October 25th, 2006
|11:16 am - A question for fellow writers|
Hopefully, this won't sound too morbid. ;-)
Over on fanthropology several weeks back, there was a discussion about how people handle their fannish identities--stories about how people have put plans in place in the event of their death, for fellow fen to delete slash fic off of their computers or whatever.
This isn't what I'm asking about, but the discussion made me revisit an old line of thinking that I hadn't pondered in several years:
What do I want done with my stories (fic and original) in the event of my death?
Some authors want their journals, etc., burned. I'm not sure about that, but I'm also not sure I would want to risk just anyone reading them. What about fic? I'd love it if my stories lived on, in their archives, after I'm gone--but I'd need someone to keep an eye on said archives and be my proxy person, wouldn't I?
What about half-written ideas?
Part of me says, you know, it'd be easier to just say I want the hard drive wiped and all my papers burned. Words to dust just as my body returns to dust.
Another part of me thinks I should at least specify someone to look at the stuff and see if there's anything worth salvaging.
I'd love to hear the thoughts of other writers on this topic.
Current Mood: contemplative
'Splain, please? I've heard one other time that there's some small amount controversy involved in the issue of cremation, but I've never read or heard why.
Um. Okay. Mind you, I think the family thing is more just a tradition thing--we've always buried, and that's the proper way to honor the dead, that sort of thing.
But once upon a time (and apparently some people are still made uncomfortable by this idea) it was believed that a body should be buried whole and unburned because our bodies will one day be resurrected at the return of Christ. My take on this is: unmitigated supersitious nonsense, though I can imagine and sympathize with the fear of not only being dead, but having what is left, your body, be essentially dismembered.
I'd have to do research, but it's also possible that the practice of burning the dead had links back to pre-Christian practices, and that there was a reaction from the Church over the issue many hundreds of years ago.
(And if you're really interested, I can tell you how many cremation urns/boxes can be placed in one cemetery plot. In Ohio, at any rate. But that might be TMI . . .)
LOL. If I'm creamated, I'd prefer that my ashes return to the earth, I think. I'm quite squicked at the idea that someone could keep my urn in or near their house (as people I know have done).
Hahaha. Now this comment really is a little morbid. I need a Death icon.
I'm quite squicked at the idea that someone could keep my urn in or near their house (as people I know have done).
I have often told my mom, who wants to be cremated, that she's got to decide where she wants her ashes scattered, because she *will* be scattered somewhere. It's either that or she'll get dust-busted, because if she were in an urn on my mantel, it would only be a matter of time before one of the cats knocked her off and she's have to be dust busted.
Ha. Too right. I can just imagine Isis poking at the urn and...whoops. :-)
|Date:||October 26th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)|| |
But once upon a time (and apparently some people are still made uncomfortable by this idea) it was believed that a body should be buried whole and unburned because our bodies will one day be resurrected at the return of Christ.
This I also find laughable. As if reducing oneself to ashes will somehow negate the power of God to resurrect a body that has decayed naturally to elements and bones, and if enough time, back to dust.
YES. My point exactly. *sigh*
Now this comment really is a little morbid. I need a Death icon.
Would this one do? It's not exactly Death, but it fits the topic. (See here
for The Official Place To Snurch This Icon)
I love that icon. So I may snurch it? Yay! *runs off to do so*
I'm glad you like it -- it's one of my favourites, in the "it all came together" stakes.