Tag: mental health

  • Cranky Pants

    Cranky Pants

    I’ve got my cranky pants on the way. Not, you’ll note, on. See, I’ve gained a fair amount of weight this last year, and while that’s a problem, it’s not the problem here. I’m working on the weight – or more specifically, on the regaining muscle and flexibility. That’s an ongoing battle I’ll be dealing…

  • It’s going to be soon

    It’s going to be soon

    But Not Broken is now available in ebook and paperback!  An Angel’s Love Nicki Kenyon Awareness Ray Krawczyk Memories of the Abyss Cedar Sanderson Sometimes You Get What You Need Richard Cartwright Forward from the Past Becky Jones Requiem David Bock Domestic Disturbance Mary Hoerr Baba Yaga Fiona Grey Moments of Madness Kat Stevens The…

  • Odd Prompts: Broken Rules

    Odd Prompts: Broken Rules

    Have you ever seen a dying rose? The stem – the neck of the rose – collapses and even while the rose looks fresh, it slumps until it’s only facing the earth and never the sky any longer. The first rule of depressionland is to never talk about the depression. It’s not that you can’t…

  • Relax Hard

    Relax Hard

    I’ve been working hard at relaxing today. It’s not a skill I’ve used a lot in the recent years, and I’m out of practice. Just like exercise, you may find that if you don’t make an effort to laze around, it gets really difficult to do.  I know this may sound odd, but I’m not…

  • Certainty

    Certainty

    I’m sitting here quietly. I’ve written the Mad Genius post, my dear husband brought me coffee, but the apartment is mostly dark still. The laptop is warm on my legs, and honestly I just am not yet ready for lights, action, cooking…  I’m working on learning how to relax. This is a good season of…

  • Encouraging Myself

    Encouraging Myself

    Well, that took less than two weeks. I started out the year trying to set up some new routines, hoping to get more productive and work on health stuff. Tonight, I’m sitting here staring at the computer willing myself to come up with story so I can write… And feeling like crying because I’m not…

  • Thinking Out Loud

    Thinking Out Loud

    I’m always hesitant to write when I’m in a state of high emotion. It’s not that I won’t be passionate here – I certainly have been before. It’s just that when I’m in a state of mind that isn’t quantifiable, other than perhaps melancholy, I tend to draw a screen between myself and the world,…

  • Open Call: Anthology

    Open Call: Anthology

    A few months ago I decided I was going to commit to being a Real Publisher. Part of that was driven by helping my friend and fellow author Misha Burnett bring his idea for Adventure Stories for Young Readers to life. That anthology is happening, the stories are in, he’s working on edits, and I…

  • A Strange Unyielding Place: Part 1

    A Strange Unyielding Place: Part 1

      This is the first in a series of essays I plan to write, which will eventually be collected, along with past work, into a book.  I crumple inward on myself. It’s more than a mental retreat, I find my muscles ache with the effort of drawing my shoulders down and in. The autonomous system…

  • Suspense and Endurance

    Suspense and Endurance

      The passage of time is one of the strange phenomena we humans make up in our own minds. It is a measurable, verifiable event. We use the slow dance of atoms to gauge how time passes, in the modern era. Once, it was the dance of the planets and stars overhead that gave us…

  • Coping Skills

    Coping Skills

      I started reading a book the other day, on the recommendation of a dear friend. It’s not an easy read, for me. I have to stop sometimes and read something else, while I deal with the brain dumping chemicals… But I suppose I just started in the middle and ought to come back around…

  • Galling

    Galling

      Now, there’s a word. Galling. I heard it spoken recently and it got me thinking. From the naturalist’s point of view, galls are a very interesting phenomenon. From the metaphoric point of view… well, galls are multivariate in origin. There is the initial cause, and then there is the reaction to that irritant, which…