AUTHORS, THEY’RE ONLY HUMAN: Questions of a Haunted Mind

Good afternoon campbellsworld visitors.
This afternoon in my Authors, They’re Only Human column I want to talk to you about something that has weighed a bit on my heart and mind over these past few days.

Now, I’m working on banishing the ghosts in my life. Putting forth a lot of effort to move forward from the hurtful past I’ve experienced.


I have a long way to go.

I get very upset when people say to me…
“You just need to get over it.”

Getting over things works differently for different people. I’m not going to write a post making excuses as to why I’ve done the things I’ve done. I’ve done and redone that.

I’m not going to go on and on about questions I’d like to ask and have answered. That, I’ve done aplenty of too.

Today I want to answer a question that was listed in an interview question list that for various reasons the blogger did not wish for me to talk about.

Well, that’s fine. They have the right to talk about what they want on their blogs.

Although, I might suggest to you bloggers doing interviews, if there are certain subjects you wish people to not write about that trigger or give you discomfort you should really say that somewhere in your interview process.

Why do I feel this question was very good and much worth answering?
Because it gave me an opportunity to express my thoughts and feelings in what I considered to be a safe environment.

Anyhow, here is a question I felt was great that I’ve decided to answer here on my own blog. I’m not only using the answer I gave in the original interview done with me but I’m going to expand upon it a bit.

Knowing now, what you didn’t know then what would you have done differently?

Knowing all I know now, since October of 2011, a time written of in my book Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life if I could have just one do-over and that do-over would not wreck everything else good that has happened for me and all concerned since I would have accepted that dinner invitation Drew Gibbon my Seeing Eye instructor extended to me when he was visiting me a few months after I brought my Campbell home.

I was living a double life then. My Now EX was abusing me, he’d been charged with sex-crimes and I was hiding all that, I was afraid to say yes to the invite for fear of what Donnie my EX might do to me if I went with my instructor to dinner, so I lied to Drew and told him we wanted him to have dinner with us.
Then I talked my EX into it.

Since that time so many horrifically horrible things have happened due to that first lie. There is no way to go back and fix not one of them and I cannot help believing that had I accepted that dinner invite I’d have found the courage to tell Drew all that was happening and none of the horrible things I’ve done since would have ever happened.

It haunts me each day of my life.
There have been good things that have come from that time though and they are not replaceable. I would not want those to go away.

I have learned things about myself and my mental illness I did not know and might not have ever learned had all that has transpired not taken place.
I have grown stronger, become more able to live on my own and in many ways, I am much healthier than ever before in my life.


I simply cannot ever get out of my mind, what if?

I ask myself regularly…

“What if I’d taken him up on his dinner invitation and found the courage to tell all of what was happening in my life?

What if I’d told him I feared Donnie’s wrath should I accept his invite, and gone somewhere during the day while Donnie was gone and talked it all out with him?

Would things have been different for me? Would I have found the courage with Drew’s help to leave Donnie and had I done so would I have learned all I have learned of myself and maybe not have created such destruction?

Would I have changed the ways in which I was living my life and not lost my grandchildren and daughter?

Maybe I wouldn’t have reacted as I did to the stresses in my life and wouldn’t have fallen into dissociative behavior?

Would I have maybe left this area and gone onto do other things than what I have done?

Those questions all roll round in my mind and I will never know the answers to them because unlike in a fantasy novel we do not get do overs. We cannot go back and change anything we’ve previously done. All we can do is go forward in our lives no matter what our past has been and do the best we can with what we have now and what lies ahead.

One thing I urge all to remember. Be careful when you make the decision to protect another thus leaving yourself unprotected because in the end those you’re protecting may not be there to protect you.

More about Patty L. Fletcher…

Bubba Tails Media Kit
Welcome to my Media Kit King Campbell and I are pleased to present some wondrous stories and art work to you all. Enjoy.
Bubba Tails from the Puppy Nursery at The Seeing Eye Written by Patty L. Fletcher Told by, King Campbell Lee – The Seeing Eye Dog AKA Bubba
Fall 2017
In this magical and love filled tail, King Campbell AKA Bubba travels to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of learning to become Seeing Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save her so she can fulfill her destiny?
The use of Tail instead of Tale for story and Magik instead of Magic is intended for these short stories. A great play on words from King Campbell
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Author Bio
Patty Lyne Fletcher in her own words (October 2017
About me and my crew
I’m a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am very proud. I have a great son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. Three girls, and two boys. I hope to be able to write more about them later on. I own and handle a Black Labrador from The Seeing Eye™ named Campbell Lee—a.k.a. Bubba Lee or King Campbell, to give just a couple of his nicknames.
About my blindness
I was born one and a half months premature. My blindness was caused by my being given too much oxygen in the incubator. I was partially sighted until 1991, at which time I lost my sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. I used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.
Where I live and work
Currently, I live and work in Kingsport, Tenn. I used to work for CONTACT-CONCERN of Northeast Tennessee, Inc. I left that position in order to spend time with family and pursue my writing full time.
Why I write.
I wrote Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life to tell the story of how going to The Seeing Eye™ and getting Campbell, learning to love, handle, and work him, then coming home and adding him to my life, gave me true freedom. I tell of how changing from being a 31-year cane user to being a guide dog handler taught me things about myself I had never known before. I tell of the wonderment I experienced when I finally took that chance.
A major goal of mine is to help others who find themselves in domestic violence situations. I also want to help others learn more about mental illnesses and how different situations and environments can drastically affect those with such challenges. I tell how training affected me physically as a result of the fibromyalgia I deal with, along with the side effects of the medications I take. I focus on bipolar disorder, on how it can go horribly wrong and cause a person to behave in ways they normally would not.
Another thing I have attempted to show is how, in certain institutional settings, attachments can develop—and how those attachments can become unhealthy for all concerned if they are not handled correctly. Most simply, I want others to know more about me.
In Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye, it is King Campbell Super Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba’s turn to tell his tale.
While helping to ready a group of pups to go and meet their puppy raiser families, so they too, might one-day become Seeing Eye dogs, he tells of what it was like for him, to grow up and become a Seeing Eye dog.
My hobbies
My hobbies include reading, writing, music, and standup comedy. I also like nature walks, light hiking, tent camping, and fishing. No, I am not afraid to bait a hook.
Music I enjoy
My favorite types of music are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country, as well as some present-day country music. I also like meditation music.
My favorite books and authors
I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. I love the books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and many more. My favorite books include
Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.
My spiritual faith
I am a spiritual walker. I claim no particular faith, either Christian or pagan. I simply know that there is God and Goddess, or Mother Father God, as some call her/him. I lean toward the natural approach, or Druidism (Druidry), as it promotes harmony and respect for all beings, including the environment. I am also very interested in herbs and their healing properties.
Campbells Rambles
Corner the Comfort Zone.
Patty & Pals
Bob Cat And Friends

A most excellent interview

My Anthology Links
December Awethology Light
A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales

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About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: Visit: And: As well as:
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