Who’s My Relief Pitcher?

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Our resident hound blessed us with a lot of things to think about. Here’s what he wants us to ponder this week: “Most of us (writers) will depart this earth with several unfinished manuscripts. Have you ever thought of what might become of them? Will someone in your family pick them up and FINISH them? [as the estates of some famous authors have done]. Would you WANT anyone (family or otherwise) to finish writing those stories you envisioned and possibly outlined?”

There are three questions in this prompt. My short answers:

  1. Nope.
  2. Definitely not.
  3. Maybe

Now for my extended answers. 

Have I thought about what might become of my unfinished manuscripts once I leave this earth? 
I know exactly what will become of them. They will languish on whatever device I happen to be using at the time of my demise – probably saved “to the cloud” since all my documents are stored there to save space on my laptop. And when those devices are traded in, sold, or destroyed, and my cloud subscription ends, the documents will be erased, and that will be the end of them.

Will someone in my family pick them up and finish them?
No. Of the many people in my family, only one of my five children and two of my nine grandchildren have ever actually read any of my stories. Of these three readers familiar with my work, only one has any experience writing. She’s not particularly into romance, so I would probably drop my lyre and lose my halo if she actually took on the job of finishing one of my stories. I’d be extremely touched, but very, very astonished.

Would I want someone to complete my stories?
Not particularly. The people I know who would be ABLE to complete my stories are way too busy writing their own. Now if someone with a stellar record of writing romance was determined to do so, I guess that would be okay, but I honestly can’t see it happening. Of course, I wouldn’t be in any position to protest if someone DID decide to finish one or more. And I suppose it would be a compliment that someone thought enough of me and/or my writing to want to put the time and effort into the project. So I guess the bottom line is that I’d be okay with the idea if the writer puts forth a good product and sticks to the type of writing I do. 

But I’d never presume to ask.

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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16 Responses to Who’s My Relief Pitcher?

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Wow… this caught me by surprise. I didn’t realize my question / topic was coming up so soon.
    Consequently, I haven’t really had a chance to THINK about my own possible replies.
    This may well be another of those weeks that I could cut and paste your text onto my Hound Day blog and change a few nouns or pronouns.
    That said, reading your forecast — about your creative works disappearing into the cloud or departing when an obsolete equipment is discarded by descendants down the line — well, it saddens me greatly.
    I must give this matter considerable thought before Thursday.


  2. Well, THIS is would be a short answer if I didn’t give reasons.
    I am surprised that only two of your family members have read your stories, Patty, as I thought that I was the only ‘loner’ here. There are reasons as to why most of mine have not read my work and I will use some of that to fill part of the page on Friday.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Actually, it’s three family members: one daughter and two granddaughters. I’m not sure about the reasons for the rest not reading them, because they all read for pleasure. Maybe they think my romances are traditional bodice-rippers or something.


  3. diana-lloyd says:

    My answers would be 1) No, 2) OMG no! and 3) Maybe
    As someone who has been tasked with completing someone else’s manuscript after their untimely death, I might have a unique view of this topic. My first response, when asked to take on the chore, was NO. My writing voice differs completely from the original author. She wrote romantic suspense in 1st person – I write historical romance in 3rd. Yet, because the original author was a person I liked and admired, I wanted to help her writing legacy last beyond her death. Kudos to her next of kin for knowing where her uncompleted work was located and how to contact her writing group. My husband would have no clue.
    I’m working on finishing one of her books for my NaNo project. I hope my finished product is something that makes her family proud. While I’ve made some changes, I’ve tried hard to keep her voice and stay true to her plot. I should never forget this is HER story, I’m only taking care of it for her.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      I think that’s an excellent way to look at it — under the circumstances you stated — that you’re the custodian and developer of her plot and “voice”.
      Personally, I’m not sure I’d be able to do that, however. I’m probably too selfish.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Diana, I thought of you as I wrote this post. You’re so brave to take this project on, and I know Judy’s husband will love you for it. Your job is so daunting, I can’t imagine someone taking it on to complete one of my stories, mostly because I don’t have anything like the detailed outlines that she left! Also, my husband has no idea how to use my laptop, so as you say, kudos to Ross for knowing where his wife’s files were located and how to contact our group. But then, he was always super supportive.

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  4. trishafaye says:

    What wonderful questions! I think my answers would be the same. Nope, all lost in whatever file format its in at the time. Which is okay, because the telling the stories I want to tell is what’s in my heart and not in anyone else’s in the family.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I guess I feel that way, too. I can’t imagine anyone else having the same vision for these characters that I do. If someone were to continue where I left off, that would be okay, but it wouldn’t be the same story. Thanks so much for stopping in!

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    My answers are very similar to your own. More on that on Wednesday.


  6. If I depart before a story is completed, it would be the only one that needed to be completed and published. I devote my entire efforts and thoughts to only one story at a time. I may have notes on story ideas in a binder, but that’s all.

    As to who I would like to finish and publish my story, if I left it undone, I think I’d have to say my editor. She knows my style and my way of thinking. Yes, I’d pick Pam Lagomarsino to continue. That would be a blessing to me.

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  7. That’s so sad to think of all your works just disappearing like that with no one left to even know what you were working on because they wouldn’t have looked in the Cloud. I like to have copies of my works, sometimes I even write by hand. Though it takes longer I like the idea of having a physical copy.
    To have someone enjoy your work enough to want to finish it would be a fantastic way to honor an author’s memory.

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