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Writing With Depression and Special Announcement

Greetings My Lovelies!

 

I hope you’re all doing well today.  Like I said yesterday, I’m a little slow getting back into the swing of things, but I’m working on it.  Before we begin I’ve got a few announcements.  First, I’ve made some updates to my Patreon page here Patreon Page . Be sure to check it out and join to get exclusive content and other goodies.  Second, I’ve decided to do a authortube page as well.  The content will be a bit of the same but there will be somethings that are on the authortube page that won’t be up here.  I’m still debating on whether or not I want to switch or run both, so for now I will do both.  That’s all I have for now, so lets get started.

First let me start off by saying that while I have depression, I am not a doctor and you should always seek professional help for all physical and mental concerns.

 

I started to develop depression in my early teens.  I didn’t want to tell anyone because I had no faith that they could help me.  The only thing that saved my life was to give the demons in my head a safe outlet.  I drew and wrote down every dark thought that came through my head.  In my later years, I finally had to get professional help which was a life changer.

So what does any of this have to do with writing?  Well, as anyone with depression will tell you, it kills your passions.  The things that gave you joy no longer will and it becomes a struggle to do the things that you know you have to.  I have to remind you that these are just generalizations and do not fit every person who has depression.

For me, it means I just lack the energy to do anything.  I can’t focus.  My whole body hurts like I have the flu and all I want to do is sleep.  Now I try to write everyday, but when I’m having a low day I can’t seem to which makes me feel bad and I get even more depressed.  It’s a vicious cycle.

But there’s ways that you can work with and around your depression so that you can still be somewhat productive.

 

1. Work on your social media.

Honestly that’s what I end up doing 90% of the time I’m in a rut.  If you’re the same then why not work on your platform by commenting on other people’s post or just making your presence known.  It takes very little effort and platforming is a crucial part of being a writer.

 

2. Write what you can.

If you can only get a paragraph or a sentence then that’s fine.  At least you sat yourself down and did something.  Small victories.

 

3. Go for a walk.

This helps me a lot.  Sometimes just getting out the house and going for a walk in a park, or to the library, or to your favorite store can help shake the fog off.

 

4. Treat yourself.

If you have something that always makes you feel good like a glass of wine, bubble bath, massage, spay day, manicure, whatever.  Treat yourself.  You deserve it.

 

5. Talk to someone.

This is probably the most important thing that you can do.  Talking gets those thoughts out of your head and into the light where they can’t survive.  Talk to your significant other, best friend, therapist, pet whoever just talk.  If you feel like you can’t burden your loved ones with your “issues” then write them down on a piece of paper and burn it.

 

Question Time.

What do you do to overcome your depression?

How does your depression affect you?

 

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Book Review: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Greetings My Lovelies!

 

I hope that you all had a lovely holiday, are well rested and ready for the New Year!  My reading resolution is to read a greater variety of books.  I read a fair amount of fantasy with a little science fiction and historical fiction sprinkled around, but not much nonfiction.  Well that’s where today’s book comes into play.  But before we begin, if you would like to support me and help me create better posts and books, please click the link below and head on over to my Patreon page.  There you’ll get all sorts of goodies that no one else gets like first to know invites for book releases, a chance to control a writer, and something really epic for top tier supporters.  Patreon Page    You can also fine me on Twitter     Instagram  and   Pinterest   

Well that’s enough of that lets get on with the book of the day:

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

 

Rating:

3 cups

 

General Overview:

There are 20 lies that we tell ourselves that keep us from being who we truly are.  And Mrs. Rachel is here to help us face the truth.

My Thoughts:

I didn’t go into this book expecting it to change my life.  These books tend to be as generic as possible so they can reach and appeal to a large audience.  With that being said, I did find a few nuggets of wisdom that I liked and will work on in the future.  Some of Mrs. Hollis’ stories raise a few eyebrows but that’s what she was going for.  She is honest about every aspect about herself (the sex chapters were funny) and following her lead, so should we.

 

Reread factor:

I don’t know if I’ll honestly reread this book.  But it is going to be passed around my work place because a lot of the ladies I work with want to read it.  I had to skip some of the chapters because they didn’t pertain to me (mommy and children) but as long as I get it back I always have that option.

Question time?

Have you read this book?

What did you think?

What were some of your favorite stories?

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Book Review: The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea! So here’s how this works. I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

3 cups

 

General Overview:

Kiran is embarrassed by her parents.  I mean what kid wouldn’t be when they tell you your whole life that you are a real Indian princess they found in a clay pot in a mystical river in another realm.  Well, on her 12th birthday she finds that what she thought were crazy stories were all true.  Now she has to hurry to the place where all spells go to die to save her parents, and learns some interesting things along the way.

 

My Thoughts:

In the wake of Rick Roridan, there seems to be an influx of sassy pre-teens who are actually related to mythical gods flooding the market.  I for one, love this!  Especially when they’re from countries that I don’t know a lot about.  This is the second book that I’ve read that is based on Indian folk lore.  Kiran is a pretty likable character with a corny sense of humor and real motivations.  I wouldn’t say that I love this book but I’m going to read the second one before I decided whether or not I really like it.  I have a bad habit of judging a series by the first book.  

 

Reread factor:

This book is an easy read and quite enjoyable.  I might reread it again later on down the road but I’m on the fence.

 

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Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea! So here’s how this works. I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

4 Cups

 

General Overview:

Claire Randal survived the World Wars to only be trust into the past during a holiday with her husband.  Using only her wits and medical knowledge, she does the best to survive in past all while trying to get back to her husband.  But it’s not easy being a 20th century woman in the past and she soon finds herself torn between two worlds, two lifetimes, and two men who love her.

 

My Thoughts:

I have mixed feelings about this book.  It’s great story telling and really grips you and doesn’t let go.  However, towards the end I really felt like the author was just throwing in shit for the sake of messing with characters and the reader.  I ‘ve never read the others but always hear great things from them.  I do like the show but again, haven’t made it past the first season.  I will say this…every woman needs a Jaime.  This book is a mix of fantasy and historical fiction.  I know that there’s elements of science fiction that come into play with later books but I haven’t gotten there yet.  So really,this book has a bit of everything for everyone.

 

Reread factor:

I keep coming back to this book time and time again.  I love it and often imagine what I would do if I was Claire’s position.  I know that my aunt rereads the series all the time.  This is definitely one to keep if you love it.

 

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Series Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea!  I had a book last week that made me want to reread one of my favorite series.  I’m actually in the middle of rereading it so I figured why not review it. 

So here’s how this works.  I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

 

 

Rating:

4 Cups

 

General Overview:

These books follow Percy Jackson as he discovers his Olympian heritage and deal with the complications that come along with it.  Prophecies, monsters, and combating the embodiment of evil is a lot for a twelve year old to handle.  But at least he doesn’t have to do it alone.  Percy has some loyal and bad ass friends along the way, some of them even god like.  But all he really wants is to go to camp and have fun learning how to sword fight and fly Pegasus…you know, normal things; and spend time with his mom.

 

My Thoughts:

When I first read the first book, The Lightening Thief, I didn’t like it.  I enjoyed reading it but by the end I was like, “meh”.  When I told my friend Acree about it he urged me to keep reading.  I guess I owe him because I did and fell more in love with each book.  Yeah it can get tiring with all the drama, but that’s not really what moves the story.  The connections the characters make with those around them and within themselves are just top notch.  Plus, the chapter titles are pretty hilarious and there are some great one liners.  The energy in these books kinda fluctuates like the tides for the first three and then it kicks it up a notch for the last two.  But one of the things that I loved the most is that you have strong male and female role models, and there are different strengths.  It’s not all brawn.  You also have weak characters whose flaws are the very things that make them special.  There’s a lot of resentment for parents who abandon their kids and as someone who once felt that way about a parent, these books show kids that you are not who your parents are, be they in your life or not.   It shows them that they can find their own strengths and learn to soar as high as the heavens.

 

Reread factor:

Like I said before, I’m in the middle of rereading these books.  I reread them at least once every couple of years.  I thoroughly enjoy them now from start to finish.  I will probably have these books on my shelf for as long as I’m alive and having to replace them when they become too worn out like my Harry Potter books.

 

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Digital vs Paper Outlining

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I hope that everyone is doing well on this fine Wednesday.  For my people on the east coast watching the hurricane roll in, I hope you got all your provisions and let’s keep our fingers cross that we don’t loose power too long…

On a different note…I was supposed to have a book signing event this past Saturday but something fell through and I had to cancel.  I’m not gonna lie, I cried.  But I pulled up my big girl panties and went on with life.  I’m hoping to get it rescheduled soon.  It was my first event and I was really looking forward to it.  Sigh…oh well let’s in on to the matter at hand.

Outlining is something that you either do or don’t.  Some writers get their ideas and just see where they go organically while others (like myself) outline our works.  I outline because if I don’t I either run off onto weird tangents that have nothing to do with the story or I don’t put enough details into it.  And if you’re like me then I highly recommend outlining.  Now I know that this seems like a simple concept…and it is but it’s not either.

When I realized that I needed to outline, I did everything on paper.  But I ended up with piles and piles of paper, post-it notes, and scribbles in my writing journal.  My thoughts were scattered every where, so I searched for paperless options and came across Notebook.ai and I thought that all my problems were solved…not quite.  I ended up spending a hellish amount of time on little things, but I still like the site.

So here are the pros and cons of using paper and digital forms of outlining.

Paper pros

You can work anywhere as long as you have something to write on and with.  Also your ideas are locked into where you initially thought they would fit.

Paper cons

Lots of little pieces of paper to organize.  You can also loose them.  Plus once you’ve finished your story, it’s a lot of recycling.

Digital pros

Everything is in one place and you can access it anywhere and everywhere.  It’s a lot easier to make changes and you don’t really have to worry about loosing your ideas.

Digital cons

If you’re like me, you’ll end up getting sucked into a new toy.  If it’s not something you’re used to working with you’ll end up forgetting about it and not utilizing it thus making all that work that you put in a waste.

 

In the end it all boils down to preference.  I like having paper.  It helps me to remember but I do the vast amount online.  I use notebook.ai for world building but avoid the character fields bc I will get stuck there.  For my paper options, I have this cork board that I pin picture inspirations, notes, and whatever else on.  The blended option works for me, and you just need to find what works for you.

So what do you guys use for your outlining?  Do you even need to outline?  Comment below I would love to hear from you!

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Book Review: Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty

Greetings My Lovelies!

 

It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea!  So here’s how this works.  I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

 

Rating:

4 Cups

General Overview:

We find ourselves once again in the mountains of North Carolina where magic still lives.  It is here that we meet the young thief Willa as she struggles to earn praise from her clan’s leader and to ensure her peoples survival.  Willa belongs to a race of creatures call Faeran. The were once a great people who were friends to all manner of flora and fauna, but now they are dying out.  They blame this on the influx of human homesteaders and developers who are encroaching on their lands. But not all is what it seams. When Willa gets hurt on a thieving job, her world gets thrown into chaos and she questions everything.  As she does, she discovers some horrible truths as well as some pleasant ones. By the end everything is settle but not in the way that you hope

My Thoughts:

Once again Beatty brings us to the magic that can only be found in the mountains.  I love how he works alongside Native American and folklorist. Willa is a character that I feel sorry for.  Unlike Seraphina in the first set of books, Willa’s world is harsh before everything hits the fan. It’s amazing that she even retained the capacity to grow at all.  I really don’t want to go into more because I fear it might end up in spoiler land and I don’t want to to do that to anyone. But this book sucks you in slowly and surely, leaving you crying but happy at the end.  

Reread factor:

This is one that I will definitely read again when the mood strikes me.  When I get around to having children, this will for sure be a bedtime story.

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