Silent Journey

It seems I’ve been very busy writing. I have, except I’m extra slow. I need to make the font as large as possible. The good news is that my upcoming eye doctor appointment might be when my doctors decide if I can have glasses. I’m hoping that means I’ll see something in sharp focus because everything is a little blurry.

So while I’ve been hiding from social media, because it’s too darn difficult to see things on the Internet. Lots of things have been going on without me. My book Silent Journey is now a galley and available for those who love to write reviews. It’s a galley and not the finished product. I’m waiting for someone to send me a photo for the cover. (I think that means someone wants clean off his desk first.)

Netgalley is a spot on net where publishers pre-release their books for the purpose of getting reviews. It’s totally free to the readers. I’d love my readers to grab a copy of my book, read it, and write an honest review.

Okay, so what’s the book about?

Being deaf!

It would impossible to really describe the Deaf World. That’s because I can hear and I rely on my hearing just as I’ve relied on my eyesight. Go without it? No thanks. But the book peeks into the life of young Deaf man and the hearing woman who fell in love with him. Yes, there’s a love story in there but the real story is their lives and that is the emphasis of the book. It’s really a contemporary mainstream novel with a happy ending. (Because I hate sad endings!)

Alex attends a regular university, and is getting his degree in Architecture. He’s always been deaf, and he has a long linage of deaf relatives. He has to face a world that isn’t always very nice to people who are different.

Savannah might have fallen for his looks, but she’s discovering that being with Alex is darn tough, especially when she barely knows American Sign Language (ASL). Even her mother is against her relationship. She has no idea how the Deaf manage. Her questions are numerous.

As Alex emerges from the silent world, Savannah must enter it if she wants to be with him. The journey for both is arduous.

Here’s an unedited snippet of Alex and Savannah with Alex’s newborn nephew.

Silent Journey

Alex took Savannah to Gwen’s house. Dustin was there waiting on Gwen as though she were an invalid, and she was making it known that she could stand and walk around without any help.

Alex laughed at them, but he couldn’t wait for the baby to wake up so that he could hold the tiny bundle. And when the baby began to stir, he looked at his sister, who nodded. Scooping the newborn into one arm, he gently caressed the baby with a delicate touch. Beautiful little boy. He signed to the newborn, “Wake up, sleepyhead.”

Gwen came to Alex and peered at her son. Then she began to sign to the newborn. “Meet your Uncle Alex.”

“I think he’s still too sleepy to pay attention.” Alex watched the baby put his little fists to his mouth. Alex held the baby’s fist and put it to the tiny lips. Like this.

The baby squinted his eyes and opened his mouth.

Gwen removed the baby from her brother’s arm. She sat in a large overly stuffed chair and pulled the blanket over her shoulder.

Alex turned to Savannah. “Sorry, I was going to give him to you, but I think he was protesting.”

Savannah grinned and signed, “We say he has good lungs. That was one loud protest.” Her smile dissolved into a perplexed look. “But why are you signing to the baby? The baby certainly can’t understand sign language.”

Alex shook his head. “Think about that. If this baby had hearing, would you use your words?”

“Of course.”

“Do you think newborns understand those words or do they learn them?”

Savannah wrinkled her brow. “I guess they learn them. The words in the beginning are nothing more than comforting sounds.”

“And deaf babies will find comfort in our words.”

Savannah nodded. “And if Little Dustin had hearing, you would still sign to him.”

Alex nodded. “He would need to learn both languages. But little Dustin needs to learn both anyway. He will learn to read your lips.”

Alex went to where Savannah was and sat beside her. “He is Deaf. He will grow up bilingual. Do hearing children grow up bilingual?”

Savannah wrinkled her brow. “Some do. When the parents speak more than one language. Or they grow up with whatever language their parents use in the home, and they learn English once they are old enough to play with other children.”

“Our children are the same. They learn our touch and our words. They see our expression.”

“I’m sorry. I wasn’t thinking along those lines.”

“He will complain, smile, and do everything a hearing child does except hear. He doesn’t need to hear. He only needs to be loved.”

Gwen brought the baby to Savannah and she willingly took him. Watching Savannah with the newborn told of her love for children. Total serenity crossed her face. She rocked the baby in her arms as she caressed him with her fingers.

Alex wasn’t certain what Savannah was saying to the baby, but she snuggled the newborn and spoke as if the baby could hear. Teach him, Savannah, as my mother taught me to read lips. Alex’s heart swelled with joy. One day you will hold our baby in your arms. Until then, we get to play with and spoil this one.

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7 Responses to Silent Journey

  1. Kristy Tate says:

    Sounds like a great story, E! Did you need a lot of research? I love your heart-felt stories and I’m sure this will be more of the same.

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    • E. Ayers says:

      Kristy, I know you’ll love this one. I spent almost three years with the local Deaf community and tons of hours researching. Of course we research and never actually use all of it. I think I almost fried my brain trying to understand the gene information that has surfaced in the last few years.
      I had neighbors when my girls were young who were Deaf. I’ve worked with two girls, one who had hearing but was married to a Deaf man, and the other gal lost her hearing. My writing buddy is Deaf. That’s lots of fodder for such a story, but the most important thing is that the Deaf are just like everyone else except they are deaf.
      Yes, there’s an upper and lower case D. I am so lucky to have friends in the Deaf community who have welcomed me, especially since my ability to sign is horrible, and I’m forced to converse with pad and paper. But along the way of gathering things for this story, I have discovered people such as my one doctor (with hearing) is the child of deaf adults (CODA). It’s been long journey and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. At this point, I can’t imagine leaving the Deaf community. So many wonderful people within the group. I really do need to sharpen my skills and try harder to learn their language.

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  2. So glad to hear you’re back on track, E.! xxx
    Can’t wait to read your story!

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    • E. Ayers says:

      Grab a copy from Netgalley! And tell your friends!
      BTW, the UK has a slightly different sign language. I’m still shaking my head and wondering why, but such things happen.You could probably call it an accent. The alphabet signs are different!
      And I happen to know that you went through vet school with a deaf classmate. I can imagine how difficult that must have been for her. But anyone who is deaf and attempts college, especially colleges or universities that are not set up for deaf students.These young people have my total admiration.

      PERSONAL note: I do hope that my sight can be corrected. I’m struggling on this site.The doctors are hoping that the cloud that consists of scar tissue in front of the iris will go away. The stem cells have meant the world to me. I know that there’s controversy over the use of stem cells. Even I question and worry over the collection of cells.They have saved my eye sight, saved the eye!

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  3. Jill James says:

    E., so great to ‘see’ you here again. Hope you are doing okay without glasses. I can tell when I need new ones when I get a headache every day.

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  4. Carol says:

    Research for this book had to be daunting! Kudos to you. I love the story and admire your patience while writing Silent Journey!


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