Remember what your mom said about watermelon seeds?

Today’s item is just for fun. Reading wacky stories on the Internet is definitely a good way to pass the time while waiting. Well maybe not a GOOD way, but it’s a way.

So, yes, I was told by any number of people as a child that if I swallowed watermelon seeds they would sprout in my belly and grow a watermelon. Turns out this isn’t as far fetched as it sounds. Read the following story and see if you don’t eat more carefully.

The Daily Mail – UK – YOU CANNOT PEA SERIOUS – A retired teacher who had been struggling for breath for months was amazed when doctors told him there was a PEA plant growing in his lung.

Ron Sveden, from Brewster, Massachusetts, was already fighting emphysema when his health took a turn for the worse.

‘I was not doing too well, a lot of coughing, I was very listless,’ the 75-year-old said.

Ron Sveden, from Brewster, Massachusetts, was amazed when he was told he had a pea sprouting in his lung. He had assumed it would be cancer

His wife Nancy was so alarmed by his deterioration that she called for an ambulance and he was rushed to hospital on May 31.

Doctors took X-rays and found his left lung had collapsed and the pensioner feared he had developed a tumour after a grainy spot was found. But his doctors were baffled as they could not find any evidence of cancer.

They were amazed when samples revealed Mr Sveden had the green vegetable sprouting inside his lung.

Ron said: ‘I was told I had a pea seed in my lung that had split and had sprouted. It is probably about a half-an-inch which is a pretty big thing.’

This X-ray reveals where a tiny green vegetable took root in Mr Sveden’s lung. The pea shoot can be seen circled in red with the leaf bending over to the right

A young pea plant in more natural surroundings

Doctors speculated that Ron had eaten a pea that ‘went down the wrong way’ during a meal and ended up in his lung, and then sprouted leaves.

Dr Jeff Spillane who treated Ron, told the Cape Cod Times: ‘It was small enough to get down there but big enough not to get out.’

Ron said: ‘Whether this would have gone full-term and I’d be working for the Jolly Green Giant, I don’t know. But, I think the thing that finally dawned on me is that it wasn’t the cancer.’

Through it all, Mr Sveden hasn’t lost his sense of humour. He said: ‘One of the first meals I had in the hospital after the surgery had peas for the vegetable.

‘I laughed to myself and ate them.’

His relieved wife added: ‘God has such a sense of humour. I mean it could have been just nothing, but it had to be a pea, and it had to be sprouting.’

Mr Sveden’s wife Nancy said the pea showed God had a great sense of humour

Mr Sveden is now recovering at home where friends and neighbours have sent get well presents of pea seeds and canned peas.

His case follows that of Artyom Sidorkin, a Russian who was found to have a five centimetre fir tree growing in his lungs in 2009. Like with Mr Sveden the medics had assumed the 28-year-old had cancer.

What I’ve neglected lately

My first love was poetry. How much easier to craft a story that fits on one piece of paper than to write a whole book? But now that I’ve caught the fiction bug, I’ve neglected my poems. I have a couple out to a magazine now and it’s been long enough that I know they’re at least giving them serious consideration–which doesn’t mean they’ll use them! But I haven’t written much new stuff lately. And I may continue to leave off writing poetry. That’s the catch when you start writing books. Something else will almost certainly fall by the wayside.

Here’s a rewrite from last summer that fits the season.

While I wait–writing

So, I said the two best things to do while waiting for a response to my proposal are reading and writing–what am I writing? Why, the second book, of course! I’m writing a series based on the miracles of Jesus. The characters will be loosely related if at all. Each book focuses on a particular miracle–the first is walking on water and the second is feeding the five thousand. Here’s the tagline:

Casewell has always thought of himself as an upstanding Christian with high moral standards, but when the woman of his dreams turns out to be an unwed mother with an uncanny knack for feeding people in times of want, he is forced to consider what it really means to forgive and be forgiven.

Each book also focuses on a particular area of Christian belief as well–book one is faith and book two is forgiveness. Keeps me busy while waiting and hoping!

The proposals have been sent

It’s done. After a week of fiddling and tweaking and perfecting, I’ve sent book proposals to editors at two publishing houses. Now the real waiting begins. And the trying not to check my e-mail every 15 minutes.

Q4U – What have you had to wait for recently? An appointment? A long line at the DMV? A phone call? Tell me about it.

While I wait–reading

From what I’ve learned about the publishing business, the best things to do (for my writing career) while waiting are reading and writing the next book. So here’s what I’m reading these days:

  • Walking on Broken Glass by Christa Allan
  • The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen
  • Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo

The first two are books I ran into at a recent conference I attended. Marybeth Whalen did a session on what it takes to be a Christian novelist. Perseverance and a touch of insanity seem to be the magic combination. The third has Jane Austen in the title and I couldn’t resist. They’re all Christian novels, although I think it’s important to read secular stuff, too. I was a good ways into “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” but it’s SO dense I decided to take a break.

This is the way I used to read books in high school and college–three or four going at once. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to dip into the thing I’m most in the mood for at the moment. And then dip into something else a little later on! Literary crudite.

Welcome to my blog . . .

Please join me on what I hope is the road to publication. I’ve written a Christian contemporary novel that I hope to see published. I’ve written the book and pitched it to editors at a Christian conference. By Monday morning my proposal will be on it’s way. If I understand correctly, I will then have a month or two (at least) to wait and see what happens. Basically, I’m inviting you to keep me company while I wait.

The working title for my book is “The Lotus Leaf Effect.” See how drops of water are beading up on the blades of grass in the photo above? That’s the lotus leaf effect at work. Here’s the one-line summary for the book:

When a woman who thinks of herself as a Christian learns that she may have literally walked on water at the age of four, she acknowledges her lukewarm faith and comes to terms with the tension between what she can prove is true and what she believes is possible.

Appalachian Thursday–Until the Harvest

At one point I could barely imagine having a book in print. As of this week, I have two. The e-book of Until the Harvest launched last Tuesday and the print copy officially releases next Tuesday (although it’s already available in stores).

A dream come true. A dream that continues to come true. Thank YOU for coming along on this journey.

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