I saw the video of Randy Pausch when he gave “The Last Lecture” announcing he was doing so with an “engineering problem in his body: ten tumors on his liver.” It moved me like few things I have ever witnessed. All of that made it all the more meaningful that I would receive this book from my son Steve and my ‘daughter-in-love’, Kelli. But imagine my surprise and delight to find it inscribed by Jeffrey Zaslow who wrote the book for Randy Pausch as he experienced his last year of life. It says:


To Joyce,

I hope you find inspiration in these pages. Keep writing.

Dream BIG,

Jeffrey Zaslow (written in indecipherable script like most authors.)


As I began to read the introduction by Randy Pausch explaining his situation and how he chose Jeffrey Zaslow to formalize his thoughts and stories for the book, I was struck by so many things, but in particular, this passage.


“These lectures are routinely videotaped. I knew what I was doing that day. Under the ruse of giving an academic lecture, I was trying to put myself into a bottle that would one day wash up on the beach for my children. If I was a painter I would have painted for them. If I was a musician, I would have composed music. I am a lecturer, so I lectured”. Randy Pausch:  The Last Lecture.


I felt so validated reading that, and was “at one” with the phrase; “trying to put myself into a bottle that would one day wash up on the beach for my children.” I have written thirteen books/novels and a personal family legacy story book which contains 66 stories which are translated from oral history of our family from the 1930’s to present day. Few family members have the time or inclination to read them all now. They are busy living their lives and creating their own stories. However, it is my belief, or hope, that in years to come, they will “know me” and the work that I did through these books which are the only “inheritance” I shall be able to leave of any value.


Like Randy Pausch, I am a writer, so I too have written myself into a bottle and pray it washes up in the lives of my children and grandchildren, and all those who follow. Thank you Randy Pausch for the inspiration, and Jeffrey  Zaslow for the tool and encouragement.


About joycegodwingrubbs2

Some call me retired: I am RE-FIRED. I have written 15 books, plus 3 written as a "ghost writer". I no longer offer the novels as printed books, having them only available as Kindle Ebooks since my retirement as a novelist. Twelve books are on Amazon.com Kindle eBooks: collectively they are known as The Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series.They are real cases fictionalized into suspense stories to protect identities..( no victim/survivor names were compromised, and workers and locations were protected.) I also co-authored a non-fiction book: Footsteps Out of Darkness: The Annabelle Kindig Story . It is available on Amazon under the name of Annabelle Kindig. I have traveled, written from the heart, and found an audience that appreciates my "platform". The catalyst to writing the novels was the realization that if I died, I would take all my amazing experiences in these real cases with me; and believe me few have lived 5 lives in one. It would "silence the voices" of the victim/survivors whose triumphs are written into these novels. The suspense series was written in part with the collaboration of police woman and sex crime expert Trula Ann Godwin. In addition to the novels, I have written as a ghost writer for a World War II veteran who fought in the South Pacific aboard the USS Maryland in all the major battles. I have also written a non-fiction book recording oral history stories of my family members beginning with the 1930's to present. There are sixty-six "legacy" stories with pictures. It was recently published as a private printing for family and close associates only. I am a published photo journalist having won the 2009 Editor's Choice Award for internet freelance news articles and pictures of the Cedar Rapid's Iowa flood victim accounts and their personal struggles.. My husband and I are in our 52nd year together (only one blip on the marital radar together), and we have adopted three greyhounds; Dex, Big Buddy and Baby Doll. These were the inspirations in the Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series We have eleven grandchildren, 7 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. My three children live in Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio.
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