Greetings from the Abyss by Jack (Part 8)


Jack is serving life without parole, and has terminal cancer. Throughout my incarceration, Jack was a positive influence. He encouraged me to keep writing, to enter short-story competitions, and we proofread each other’s chapters. Jack is seeking pen pals, so anyone interested please email me at attwood.shaun@hotmail.co.uk for his details. 

I hope this letter finds you well, and not too overworked. I was so sorry to read about your niece Yasmin. Children should never have to suffer with any form of cancer. It’s traumatic enough for an adult to have to deal with, but a child shouldn’t have to go through it. I know that a lot of time, research, and money goes into trying to find a cure for childhood cancer, but in my opinion, it’s not enough. We spend so much effort trying to find new and more efficient ways to destroy each other that we neglect those things that are more important. Can you imagine the benefits that could be realized if the defense budget of the US was channelled into medical research for just one year? What a terrible waste of resources. Don’t get me wrong, I understand better than most the need for a strong military in today’s volatile environment. I just believe we unnecessarily squander large portions of the defense budget on items and projects that don’t work, and are only wanted by the very few who will realize a profit if they are funded.

I must say that I was surprised by how long your last letter was. I can’t remember ever receiving one that ran four pages front to back. I know you said not to expect another one of that length, but next time you feel yourself trapped on the train with nothing to do feel free to unburden yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed the brief glimpse into your thoughts. The opportunity to exchange ideas and thoughts with someone of your calibre is not something I take lightly.

Thank you very much for the secure pac [food package]. It was very generous and a pleasant surprise. I didn’t fill out the order form because I would never make that kind of presumption. Besides, part of the fun of a present is the surprise. Filling out the order form would negate that surprise.

Historical fiction is nothing more than a novel written around historical facts. I like them for no other reason than one is able to place the story into a concrete time and place, and assume that the characters could have interacted in such a manner as to have influenced or been a part of the actual incident.  

Always,

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've just come back from the post office where I mailed my very first letter to Jack. It was ready to be mailed yesterday, and even that didn't work out, so I mailed it to Jack today. It should take 4-6 days to reach him, with allowances for the busy holiday season. I apologized in the letter to Jack for having his address for weeks, and only now sending him a letter. I told him that I couldn't explain why it was so hard to write that first letter, but it would be something interesting to analyze. However, the first letter has now been sent, and I think that the letters after will be much easier to write. I'm planning to send Jack a second letter in a few days, in hopes that it will reach him just before Christmas Day. That's "the plan" anyway, though I'm going to try my best to stick to it. Just in case, I wished him a, "Merry Christmas!", in this letter.
-Azar

Anonymous said...

Hi, I do think this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it ;) I'm going to come back once again since I book-marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.
Also visit my site ; order cheap checks

Anonymous said...

Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is great, let alone the content!
Feel free to surf my web-site Online Shopping Mall

Anonymous said...

After looking at a few of the blog articles on your website, I honestly like your
technique of writing a blog. I book-marked it to my bookmark site
list and will be checking back in the near future.
Take a look at my web site too and tell me what
you think.
My page > jabberface.tk

Anonymous said...

Hey there! I realize this is kind of off-topic but I
had to ask. Does managing a well-established blog like yours require a massive
amount work? I'm completely new to operating a blog but I do write in my diary every day. I'd like to start
a blog so I will be able to share my experience and views online.
Please let me know if you have any recommendations or tips for new aspiring blog owners.
Thankyou!
Here is my weblog :: marketing techniques

Anonymous said...

Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I'm impressed! Extremely helpful information specifically the closing part :) I handle such information much. I used to be seeking this certain info for a very lengthy time. Thank you and best of luck.
Feel free to surf my web page ... infocentre.santabarbara.cat

Anonymous said...

WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for history of marketing
My webpage :: real estate marketing

Anonymous said...

This is really interesting, You're a very skilled blogger. I've joined your feed and look
forward to seeking more of your great post.
Also, I have shared your website in my social
networks!
Have a look at my webpage ; http://www.bumad.org/wiki/index.php/─░ndex.php

Anonymous said...

I really love your blog.. Excellent colors & theme.
Did you build this website yourself? Please reply back
as I'm wanting to create my own blog and would like to find out where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Kudos!
my page :: good marketing

Anonymous said...

Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog!

We are a team of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
Your blog provided us beneficial information to work
on. You have done a extraordinary job!

my web page; affiliate marketing

Anonymous said...

If you desire to get a good deal from this piece of writing then you
have to apply such strategies to your won web site.

Look into my web blog ... internet marketing

Anonymous said...

Hey this is kind of of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if
you have to manually code with HTML. I'm starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Also visit my weblog: free.fr

Anonymous said...

Hello, Neat post. There's a problem with your website in internet explorer, could test this? IE nonetheless is the marketplace chief and a big part of people will leave out your magnificent writing because of this problem.

my weblog ... wiki.developers.webs.com

Anonymous said...

I'm curious to find out what blog platform you happen to be working with? I'm experiencing some
small security problems with my latest blog and I
would like to find something more secure. Do you have any suggestions?


Feel free to visit my web site; email marketing lists
my web site: online marketing

Anonymous said...

Thanks in favor of sharing such a good thought, post is fastidious, thats why i have read it entirely

Here is my homepage www.cegep-rimouski.qc.ca

Anonymous said...

Hi to every one, for the reason that I am truly eager of
reading this web site's post to be updated daily. It includes good information.

Review my page ... blog marketing

Anonymous said...

Hi, i think that i saw you visited my weblog so i came to
“return the favor”.I'm attempting to find things to improve my web site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

Also visit my webpage ... johngames.com

Anonymous said...

Hmm it appears like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I'll just sum it up what I had written and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog.
I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I'm still new to everything. Do you have any points for beginner blog writers? I'd really appreciate
it.

Here is my web blog :: www.kritische-geschichte.de

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Its genuinely remarkable paragraph, I have got much clear idea about from this article.


Here is my page :: how to make money onlie

Anonymous said...

I have read so many articles about the blogger lovers however this paragraph is in fact a pleasant article, keep it up.


my web blog :: mult-level marketing