Category Archives: perseverance

#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 8)

Insecure Writers Support Group

Once again, it is time for me to ramble on writing for the Insecure Writers Support monthly post. In the past, I have written about things you should be doing as a writer. However, this is the: What *NOT* to do Edition. There are jillions of articles on what to do if you want to be a writer, but not too many on what you should NOT do. So using my vast knowledge of all of those things (which means, either YES I have done it, or YES I have had it done to me), I shall impart my words of wisdom. DO NOT visit a big bookstore and get discouraged because it is filled to the brim with other books and then think “what … Continue reading

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All I can do is cry…

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I wanted to write a post about having gratitude even in the midst of being a Sick Person, but then death smacked me upside the head a few days ago, and then social media flooded with stories of the woman attacked and sexually assaulted by the Stanford student (whose name I refuse to speak), and the lenient sentence he got, and … I just can’t. All I can do is cry. I cry for the victim of that horrible crime, even as I applaud ‘Emily Doe’s’ courage in writing and reading her Victim Statement, and sharing it with the world. It is hard to read. (But I hope you do.) It makes me cry more. But it is also hopeful. That maybe what she went … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – Q is for…

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My theme this year for the #AtoZchallenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me. … Questions One of the most difficult things about being a Sick Person is all the questions I have. Questions that seemingly have no answers, that lead down a rabbit hole to more questions. With no real answers. Of course, the biggest question of them all is: WHY?!?!? followed closely on its heels by: WHY   ME !??!?    !?!?     ?? And there’s no answer to either one of those. The big WHY is a question that is best to let go of. It’s not productive, and can actually be hurtful. Even tho it’s the most natural question in the world to … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – I is for… (pt 1)

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… insistent Hello my dear and faithful readers, I am (obviously) posting late for ye ole letter “I”, and I’m sorry to inform you all that it will also be a lacking post, because I am exhausted and hurting (which I will [possibly] explain in a later blog post) and upset (which I will explain further in a minute), but because of my, erm, je ne sais quoi, stubbornness, rather my insistence in not breaking my #AtoZChallenge chain, I am writing. It also – {string of expletives that would make a sailor blush} – seems that everything is conspiring to keep me from writing tonight! Which is why I am upset!  (There is apparently no good synonym for “upset” which starts with “I”; the only … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – B is for…

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… balance I kind of feel hypocritical writing about balance when I’m sooo not balanced in my life, no matter how hard I try. My sleep is out of whack (I’m writing this at 2:35am, and yes, I’m more often than not awake at this time), I hardly have any IRL friends left, my husband gets frustrated with me, and I get frustrated with me too. But balance is something we all need to strive for. You hear about work-life balance a lot, but what does it really mean? You’re supposed to have time for your hobbies and passions and friends and still get satisfaction from your work activities. But… The “normal” work week for someone with a full-time job is 40 hours, but even … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 5)

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So it’s time once again for my ramblings on the craft of writing for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, or #IWSG. I didn’t end up writing anything for January or February (bad me), even tho I’m supposed to write something on the first Wednesday of every month. They didn’t kick me out of the club (hooray!), so I’m still blog #187. Not that the number matters. Being a Sick Person means that time sorta runs together, and before I knew it, the first Wednesday of January had gone by, and then the first Wednesday of February was gone too. Shame on me. However, I’m actually writing this in mid-February, to get ready. I’m sure I’ll be reading and re-reading and writing and re-writing this post … Continue reading

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Diving deep into mental illness

Challenger Deep

Hi. My name is dSavannah and I suffer from mental illness. Specifically, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD tendencies. I’ve talked about my issues before, but I felt compelled to address them again in a specific blog post, because I just finished reading Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a member of the Amazon Vine program, which means I get to pick out books (and other items) to review. And Challenger Deep was available. BUT… I almost didn’t order it, based on the description: “A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force.” Reason being, I fight with my own demons, and I find it difficult to read things that contribute to … Continue reading

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