Stepping #Stones

I’m getting more excited about finalizing my #memoir.  Following my #editor’s initial review, I’ve completed corrections and the restructuring process.

Part of the restructuring included letting go of my first #scene.  Well, not #trashing it, just moving it later in the #book.  Now, I’m loving the new #order, even though I loved what the initial scene offered the #reader.  I’m moving on and taking the #professional advice about writing my memoir more like a #novel.
I will be doing my third runthrough.  Hopefully, you’ll stick around and enjoy the #journey with me.  I need your #support to make the best book possible.
Have an amazing day!

Time To Do Your Part

Share your gifts with those who need it most.  Hope & Cope in #Montreal is always looking for new #volunteers.  I’ve been a #PeerMentor since 2006 and don’t wish to give it up.  Join us in giving the sick the companionship that will help them during #cancer #treatments.  Some patients don’t have any family, and your assistance will bring hope and help them cope.  You won’t regret it.  We can all do something… Click on the link below to sign up.

Volunteer Opportunities


The key to Hope & Cope’s success is the presence of 500 volunteers, 90% of whom have either had cancer themselves or cared for someone diagnosed with the disease or, in some cases, have been both a patient and a caregiver.

What these volunteers offer is the wisdom of the lived experience, which enables them to truly understand the concerns of patients and their families. Survivorship Day 2014 service with a smileSeeing volunteers who have survived cancer and are doing well is a source of inspiration and hope to many patients.

We are always looking for new volunteers. If you are caring, non-judgmental, a good listener and a team player, bilingual (English/French) or multi-lingual and are comfortable working with those who have cancer, we would like to hear from you.

Please contact us at 514 340-8255.



A New Year, A New Task

I feel great getting back to #editing my #memoir after a hiatus from all the activity and a very bad cough and cold!  My #cancer story has become more healing to me than a bad memory probably because I #amwriting about it.  Hopefully, my energy level can keep up with my inspiration.  I’m working on my #nonfiction #book more consistently now, and I’m realizing how difficult it is for me to shift pieces of it around (as my editor recommended).  It’s actually more complex than #creating it from scratch.  So wish me well for the job ahead… I’ll be looking out for your #encouraging words!

At the same time, I wish you and your family the best year yet!  May it be full of glory, health, love, and success.

Be well,

Patricia #Rodi

Sweet Sweet 16

My mother called me this morning to say congratulations to me… I just want to acknowledge how grateful I am for having the privilege of sharing in my daughter’s Sweet 16 today… another milestone I never imagined being around for. Though these teenage years are the most trying, not having them with my precious daughter would be a stab to the heart.

God bless you, Isabella, for all that you give me, for being the miracle in my life, and for loving me as I attempt to raise you the best I can. There are lessons each day for both of us, and I hope they all bring you positivity going forward. I love you, I love you…


What A Feeling!

I realize it’s just the first step in editing, but I felt amazing earlier this week when I completed the markups my editor made to my draft as she did a structural review.  She came back with a great letter with all her comments and suggestions.  I also sat down with her and received wonderful feedback.

She mentioned my material was all there, but I needed to basically move things around.  I was touched by some of the messages she received from reading the manuscript… messages I hadn’t even realized were there or brought attention to and those I never thought others would see.  She convinced me that some material I had put in is not relevant to the subject of cancer, so I took her advice.

Though the next step sounds quite simple, there are many things to look at while moving paragraphs and pages around in a manuscript.  You also have to check your flow of events, keep the reader interested, and repetition or missing chronological information may confuse readers.  Sounds like a large task for my blurred mind…

So wish me luck on the structural edit, as I will need to take the proper time to get it ready for her second review.  I’m anxious to get to it, but with my daugther’s Sweet 16 coming up and holidays around the corner, I hope to steal some time most days each week so I can advance.

Thanks for continuing to read…