We had some terrible weather Tuesday night that came through the Nashville area. Parts of the city had reports of damage, and we even had some damage at our place (shingles blown off our roof, some siding blown off on the south side of our house, one tree blown down from the 100-mph winds, and leaves, branches, and twigs all over our  yard, as well as our garbage cans upended and blown across the street into our neighbor's yard).

It was scary. I could hear the winds howling even as we waited out the storm in our saferoom; several times the lights flickered, and once they went out completely before the generators kicked on.

We could also hear the tornado sirens blaring. They are just a few houses away; you could hear them screaming even above the winds. Talk about having its own built-in chill factor! As for my weather radio, it was going off like it was a demon possessed; the weather guys were having a field day, as were the news people!!

Thank GOD our family made it through one piece (as did our house), but others weren't so lucky, like the Brownwood family. They go to our church; they are a nice family. I feel so bad for them; I will have to try to pray for them, be there for them as they grieve over Dominic's death! What a horrible thing to have happen to them!!

Well, I have homework to do, then my family's taking us out to dinner for a celebration on my behalf (HEE!). We are going out to eat at the Golden Corral, and I plan on making a pig of myself again, like I always do when we go there! LOL I will write in here again soon; take care and God bless!

~Love, your pal, Johnathon Irwin-Allen Denver-Sandusky (AUTHOR!!). :D


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Reviewed by Randall Barfield 2/8/2008
What are these words? roodles and noce? new for me. Dominic--sad, goes to show we can take nothing, not even a minute, for granted in this stormy world!!! Eat something for me. Let's see, sweet potato souffle (a little portion and it has to have marshmallow on top) and some green beans!!! cheers
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 2/8/2008
Hey Johnny this is more than jottings but a well written chronicle, and a congratulation is in order for that book going into publication.
Sorry about your pal Dominic, but as you said, he is now with Him.
Take care.

Reviewed by Mary Coe 2/7/2008
What wonderful news. Congratulations to Johnny. Enjoyed the read.
Reviewed by Charlie 2/7/2008
Publishing for the first time is an amazing high! I remember I won a poetry contest when I was a teenie-bopper, and got it published in the newspaper-- so thrilling! Can't rememeber how many of those newspapers I got-- gave them all away-- didn't even save one for myself. Silly, silly me. --Charlie
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 2/7/2008
Thank you Karen for sharing this. I am very happy that Johnny was accepted as an author, and his book will be published. I was sad for Johnny that he lost a good friend because of a freak accident, and sad for the Brownwood family, because they lost a loved one. Even though these stories are fiction, I am happy to see that Ronee is doing good too.

There is a lot of emotioanl value in the stories you write, Karen, and this one is no exception.

I hope that this Valentine's day is good to you, and those you love.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), little sister, Barbie
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/7/2008
Bravo. Well done Johnny and there is no feeling like it for sure.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/7/2008

An excellent write, congratulations to Johnny! :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 2/7/2008
Great news for Jonny, happy and upbeat write, thank you for sharing
God Bless

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