Just a quick post to squash a couple of stupid, silly rumors that I’m really sick of.
I’ve seen this rumor everywhere the past few months and this post probably won’t do any good because the kind of people that spread this garbage don’t believe me, anyway—but here goes:
No, I am not writing a book. Not about Susan, or anything or anyone else.
How do rumors get started? Lots of reasons, I suppose…malicious people who have nothing better to do with their lives…or someone who sees or reads something, says “I wonder if” or “I bet this person thinks” or “Maybe this happened” and then someone else reads it and takes it as fact without ever bothering to check the truth out.
People see that I have an English degree and that I’m interested in writing children’s novels. So for some reason they assume this means I want to write about Susan.
I think the people that obsess about this kind of thing need to find something productive to do. Go outside, take a walk, enjoy some fresh air, fill your mind with good literature, do something kind for others. Or—if you’re so concerned with every minute detail of Susan’s friends’ private lives—do something to help Susan such as printing and passing out fliers in your local area. Volunteer at a homeless shelter or donate items to women’s shelters.
I love these posters…a picture is worth a thousand words.
I spend 99.9% of my time trying to find Susan in every way I can, and the tiny bit of time left over all goes to my family. I homeschool my children and try to give them a strong foundation for their lives and a sense of security…not an easy thing when their mother’s friend suddenly disappears from their lives and they’ve got to be wondering, if it could happen to her, could it happen to anyone? I don’t have time to write anything more than I’m already doing with blogs, e-mails, Facebook messages, Twitter accounts, and all the other online things to keep Susan in the news and in people’s minds and hearts.
I hope that some people who like to spread and perpetuate rumors of this type and others will stop and consider what they’re doing, who they could be damaging, and what lives they could be destroying. Find out the truth before spreading lies. Gossip is never good, whether in person or online.
Instead, why not go out and do something real with your day and go to bed feeling that you’ve contributed something good to the world.