OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Cora  was a few weeks old when her father battered her, causing her to bleed into her brain. I knew her for a month when she was in the hospital. She could still breathe and eat, but she did not respond to sounds or sights. Most of her brain was gone. They had put a shunt in to keep the fluid from building up and destroying what little remained of her brain.

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

At the time, her prognosis was grim, which raised the question---code or no code? One doctor told a story about a woman in England who seemed completely normal. They did a CT scan of her head as part of a study--and discovered that she had only a thin rim of cortex--everything else had been destroyed at some time in her life, and no one knew it. Now, the chances of little Cora overcoming what was done to her and growing up to be "normal" were slim. However, I started wondering. What if the areas of our brain which we do not understand are not there to help us interact with our world? What if they are there to keep us from being aware of the true nature of space time, so that we can focus on here and now? What if little Cora was seeing and experiencing things that we would never know?

I wrote "Cora Dreams of Me" about a decade later. It is the first short story I ever published. Over the next fifteen years, I kept going back to the notion that there is more to this world than we are allowed to see. I also began to suspect that what we call "weakness"--being a victim, being a young girl--can also be a kind of strength, or, at least, the source of strength.

I decided to put together a collection of what I refer to as as "magical girl" stories. It is free this week at Kindle. The stories are also available online at Aphelion where I originally published them, however I revised them a bit when getting them ready for this collection. If you don't have a Kindle and you would prefer to read the grammar/spell checked version that I put together, drop me an email and I can send you the file to read on your computer, no charge.

Cora lived for almost two decades. I just found this out recently. I hope they were good decades. Cora, honey, this one is for you.

http://www.amazon.com/...

Extended (Optional)

Originally posted to McCamy Taylor on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 02:08 PM PDT.

Also republished by Progressive Friends of the Library Newsletter.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.