A Writer/Editor With Lupus, Who’s Allergic to Her Arm Brace…Yikes! Please help us find the cure…www.lupus.org

Sometimes you just have to laugh, rather than cry.

It does no good to wonder why.

A writer/editor needs her hands

To create and massage the words that land

On her desk or spring from her brain.

But who’s to pen them? It’s silly insane…

To watch irony wreak havoc again…

A story,  a novel…of course that’s when

All the words come together in the perfect blend.

You’ve been looking for them a long, long time.

It doesn’t matter that they don’t even rhyme.

But the howling laughter of the ridiculousness

Of a healing wrist, captive in a brace, no less,

Breaking out in hives from that which heals and defends.

Such are the joys of Lupus, my friends.

The wolf will not get me as I count my blessings.

I’m alive today…no second guessing…

I can poke fun at insidious Lupus

Because I will be here to kick up a fuss

Of giggles and puns about my blisters.

It may not be the case for my sisters,

Who share this deadly disease with me.

Give thanks for the times that you can see

Beyond yourself to the plight of others.

Another day…Another sunrise…Another

Chance to laugh and let my words be heard

Even though they’re ludicrous and absurd.

I send my giggles and grins to all who cry

Because they can’t smile or stand or even try

To keep the Lupus wolf from devouring them alive.

This writer/editor who can’t hold a pen or type

Can still speak to her DRAGON and all is right!

I am happy to laugh at my silly sorrows

Because there will be new words to write and correct tomorrow.
























Bio for Bowmanauthor: Crusades and Disabilities

“Denny Ryder, lead character in STROKE OF FEAR! (DENNY RYDER PARANORMAL CRIME SERIES), is someone I would really like to know better. She has a no-nonsense take on life, including a psychological approach to the paranormal. Yet, she has the inquiring mind of a child, who believes in fantasy and hope, even in her darkest hour. Denny and I have one thing in common, lack of mobility and health limitations, but I have come a long way in overcoming these obstacles. I want to help my character return to a full, meaningful life. Denny still has much to say to me, my readers, and the world, but it’s so hard to overcome sensory paralysis. Denny summed it up best, ‘It would be so easy to fade into obscurity.’ Denny, let us help you. Write to her at: livinginashadow@outlook.com -Deborah A. Bowman, author of STROKE OF FEAR!
“Sometimes the dreams we want most out of life are mere illusions, shadows in the mist. Fantasy and desire: Is it love or lust? Truth, reality, and perception: Is it fact or fiction? These are the choices we all must make. But what do you do, how do you cope, when these choices are maliciously taken away from you? These are the shadows in our lives.”-Deborah A. Bowman, author of LIVING IN A SHADOW.
Deborah A. Bowman is an author, editor, ghost-writer, and public speaker on Paranormal Psychology, Self-Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, and Victims’ Abuse. She has been certified as an Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, writing a monthly column for “The Medical News” and featured in the “Washington Post Parenting Magazine” on Hypnotherapy for ADHD Teens.

She was certified as a Technical Writer/Editor at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Grad School and worked as Publications Control Officer, Chief of Publishing, for The Army Materiel Command, Department of Defense. She was editor-in-chief of The Federal Women’s Program monthly newsletter, News & Views, distributed Army-wide in the continental United States.

She is a 25-year Lupus/RA survivor and an advocate for research to find the cure. While confined in a wheelchair, she worked as a reader for the Erie Literary Agency, learning how to overcome pitfalls in plot and syntax that can plague even the most seasoned writers, and now using these techniques in her own novels. Also, while incapacitated she was editor, proof-reader, formatter, and quality control expert for the online website ebookstand.com, rated no. 3 on Oprah Winfrey’s list of printing-on-demand, online companies.  

“Debbie” is currently working on an historical fiction novel, as well as the next Installment in the Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, STROKE OF MIDNIGHT! to be released Sept. 2013.

Bowman’s full-length novel, LIVING IN A SHADOW, is available at:  amazon.com/dp/B00AP68CUO and STOKE OF FEAR!, a series Novella, is available at: amazon.com/dp/B00CFWYAX4.