Cassandra – the story of Casey and Alexandra – Preface

12 Apr

A new public service commercial has begun airing on television, as well as receiving media attention on the dangers of texting while driving. Click here to view the video, but be sure to return.

It’s impactful (no pun intended).

At the same time, there was a report of a medical breakthrough in creating synthetic skull pieces using 3-dimensional printers that have been used successfully in surgery.

Cassandra is a story about a horrible accident, and the even more horrible decision to combine the healthy parts of two seriously injured teens to make a new person.

Perhaps it’s fiction that will remain so.

Besides the concept of that combination, I also ventured into using a variety of different conventions for each chapter. I also risked (if fiction can be called a risk) of writing in the voice of a teenager (I’m 66) and in the voice of a girl (I’m not a girl).

Hope you will read, enjoy, and give me your impressions on this story by commenting. LSM.

Writing Odds n Ends

The story of Casey and Alexandra

by L. Stewart Marsden


I have never felt in control of my life — and that’s from the very beginning. I mean, think about it (which I have): you don’t chose when or where or into what family you are born. You have no control over how smart, or innately talented you are. Life presents you with a host of events over which you are helpless to determine — or the consequences that follow your reactions to those happenings.

Robert Frost wrote about the road not taken, and the difference that choice made.

See? Even when you do have choices, you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t!

The what-ifs pile up over time and stalk you like a giant ogre for the rest of your life!

They say that if you could go back and change things, everything from…

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