Thursday, March 18, 2010

T minus 14 Days.....


So, the time is getting nearer and I'm ready! Only 14 days until I see this place in my rear view mirror for the last time.

There's one thing I will miss here though. This has been like a long-running soap opera during which I've watched a family dynamic in action. Reminds me a bit of the old night-time soap called "Dallas". We have the classic sociopath, the victim and the "Pixie Dust" characters who choose to pretend everything is going to come up roses in the end. If we just wish hard enough, it will all be wonderful and the flowers will bloom and everyone will go away happy. We have the estranged child who has returned to the fold. We have the weaknesses and strengths of each character coming into the light, bright sunshine making each flaw obvious. We have financial intrigue, health struggles, substance abuse and women of ill-repute. We have the detritus left behind when the one who has held it together and managed to keep it under control is no longer able to do so. It is the chairs on the Titanic, shifting from one side to another but we know this ship is going to sink. The place has a haunted feel to it.

By far, the most interesting character is the Classic Sociopath. I've been fascinated by that personality disorder since I was in college. Of course, there's a lot more known about it now but we really don't know how it develops.

A friend suggested I write a novel. The reservation I have is that it's hard to imagine who would want to read it! It might be a good beach read! So... would you read my novel if I wrote it? Any experience with a sociopath?



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41 comments:

Whitemist said...

sociopaths are tough characters to deal with. It is good you found this one so interesting. More than a book. best of luck in your new location and change!

meno said...

It is not unlikely that i would read it. Especially at the beach.

Go for it. But only if YOU want to.

Leann said...

I am sure I would give it a whirl. Sociopaths are scary people. I've had no personal experience with them, but as a sidebar to my legal field experience I have seen the outcome.

slouchy said...

I would absolutely read your novel!

I too find sociopaths fascinating. I highly recommend a book by Robert Hare called Without Conscience. He conducts research into sociopathy, and most academic psychologists consider him extraordinarily knowledgeable about the disorder.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I was stalked by a sociopathic murderer for 12 years and trust me, there was nothing funny about it. The crew you describe could make a very funny play, though, along the lines of Dinner at Eight, or maybe you could do it like the Spoon River Anthology. :)

I'm so glad you're leaving!

Angela said...

What? Are you kidding? Of course I would.

AngelP said...

I would read it. I can't wait to read more of your writing. I've missed it so!

Deborah

PennyStocksList said...

Perhaps, you can try to write your novel by parts and post them here. In such a way, you can test whether people like your novel or not.

painted maypole said...

i would definitely read your novel.

I once knew a boy, maybe 14, who I think may have been a sociopath, but he wasn't in my life frequently or often enough to really figure it out. My husband and I both worried that some day we'd hear he had become a mass murderer. So... no news is good news, right?

Khakjaan Wessington said...

The Hippies Have it Made: The Squares Obtain New Trades [Today's News Poem, March 27, 2010]
http://toylit.blogspot.com/2010/03/hippies-have-it-made-squares-obtain-new.html
“Tens of thousands of red-shirted protesters threatened to force soldiers from the historic heart of Thailand's capital Saturday, raising tensions in what so far has been a nonviolent bid to bring down the government.”
--KINAN SUCHAOVANICH (AP) – 9 hours ago at 12:35pm PST
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g3j-vAVG1fg3kEfnogTiH8_4EXvwD9EMTJPG0
“Tea Party groups like FreedomWorks recognize that they are benefiting from the labor of many people who have been hit hard economically. But its chairman, the former House majority leader Dick Armey, argued that their ranks will remain strong — and connected — even as members find work.”
--Kate Zernike, The New York Times, March 27, 2010
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/us/politics/28teaparty.html?hp
““It’s no worse than alcohol,” said Ms. Kutilek, 30, an administrator at Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco. “Drunk people get really belligerent. I don’t know anybody who gets belligerent on marijuana. They just get chill.””
--Jesse McKinley, The New York Times, March 25, 2010
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/26/us/26pot.html

The madness mobs provoke is only matched
With blandness slobs invoke. The game is hatched
Inside a game of brinks. They tote their greed:
Deride a claim that thinks. Or vote for weed:
A lifestyle (pair with work). Or dare the cops—
In strife-bile, share death's lurk—they cleaned with mops
A pool of protest blood. The teabag punks—
The ghouls of foe-blessed crud—are fascist skunks,
With shirts of browner shades of protest hue.
They'll hurt: they're clowns with blades. Our blood is due.

http://toylit.blogspot.com

Pattaya Girls said...

post up the first chapter and we'll let u know if u should continue :-)

Akannie said...

HI Chani...miss you.....xoxoxox
Hope the move has gone well..

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Friends of Chani, with a most heavy heart I share the following with you:

http://wwwguilty-with-an-explanation.blogspot.com/

French Fancy said...

RIP Chani

mrwriteon said...

I've expressed my thoughts already but how good to know how many people were touched by her huge heart.

Titanium said...

Soon this space will be too small
And I'll go outside
To the huge hillside
Where the wild winds blow
And the cold stars shine...

I'll put my foot
On the living road
And be carried from here
To the heart of the world

-Lhasa de Sela

Chani,

This space was too small
And you went outside.
My heart goes with you.

-Ti

slouchy said...

Peace to you, Chani.

wheelsonthebus said...

We miss you, Chani.

Emily said...

I hope you have found infinite peace, Chani.

Defiantmuse said...

I keep coming back here not able to wrap head around the fact you won't be posting again. You are missed. Deeply.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Note to STanghkanaurak Somchai,

I sent you a letter c/o Wat Phra That in Khon Kaen but didn't have a proper postal address and doubt it will get to you. ขอโทษ ครับ/ค่ะ.

สวัสดี
Susan

Gadfly said...

I and your other Lifering friends and supporters say RIP, Chani. Damn, we miss you.

Gabriella Moonlight said...

Miss you and hope the move has gone well and YES i would read your novel!!!!!!

Mary LA said...

So sad to hear of Chani's death -- she was an inspiring and supportive friend and a great recovery blogger.

Amy Y said...

Miss you, Chani :(

Angela said...

Damn. I miss you terribly, Chani, but I figure you must've really been needed elsewhere. You were one of a kind, lady.

Olivia said...

I just published some pictures of Chani on my blog, because so many people don't have any: http://bit.ly/cD7uGK

Chani, I loved you so much and I hope you have Found Your Way Home.

ewe are here said...

I hope she made it home.

Laurie said...

Chani, you always made me think, and I thank you for that. I will never forget you.

Pea said...

Chani! It's a been a while and I'm trying to catch up. wow you've been thru so much. I hope you do write a novel, I would read it. You deserve a fresh start.

Pattaya Girls Blog said...

most sociopaths do agood job at keeping it hidden :-(

your blog was great, hope u'll come back to thailand and continue it some day.

Pervaiz said...

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Thanks.

Social Weight Loss said...

We want changes! Your blog is pretty awesome! I read and enjoy it. Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely be back to read more of your articles but for now chow my friend.

Cecilieaux said...

I still miss you.

Penny said...

Have you read, "the psychopath next door"?

rental elf said...

Nice article, thanks for the information.

Mike Fook said...

Absolutely! I'll read it. Just give me the Amazon link when it's finished. Will you read one of my books in return? ;) MF

dikvipreal said...

Thank you for sharing.

Mariposa said...

Missing you Chani...

Mariposa said...

I was reading some old entries in my blog and I read these lines -

We teach others how to treat us.

When we know better, we do better.

I will always cherish all the interactions I've had with you.

I miss you...

Mariposa

Mariposa said...

I still wish you are here and blogging...
Miss you...