Good day dear readers! I am extremely grateful that when I announced I would be focusing on less poetry that no one stopped following and I still got some nice posts. I wanted to breach a topic today that deals with something I feel is extremely important in my life: my medications. As many of you know, I have Bipolar Disorder, which means I experience extreme highs and extreme lows at times. For a good number of years I was taking a drug called Paxil, which seemed to work well. Before that, I was taking Prozac and I didn’t seem to have any problems with it. The main problem I did have with it was that it worked very well and for a time I thought my depression had gone away (a situation that often happens to those with mental health issues and a very dire situation that I feel needs to be addressed). So, thinking things were fine, I stopped taking my Prozac and all I can really remember about that time was phoning up a young woman I used to see in high school and learning that she in fact considered me a psychopath. This led me down a dark and scary path of depression and at the tail end of it I took nearly 100 acetaminophen and nearly destroyed my liver and came very close to death. The strange thing about it all is that Prozac is kind of a fun drug if one can use such terms. I was told when first prescribed it to take it first thing in the morning and I soon found that I could take it then, and it would make me a bit sleepy and when I took the drug and went back to sleep I would have the most wonderful dreams anyone could imagine. The best way I could describe it would be to say it is all ‘sunshine lollipops and rainbows’. It literally makes a person feel a glow of happiness as though all is right with the world. Anyhow, being in that ‘glow’ as I write this, I thought some might be interested in hearing about it.
I thought I should write a bit about the writing process today as well. I don’t know how many of my followers may have read my novella “Green Mountain Road” but despite that a very well known author greatly enjoyed it and I heard a lot of positive feedback about it, a critic tore it to pieces and I had no luck in finding anyone to publish or represent it. It is an odd thing that opinions could be so varied, but what I chalked it up to was that simply I am a beginning writer and I’m not in a good position to moralize in my writing or try to find some great philosophy. As when I write my short stories, I should keep things light, entertaining and PG rated, or so I think. Hopefully learning from my misadventures with “Green Mountain Road”, I have now written two Young Adult novels, one of which is being considered right now for publication, and one that I finished literally just a few hours before writing this blog. The second one is of course just a very rough first draft, but I honestly think that I have something in trying to appeal to young adults. I don’t want to get into any great detail of the new work before it is more complete, but basically what I did was toss around a few dozen ideas in my head and then simply sit myself in my chair and start to hammer things out. I have a strong suspicion that one of the reasons I was able to write a work of some 17,000 words in just two sittings had to do with the fact that I have been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately. Sounds disconnected I am sure, but listening to audiobooks can be extremely enjoyable. Not only that, it teaches a person not only to use their imagination, but also to use their concentration and focus better, or at least I am assuming. First I was listening to an audiobook about Buddhist meditation which is something wonderful in itself, then I logged onto my local library with my iPad and ‘borrowed’ a book called “The Litigators” by someone who is on fast track to being my favorite author, John Grisham. I have enjoyed many of Grisham’s novels, I learned recently that he basically invented the legal thriller genre. I read ‘The Pelican Brief” (in Reader’s Digest condensed form), the King of Torts, The Testament, and a few others, including a short story collection he wrote called “Lincoln County” which I highly recommend to anyone looking for examples of great short stories. Anyhow, that is my advice for today. Listen to audiobooks. Write in your journal, write every day, keep writing, never give up. I think I go through the whole ‘I think I want to give up writing’ phase at least once every two weeks. Thankfully I have a lot of support from friends, family, and of course, the incredible Richard Van Camp (author of ‘The Lesser Blessed”). So, thanks for visiting, please comment if you would like to see me introduce contests on this blog to win copies of my works.