Essays: All of them

100-word Essay: Off The Rails

If you want to know more about this cycle within Complex-PTSD take a gander at this post.

Book Review: Intense Transformation

This little book is rather like a HIIT workout itself. Short, intense, sometimes a challenge, but in the end, it is worth the work. For those that are not familiar with the term, H.I.I.T. stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. Many programs over the years have followed the HIIT principles. Among them, Crossfit, P90X, Tabata, and … Continue reading Book Review: Intense Transformation

Book Review: Ta Le – Book 1: Knowledge

I picked up the novel of Yessoh G.D. entitled “Ta Le” because I wanted to experience a culture that was not my own. I find myself torn about leaving this review because my background is not African and I’m wondering if I am missing something, or if I’m taking something for granted that is not … Continue reading Book Review: Ta Le – Book 1: Knowledge

Book Review: Dark Apprentice

Wow, I really dislike Nikolai Fedorov. I know this guy. He is the guy who smirks when they think you can’t see. He is the guy convinced of their own superiority. From the first page to the last Nikolai, the main character, is both protagonist and antagonist in his own story. He undoes himself at … Continue reading Book Review: Dark Apprentice

Book Review: Steady

Steady: A Guide to Better Mental Health Through and Beyond the Coronavirus Pandemic by Dr. Sarb Johal is one of those books I wish everyone would read. 80% of the people around the globe would find some idea or thought within these pages that would help explain the currently fluid world we find ourselves within. … Continue reading Book Review: Steady

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Unpacking: COVID and ‘brain disease’

IF anything, this study has demonstrated that mental health is interwoven with physical health. The first order is to preserve life, but we must not abandon the fundamental human need to live.

What is Complex-PTSD (CPTSD)

Definition of C-PTSD Complex post – traumatic stress disorder is a psychological disorder that can develop in response to prolonged, repeated experience of trauma in a context where the individual has little or no chance of escape. Honestly, I can’t remember if these are my words or not. Please tell me if they are yours. … Continue reading What is Complex-PTSD (CPTSD)

Book Review: Wild Things Will Roam

Wild Things Will Roam, the debut novel by K.M. West, is a post-apocalyptic gore fest with a soul. The surprises don’t stop there.

Off the rails : CPTSD Cycle

Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a bitch. I was trying for something more academic sounding, but let’s face it, I’m not on that plane today. Nope, today is one of those days where I’m just trying to figure out where I put my sh*t. Or, more accurately, where I lost it. I know when. … Continue reading Off the rails : CPTSD Cycle

Book Review: The Sons of Mil

If you are a fan of epics, Celtic myth, or simply good storytelling, The Sons of Mil, L.M. Riviere’s debut novel is a welcome outing. From a diverse group of characters, the author weaves a tale of complex politics, the brutal conditions in fictional Innisfail, treachery, and a quest for redemption.

For my brother

Duane Robert Stewart October 16, 1964 – January 18, 2021 My brother died today and I wept for him, for us. For all the warm words we never exchanged, For all the jealousy we held for each other, For all the times pain was our only contact, For the words of hurt, For the thefts, … Continue reading For my brother

Touching base

Well, January 2021 certainly led off with a bang. I still see things on the horizon of concern. I’m trying very hard NOT to focus on those. Instead, I am head-down in editing my second novel while waiting somewhat patiently for my first novel to have a pre-order date. I’m also trying to remind myself … Continue reading Touching base

Picking up Clues: January 6, 2021

Holiday break is over. That means I am back at the keys. You can’t see me but I’m over here shaking my head because of the events in the US in the past 24 hours. I’m reading all my various news feeds and still head shaking. It’s mystifying – why are all these people acting … Continue reading Picking up Clues: January 6, 2021

Everyone else is just too tall

Several years ago I was introduced to the idea of “the culture of character” and its near opposite “the culture of personality.” Before I plunge into today’s societal navel-gazing it is worth the time to look at and define these two types of social structures. They may appear to some people to be synonymous. Other … Continue reading Everyone else is just too tall

In the can

CPTSD is a strange thing to grow up with. Even stranger to live with it. For Example: My latest InstagramPost- There it is the manuscript for Book 4 in the Unhomed series. Still debating titles. I do like to stick with one word – but this particular word is proving elusive.Despite that this manuscript will … Continue reading In the can

Thanksgiving rewritten and CPTSD

As many of my readers will know, Thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday. Putting my family together with the expectations of a celebration to rival the covers of the Saturday Evening Post never worked out well. It was more like a production of The Crucible. For many years, and I know I’m not alone in … Continue reading Thanksgiving rewritten and CPTSD

Two paths diverged in a yellow wood

I love the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost which contains the line used for the title. The simple idea that we all face choices that define our lives. Those choices can be momentous or tiny. They can be so small that at the time we didn’t notice that we had made a … Continue reading Two paths diverged in a yellow wood

Yes, I’m Afraid of Twitter

Twitter scares the ever loving bejeezzus out of me.  I can’t think of a better TED talk than this one to demonstrate why that is so. When Online Shaming Spirals Out of Control. Yet, writers seem almost compelled to put up a social media presence.  From my admittedly very early days in this pool, it … Continue reading Yes, I’m Afraid of Twitter

Christmas Consumerism – Be Gone!

It’s November. 2020. Covid. Trump. Systemic racism. Out-right racism. Police brutality. Did I mention pandemic? You know, I’m already tired. I was seeing Christmas candy in the grocery store before Halloween. Before. It was like the entire world said – Hey if we can’t go door to door begging candy and tooth rot let’s just … Continue reading Christmas Consumerism – Be Gone!

CPTSD Paradox #3 : joy and fear

Yesterday was a remarkable day. So many people felt as if they were coming up for air after fighting to breathe for years. The announcement of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being elected as the next president and vice-president of the United States was literally celebrated around the world. All the aspects of life that … Continue reading CPTSD Paradox #3 : joy and fear

Outta Left Field : Tums for Breakfast

There are two emotions competing for my attention this morning, relief and dread. It is a curious combination. At first, I didn’t understand the emotions. As I looked at the returns from election day and saw that Trump was not elected for a second term, despite his declaration of victory I thought I would feel … Continue reading Outta Left Field : Tums for Breakfast

Just Don’t a new 100-word Essay: Truth

I like to think I am relatively ‘easy going’. I’ve had folks tell me that I was a pleasure to work with. Huzzah. And I like to think that not many things send me into a point of anger. Of course, that could just be the CPTSD and the fact that I have virtually no … Continue reading Just Don’t a new 100-word Essay: Truth

Outta Left Field : Beginning of the end

The hope for every sane person in the United States is that on November 3rd, 2020 there will be an indisputable mandate from the citizens of this nation. The desire is that the election of 2020 will not be occluded by doubt.

NaNoWriMo 2020 – On your marks

Oh the anticipation. The heady excitement of tomorrow. It’s almost here – NaNoWriMo. Are you ready? My answer is always – No, I’m not. No matter the number of practice or planning sessions, despite very effort I can make to ‘prepare’ myself I always face the first week of NaNoWriMo with a bit of trepidation. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2020 – On your marks

Coming Alive Amidst a Pandemic.

Oh, the irony.
Thirty plus years of
Being various degrees of suicidal
And now we have a pandemic
Upending the world
I want to live.

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