Should I Write a Book?

05.27.2008 | 7:42 am

Last week, a literary agent contacted me, encouraging me to develop a proposal for a book. And I admit, I’m really interested in the idea. I’ve been turning the following question over in my head ever since: “What would my book be about?”

Now, believe it or not, I’ve written books before (all out of print — for some reason, books on WordPerfect 6 aren’t selling so hot anymore), so I’m not especially intimidated by the idea of writing a book’s-worth of text.

But this is different. This is personal. It’s not easy to answer the question, “What do I know that is big enough to fill a book?”

I’ve considered whether there could be a Fat Cyclist book before, but had mostly thought in terms of a Best of Fatty compilation, including my favorite posts and comments. Which means I’d probably have to share my (seven figure, I’m sure) commission with some of the commenters here.

Lately, though, as I’ve been writing to help me wrap my brain around Susan’s cancer and how it’s affecting us, I sometimes think that telling our story in book form might be worthwhile. The summary of events, after all, is pretty remarkable:

Fatty and Susan are the parents of four kids, including identical twin two-year-olds. About the time Fatty takes a 40% paycut at his job, Susan finds a lump in a breast. Cancer. As Fatty jobhunts, Susan gets ready for a mastectomy. Fatty tells Susan — as she wakes from surgery — that he’s accepted a job in Washington, and has put up their house for sale. Susan goes through treatment in Washington, after which Fatty starts a blog to keep in touch with his old friends and apply pressure to himself to lose weight. When Susan is better, the family moves back to Utah, where they have one easy year before the cancer returns, this time metastasized to stage 4, and aggressive as hell. Thousands of people — most of whom Fatty and Susan have never met — rally around to support them in their battle.

Or here’s a question: is it possible to have a book that tells our story honestly, but still with some humor? If so, that’s the book I think I’d like to write.

But then I think about my life right now and it occurs to me: I’m somewhat busy. Is now really the right time for me to even contemplate a book?

So, I’m asking: should I write a book? And if so, what should it be about, and how should it be about it?

PS: Tomorrow I’m going to try to be funny again. I’ll be interested to see how that goes.


  1. Comment by MOM | 05.27.2008 | 7:48 am

    Why not a compilation of all the blogs about the experiences you just summarized? That is what we all, family/friends/blog friends/etc respond to: the emotion, the reality of the moment. Not a tretise. And of course the comments must be part of that too.

    But, then I am only the mother – I look forward to the comments of all the people out there.

  2. Comment by JohnO | 05.27.2008 | 7:56 am

    I would say that you could easily write a great book, and Bob Roll’s excellent Bobke comes to mind here, but maybe now isn’t the right time.

    If you’re like me, and I know I am, writing takes an awful lot of attention and focus that you might prefer to be spending elsewhere these days.

  3. Comment by Tom in the UK | 05.27.2008 | 7:59 am

    Hey Fatty.
    I would never ask you to copy anyone else’s style (and why would you want to, when you’re such a gifted writer yourself?) but for an example of how it IS possible to combine family difficulties, humour, cycling and good writing to produce an exciting, touching and profound book; have a look at Matt Seaton’s “The Escape Artist” which deals with the authors amateur rcing career in the UK whilst getting over the loss of his wife due to cancer.
    It’s a great book, but I think you can do better. I expect you to do better.
    Keep up the good work, and WIN SUSAN.

  4. Comment by ibisss | 05.27.2008 | 7:59 am

    As a chaplain, I have spent time with a bunch of people walking your road–and I have to say you have been managing the best way, under the circustances. I think you would bring a welcome voice to the field of books out there. But I’d say go for it now only if it is life-giving. There will be plenty of time to write a book. Although this is true for everyone and their families, you have a finite time with Susan. Take care
    M Burdge

  5. Comment by Roadent | 05.27.2008 | 8:00 am

    Maybe you should: but maybe not now, and maybe when you do, it won’t be what you would think it would be about, right now…

  6. Comment by Maine Velophile | 05.27.2008 | 8:00 am

    You should definitely right a book! However, like JohnO said, you have to keep your attention to your family for now. One day the time will be right, and you’ll know when that time is.

    We are all here for you! Win Susan!!!

  7. Comment by Gary | 05.27.2008 | 8:02 am

    Not yet. If it were me, I’d spend every second I could with Susan, the kids, and everyone together. Then, if I were as literarily gifted as you, I’d think about a book.
    Your posts and comments are a good starting point, perhaps you could weave them into your relationship and family story, in some way that might encourage others who are in the same position as you.
    Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom comes to mind, have you read it? If not, this would be a good time.

    We’re praying for you.

  8. Comment by Tom in the UK | 05.27.2008 | 8:03 am

    by the way, the book can be found here:

  9. Comment by Hamish A | 05.27.2008 | 8:07 am

    I think it’s a great idea for you to write a book at some point, I’m just not entirely sure that now is the perfect time for you to shine your brightest in that format.

    What about Susans book? Seems like a fantastic time to get the Agent to pick that up!

    When the time is right to write (no pun intended) then you’ll know what you want to do. I do think a compilation of your greatest posts and the linked comments would be fantastic fun to read but I’d also love to read your story if you ever felt compelled to write it.

    “PS: Tomorrow I’m going to try to be funny again. I’ll be interested to see how that goes.” Do we really need to tell you again that we’re not just here for the funny? Write what you need / feel Fatty. We’re here.

    Love to all, WIN Susan!

  10. Comment by Anonymous | 05.27.2008 | 8:07 am

    When my daughter had a medical issue, I found the writing therapeutic. It helped to bring structure to all of the emotion that I felt. Rather than taking me away from the problems, it helped me deal with them and engage more fully.

    If you were to write about your experience, I think that it would be very powerful. I also think that with your talent, many others would find it helpful.

    The only way to do it is if it is a good thing for you. If writing became a chore, or something that you did not want to do, drop it. You have more important things that need your attention right now.

  11. Comment by Pammap | 05.27.2008 | 8:15 am

    A book is a great idea; you are a very talented writer. My vote would be best of fatcyclist because it tells your and Susan’s story while incorporating the unique community you’ve built here. It also highlights your humor which was the original draw for many of us. For me, you got my attention with humor and hooked me in the jaw with your love of Susan.

    Timing would be the big issue because, while writing on this blog might prove therapeutic, you certainly don’t need/want a publisher demanding that you write X number of pages in order to fulfill a commitment.

    If you could get an open contract without a hard deadline then go for it. If not, write on your own schedule and sign with a publisher later. (IMHO.)

  12. Comment by Nick | 05.27.2008 | 8:18 am

    What about writing an updated Word Perfect book? :)

  13. Comment by Travis | 05.27.2008 | 8:19 am

    Hope your doing well;

    I’m sure you will find the right time to write it.
    I can also say, I’ll be one of the peps to buy it as well.

    Can’t wait for the delivery of my pink t-shirt. Great Firewall of China stopped me getting my order in on the cycling shirts….. :)

  14. Comment by Flyin' Ute | 05.27.2008 | 8:20 am

    I just finished “Cold Beer and Crocodiles: A bicycle journey into Australia” Fun little story but he didn’t have half the wit that you do.

    I think you could write about everything from the Leadville 100 to lazy afternoon rides and mix it up with all your witty comments.

    A book about Cancer would be too depressing to read.

    I’m cheering for Susan and want her to WIN, but your true talent is crafting bicycle stories we can relate to. Good luck with that decision.

    Keep the stories coming.

  15. Comment by Si | 05.27.2008 | 8:20 am

    I think you should definitely write a book but think now isn’t the right time for it, I’d be spending as much time as possible with my family. However, when you’re sat on the other side of the fence sometimes what seems like not the right time suddenly can seem like exactly the right time. The only person who can answer the question about timing is you…it may help you to have an outlet…but there again in this instance you have your blog!

    Wish I could provide some answer or assistance…I know you’ll do what’s right for you and your family.

    Having said that, we’re now all looking forward to it so…you now owe us a book ;-)



  16. Comment by Annie | 05.27.2008 | 8:33 am

    I disagree with Flyin’ Ute. A book about Susan’s fight would not be too depressing; it could be a great encouragement to other families fighting it, and it could make “healthy” families more thankful for what they have. I’d buy your book. (Not your WordPerfect books–)

  17. Comment by mike | 05.27.2008 | 8:34 am

    Fatty, I’m not going to tell you to right a book or not. Thats your desision (however i’d most definatly read it if you did. And not only read it purchase it too! Yeah!) I just wanted to tell you that I think you CAN right a damn good book if you wanted too. Whats more, it would be funny whilst still giving a history of yourself. I don’t think you can help but be funny, and to me thats something that makes you a stronger man then others. When things are going to hell and back, you still make people laugh, smile and feel better about things. Even when they’ve forgoten how too.

  18. Comment by 331miles | 05.27.2008 | 8:38 am

    No advice on if you should or when, but if you tell your story the book will sell.

  19. Comment by bikemike | 05.27.2008 | 8:40 am

    think small, literally, maybe do it from your kids perspective with a little of yours and have your son illustrate it(you’d have to pay him of course). just an idea and believe me my ideas aren’t what i get paid for. come to think of it i’m not sure what i get paid for.
    good luck, i know this helped.
    i know it’s been tough for you but it’s good to see your voice again.
    God bless you Susan.

  20. Comment by sans auto | 05.27.2008 | 8:41 am

    I had the whole Fatty collection in my shopping cart (for the bargain price of $1.99) when they told me that shipping would be several times the price of the books. So I won’t be stopping by to get those autographed.

    I think a book is a great idea. I don’t want you to do a ‘best of’ book… I’ve already read all the good ones. OK, I”ve read all of them for several years now and they’ve all been pretty good. Here it is, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Bicycling”. I think that in it you could introduce some great humor and share some of the insights that I think that you have found to ‘the question of life the world and everything.’ You know, fictional, but the story of your life with real ‘characters’ from this blog like ALma V., Botched, and dug (the guy who can’t figure out the shift key on his computer). While I’m excited to read it, I don’t know that anytime soon would be the appropriate timing.

    We’re praying for you.

  21. Comment by NW | 05.27.2008 | 8:44 am

    Being a fairly new reader to your blog, here’s my two cents, for what it’s worth. I think you have the chops to write a book about anything you want and add humor into the mix, if that’s how you want it. I would buy the book. Only you can decide when is the right time to write it.

  22. Comment by Jim | 05.27.2008 | 8:45 am

    Fatty, you can certainly write a book that tells your story honestly and with humor – but there are parts that won’t be funny. And I bet parts will even be about bicycles, we all need to hear that we are not the only ones that use bicycles as stress outlets.

    I think you are too busy now, Family comes first. But it won’t always be this crazy.

    Win Susan!

  23. Comment by nycycleguy | 05.27.2008 | 8:51 am

    Just be you! If you deceide to write the book keep thinking and telling your story the same way. Is cancer depressing? Sure it is but you have a way of bringing a tear to my eye and a smile to my face at the same time. You, Susan and your family have a world of online friends whose prayers and support are with you.

  24. Comment by fat lad | 05.27.2008 | 8:58 am

    I agree with the general gist here of spend the best of your time with family now. But also get the book written, many of us would love the opportunity to be published in any form

    Fat Lad

  25. Comment by Harp | 05.27.2008 | 9:07 am

    You should write a book. I’m pretty sure it would sell. Just look at the response on the gear from Twin Six. Write the book when you have time and maybe about your story and the award winning blog.

  26. Comment by Lifesgreat | 05.27.2008 | 9:07 am

    I have learned through my life experiences “to everything there is a season”. Being on the outside of your life, looking in, I don’t think this is the season to take on the pressures of writing a book. But keep writing so when the season comes, you are prepared.

  27. Comment by Leslie | 05.27.2008 | 9:10 am

    Start at the beginning: write up a book proposal to help focus your thoughts. Doing that may help lead you to the answer to whether you want to write a book, what kind of book, and if you want to write it now (vs. later vs. never). If writing the proposal feels like an insurmountable struggle, set aside the book idea. If writing it gives you hope and strength, keep with it as long as you can. Humor and sadness are a beautiful mix–if you don’t know the work of David Sedaris, you might look into his collection of essays called Naked (mostly about his family), one of the funniest books I’ve read…and one of the close-to-the-bone saddest. As for a writing book to give you inspiration (if you decide to go the writing route), I highly recommend Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird–excellent advice told in a humorous style; a modern classic writing book.

  28. Comment by Matt | 05.27.2008 | 9:12 am

    I suggest that you don’t write the book at this moment. You might want to do so in the future, and for this reason, I would suggest a journal. A journal that keeps all feelings and stories. One that is accessible to everyone in your family. one that your kids, Susan and you can write in. Spigits from this can or could be taken to write your book, or your book will be written along the way. Weather it be used for public consumption of for personal will be your choice,in the future.

  29. Comment by Steve | 05.27.2008 | 9:12 am

    I don’t know anything about writing books, but I do know that my new Fatty jersey made me climb Squaw Peak faster on Saturday. Not fast, but fastER. New favorite jersey (sorry, Speedy).

  30. Comment by regina | 05.27.2008 | 9:20 am

    I think there is no harm in it, just do not let them set a very hard deadline for you. And it does not have to be a huge volume, I am thinking about the size of the last lecture is a reasonable book. You will know what to write about.

  31. Comment by Garmon | 05.27.2008 | 9:24 am

    I already have one book authored by Fatty; it’s the legendary “WordPerfect for Mac Macros” volume. It’s not very funny. I’d enjoy seeing you put out a funnier volume, but I can wait until you feel the time is right.

  32. Comment by Carlin | 05.27.2008 | 9:27 am

    When a one paragraph summary of your story manages to make me laugh and cry, I think it’s obvious that you have a story worth sharing.

    Sign me up for a copy!

  33. Comment by Caloi Rider | 05.27.2008 | 9:35 am

    I’ll bet Lance Armstrong would even write a forward.

    No, seriously.

  34. Comment by KanyonKris | 05.27.2008 | 9:39 am

    My first reaction: no book – web stuff rarely translates to print. But reading your synopsis, and knowing your skill at entertaining writing, I think a book would work. As JohnO said, the Bobke books are selections from his journal and they’re a good read. But I’d wait, now doesn’t seem like a good time. And only do a book if it’s something you would enjoy.

  35. Comment by mupedalpusher | 05.27.2008 | 9:42 am

    I would read your book but as many have said, now may not be the best time to focus on such an undertaking.
    I have two close friends (both are early 40’s) battling breast cancer right now and although I end up in tears after reading your site, it gives me the strength to help my friends cope with their battle. Hearing the stories of you and your family have helped me know how to talk to my friends and deal with their pain. The world needs more positive people like you…by all means spread the word via book when you get a chance.

  36. Comment by PeterUK | 05.27.2008 | 9:46 am

    Fatty,you have an awesome gift,you are a brilliant Writer and on top of that you have an offer from a Publisher so the question really as I see it isn’t if you should write a Book but when and only you will know when the time is right.

  37. Comment by Heatherann | 05.27.2008 | 9:47 am

    I think a book sounds like a great idea. You are comfortable with it, It could be very therapeutic. You could definitely make it honest and funny. (You do in your posts, how would a book be different?)
    If you are questioning timing, it’s probably not the right time. Start when it feels right in your gut. It will all work out.

  38. Comment by andrewc | 05.27.2008 | 9:54 am

    book? hold out for a screenplay. jack black could play fat fatty, brad pitt race ready fatty. you could make a cameo as a geek on a bike. ive got it all worked out. in fact fire that agent, ill give you a call. im totally hollywood. think “muppet movie” meets “american flyer.” its gonna be huge.

  39. Comment by mtnbker | 05.27.2008 | 9:54 am

    Fatty, don’t write one book… write three. Why, prêt ell do I suggest three when others suggest postponing one? Very simple. One is already written, one is half written, and the other, has yet to be written (is written a word?.. oh well – good thing I’m not a writer) The first is a diary of your life through these events. Done. You have more than enough exceptional content to make a great book. Just hand it all over to an editor and make them earn their percentage. Don’t change the content at all. Put it all in, just as it came up here – the funny, the sad, and the good riding stories. What you write, and when you write it, is a very powerful story. To modify, edit or format it to a “typical” book would be too much effort and would water it down. The second book – Susan’s book. Help her get all of her thoughts out and recorded. This process could be very rewarding and therapeutic for you both, and a great way to spend family time while escaping reality for a brief bit. The third book is the one you write when things calm down, and you have a chance to reflect on all of the events your family have been though. The first and third would obviously be very different books, and to lump them into one, would be a disservice to each in their own right. And Susan’s book would be just that, SUSAN’S book. You are mealy her hand, penning her thoughts – just think of it as very long synapses. Anyways, that’s my thoughts.

  40. Comment by chtrich | 05.27.2008 | 9:58 am

    When you’re ready for it, do it. Take time to think about when the right time is for you though.

  41. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 05.27.2008 | 10:01 am

    Be funnier, stupid Fatty.

    Yes, you should write a book, but instead of being about you guys, it should be about an incredibly good looking and talented PhD student who is an incredible endurance bike racer, has perfect teeth, and in his spare time is a media mogul/duck-billed platipus activist. During the story, the student matures to the master, and maybe goes to the olympics too. I’m thinking silver medal sounds about right for me, I mean the protaganist. Yeah, a dual sport athlete; shotputter and endurance cyclist.

    You know what? Forget the duck-bill thing, in his spare time, he should fight crime!

  42. Comment by KevinL | 05.27.2008 | 10:02 am

    Write the book-not as a compendium of posts, but as it’s own thing. You have a tremendous story and great talent.
    But I agree with others–when you are ready.

  43. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 05.27.2008 | 10:03 am

    I think platipus may be spelled with one or more Y’s in there somewhere. Before you get the book published, you might want to double check the spelling.

  44. Comment by Dopey | 05.27.2008 | 10:05 am

    Fatty, I think you can write a book that has everything you want- honesty, humor, and even some cycling. Bill Hancock wrote Riding with the Blue Moth in which he managed to share his family’s story while cycling across America.

  45. Comment by philocyclist | 05.27.2008 | 10:07 am

    I’ve been thinking for a while that you should write a book. Your posts about your daily ups and downs can form the backbone. You’ve got a voice and I can only imagine that writing the book would be good/therapeutic for you, and that it would be helpful for others to read as well.

  46. Comment by Badder | 05.27.2008 | 10:07 am

    Fatty, you have a wonderful gift for expressing yourself with the written word and I see two books in your future.

    I’ve read numerous books on cycling; some humourous, some technical, but most rambling tales of experiences while biking. I’m not sure what kind of bike book would suit you (pretty sure its not technical) but you should definitely write a book focused on biking.

    The other book I see you writing is on Susan’s cancer and how it has affected and is affecting you and your family. You have a wonderful gift of expressing your motions in your written words, and I’m sure your book would be invaluable to others who are in similar circumstances.


  47. Comment by Big Boned | 05.27.2008 | 10:08 am

    You still planning on sleeping sometime? If you can forego that, if even for just 6 months or so, I’d say – Go for it!
    I think Oprah has a date open in late 2011 for you to appear if you act fast!
    Big Boned

  48. Comment by monkeywebb | 05.27.2008 | 10:09 am

    I have no porblem telling you that yes, you should write a book. I can’t tell you when or what about, though. Those are much harder questions, and far too personal for me to presume to be an authority. I can tell you that your situation, should you choose to write about it, will sell the book, and you humor, should you choose to use it, will make it sell like Discover Channel jerseys after Lance’s number 7. Or like pink Fatty jerseys in limited supply.

    The “what to write about” question is the stumper for me. I’ve had “write a book” on my list of things to do before I die longer than anything else and I’ve made precious little progress. Okay, no progress.

  49. Comment by swtkaroline | 05.27.2008 | 10:12 am

    You asked if it was possible for you to write a heartfelt, but still funny account of your story. You’ve already proven that you are capable of that. You have an amazing gift of communication, and I would *love* to see a book come out of it.

    Whether or not it’s the right time is totally up to you and your family. It might be too real right now–or it might help you work through things.

    Whatever you decide, you can guarantee your agent that it will sell. :)

  50. Comment by Carolyn | 05.27.2008 | 10:19 am

    You have to do whatever it is that keeps you sane and gets you up in the morning. If there’s a book in you that needs to come out it will.

    And sleeping is WAY overrated anyway.

  51. Comment by Betsy | 05.27.2008 | 10:31 am

    Wow, if commenters are getting royalities, I better start commenting more. Ãœ I’ve loved reading your blog, which is just as you described as being humorous and sincere. You definitely have a talent for it (It almost makes me want to read your WP manual…almost). I think a book would be a hit and that you could evolve the content of your blog into the book content. There’s my two cents (literatly Ãœ).

  52. Comment by Kyddryn | 05.27.2008 | 10:34 am

    Writing can be cathartic…but it can also eat up your time. I’ve been reading your blog for a bit without commenting, because I find lurking much less intimidating than commenting – and I’d happily read a book of your entries and their attendant comments, or really anything you’d written (I am a book junkie).

    If you feel you MUST write something just now, could your beloved take part in that? Through your writing one can see that she has grace, humor, and strength to compliment yours – things in short supply out here in Mundania.

    Meanwhile, here’s hoping the good days outnumber the bad and that Susan does, indeed, win.

    Shade and Sweetwater,

  53. Comment by Mocougfan | 05.27.2008 | 10:37 am

    I’m with most. I’d love a book. I’m sure it would be awesome. But I’d spend time with the family right now. Seems like (from an outsider looking in) that the blog fills a little bit of a need for you. I’d keep it at that for a little while. But that’s just my thoughts. You have a lot more talent than me.

  54. Comment by KT | 05.27.2008 | 10:49 am

    I’m with Mtnbker… but, do it when YOU want to do it, not to any schedule imposed upon you.

    I know I’d buy your (new) book… or books…

    Don’t worry about the funny, you’re naturally humorous.

    Kydrynn, that’s a great motto: shade and sweet water.

  55. Comment by Beth | 05.27.2008 | 10:58 am

    You can’t be funny all of the time. Life just isn’t set up that way. So don’t worry about “being” funny. Just be yourself.

  56. Comment by Lori | 05.27.2008 | 11:04 am

    I say do what feels right for you and your family. But if the number of blog readers translates into book readers, you would have a best seller on your hands, maybe even a movie deal! Who would you like to cast??

    PS – Got my jersey over the weekend and sported it proudly – WIN SUSAN!

  57. Comment by cyclechic | 05.27.2008 | 11:07 am

    Hey Fatty

    I think that if you wrote a book it would be a great service to a lot of people. Right now you should do what keeps you and your family happy and if writing a book makes you happy then do it. Another suggestion would be soliciting the help of your friends to put your blog posts together in a way which reads well. I’ve seen some of the writing from your core group and it’s not half bad (botched I’m looking your way). You could then have some long interviews while riding on the trail with your friends to fill in the blanks. Maybe you could strap a tape recorder to the top of your helmet or something :-)

  58. Comment by j @ rta | 05.27.2008 | 11:11 am

    Start the book on your own as soon as you feel ready but don’t give yourself a deadline. Let family remain the priority it has been for you and talk to Susan about the book. If you’re writing about your family’s experience, what does she want you to say?

    Thinking of you and hoping for as many good days as possible,

  59. Comment by PBA | 05.27.2008 | 11:11 am

    You clearly enjoy writing. You are good at both funny and heart rendingly sad. If you want to write a book all you’d need to do is bring yourself to the task. Only you know if you have enough of yourself to give. I expect you are making notes of Susan’s illness and your family’s support.
    When I was at school, they taught us that a story has a beginning, middle and end.
    I and many many others rejoice in the fact that you are still in the middle…
    My honest advice is if you do write a book, know where you will make the end before you start.

  60. Comment by Rob L | 05.27.2008 | 11:23 am

    Dunno about the book, maybe something for the future. I do think it may be a worthwhile and positive thing eventually. Books are a ton of work.

    Wordperfect 5 is funny as hell. 6 was lame.

    Good thoughts and hopes, etc for you all.

  61. Comment by Madelyn | 05.27.2008 | 11:26 am

    A lurker – but….
    Almost 30 years ago when my own husband was desperately ill (and soon to die)of malignant melonoma at the young age of 29, I looked all over for books about people going through what I was experiencing myself. I had no one to relate to.
    I found Lauren Bacall’s book, part of which detailed the events leading up to Bogey’s death. I poured over Kubler Ross’s ON DEATH AND DYING, and one other about a wife and her husband, dying of heart disease.
    I say, write your story – it will be of great benefit to someone.
    And – humor – so many shy away from humor in these circumstances – myself? I think it is a great healer!

    Madelyn in Alabama

  62. Comment by Norrene | 05.27.2008 | 11:31 am

    As the care taker of both my parents who battled lung cancer, I would say, take care of your family right now, they need you the most. -you might regret not spending the time with them when they need you the most -something I found out the hard way and that’s a horrible pain to carry.

    I think you should write your book later on down the road so others can learn from what you have been through- just like Lance Armstrong and Saul Raisen -it gives people strength to care on, know other’s have gone what they themselves are going through.

  63. Comment by nancy | 05.27.2008 | 11:34 am

    You’ll know when it is time to start writing your book, but please write one! Writing about Susan and family will bring readers more understanding to the amazing relationship that you have with your family and the journey you are all on right now. It would be the best read ever!

    I always look forward to your latest posts and am impressed with your way with words – THANK YOU for sharing and being honest.

  64. Comment by Jamie | 05.27.2008 | 11:43 am

    You should definitely write a book. Your style is eminently readable, you have a completey compelling story, it would be cathartic, you could do it in conjunction with your video taping sessions. You and Susan are amazing people and incredibly inspiring. You have so much to offer it would be a shame if you didn’t write it. Whether to do it now or later is the question – and there are pros and cons to that.

  65. Comment by Erik | 05.27.2008 | 11:45 am

    Nope, don’t write A book. Do write several books. But later is just fine, and only if / when you wanna. I was thinking a best of Fatty book would be a kick and would sell very well. And a book about what you’re going through now would be wonderful both for folks in the same situation and for everyone else as well – there’s a beautiful and moving story there. Then I read the post above mentioning a book with your son, and thought, wow would that be amazing. And potentially great for you to all work on together?

    OK, now I’ve just signed you up for a whole lot of work and I feel bad about that. Suffice it to say, if you write it (and its not about Word Perfect) I’ll buy it and I’m sure to love it. In fact, is it OK to send you my credit card now to reserve the special edition with the pink dust jacket?

  66. Comment by Don | 05.27.2008 | 11:46 am

    At some point you NEED to write a book. I can’t tell you when or about what, but it has to be done. If it were to be “Cycling Phor Dummies” I’d be in for a case of them.

  67. Comment by Emily | 05.27.2008 | 12:10 pm

    a. Yes.
    b. You know how to write it. You know what it’s about. Trust yourself and don’t rush it.

    (and who knew you hated Wordperfect so much?)

  68. Comment by Emily | 05.27.2008 | 12:10 pm

    PS: Don’t get a literary agent too soon and shop around.

  69. Comment by Kenny's neice | 05.27.2008 | 12:14 pm

    I think that you should totally write the book! That is, if you have time. You shouldn’t write the book if it takes the time that could be spent with your family!

    Congratulations! Your book “Wordperfect 8 for Busy People: The Book to Use When There’s No Time to Lose (For Busy People)” is the #2,140,279 most purchased book on the amazon website!!

  70. Comment by Sarah G | 05.27.2008 | 12:36 pm

    Beyond the question of whether or not to write the book…

    I want to second Emily’s advice. You’re a terrific writer and you’ve got great material. Make sure you have the right agent. Just because this one was smart enough to approach you doesn’t make him or her the right one.

    There are zillions of agents out there, some great, some mediocre and some unmentionable. Research this person and don’t settle.

    One resource is There you can get access to detailed info about any agent in the business. I have a subscription, and if you don’t want to get your own I’d be happy to look up any names you like on my account. Just e-mail me.


  71. Comment by roadrash | 05.27.2008 | 12:37 pm

    When the timing is right, you should write not just one book, but a series. Maybe something fictional like the Travis McGee series by John MacDonald, except with an all terrain biking adventure motif. And you could work Kenny, Botched and the rest of the gang into the storylines…

  72. Comment by Ms. Moon | 05.27.2008 | 12:47 pm

    I think now that the idea has been given to you, you will be writing the book- in your mind.
    Take notes here and there. It will all unfold as the story unfolds.
    You will know when it’s time to actually start “writing”. Until then, just do what you’re doing. And pay attention, as you already are.

  73. Comment by Catriona Mac. | 05.27.2008 | 1:05 pm


    Write the book. While no one should have to go through what any of you are going through, you all– and I mean all– have an amazing, complete grace. I am in awe of you all, for your battle, for your determination to not give up in the face of odds that defy quantifying.

    You are an inspiration, as is Susan, as are your four beautiful children.

    Write the book. Have Susan and the kids help, too. Use the time you have to inspire others, to put everything you can on paper about your love and your life with Susan, with your children.

    You are all my heroes.

  74. Comment by FliesOnly | 05.27.2008 | 1:07 pm

    Yes, you should write a book. You’re a gifted story teller. I don’t know how much effort it takes on your part (it’s a huge effort for me to write, and yet nothing I write seems to come out as well written as anything you compose)…but as a reader, let me say that I have yet to be disappointed. Your stories always seem to come across as “natural”…like they flow from you…not something strained or forced. Again, I’m not sure how much effort you need to put into your writings…but it seems like you’re a natural

    Undoubtedly, your book would be intertwined with both poignant, heart breaking sections, and pages that would make even the most cold-hearted individual laugh out loud. It would certainly run the gauntlet of emotions. Do it…please.

    And while you’re at it…just go ahead and put me on your advanced purchase list, as I can guarantee that I’ll buy at least one.

  75. Comment by SirRSB_59 | 05.27.2008 | 1:07 pm

    Fatty I was thinking about you writting a book the other day. I think it would actually be a great idea. Maybe even 2 books. I know you could do it with no problem. Book one – about you and Susans struggle, and book two like the best of Fatty. I think that family always comes first for you so that is a given.
    My wife had a Bicycle accident a few weeks back, think it might have been a mild stroke. She is fine other than the bumps and bruises, so I can relate to the unkown when it comes to our Loved ones. Our prayers are with You and your Family. I so enjoy your little quips and your sharing, Thank you!

  76. Comment by Boz | 05.27.2008 | 1:14 pm

    BOOK, BOOK, BOOK, BOOK !!! (chanted like a bunch of kids watching a fight in a school yard)

  77. Comment by KeepYerBag | 05.27.2008 | 1:21 pm

    When I became aware of the blogging phenomenon, I not only knew you could do this and be a hit, I knew you’d find it irresistable.

    The only thing that surprised me was the subject matter as I was unaware you had become a cycling enthusiast.

    You’ll write the book, and it’ll be good.

  78. Comment by Noah | 05.27.2008 | 1:25 pm


    I think you could write a book about what’s been happening. I think now’s the time to outline some stuff. The story you’re writing about has too many loose ends to finish right now. Your life is plenty complicated as well. Your time is undoubtedly better spent encouraging your family and helping Susan WIN.

    There’s time for book-writing later. Live for today. I’ll be looking forward to your book when the time comes.

  79. Comment by Chris B | 05.27.2008 | 1:26 pm

    I know she didn’t get much exposure in the US but in the UK a lady called Jane Tomlinson wrote a book called “The Luxury of Time” with her husband. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer and went on to run marathons, complete Ironman Hawai and ride across America whilst still fighting it. For me it was even more inspiring than Lance’s books because it was about a “normal” person and her family, warts and all, and it made for a fantastic book. With your entertaining and self deprecating style I’m sure you could produce something equally good.

    Here’s a link to the Tomlinson book on Amazon UK, it’s not available from Amazon US any more but they’ll deliver to you:

    Hope this helps you decide but I say go for it!

  80. Comment by blinddrew | 05.27.2008 | 1:39 pm

    Make some notes, write what you want if it helps you get past through the really bad days. Then, if you find you still want to, start pulling it together. You’re a naturally funny guy, the humour (sorry, humor your side of the pond ;¬) ) will come, but keep the honesty and it will be a good book. And i will buy it.

  81. Comment by Karen | 05.27.2008 | 1:49 pm

    I had a cycling aquaintance back in Central NY write a blog about his experience, I often wondered if it would ever get published. I guess what I am saying is if you wrote a book (no matter how you did it style or content wise) there are folks out there that would read it.

    Here is the blog of Dave Panella

  82. Comment by Andrew | 05.27.2008 | 1:58 pm

    I think you could definately right a book. Your whole families atitude of not being depressed all the time and making the most of the time your given would set it apart from others. You are the only one that can know if its the right time. If it helps you, i say write it.

  83. Comment by bikesgonewild | 05.27.2008 | 2:00 pm

    …anyone who can make others laugh & cry in one post has a gift for storytelling & you guys have quite a story…

    …& it brings tears to my eyes to say it, but if you’re taping conversations w/ susan, then you might include excerpts from those tapes if it’s not too personal for you two…

  84. Comment by Uphill Battle | 05.27.2008 | 2:03 pm

    Elden, A book about your family’s journey would be welcome. I am sure that there are many out there struggling with similar situations…your story is inspiring. The emotion has run the gamut from anxiety and fear to acceptance and dignity. You have brought tears of sadness and joy to many of us. Yours and Susan’s (sorry, I fell asleep in English class on a regular basis) story is a compelling story that should be told…when you are ready. I feel I have shared a good bit of it through this blog, but a book…that would be awesome.

  85. Comment by tim99 | 05.27.2008 | 2:09 pm


    I think you’ll know what to do, and when it’s best to do it; and only you know Susan’s thoughts on the book idea, so I’m not going to offer you any advice. But like many people, who love not just your writing but your seemingly effortless humanity, I think you’ll probably get it right. Our prayers are for you all.

  86. Comment by aussie kev | 05.27.2008 | 2:13 pm

    its easy “what to eat whilst riding the ultimate single speed”

    a compilation of fatties favourite foods and bicycles !!!!


  87. Comment by Philly Jen | 05.27.2008 | 2:13 pm

    Aw, heck yeah!

    You’ll know when you’re ready. No need to rush.

  88. Comment by just me | 05.27.2008 | 2:13 pm

    I think your writing is amazing and that you should definitely write a book. Now, I don’t have a clue how you’d go about doing that, and you’re probably right that now’s not exactly the ideal time to be doing it, but it would be a blessing to you and your family (and those who read the book) to write about this experience. Whether you start fresh or use posts from this blog, I think it’d be great; you do a good job of writing honestly, humorously, and (understandably) heartbreakingly.

    I’ve never commented before and I don’t know you, but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  89. Comment by jenni | 05.27.2008 | 2:21 pm

    Yes definitely. Just start now, informally- getting ideas/chapters together. And go find an agent when you’re ready. Your audience is certainly not going anywhere.
    And yes, you’ll definitely find the funny- all you have to do is start thinking about what was funny in the first place and it will come flooding back.

    So, go for it. But on your timeline and at your pace. What a great thing.

  90. Comment by SirRSB_59 | 05.27.2008 | 2:22 pm

    oh …. BTW, anytime you feel like a good bike ride for a week we have this thing out here in Nebraska called BRAN, Bike Ride Across Nebraska. It goes to prove that it isnt all flat and easy riding a bike in this state. We have it each year at the first of June. Im sure we could put up with you for a week …. I mean we would enjoy having you ride along and see what beauty there is here.

  91. Comment by jenni | 05.27.2008 | 2:22 pm

    Oh, and if you need some free editing, holla. I learned me some good reading in school.

  92. Comment by GeWilli | 05.27.2008 | 2:35 pm

    forgive me for not reading all the comments and checking to see if i have an original comment…

    Write a book. Just not right now. Write it in 5 years. 10 years. Write it after Susan wins her fight against the big C. Don’t do it now.

    Start a book notebook. Write down bits here and there. Start collecting the bits for the book in 5 second splits… here and there…

    don’t write for a while, but definitely.

    Most definitely.

    Write the damn book!

  93. Comment by Rocky | 05.27.2008 | 2:47 pm

    I have been sure for some time that you would eventually write a (some) book(s) at some point in your life, as you have the gift. The current topic at hand is of course the most salient, fuel-rich possibility. And of course, there will be added insights that come your way as time rolls on. I am of the camp, however, that thinks that you should take all of the time available to you now for Susan and for the kids. The book initiative won’t go anywhere any time soon.

    You have to swear that you will not use the words “awesome,” “huge,” or “traction” in the manuscript, however.

  94. Comment by vXhanz | 05.27.2008 | 2:56 pm

    I think writing a book would be a good idea, but as others have mentioned… now might not be the best time when your time is so finite. Though difficult to comprehend at the moment… in the future you may want to write about “Reflections…”

    Make the most of your time now doing the things you don’t have a lot of time to do… save the book for later when you will really need it.

  95. Comment by Mark Vande Kamp | 05.27.2008 | 3:06 pm

    Hey, Elden — I’m a lurker, but probably one of the few readers that have actually met you. We rode together on the Seattle Randonneurs 100k mountain populaire. I was the guy who told you that it wasn’t really a brevet.

    Anyway, I think writing a book, at a time when it is not a burden for you, would be great. Heck, I’d buy the book if all it had in it was a chapter based on your post about desperation and the pain inflicted by off-the-wall cure recommendations. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more sensitive and sensibly written “please stop doing this” message. I’m tempted to print it out and keep it on hand to give to anyone I know who has a likely-fatal disease. They’d get something out of reading it, and they could make copies for other well-meaning friends.

    Enough of my blather. I think there’s a heck of a book that can come out of your experience. I hope its a best seller and you can go on Oprah and have her call you “Fatty”.

  96. Comment by Speedbuggy | 05.27.2008 | 3:38 pm

    Things that I learned while in journalism:

    1) When writing a book, its best to write about what you know. Its true. My favorite stories, even if they are fiction, are based on real events. Kurt Vonnegut is one of my all time favorites. He writes about things that make me cry and make me laugh, usually at the same time.

    2. I guess this is an extension of the above, but be true to what you know. In other words, call it like you see it. You’ll never know how people will react.

    Well, I had others, but I’ve forgotten them. I think a book by you would be great. But ultimately is ends with you. And if it were me in your shoes, I guess I’m not sure how much I would want to write a book anytime soon.
    But that’s just me.

    Nothing but love for your family coming from Waterloo, Wisconsin.

  97. Comment by Saddleseat | 05.27.2008 | 3:38 pm

    I think you should write the book. I’m betting your heart’s beating just a little bit faster thinking about it. It’ll make you a better husband and father if you have someplace to go with your thoughts……………

  98. Comment by pcomeau | 05.27.2008 | 3:55 pm

    Besides other good advice offered… my only suggestion would be to check out John Scalzi. Author with a long standing blog and he has been able to meld the two somewhat. He has good insight on using the blog as a marketing tool, using blog content for a book, etc.

    Just a thought.

  99. Comment by christine vardaros | 05.27.2008 | 4:06 pm

    There can never be too many books written by cyclists! I will surely attend your book-signing with my newly purchased copy in hand!
    It is better to give it a go if it’s a passion. This is better than the alternative of reminiscing about the “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve-s.”
    Since i’m the 99th commenter on this post, that means you will at least sell 99 copies. No?
    Best of luck and thanks for your previous posts. You’ve kept us all entertained.

  100. Comment by Evin | 05.27.2008 | 4:10 pm


    One thing I have observed while enjoying your blog, is a clear ability for decisioning. (Can you add ing to that? Clearly I shouldn’t write a book.)

    With the attention to Susan and family, (including your extended family here)and a committment to finding that right balance in life. I have to say, do what you feel. You tend to have an instinct for it. You certainly have the talent.


  101. Comment by AlicesYellowPorsche | 05.27.2008 | 4:57 pm

    I think you should. I would buy as many copies as humanly possible.

    WIN Susan.

  102. Comment by Christy | 05.27.2008 | 5:03 pm

    I’ll buy it when it comes out!

    p.s. My pink Fatty t-shirt arrived today!! I LOVE IT! And I love it that Twin Six surprised you with those. I’ll proudly sport my “WIN” shirt and say a prayer for Susan each time.

  103. Comment by Ant | 05.27.2008 | 5:25 pm

    Well I think it’s just about unanimous – the book is a big GO. But do it on your own terms, in your own time. Geez with the feedback here, it’s a bestseller already.

    My new FC jersey, socks, T shirt and bottles arrived in little ‘ol Australia today – yee haw! Can’t wait for the confused looks on the local yokels faces when I wear them out this weekend.

  104. Comment by Bob | 05.27.2008 | 5:30 pm

    I’d buy it.

    Of course you have to do it on your own terms, but from reading your blog, I can see that you’re a talented writer not to mention a gifted humorist.

  105. Comment by Hoggy | 05.27.2008 | 5:46 pm

    I was actually thinking of you and Susan on the way to work this morning (in OZ)and thought the way you are able to describe yours and Susans situation is partially lost by having such a small audience. By writing a book your style of coping and getting on with life could be an inspiration to others going through a similar crisis. Go for it, write a book.

  106. Comment by Sunnie | 05.27.2008 | 6:01 pm

    Only you know the answer to that question…..follow your heart!
    WIN Susan!!

  107. Comment by bubbaseadog | 05.27.2008 | 6:24 pm

    as one who has lost someone recently to a horrendous disease .and who as a half ass cyclist some times that was the only way to maintain my sanity was going for long rides in the country. i .stumbled on your site not too long ago when you started talking about susan and i could almost identify with your situation thank you for all the blogs the funny the not so funny. my computer skills were too slow for a fatty jersey maybe inthe fall…win win win susan….write the book for susan she will love to read it as we all will.

  108. Comment by Joi Gem | 05.27.2008 | 6:25 pm

    Yes- when the time is right you should definitely write a book.

  109. Comment by Aaron | 05.27.2008 | 6:32 pm

    Comment by Roadent | 05.27.2008 | 8:00 am

    “Maybe you should: but maybe not now, and maybe when you do, it won’t be what you would think it would be about, right now…”

    My thoughts, exactly.

  110. Comment by Marty | 05.27.2008 | 6:44 pm

    YES! Maybe more of a self-help book: “101 Tips for cyclists with identical twin girls, two other kids and a wife undergoing chemo”. Sure, the target market might be a little narrow, but for those that need it, it would be fantastic.

    By the way, I’m glad you’re back. I was getting worried.

  111. Comment by Dr Codfish | 05.27.2008 | 7:02 pm

    “…Or here’s a question: is it possible to have a book that tells our story honestly, but still with some humor? If so, that’s the book I think I’d like to write.”

    That’s the book you SHOULD write. I am confident that you could pull it off and I believe that it would be a good thing for you, and for anyone who came upon it. Remember, a book well written is as much about the readers as it is about the writer.

    There is really nothing funny about death, but that is not the point. Everyone deals with this situation in their own way and I suspect that this could be your way. Writing is cathartic for you and I think you have the skill to give us something that we would all value.

    I would not recommend doing this ‘later’ in the sense that you would postpone any work on the project until after. There is plenty of what you are doing now
    that contributes to a book. Sure this effort needs to be subordinate to the time you have with your family, and I have no doubt that there will come a time when we will see and hear very little of you, as it should be. As a reader I would appreciate your perspective.

    I was on a road trip back east so missed my chance at a jersey, but I know that I would be able to get a copy of the book, and I’d buy it.

    Yr Pal Dr Codfish

  112. Comment by Noose to the Goose | 05.27.2008 | 7:32 pm

    Why don’t you record conversations between you, Susan and the children. When the time is right, write your book about what Susan and children want told and your experiences in life, death and cycling. You might be surprised at the people you might encourage and bring comfort to in life, death and cyclling.

  113. Comment by Walter | 05.27.2008 | 7:52 pm

    Well, you know your loyal readers would love more Fatty wisdom and/or humor whenever you feel the time is right, and about whatever topics you want to tackle…

  114. Comment by BellaCroix | 05.27.2008 | 8:00 pm

    As I said in the last post (funny that right after a couple of us started suggesting you write a book you get contacted by someone… coincidence?) I think you’d do a wonderful job writing a book about your family’s current situation.

    Don’t worry about being too depressing, you have an uncanny ability to draw such emotion in your writing that it’s remarkable. I’d write it as Elden instead of “Fatty” – hope you know what I mean. While I’ve never been on the ride you’re on your style and humor in the face of such adversity are amazingly motivating regardless. I’ve faced losing loved ones (although not a wife) to cancer and would have found this blog wonderfully uplifting at the time.

    You and Susan are such inspiration to me these days that there’s no doubt the marketability even to non-cyclists is there. Dealing with cancer or not, we’re all along for the ride – we don’t know your family personally (at least most of us) but we all feel like we do. We’re here for you because (in some way) you’re here for us.

    Your needs are more obvious but I have a feeling a lot of us are facing our own issues in life and I have to feel that many of us are finding our way through our problems thanks to you.

    God bless you guys, and thanks so much.

    -Wearing the Maglia Rosa de Susan proudly.

  115. Comment by Formerly Bent022 | 05.27.2008 | 8:34 pm

    Here is my 2 cents; a book which starts out with why you started a blog, has entries from it, and behind the scenes look at what was going on in your life while you were writing them, including all the latest ones. I think your writing has helped a lot people deal with some very difficult situations in their own lives. You could title it “It’s not about the blog”. Please add my name to the pre-order list.

    BTW – I received my jerseys and t-shirts today…Woo Hoo, I will be sporting my jersey this weekend when I attempt a tough (for me) climbing route on my new bike.

    My prayers and thoughts to you and your family.

  116. Comment by Jaime O. | 05.27.2008 | 9:05 pm

    I think you should write it, for sure. I think it should be like what you’ve written for the blog, with more excerpts from susan’s point of view and her perspective and conversations you’ve had regarding her experience…perhaps even addressing the conversations you never want to rethink because they were so terrible the first time. perhaps some of the thoughts she’s expressed to you and the children through this whole war you’re all waging together. it would be raw at times, funnier than hell at times, matter of fact at times, just the way life is every day for all of us… a snapshot of how you, as a man, can stay connected to your own emotions and to her and to your children and your family and friends when many men find it easier to hide during times of difficulty. How you maintained your open, honest perspective and not become crippled by how f***ing cruel the disease is. write it. you’re living it. people need to know what it is to be angry and sad and terrified but not mired in bitterness. if you choose to do it, it could let people have a hand to hold through a different medium.

  117. Comment by Jim Masters | 05.27.2008 | 10:24 pm

    It seems to me that you’ve already written a book…an ongoing one that appears a chapter at a time every couple of days…maybe that’s enough for now. Best wishes and prayers for your family…

  118. Comment by Kalgrm | 05.27.2008 | 11:26 pm

    I haven’t read the answers above, but I’d say put it on the back-burner for now. You’ve got more important things to do at the moment than spend time writing a book. Your time is better spent with your family.

    Much as I’d love to read the book ….


  119. Comment by Susan | 05.27.2008 | 11:33 pm

    Keep writing. If it turns into a book, it will be awesome. If not, you’ll still have it all down.

    It’s funny how in probably a zillion blogs and stories on the internet, I’ve stumbled across yours and gotten ‘hooked.’ You and your family really are an inspiration, even to those of us just stressed with regular life, not to mention that dang cancer. Hang in there, we’re all fighting with you.

  120. Comment by Swedoz | 05.28.2008 | 1:23 am

    Hmmm if it would be anything like the bog then a definite award winner.

    Now or later? Do it when you want to, never know, maybe you are a sociable author and you and susan would enjoy spending time together as you write a book??

  121. Comment by Paul | 05.28.2008 | 6:08 am

    If you write it, I will buy it, but wait…a little while.

  122. Comment by Ethan | 05.28.2008 | 6:16 am

    Yes, write a book.

    I still don’t think I’m fully utilizing WordPerfect 7, and I could use some direction from an expert. Another book would be quite helpful.

  123. Comment by Crazy Commuting Cyclist | 05.28.2008 | 6:58 am

    “You should write what you know and have it come from your heart.” That is what my teachers said to me when I was in school.I know that to this day if I write something down it is because I know it and feel it.If I BS it then my writing is not worth the time for the reader to read it. I believe you have a great start right here with all that you have experienced with Susan,your children, jobs and this blog. I believe there are many people in your situation or will be in your situation that could benifit from your experience. Most of all I beleive it could be good for the soul to get it out there beyond the blog. I am only one of 122 people who all agree. We all can’t be wrong.

  124. Comment by Anonymous | 05.28.2008 | 7:08 am

    Write the book you know you want too. If you do (when you do) will we get to find out Rick’s real name.

  125. Comment by Anonymous | 05.28.2008 | 7:10 am

    Ooops the above anonymous is Born 4 lycra as I suspect this anonymous is also – not sure what has happened there

  126. Comment by Ken | 05.28.2008 | 7:20 am

    Just make sure there are lots of pictures! Some of us don’t read so good!!!

  127. Comment by Our Monmouth | 05.28.2008 | 7:24 am

    Fatty – if the book idea feels right than go for it.

  128. Comment by Kate | 05.28.2008 | 8:59 am

    You could do a book based on your blog – with snippets from the blog – that does tell your story and it’s partially done.

  129. Comment by Flash | 05.28.2008 | 10:30 am

    Sure you could write a book when you feel you have the time. But right now, spending time with your family is probably more imnportant to you. Actually I personally would rather see you spend more time at the present designing cool cycling jerseys :) You seem to have a flair for it.

  130. Comment by Fritz | 05.28.2008 | 10:32 am

    I think someday you will write a book, but I’ll my note to the chorus saying “not yet.” Spend the time with your wife.

  131. Comment by Philly Jen | 05.28.2008 | 10:58 am

    Yes, we have pink jersey-ness!

    Everybody, don’t forget the Flickr Team Fatty jersey photo pool.

    Let’s see some ‘08 action in there.

  132. Comment by Marrock | 05.28.2008 | 11:53 am

    Yes you should, and you’ll know when the time is right to do it.

    For now, just enjoy your life as best you can.

  133. Comment by Denise | 05.28.2008 | 3:06 pm

    I would buy several copies and give all but one of them as gifts! Your family is such an inspiration. You will know when the time is right and content will not be in question because it will just flow uncontrollably. Stay strong and God Bless!! WIN SUSAN!

  134. Comment by formertdfan | 05.28.2008 | 5:08 pm

    You are better than dave barry
    I would buy your book.

  135. Comment by judi | 05.28.2008 | 5:10 pm

    Hey Fatty – I say yes write it but wait. You will know when the time is right.

    Me and Dominic got our T6 Fat Cyclist jerseys and we love them. Really good fit for both of us. And we are wearing them on the Breast Cancer ride this weekend. I am thinking about you and Susan!

  136. Comment by mgr | 05.28.2008 | 6:24 pm

    Sorry, late response.

    Now that the Harry Potter series is over, there’s a void in the coming-of-age market. You could fill it by writing something for the twins to grow up with, something full of sadness and love and pain and joy and about being part of a family facing difficult challenges, watching the people around you fight the good fight with hope and love and courage. You know, like, in the real world magic doesn’t come from sorcery and spells, it comes from friends and family and well-wishers you might never even meet.

    But I kind of think you might want to write it symbolically, by which I mean, honestly and meaningfully but not necessarily in an autobiographical or journalistic style. More like a novel, you know? Just for the sake of not having to live through it twice, if that makes any sense.

  137. Comment by Cheryl | 05.28.2008 | 6:53 pm

    Yes! Written in a Journal type format would be wonderful. I don’t think there is one person that I know that has not had their life touched by cancer. Most have so many questions…and look for someone that has gone through the same emotions…I was a young child when I lost my last living parent to cancer. I knew that I had accepted that my Mother would die….when I began to pray for Heavenly Father to take her with him…to ease her pain. From reading your blog, would keep it real. Stay strong and I pray for you and yours daily!

  138. Comment by chutneyboy | 05.28.2008 | 9:11 pm


    I’m a long time lurker on your blog. I cannot answer whether you should write a book. I can say that in the last few weeks, you have produced what may be your best writing ever. Bittersweet.

    Peace and victory to you and Susan.


  139. Comment by Jot | 05.28.2008 | 10:38 pm

    I thought about what you should write. How you could do it. Then I thought of what you really needed to hear:


    Seriously. I can write stuff that is as funny as yours. A single article takes me weeks of revision and consideration. Then, it is as good a read as what you can crank out daily.

    My neighbors actually ANTICIPATE my Christmas letter every year. It is not as good as yours.

    Write a book. Fiction. Non-fiction. Cookbook. I don’t care. (Ok, maybe I do look forward to a cookbook…but I can tell you those things are hard to write!) Let us know. We’ll buy it.


  140. Comment by DL Byron | 05.28.2008 | 11:39 pm

    Hardest thing I’ve ever done was write a book (about blogging) and despite that working now on a book about bikes and other media titles.

  141. Comment by sasquatch | 05.29.2008 | 8:17 am

    Though I appreciate several things about your writing, the thing I think you do best is capture internal, often status-conscious rumination and translate it to the absurd action it inspires. Nobody I’ve read does that quite as well as you do. It rings so true, and there’s something about the way you finesse your punchlines that turns flat-out hilarious to extra flat-out hilarious. That quality alone should sell some books, and it’s true that there is no deeper material than what you’re working with under your own roof.

  142. Comment by Nina in Ohio | 05.29.2008 | 2:25 pm

    Fatty –

    Write the book – for yourself and for those who are and will be going thru what you are – when you finally have some time to get to it.

    In the meantime, keep up the blog and then use it to write your book. But keep the flexibility of no deadlines right now – no one hovering over you expecting something – so you can concentrate on your family. You definitely have the voice for a book.

  143. Comment by Donald | 06.3.2008 | 5:45 am

    Write it… and we will read. Just do it when the time feels right. There will of course be those times when it doesn’t feel right because of what you’re going through but then again that’s how the blog has helped you, your family and all of us.
    We will all connect in some way with your message.

  144. Comment by Drew | 06.4.2008 | 8:04 pm

    Fatty, I think you know your answer already. As you’ve posted before, your time with Susan is precious, though that time won’t be spent dwelling over the future, but of what is happening now. Start the book, include Susan’s opinion as if this were a time like any other. I’m sure Susan’s most important concern is you and your family’s happiness. Best of luck and WIN SUSAN!

  145. Comment by sharon | 09.25.2008 | 6:09 pm

    I enjoyed your story very good and I wish that I could get someone to publish my book even though I have heard from alot of companies that said that my book was very interesting to publish but I need to get paid now because I have a special needs daughter and right now I need things for her and her two special needs brothers.


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