Tag: essay

  • Too Good to be True?

    Too Good to be True?

    This morning started over at the Writer Beware Blog where I saw this post: America’s Next Great Author: The Author Reality Show Idea Rides Again. If you saw the advertising for the show, or even if you didn’t, give the blog post a read. I found the break-down of the contract helpful. The deadline for […]

  • VSS: Jun. 29, 2022 – Survival

    VSS: Jun. 29, 2022 – Survival

    As a child, survival meant becoming small, silent, erasing myself or breaking off pieces. Wanting was dangerous, get rid of it. Noise was dangerous, get rid of it. Presence was dangerous, get rid of it. Until nothing was left to prove I was there.

  • An Analogy: the Wetsuit

    An Analogy: the Wetsuit

    People often find it difficult to explain, or to understand Complex PTSD. I often find myself falling into metaphor or analogy to explain the experience. The reason for using an abstraction is because in Complex PTSD the particulars from one person to another vary – greatly. I have found that trying to paint a detailed […]

  • By Jove – I think I finally get it.

    By Jove – I think I finally get it.

    This post is probably going to sound a lot like bragging – but I promise there is a point at the end… I am challenging myself to do ‘one big thing a day’. Why? Because I stand in amazement at what an ordinary human can accomplish in a morning. For decades I have watched friends […]

  • The Beginning Writer: ah, humility

    The Beginning Writer: ah, humility

    I am here at my desk taking big calming breaths as I look at a mountain. A figurative mountain, but still it is impressive and daunting in its size for a beginning writer. I have to climb it. It’s not a question of do I want to or do I not. It is a necessity. […]

  • Gabby Petito – Another Lost

    Gabby Petito – Another Lost

    The video of the stop in Moab Utah. Fair warning – It is hard to watch. I heard the news this morning about Gabby Petito as I checked my feeds. The confirmation of my worst fears was there, displayed on the screen. I heard there was a video of the interaction with law enforcement in […]

  • The Things We Keep

    The Things We Keep

    The Things We Keep, the premier novel of Ms. Julee Balko, is a story about grief, both that which we let go and that which we keep. The thread of grieving carries the story from far before we meet Serena to the final resolution of her own pain. As the reader progresses through the layers […]

  • Healing the Invisible

    Healing the Invisible

    After a few tries you wonder if the voices of the CPTSD are right. You fear you never will be ‘visible’… But, there is a tiny voice within undulled by all the abuses and fear that whispers – “Try.”

  • Falling off the edge

    Falling off the edge

    Meanwhile, the Dr., the Pharmacy, the Insurance company are all looking at one another and telling me that I am not their problem. 

    Meanwhile – I’m running out of my medication. 

  • And After the Writing…

    And After the Writing…

    If you are a writer, or if you are starting your writing adventure, no doubt you will hear plenty about another very important aspect of writing – editing. I, like many other writers, live under the delusion that all the words come out of my head and adhere to the page in the exact order […]