I'm not even sure Stephen King ever reads these, but tomorrow is the anniversary of a very significant day for him. Tomorrow, will also be a significant day for me as well.
I was injured in the Marines years ago, but moved on in my life to work on films, help others with their writing, and raise a young son named Ty. Within the past few years-pain increased in my neck, giving me migraines that made me wish I were dead. I suffer from PTSD, and depression-all for the service to protect my nation.
I need three disks replaced, and work on my brain stem, so that I may have the use of it properly. I've turned down films such as Oz:The Great and Powerful, which broke my heart. Author Alexandra Sokoloff keeps encouraging me to move on, but pain can seize you both mentally and physically-it's debilitating.
To keep my mind at ease, I would walk-for hours listening to everything I purchased through iTunes of Uncle Stevie's, and fell in love with The Dark Tower series, which I have listened to nine times.
Anyway, my life is falling apart, my health at my age is destroying me (I'm only 39). I cannot compare what happened to Mr. King to what I am going through-however, I hope that my June 19th will change my life.
My heart tingles when I think of what Uncle Stevie went through, but you can see the power in his writing afterwards.
I want to write again with full concentration. I want to work in film again. I want to get Wrought Iron Spine Entertainment on track for independent Michigan filmmakers to show their stuff. Most importantly, I want sleep at night without waking up in tears. I want to hold my son. I want to give him a real hug. I want to play with him like a daddy should.
On those dark days that I just wish it all ended, I would walk and listen to Frank Muller, or King himself, and keep my head up. I would remind myself that on June 19th, 1999-we almost lost one of the worlds most talented authors.
On June 19th, 2013-I will be given a chance to start over. The first thing I'm going to do is wrap my arms around my boy and thank God that I have him. From there-I have the world.
My point being, is that Stephen overcame incredible odds, and he moved on. I can escape my present darkness, and move on. We all can.
I wish all of you a wonderful life, and enjoy it. We never know how long we will be here. If you're in the dark-keep moving forward. You will find that light will embrace you eventually. Be good to one another.
I thank you if you read this. Dann Klaus