Why me?

So what’s so special about my life that someone would want to read about it? I believe everybody’s life is special. But not everyone feels inclined to write about it. To be honest, I didn’t either until a friend kept nudging me about it. What is interesting about my story, or anyone’s story for that matter, is how all the various experiences we have shape us…how we react to them, work around them, let them change us for better or worse.

It’s true that I’ve had some interesting experiences. In the sixties, I dropped my life in Boston and drove in my VW van, with my five-year-old daughter, to Guatemala, where I sold the van and we continued on to southern Brazil, where we lived for two years. I played samba drums in Brazilian Carnival parades for a number of years. I formed a 10-piece jazz band and recorded a CD. I was a journalist for twelve years without ever having graduated from college or taken a journalism course…

But I don’t recount these things just as separate, isolated events. They are threads that gradually weave together into a fabric that revealed a much larger sense of life to me. This book is about the many adventures and trials of one woman on her way to discovering exactly what life is really all about — not just her life, but what it is that actually governs the universe and everyone and everything in it, despite outward appearances.

If you’re on Facebook, you can check out my author page here:

https://www.facebook.com/AmyDuncansAutobiography

23 responses to “Why me?

  1. Hi Amy,

    So glad you are blogging! You mention a book in this post. Will you be turning these blogs into a book, or are you giving us a taste of your book by blogging? I look forward to reading more!

  2. Hi Michelle,
    Thanks for checking in! This is exactly the kind of comment I need, so I can make myself clearer! 🙂
    I am close to finishing my autobiography, and am giving a taste of the book by blogging. I’ll write about that tomorrow!
    xoxo
    Amy

  3. Sharon Strong

    Great idea, Amy! Looking forward to it!

  4. Ansel Matthews

    “Learn from everyone that’s what life’s about”- Eric Bibb
    Everyone’s life is a story worth listening to and learning from so I love reading others blog. It’s actually very comforting reading about their trials, tribulations and triumphs. I especially like your last paragraph stating your reason for sharing your life with us.
    “But I don’t recount these things just as separate, isolated events. They are threads that gradually weave together into a fabric that revealed a much larger sense of life to me. This book is about the many adventures and trials of one woman on her way to discovering exactly what life is really all about — not just her life, but what it is that actually governs the universe and everyone and everything in it, despite outward appearances.”

  5. Thanks so much, Ansel. I’m still trying to figure out the ins and outs of WordPress, so I hope I’ll be able to get some kind of continuity going here. And thanks for that Eric Bibb quote…so true!

  6. Libby Unwin

    as a relative I can’t wait to read the blog and the book!!

  7. Hi Libby…I think there’s a whole bunch of stuff in there you never knew about! Heheheh

  8. Amy,
    I guess if we think of our lives as something interesting, plenty of adventures and misadventures ( as everyone’s life is after all) and yet know how to write / tell a story it’s pretty cool to share it with the world.
    I am sure lots of people will identify themselves with your story and that perhaps will bring some adventures to their own lives.
    I can assure you, for example, that shooting you and your band at the Blue Note in NY long time ago in B&W brings me very nice memories. ” May the wind be at your back!” Best.

  9. Cool. I am flattered to be mentioned in the book.
    That trip did change my life after all, ’cause I never thought of coming back to live in Brazil (which happened for a year then).

  10. Karen Bates

    I am so excited to read this Amy…:)

  11. Could take some time still, Karen! :o)

  12. Amy Richmond

    Wow. This is fabulous Amy!

  13. I have nominated you for the H.U.G. Award for having a blog of hope. Please go here to read all about it and know what to do. http://workthedream.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/6000/ congratulations.

  14. Nineteenfifteen

    I see you sucked the marrow out of life quite early, I admire that.
    Also, love this blog.

    • I’m really glad you like my blog…I’m just now looking at yours and going “Wow, this guy is really interesting!” I’m going to check it out some more.
      And yes, I did “suck the marrow out of life” quite early…love the way you put that. 😀
      My book will be out in a week or two…I’ll post about it on my blog. I have a feeling you’d like it.

      • Nineteenfifteen

        There’s a lovely atmosphere to your writing, a favorite of mine is your poem entitled “Stillness” and I’m enjoying “The Flame”. Your style is so refreshing, really.

        I do believe the quote originally came from Henry David Thoreau who wrote “I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die Discover that I had not lived.”

        You have my sincerest thanks for your interest in my work and I am looking forward to the release of your book. I am also a private collector so if there is a way of getting a signed copy I would simply love to purchase one from you, heck-even if it isn’t signed.

        It’s your immortality project and I adore it.

  15. I love your comments about my work…the words “atmosphere” and “refreshing” get me thinking about it in a whole new way. One of the things I like to bring out, especially in my poetry, is that wonderful essence of inspiration we all have if we’d only recognize it, and I like to encourage people to nourish it and bring it out.
    I like the rest of that Thoreau quote, too!
    I won’t be releasing a hard copy of the book right away, because it’s a bit pricey, so at first it’ll be an e-book, which is sort of complicated to sign! 😀

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