“Our Secrets Keep Us Sick”

shannon-in-1996I’ve been chugging along on my book, writing chapter after chapter. For now, rather than doing it in a linear fashion, I’ve been choosing topics and writing them start to finish. Late on they can be edited either as is, or be brought together into a more traditional structure. I’m very much enjoying it, but I have to admit that I’d be mortified to have anyone read it! I’ve been completely open and honest, and told many stories completely for the first time, so it’s going to take some bravery to actually release it (to say nothing of having to OK the personal stories that include other people’s secrets).

So far I’ve got most of the story told up to about January ’97, and fragments up to 2000. So I suppose I’ve got it 1/4 on paper so far, if that. I have no idea if my stories will be interesting to other people, but getting it all down reminds me of how nutty and fun my life has been.

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  1. Elizabeth wrote:


    Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Permalink
  2. I’d read it.

    Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Permalink
  3. Corvin wrote:

    I think that if you publish it, people will read it.

    Personally, I enjoy your writing style and from reading old entries I’m sure that your bio would be an interesting read to say the least.

    Friday, July 3, 2009 at 5:26 am | Permalink
  4. JuanKi wrote:

    I’m sure it would be one hell of a read!

    Agreed with Corvin, always appreciated your writing style

    Friday, July 3, 2009 at 8:53 am | Permalink
  5. HardKory wrote:

    I agree with Corvin and Juanki, would love to read your memoirs, Shannon.

    Friday, July 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Permalink
  6. Gregg wrote:

    I’d read it for sure!

    Friday, July 3, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Permalink
  7. Elizabeth wrote:

    On the quote, while the 12 steps are great and anyone, absolutely anyone could use them to their advantage, the platitudes MADE me sick. :P

    Friday, July 3, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Permalink
  8. Elizabeth wrote:

    That said, it works if you work it. *snerk*

    Of course your autobiography would be a great read and very well received.

    Friday, July 3, 2009 at 9:26 pm | Permalink
  9. DON wrote:

    Your writing is unfailingly interesting to read and I’m sure your autobiography will be absolutely fascinating. I can’t wait to read it!

    Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 1:01 am | Permalink
  10. bena wrote:

    i’d read it.

    Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
  11. talby wrote:

    Glad to hear you are chugging along on this thing- it’s a hell of endeavor, and I’m excited to read it!

    Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Permalink
  12. Jon P wrote:

    I’d read it. I’d probably buy several as gifts to those of us here in New Zealand who left IAM when you were kicked out. I’d also probably buy one to donate to the university library here in Palmerston North. It would definitely be a milestone publication in the history of contemporary body modification. An extremely important document even :)

    Monday, July 6, 2009 at 7:42 am | Permalink
  13. peteD3 wrote:

    id read it, then make photocopies for my friends.

    keep it up!

    Monday, July 6, 2009 at 9:35 am | Permalink
  14. Ania wrote:

    I’d read it, too!
    I think your book would be (is gonna be?) way more interesting than most of the stuff out there, what with you having an insider/creator’s perspective on it.

    Monday, July 6, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Permalink
  15. starbadger wrote:

    write it
    publish it
    forget it

    Monday, July 6, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Permalink
  16. martini wrote:

    I’m looking forward to reading it, especially to proof any lurid details of me :)

    Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 11:05 pm | Permalink
  17. Jill wrote:

    I’d buy/read it for sure!

    Friday, July 10, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Permalink
  18. Can’t wait to read your book

    Friday, July 10, 2009 at 6:52 pm | Permalink
  19. Mr.E wrote:

    Although, I might be “leary” of some things you might say regarding me, I doubt any of my family members would ever come across it, so I’d be essentially ok with you revealing most things, as long as you talk about your life as it happened in reality, not as it could have happened. ;)

    Friday, July 10, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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