• Beauty… From Ashes…

    Can beauty come out of ashes? From Ashes – Céline Dion I have been working on getting the first draft of the second book, From Ashes, ready. Once upon a time, I felt connected to the work, and that I would finish it in record time. The second book was to be something that took you on a whirlwind of emotions. I had it all planned. It was going to be epic. Then life happened. Life took me in a million different directions from my original plan. Repeatedly, I have come up against roadblocks. I had begun to think that things were going to be better, and they never got…

  • Back to Work

    I’m back to work after taking a while off to get my mental and physical health better. I had intended to work on the second novel during a portion of this time, but the age-old proverb of “If you want to see God laugh, make plans” came into play. I was on the world’s slowest Wi-Fi, and I wanted to spend time with my family, as I don’t normally get to see them. I did sketch out some ideas and get some outlining done, but I didn’t make any dent in getting the book ready. Now that I’m back, and the autumn season is upon us, I’m getting back to…

  • Like the Phoenix Rising

    I know that I’ve said it before, but every time someone thinks that they’ve got me down, I end up bouncing back. It may look like I’m going down in flames, but, like that proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, I am reborn, I come back better than before. Maybe I’m a T-1000? Watching what is going on in my life, I am learning to spot people who seem to think that they know me, when they’ve got a warped view of who I actually am from a third party, and usually a third party who decided that they didn’t like it when I started to advocate for myself and…

  • Writer’s Block – Is It Real?

    I read something recently that said that writer’s block isn’t real. Unfortunately for those people who think it isn’t, it would seem that neurology says that it is. Yes, there can be multiple causes of what is broadly called writer’s block, but there seems to be a neurological basis for why writers stop writing. Right now I’m going through a bit of a bust cycle in writing. Doesn’t mean I’m not inspired. It just means that the ideas are staying in my head right now. Part of it is the stress factor that they mention. My creative drive is subsumed by other, more stressful, things in my brain (and my…

  • Make This Day Great!

    I am learning to make this day great, even if my brain hates me. I make no bones about the fact that I suffer from depression. People think that depression means that I’m sad all the time. Yes, there are days that I am sad. But depression is more of a loss of hope. In this world that seems to be plucked from the most epic of dystopias, it’s easy to have a loss of hope. My brain tells me that I am worthless, that people are just putting up with me and that no one really cares on the regular. Because depression, while it is evil, comes with a…