CarpentersFan2003 is a member of this forum. He has written this well detailed account of what could have happened if Karen Carpenter would have survived that fateful day of February 4, 1983.
CarpentersFan2003 has given me permission to post the first few chapters of his story. Over the next few days you will have the opportunity to read a wonderful non-fiction story of our favorite girl Karen Carpenter.
Thank you CarpentersFan2003 for such a well written tale.
Without further ado, I, Rick Henry present to you "Karen's Dream" written by K.N. Prince.
Last Edit: Jan 11, 2004 2:23:44 GMT -5 by Rick Henry
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Post by CarpentersFan2003 on Jan 11, 2004 1:36:03 GMT -5
This story has been in the works for years now. It's only been in the past few months that I have devoted the time needed to really make it take flight. There are a few people that I'd like to thank for helping me with it's development. First of all: My Editor, J. Harding. Thank you for taking the time away from your boyfriend and my best-friend to read my manuscript and giving me the encouragement to continue writing. Secondly: my parents for allowing me to write when I had other chores that needed taking care of. You took my " Do Not Disturb" sign to heart. Third: And most importantly. I want to thank Karen herself. She's been a constant companion for me when I myself was suffering throgh my own bout of anorexia. Her music and her tragic story made me sit up and take notice that I had to beat my illness. Karen may not be here in the flesh. However her music is like a warm blanket. She had a dream while she was alive that was to have a husband she could adore, children of her own, and a house with a white fence. So for Karen I wrote this novel. Now we have the chance to live out Karen's Dream.
Hello K.N.Prince, Like I have said before...It is a wonderful story!! I was so captivated when I read it several months ago ( I got a preview of it). I think and know you have a gift for writing! I cannot wait until you send more so I can re-read it! Just awesome! Congratulations!! You make Karen seem so alive, and the story so believable!
Post by CarpentersFan2003 on Jan 15, 2004 10:48:53 GMT -5
Hi All. Kyle Prince here... I wanted to say that now that the first 17 chapter of my story are posted, any feed back that you care to give me will be greatly accepted. ;D. I will take your sudgestions to heart while I write... Thank you... K. N. Prince.
yeah! I just can't imagine how a talented and wonderful person can leave us just like that...i really feel alot of inspiration whenever i listen to her songs...so help me by writing more stories about her...pls!!!
Wow! That's just great! I can't wait to read the continuation! I really want to see the impact Christopher creates in Karen's and Nathan's relationship. Thank you ever so much for writing...and do hurry...ha ha ha! Just joking! Thank you, once again!
Post by CarpentersFan2003 on Feb 16, 2004 14:55:38 GMT -5
Hi All.. Just wanted to say that I'm in the final stages of writting the last chapter to my novel.. I have plans for a sequel that will center around the live of Karen's daughter and son... I will post chapter 22 soon. Have a great day... Kyle Prince...
I have read this story...wow, one of the greatest!!!! :-[Whenever I read a story like this about Karen, I get so into it that it feels totally real to me. And then when the story ends, I have to realize that it's not true, and that kind of makes me sad. But whenever I read these stories (I have also read cam83's...incredible by the way!!) I feel happy and wished that in real life it turned out this way. ~Laura
Last Edit: Apr 29, 2004 21:02:05 GMT -5 by Song4You
Post by Drivin Dave on May 29, 2004 21:05:50 GMT -5
Hello; I like a good "what if" story as much as anyone else, and you've got a real good one going here. One thing you might add would be Chapter One Part Two: Karen's Out-of-Body-Experience. That would have some fascinating possibilities, such as Karen being shown pictures from two timelines, one without and one with her in it, ala "It's A Wonderful Life". I was five years younger than she was, but even in my adolescence no one ever thought of her as anything else than a big sister. I guess that image carried over into her life as well. Now I'm going to speculate. There are some women who are never satisfied with anything in their lives. Nine years ago I walked away from my wife and family to begin what I thought was supposed to be my "real" life, with a woman who I'd had a crush on in high school. When everyone in her family warned me about what she was like, I blindly ignored them, believing "love" would conquer all. "We" lasted 350 days before she threw me out of her life, telegraphing it two days earlier by telling me "Why is it everything you do p***** me off?" When I told her brother this, he said "Nice knowing you". It took two years to correct the damage this toxic woman had done to me, pushing me to the brink of suicide. According to her mother, I was Number 22. 22 men in 13 years. For whatever reason, my wife wanted me back. She is the only woman who could possibly understand my crazy life, and someday she'll be nominated for sainthood. Her name just happens to be Karen, and this November we'll have been married 25 years, with two sons. What I've done was mega-stupid, and I'll never forgive myself for doing what I did. I will love and cherish the gift God has blessed me with for all eternity. I've often wondered how KAC would've handled the changing seasons of life. Would she have been able to be satisfied with her accomplishments, and like Grace Slick, said "Enough", or would she have soldiered on like Cher, eventually becoming a parody of her former self? I was originally going to call Karen "KC", but that's reserved for Kalpana Chawla, late of the Columbia disaster. After eating a dinner that did not agree with me Tuesday evening, I had a dream. It was a "blender" dream, with everything from NASA guys watching "Dilbert" to KAC singing a duet with Jimmy Buffett! KAC was not at all happy to be there, like I'd made her waste a "visit" or something. But once she figured it out, she took the mike and sang while Jimmy sang and played his guitar. Funny thing was that I couldn't hear the song! Too bad. At least she was happy to be singing. I've never dreamt of her before, and it makes no sense. Maybe it's not supposed to. Anyway, thanks for putting the site up and keeping it running. As for myself... "I'll know where I'm going when I get there..."
Post by CarpentersFan2003 on Jul 12, 2007 0:58:57 GMT -5
Hello... I know it's been nearly four years since I posted this story to this forum and for the most part I have recieved "glowing" reviews but those of you that have choosen to read it.. I wanted to let all of you know that I am currently working on a sequel to "Karen's Dream." I have the first three chapters written but they have not been seen by my editor as of yet. Once she has had a chance to read them and has fixed any glaring mistakes I will post them here for your enjoyment.
Writing Karen's Dream was a labor of love for me when I was younger and I would like to finish off story with a second novel, this one told by her now " adult " son... Stay tuned...
Any sudgestions as to what you'd like to see happen in the sequel feel free to post...