Libby Block

Yet another wanna-be writer.


A Yarn About Yarn

~ update at bottom of post ~ Not much to post right now.  I’m working on other things, like outlining a story and crocheting a Scrump doll.   I want to take Scrump to work with me to keep me, Jack Sparrow, and my Winnie-the-Pooh tsum-tsum company, but I know how that would go: “Oh, it’s […]

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At Least…

I hadn’t really planned to write a post this month – I’m trying hard not to think right now – but someone brought up the old “at least” again, and it was too much to ignore. “At least it’s not cancer,” they say, when you tell them you have a disease. Any disease. Lupus, fibromyalgia, […]

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Undetermined Significance and the Cancer Lottery

This past Monday, my hematologist told me I have something called MGUS (Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance). I like that phrase, “Undetermined Significance”. It reminds me of the Buddhist story about the farmer who ran into an old friend he hadn’t seen in many years, and the friend asked him how it was going. The […]

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Who’s the April Fool?

So yesterday The Mighty published one of my essays, a bit about living with invisible illness.  That’s considered non-fiction rather than fiction.  I’ve spent almost 40 years learning how to write fiction, so I guess the joke’s on me this year.  But hey, it’s another notch to add to my list of credits. If the […]

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With Invisible Friends Like This, Who Needs Enemies?

I think I am haunted. In another time and place, I would have been haunted. Today, I’m not sure. Am I haunted? Or do I just have a weird set of invisible friends? The first one appeared several years back. Just as I was falling asleep, someone called my name. Or more correctly, someone hissed […]

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Mine. (Again.)

People always ask: “What kind of books do you like to read? What kind of movies do you watch? TV shows? What music do you listen to?” I say good ones. I don’t go for genres. I don’t like sitcoms as a rule, but once in a while I find one I like. I don’t […]

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I’m okay… but maybe I’m not

Tomorrow (or yesterday, when I post this) I have a New Patient appointment. Yep, I’m starting over again with a new doctor at the county hospital, one who can refer me to the specialists I need. I hope. I don’t want to go. But I was hospitalized 13 months ago – that’s more than a […]

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