What’s Your Excuse?

The July/August issue of Poets & Writers features a cover story about Samina Ali. Ali had already written a draft of Madras on Rainy Days when, twenty minutes after delivering her first baby, she suffered a grand mal seizure, went into a coma for seven days, had two brain hemorrhages, kidney and liver failures, pulmonary edema, and cerebral edema. She recovered from all this to finish her book. Ok, so now may be a good time to scratch off any excuses you may have.