I want to challenge myself to write a blog post every day in April, but I couldn’t find a challenge that was the right fit. So I made one! I’ve broken the days into packs of 10 for ease of making a readable graphic. If it looks interesting to you, please give it a try and let me know if you enjoyed it! I’ve picked the hashtag #readerswhowrite since it hasn’t been used a lot recently. Continue Reading
My mother was in town this past week, and I seized the opportunity to refresh my knowledge of her side of the family. My great-grandfather died in 2001 and my grandfather died a few years ago, so I feel like my connections with Jamaica and Puerto Rico are slowly fading away. Those influences were so important as I was growing up, mostly in the form of food, clothing and my desire to learn Spanish, but they’ve moved into the background since I finished college and moved out on my own. Even more so once I got married and settled into a day job. While I vaguely knew I wasn’t okay with this, I realized that I was trying to reconnect with my childhood experiences through my characters in my writing. It was the prompt I needed to ask more questions. Continue Reading
Do you have a mild case of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)? Any stubborn spots that refuse to go away? I do, and I did. It’s an inflammatory skin disease that can make you feel embarrassed and alone, so I think it’s important to speak out about it. I’d like to share my experience with minor surgery to extract an HS cyst. I felt my options were limited and scary, but it’s turned out well (so far). Maybe I can assuage some of your fears. Continue Reading
In an effort to expand when and where I write, I bought a new case for my Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with S Pen. It’s a Fintie Slim Fit Folio with Detachable Magnetic Bluetooth Keyboard. It includes a bluetooth keyboard and kickstand to place your tablet at a useful angle. I’m very pleased with my purchase and wanted to share my pictures and experience. Have you considered getting one? Wondering if you can just buy a keyboard for your current case? Read on to see if I answer any of your questions! Continue Reading
I’d like to share an experience in which I learned first hand why an author platform is so important to have even before you’ve published any work.
One of the writers I follow on Twitter posted a Follow Friday tweet advertising a few writers. As an unpublished writer, I like to follow and interact with other writers who seem to be doing writerly things, although that doesn’t have to be their only interest. I visited those that responded to his post with a “thank you.” Let’s contrast two of the profiles I viewed. Continue Reading
A glimpse into the life of a hoarder. . .
Having a lot of stuff, a lot of clutter, can itself lead to buying more things. You’d think having a lot would keep you from buying more. What could you need? You already own it all, right?
Maybe. Who knows? 90% of the stuff I own is either inaccessible, because it’s lost behind the 10% I can get to, or it’s not where I’d think to look for it. Continue Reading
This morning I finished listening to the audiobook of Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds. It’s a Science Fiction story set in Reynolds’ Revelation Space universe. It was read by the wonderful John Lee, a Welsh voice actor whose voice and accent I find incredibly soothing. I think I first listened to a Peter F. Hamilton story because it was read by Lee, and Hamilton’s Commonwealth universe is now one of my favorites. I enjoyed Lee’s reading of Elysium Fire, as well, and thought he handled the variety of voices in a way that was distinctive without being grating or jarring. Continue Reading
Today is the first day I am treating my newly-diagnosed ADHD with medication. It was recommended by my therapist, who I am going to continue seeing for CBT, and prescribed by my primary care doctor after discussing the recommendation with him. He’s prescribed 30 days of Vyvanse 20mg and then wants to see me again before continuing or increasing the dosage. My doc and I are on the same page here. Take it slow, watch how it goes. It wasn’t required, but I decided to have my blood pressure checked every week so I don’t get any surprises. Continue Reading
I’ve had a lot to consider since my last blog post. This hoarding thing has taken over so much of my life (which I suppose is part of what makes it “hoarding” and not “clutter”), that I decided to see a therapist about it. My goal was to find out if this truly was Hoarding Disorder and what I could do to start making a difference since my desire for change is often more theoretical than something I can act upon when it matters. I’m glad I went, because it seems there’s a broader issue going on that I wouldn’t have put together on my own. Continue Reading