Note from me: This was SUPPOSED to post yesterday, but apparently I don’t know how to read numbers and I got the date wrong. So, instead, you’re getting a special Thursday post instead of your regularly expected Wednesday post.
If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know that I’ve kept things decidedly impersonal. For better or worse, I haven’t shared much about myself. I figure it was best that way, that people wouldn’t necessarily be interested in me as a person.
But you know what?
As a fiction writer, that makes no sense at all. After all, why do people read fiction anyway? And why do people get so connected to these fictitious people on smashed up pieces of trees?
Fiction appeals to our nature to feel connected to others, to understand them and their lives, and perhaps, to escape the reality of our own lives.
If you check out the My Work tab, you’ll see places where I’ve submitted some work and had it published. I’ve been sharing about my own struggle with anxiety and mental illness in other places, but why not here? As I’ve thought about it, that doesn’t make sense at all.
To be completely honest, I don’t really know what this is going to look like. I haven’t planned it out. That’s kinda my jam – making grand plans – and modifying them a million times until I finish a project that sort of resembles what I started out trying to accomplish.
Here, though? I’m not necessarily trying to accomplish anything, per se. Perhaps if you count “knowing others aren’t alone in their struggle”, then yes, I’m out to accomplish something. Creating a space where people feel connected to someone else.
This past year has been a space launch of growth, it feels like. It just keeps going and going and going and going and I’m over here just trying to keep up.
Over the next few weeks and months, I’ll be sharing more about myself, about my struggle with anxiety, about how it impacts my writing and my ability to write, how it impacts my relationships and ability to have relationships, what I’m doing to overcome the downsides, and places I’ve found support.
I hope that you’ll enjoy getting to know me a little bit better and I hope that you find your own inspiration to either share yourself or to keep pushing through on your journey. It takes strength and courage to push through on hard days and to share the struggles and backslidings.
Pursuing good mental health is something that’s important to me. I have a psych degree. I believe that people deserve to be mentally happy and stable and healthy – whatever that actually looks like in their lives. This doesn’t look the same for everyone. For some, it’s just living life. For others, it’s management. And still others, it’s about survival. We’re all on this journey of life together and it’s time that I, especially I, remember the humanity of others. And the start of seeing the humanity in others is recognizing the humanity inside myself.
There will still be plenty of sharing of authors and books I’m reading and what I’m writing and maybe even some writing tips every now and again of sharing what I’m learning as I grow as a writer.
I hope you’ll enjoy this new chapter. I hope I’ll enjoy it. Either way, we’re in this together now.
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Also, also, if you’ve made it this far, perhaps you’re willing to go just a little further for me? I’ve submitted a piece into a contest where I need to be in the top 10 voted stories to be included in the final judging. Would you go read my entry, and if you feel it’s worthy, vote for me? And if you think it’s REALLY good, would you share it with your own social network, too? (Voting ends May 13, 2018) Thanks!