Facebook reconnected us. I know a lot of people think that Facebook is evil...but I love it...as explained in a former post: I Love Facebook. I even mentioned Ben in that post...but today, Ben will be my only focus. I had mentioned that I hoped Ben would take part in the Slice of Life next year...now that can't be...and his witty and wise words will have to remain in his books and short stories.
|Ben before the car accident.|
Ben wrote other books. I will put links to those at the end of this. Any money he made from sales of his books was donated to various charities. These were all self published books through Amazon, so he was still waiting for a publisher...or maybe he wasn't...maybe that is just my projection. He was not writing to make a lot of money. He had stories to tell...and writing was his medium. Another book, Only You , takes a unique approach at having the book talking to the reader...the book is the main character...talking to the reader. More about it later.
Ben was more than an author. He was friend to many. As I read many of the comments written on his Facebook page I am overwhelmed at how many lives he touched...usually through late night chats through Facebook messages. He and I had many. He, asking advice on his grammar (that is the weakness in his books)...me, stating that his voice is what the reader relates to...but better grammar would make it easier to read. He always took my advice with a smiley face, open mind and 'lol.'
Ben also touched my life...not as an author...or former student...but as a friend, helping my family when my brother-in-law became paralyzed from malignant tumor in his spine. Ben would check each night with me to see how Geoff was doing. He gave us advice on what to expect, how to make Geoff comfortable and most important...Ben gave us emotional support....this, all through Facebook. I will hold those chats in my heart forever...and even now my eyes fill with tears.
Yes...Ben chose a path of helping others....through his books and through his on line chats. He had his demons...as we all have....but would rise above to live another day....that was until Friday night...when he died at home. His health had often been precarious after the accident, and kidney failure probably caused his death. You will be missed by many, my friend....but your words will continue to touch lives...forever.
"One day the world will make sense, but then it will no longer matter. Live in the chaos, dance in the rain and enjoy not knowing. As long as one person forever speaks my name I will live forever" Ben Daniels
As mentioned earlier: Here are links for his books. Hell's Gate , Exsilium, Reflections of Me
Here is the description of the book "Only You" that was used on Amazon.
"I can sense you by me. All you have to do is pick me up to give me life. I am here to listen. The question is, are you?
I am bound to these pages with words unread. It is a journey through time of being forgotten. Will you condemn me to this fate?
My name is Adam and it will be my pleasure to be here for you. Turn through my pages to give my life meaning. Make my life worth something. All I need is you and Only You ."