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The first thing one needs to do (if one wants to do anything) is to start…
This is me starting…
It’s not a grand plan of attack yet. It’s a baby step. I don’t know where I’m going yet. It involves writing and stories—I know that much at the moment. It also involves trimming some things.
More on that later…
For today, just a quick “Hi, I’m back.”
And a bit of an update… I’m writing again. *whew* It was hard going for a while. I suspect every year it’s still going to be a bit hard to maintain any writing momentum around the holidays. This year I almost wished I could embrace the normal busy-ness that normally takes one during that time. Hopefully next year, and the years that follow, will get easier, and I can stop thinking about the should’ves and could’ves and the people gone.
I can only honor them one way—be the best person I can be. When I was with them, they made me feel like I was that best person…
We all go somewhere, someday. If it is a real place, then… it’ll be fun to say “Hi! You were right!” to them.
Oh, and my daily wordcount via 750words: 1031 words
I forgot my last few weeks of posting (I know! but at least the break in between wasn’t almost a year like I had done). Who’d have thought it would be so hard to come up with single weekly blog post?
Thing is… it hasn’t been a single post. Just a single one here.
I’ve been busy, busy, busy over at my writing progress blog Many Worlds from Many Minds, and have been either posting there or commenting on the many wonderful participants of the Writing challenges I have been involved with: the Round of Words in 80 Days; Ready. Set. Write!; and the JuNoWriMo. It was also the end of school for me at BCS (and homeschooling), so there were progress reports to make and assignments to review….
The plan this summer is to merge this blog with Many Worlds so I can dedicate my attention to maintaining one online home. Or rather one blogging home… with Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn and… well, you get the idea.
But that’s for later this summer. For now… I just really wanted to both apologize to you all for being absent and to note a small change to the First Friday Photo blog hop I hold here on the 1st Friday of every month.
From now on, I’ll be opening the FFP linky up the week before the first Friday of each month so people have time to post their links. The links should go active on the Friday. This way people can schedule their posts somewhat, and they can have something to look forward to on First Fridays. 😀
Hope you’ll all join in.
A little family story…
World Suicide Day: Preventing Tragic Loss (reblog, but original post removed from the now defunct site: CommuniCATE)
I grew up in a household where suicide was always felt (my great-grandfather had killed himself… it may sound like that should have been distant, but our family was a very extended one with me living with parents, grandparents and my great-grandmother in the same house). In that house, there was a room no one was supposed to go in, the room he shot himself in. The blood hadn’t even been cleaned after his body was removed and buried. They just closed the door and on rare occasions, someone would shove a box of “stuff” to stack in the room through the door… when the door could be reached. Usually stuff was piled in front of it.
The outside door to that room (it was the original kitchen to the house, and yes, after he died, they just made a second kitchen) overgrew with ivies, the small awning was allowed to just fall off the house, pulling some of the clapboard with it. The window broke and the barn cats would go and nest in there.
I used to want to know why that room was closed up so much. No one talked about it. If I tried to peek a look, either I risked poison ivy itches (not so bad for me, since as a kid I never caught the rash, but horrid for my uncle and grand-father since they could catch it from being around me) or being hollered at…. And the brief peeks I did catch never made much sense. What was so special about a dirty old kitchen filled with boxes and the corpses of mice and birds?
It wasn’t until I was in my late twenties that I’d pieced all the hints together. By then I’d been hospitalized for suicide attempts myself, my uncle had been living on antidepressants, my grand-father had been slowly recovering from alcoholism, …
Suicide does change things.
And for those wondering… a picture of the house in question. Of the door, even:
Trying to resume a regular pattern for this page, I have one of my “semi-regular” features for the day: Book Review Monday, which as you my remember, alternates weeks with Your Inspirations, a feature that highlights those creative sparks that “work” for people in the world.
Reblogged from The Dash Between: with gratitude!
The rights I’ve posted below are extremely important to me, because up until two years ago I didn’t believe I had many of them.
I think of an incident that happened when I was about 12 or 13. I was listening to a Morrissey tape when my Mom walked past my room. For those of you that are familiar with Morrissey, you know that most of his music sounds very depressing and fairly mellow. At least it did when I was listening to it in the mid-80’s. Mom happened to walk past at a particularly “drumm-y” intro and reacted in an unexpected way. I was raised in a very conservative home, so the drums were too much. She grabbed the tape out of the player, and started yelling at me about the horrible music. I remembered trying to explain that it wasn’t all hard rock like she thought, but back-talking…
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It’s Friday. I looked over the Flash Fiction options today and my eyes just glazed over and my brain …which is set on some temperature well over 100 degrees at the moment… just stopped. So, I’ll forward on the lovely prompt that L.S.Engler posted for her Five Minute Getaway piece. I’m going to give you the link for Chuck Wendig’s frighteningly detailed assignment for this week. I’m going to apologize to myself (and Albert) for not even trying to start the Flash Fiction February challenge.
And I’ll send you over to my writing process blog Many Worlds From Many Minds for the opening of a story line I’ve played with for some time.
I am also putting out a request for guest bloggers. The topic will be “What Inspires Me”… The posts don’t have to be writing related only. In fact, I’d be delighted if they were not. We’re all far more than the accumulation of our words. Contact me via email at mouse(at)sff(dot)net or @Kymele on Twitter if you would be interested.
Hopefully tomorrow after some sleep I will feel energized enough to finish my photography posts (at least one of them).
Oh, and to add silliness to more silliness… I’m adding yet another online challenge to my list of to “get done”s. This one, of course works wonderfully between the two other reading challenges I’m involved in: 50/50/Me and Telling Tales 2012. I’m not sure I could pull it off well if it didn’t. This one is called The Bookmark Break Challenge. It’s to encourage me to finish all those half-red books I was enjoying then got sidetracked from for some strange reason. You should check it out and spend a bit of time looking over Aubrie Anne’s earlier posts. She has some amazing tidbits hiding in there.