Shakespeare and the Burn of Suffering for a Good Cause

“One fire burns out another’s burning. One pain is lessened by another’s anguish.”  Romeo & Juliet

“He’s truly valiant that can wisely suffer the worst that man can breathe… ” Timon of Athens Act III, Scene V

“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.” Macbeth, Act I, Scene III

Are you curious, all these quotes about suffering and pain?

Admittedly, Shakespeare has inspired me in writing #WheelerNovel and its sequel, whether I realized it or not. Classic themes of love and loss, and redemption; friendship and family abound in his writings.

Three things are happening this week, two of which I’m excited for; one, not so much.

First, #WheelerNovel is going on Tour! A Book Blog Tour to be exact. Every day this week, I will feature at least four book bloggers who are posting their review of the book, sharing an excerpt or a guest post from me on their website.

Second, on Saturday, November 18th, I will embark on an honorable Quest to become a Knight of Sufferlandria. Ten workouts, separated by ten minutes, in one day. In my basement, on my bike hooked up to a trainer, all for a good cause – the Homestretch Foundation. I’ll have more details to follow, but I can say that with each donation, you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of Wheeler.

The third thing, the one I’m not looking forward to, is my birthday.  But hey, you’re only as old as you feel and some days I feel 25.

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