Category: fiction

Writing in the age of Trump

When I started this blog, I swore to myself that I would not bring up politics, but with his recent comments about Puerto Rico, I find myself compelled. I may lose a few followers over this, but THIS IS MY OPINION ONLY: Donald Trump…

short story

I added a short story called ‘Kaleb’ to my web page. If people could check it out, and let me know what they think, that would be great. It’s a (mostly) true story of a dog I knew. It’s emotionally manipulative, but, hey, what…

Mental illness and writing characters

When I write my fiction, it’s easy to get inside the characters’ heads, coming from my perspective. I struggle with anxiety and depression, and this can translate quite handily when I build a character. Hey, write what you know. As a writer, I take…

Writing and Depression

What I wanted to write about today is writing and depression. Specifically, writing for depression and writing with depression. There is no question that, in the treatment of depression, that writing is an invaluable tool. I myself have used it countless times, and in…

An anxious mind writes through the right lens

One of the things my therapist and I have been working on through recovery is seeing the world through a healthy lens. I’ve learned to apply this to my writing as well. The mind is constantly receiving information, and our consciousness routinely files it…

Writing and Anxiety

Let’s talk about mental illness and writing. For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for my entire life. It can be a long, hard struggle. Recently, my anxiety flared up so much that I had to take…

Short Story Submission

Well, I finally did it. I submitted my first short story to The New Yorker magazine. I know it’s a long shot, but hey, go big or go home. I will let you know when I get the rejection letter. Actually, they don’t send…

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