Once the redesign/reboot is finished, I’m hoping to blog more regularly. I can’t make any promises due to the nature of depression, but I will try.
I want to post at least twice a week, and preferably three or more times per week. I’m not yet sure what I will post about, and whether the posts will be more personal or business in nature. As an author blog, I’d like to have a mix of both, but have the focus be towards the business end. I may have to take a poll to learn what people want to see from me.
In addition to the normal posts, I am also hoping to post at least one story per month. Most of these will be flash fiction (500 words or less). Some may be longer, depending, of course, on inspiration and ideas.
Oh, and just as a warning: politics is likely to come up at some point. Which should come as no surprise given the state of things in my country, the United States. Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook already know where I stand as I am not remotely silent on the issues there (especially Twitter).
It’s been so long since I posted anything here that I’ve decided to do a reboot of this blog. Within the next week, I will be redesigning and reformatting this blog. I will be designing a header image, though that may take me longer than a week as my digital art talents leave much to be desired. I may also design some other graphics for the blog, but I haven’t decided yet. I’ll have to see how long it takes me to make a header I like.
Sorry for my extended absence. Depression has been kicking my butt big time. And when depression wasn’t kicking my butt, anxiety and fear were. I’ve told many people about my depression, including on Facebook, but I tend to not talk about it too much. Sharing it with a new audience always makes me nervous and afraid. How will people react? Will they shun me? Will they think I’m crazy? Or will they understand? It’s nerve-wracking.
I was originally going to do my twice weekly posts on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but my dear husband pointed out that those were not good days for blogging. Those are my two busiest days of the week. Why? See title.
Wednesdays are D&D days. I attend one of the local D&D Encounters groups on Wednesday evening. We generally try to get to the game store early so as to avoid driving during rush hour. Asheville (North Carolina) may be a relatively small city, but rush hour traffic still sucks. It’s not so bad going into town, which is, thankfully, the way we go to the game store on the far side of town. At least it’s not driving I-26 or I-40 out of town, both of which get rather congested – and slow to a crawl – during rush hour. For those reasons, I’m away from home for most of every Wednesday.
Saturdays are Pokemon days. My husband and I run the local Pokemon League, and have for right around eleven years. When we started the League, we had our own store and ran it there. After we had to close (due to health issues, mostly), we ran it where ever we could: one of the county libraries, a rec center, and finally, another game store owned by a friend. Unfortunately, his store was too small for our growing League, though we made do for quite a while. Once that store closed, it was back to libraries and other such places. Until we found the game store where we currently hold League. We’ve been there since 2009 or so. (Anyone who remembers more accurately, feel free to correct me in the comments.) Just last year (or maybe the year before), Pokemon started adding something called “League Challenges” to the end of each League season. So while League is held for four hours every Saturday, we have a League Challenge every six weeks or so. On those days, we try to get there shortly after the store opens and stay until close to closing time – generally between seven and eight hours.
Both Wednesday and Saturday are spent at Hillside Games. The owners are supportive of Pokemon League (it brings them sales after all). And one of them even participates in D&D Encounters, though he just started with the current season.
I had more to add to this, but as I should be asleep already (it’s a bit after 2 am on a Wednesday), I’ll leave it here for now. Next week, hopefully, will have part two. (Also, I’ll add relevant links to this post before then. Probably on Thursday sometime.)
Wow, has it been a while! The past few months – okay, nearly six months – have been… interesting. I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life, not the least of which is my having become an aunt again. My newest niece was born just before Christmas. She’s had some health issues, but seems to be improving as of late. (Fingers crossed this continues!) That’s my biggest and best news. As for the rest, well, read on…
I am clinically depressed, have been for many years. And once or twice a year – at least for the past few years – it likes to jump up and bite me on the bum. That happened a bit less than a week after my last post. I’m just now pulling myself back out of that pit fully. It’s a long, hard climb. I’ve had more than a few false starts since last fall. Some days, I’ve felt almost normal. Others… It’s been a chore to even wake up. But! I’m putting all that behind me now. I am determined not to let depression win. I will come out on top. I will!
And now, on to some news…
I have been published! My short story, “Soul Call”, is in the anthology, Romancing the Story, which released on December 23rd. Currently, it is only available for kindle. I don’t yet know if there are plans to release it in other formats. I will let you all know when I know.
As a part of my effort to defeat depression, I am doing more writing. I want to start writing one short story a week. (Okay, more than one. One that I plan to post here.) I’m going to attempt to use the Flash Fiction Challenges that Chuck Wendig (warning: strong language – and lots of it) posts on his blog every Friday. I won’t use these every week, but I will do at least two a month. This week’s challenge is to write a story using 100 words or less. Wish me luck.
I am going to start a regular blogging schedule. I will post every week on Tuesday and Friday. My plan is to post a story every Friday. The Tuesday posts will be varied, and may be random gibberish. Hopefully not, but there is that chance. If I have nothing to talk about that week, well, random gibberish it is!