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lugoblah

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I just finished writing a murder mystery about the death of a doctor, who cured his patients of hyperacusis by making them deaf. I'm hoping to find someone to look at it to make sure I'm not misrepresenting hyperacusis. I believe that I suffer from hyperacusis, but it has not been officially diagnosed and how characters suffer from the condition is based on my own experience. I just want to make sure that everything is in order. As a heads-up, the book leaves the reader with more questions and virtually no answers, so the reader can come up with their own theories. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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saab1216

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Sorry but
I think your book idea is a disastrous one. If there was a shred of hope for anyone...it wouldnt come from your source of reading "entertainment". Maybe this is your own analogy of hyperacusis and it's only way out ? I might add that reading something like this would have never crossed my mind when I suffered severely with Hyperacusis. I did however read the limited but very encouraging success stories here and learned from them. Optimism and the will to press harder every day was my book. Please tell me what you hope to gain by this book? Why not write a book about the cure for Cancer instead? Just my 2 cents. Sufferers cannot gain any hope from this...can they?
There's many here that have once graced these threads and have returned to happy lives. Many either improved or learned how to manage the best they could. I do understand the whole deafness thing and maybe wished one time I was but...I quickly dismissed it and believed on healing instead.
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lugoblah

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I just wanted to write a mystery story. Because I like putting my own personality into my stories, this one turned out to incorporate my struggle with hyperacusis and my fascination with religions and cults. In addition to the story, I would like to include information about actual hyperacusis therapy treatments and the specialists who provide them. The following is a portion of my query letter:

Birds chirp. Leaves rustle. The music of nature can’t be heard by most of the residents of the Island of Charlotteton. They’ve traded those sweet sounds for eerie silence. Dr. Uttam “Thomas” Hickey "cured" their hyperacusis by severing their auditory nerves. Apparently grateful for the doctor’s miraculous remedy, Dr. Hickey is rewarded with a bang. In search of the answer to who killed him, only more questions seem to spring forth.

 

The murderer could be Tartan Doodlesack, a resident still suffering from hyperacusis, which seems to have intensified since Dr. Hickey’s murder. He thought Dr. Hickey’s cure would fix him, but he cannot escape the clinking sound that has tortured him his entire life. None of the hearing-abled people can hear the clinking. Ergo, the clinking could be a manifestation of his guilt. For what could he be feeling guilt, only the reader can hypothesize.

 

There’s a chance that it might have nothing at all to do with the doctor’s cure, but rather with the social studies class project of creating its own religion. The name of its imagined god is Mattu, who is envisioned as a shapeshifting tanuki. If names mean anything, then it might just make Dr. Hickey the devil. And Mattu might just be real.

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saab1216

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Well...since you put into that perspective...I better understand what motivates your desire as a writer. You are putting yourself into the whole creation of thought .I was truly under the impression that it would be something of value ...(or not) in defining Hyperacusis as a reality and how it affects us. I now see it as merely a prop to carry out the story line. You did question on how to best legitimize using Hyperacusis as part of the content. I think you may have a good idea already. Best to your efforts in this very unconventional sounding fiction.
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lugoblah

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I have a completed first draft of it. It's called Listen Closely. I could email it as a docx file, if you're interested in reading it. I'm mainly influenced by Christopher Moore and Walter Moers, so it's heavy on the absurd humor.
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saab1216

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I appreciate the kind offer but I honestly don't have the interest in reading any books lately.I guess I'm a bit too lazy in committing myself to it.
My own brother in law (Thomas Albrecht)...just completed a type of" Christian themed" (science fiction book) titled "Shepherds Salvation" in which I havent begun to read...not even the first paragraph.It may be an interest to you as well. But..anyway.best. to you and your endeavors.
I hope you find healing along your journey. If any advice is needed ,be sure to feel free in asking. I pretty much have beaten hyperacusis as much as possible. Paul H.
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