Been a little busy, in a good way!


I’ve been writing short stories about people with mental illness. Concentrating on characters who just happen to be ill and making them as identifiable as possible.

It’s important to me that these characters could be anybody. Not a stereotype or diagnoses, just a person going through a phase or situation.

My purpose is to help chip away at the stigma that is out there about those of us with BiPolar or Schizophrenia or depression and the list goes on…

I don’t want it to read like the PDA, but rather as a glimpse into someone’s life. There will be some triggering and tragic instances, but also some simple one. Which to a person without anxiety would be a simple task. But for those of us with anxiety, it’s a major undertaking.

There is a Writers’ Conference at Rutgers University I wish to attend. But money is an issue. When isn’t it when it comes to living on a very limited budget. I have to have the money for the conference and the money to get to and from the train. I’ll be taking a bus, to a train and then Lyft. Unless I can get enough to just take Lyft there and back, that would be heaven.

This is my mission and my dream. To get this book finished and attend this conference in June. Either way, I am writing this book.

The conference would put me in contact with publishers and fellow writers and give me a peek into what it takes to get your work out there. To find out if there is a market for my book or would I be creating one. I realize that I need to attend this conference in order to get a better understanding of what I intend to accomplish. In real terms and not just as a dream.

So, if you’re still reading. Please consider helping me attend this conference by clicking the link and hopefully contributing to my cause. Even if you don’t contribute a comment would be nice. We have to support each other and not be ashamed of who we are, and remember that our illness does not define us.

Thank You.

Donate to help me attend the conference, CLICK HERE.

Is it weakness


Second treatment for  bronchitis, I’ve been going through. Pills that you have to eat with and I don’t like eating 3 times a day. I try light meals, but need protein etc. to keep my stomach from hurting.

To think, all this weakness and phlegm and headaches and body ache. Are because I traveled to a high volume public area. I’ve been into the city and didn’t get this sick. Penn Station in NJ is a toxic farm. I saw roaches and it smelled and you didn’t really want to sit down. But I had a long wait. Somewhere in there and the train and the bus, I caught this shit.

I was exhausted and in massive pain, after I got home. Made me wonder about all the traveling I use to do without incident. And how now I feel so weak and old and I’m not even fifty yet.

I’ve got to crawl back into bed.

Basquiat is haunting me


 

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I saw the movie Basquiat (movie link) this week. And I guess seeing it while reeling with bronchitis is not a good idea. I was doing my own trip. My thoughts turned from doing heroin, too living in bohemia. Thinking what the hell was I doing in college when all “THIS” was going on and why wasn’t I part of it. Because you chose college stupid and were too young. Only by seven years.

Basquiat (artist’s site) was an artist during the eighties. And a line from the movie is haunting my mind. I see surfing in the skies and I wonder, ‘what year is this?’ when I still see racism.

I think the bohemian lifestyle appealed to me the most. I would love to walk down the streets in my pajama’s. To seriously not give a shit and to do as I felt, without hurting anyone, but just because I was moved by the moment.

I want to write or polish my short story. I finished one and my grammar sucks. It’s been so long since the fourth grade. But that shouldn’t stop me. There’s a book in me. I feel these stories, my mind is churning with characters and scenes and dialogue and I do nothing.

Am I lazy? Right now I’m just sick. So I’ll concentrate on that and get over this right now. I keep looking for distractions from being caught up in my illnesses. When one stares me right in my face, one I love. If not now, when? Maybe never.

No one I’ve shown my short story too doesn’t like it and they’re not just being nice. I have asked them for only negatives. I’ve gotten some and went back and made changes. I even managed to write a short paragraph to add to the story. I need to fill in some spaces with more descriptive writing, but I can do that.

Part of me wants to jump onto the next story, but I need this one to feel complete.

And a course on grammar.

Still working on bronchitis, head not too clear. Still seeing surfers in the skyline and smiling.

Eyes – Singular


It is my position to decree that the world will not be ruled by

me.

What if the world was ruled by those with one eye

There would be one eyed rallies and marches

Demonstrating in Times Square.

Holding up their banners of the SINGLE EYE.

While those of us with TWO eyes

hide and cowered in the shadows, hoping to be ignored

Knowing that if it weren’t for that damned eye

We could be like everyone else.

There would be a one eyed President

And World Renown Recording Artist

Lady One Eye.

Whose songs and posters are everywhere.

And who’s followers are called “Little Cyclopses”

While those of us with TWO eyes

Live in ghettos and eat what we can find.

Until some liberal one eyed decides to throw us a crumb.

So the government sets up a system too keep us down,

Yet keep us fed.

So we can work and go to school and live

But never be equal to the

Mighty One Eyed.

Our houses will never be as grand

Our clothes never be as posh

But we survive, those of us with two eyes.

Until they open up the Grand You Can Be Like Them Surgical Mall

Where for a large fee, you can have your second eye ‘plucked’ from your head

And wear an eye patch and at least ‘feel’ like a ONE EYE.

Or you can just wear the eye patch and hope you don’t get caught.

Those of us who can never afford the Malls

Will creep into the back alley’s and take a red hot poker to ourselves

Just to belong, we will sear out our eye.

Just to have a chance at a life without ridicule, judgement

bigotry and poverty.

To have a chance to be educated and just to dream without

playing the EYE card.

Imagine being a child in a ONE EYED WORLD

Looking in the mirror everyday and thinking,

damn my depth of vision.

Why do I have two eyes?

It has to be realized that one eye or two

I am still human.

That with one eye or two

I still matter.

That with one eye or two

I still have a voice

And dreams I wish to fulfill.

What does a one eyed person think when they wake up in the morning?

Ahh, look at the sky,

It’s so blue and the grass smells with dew.

What is next, what shall I do?

Well damn, I think that way too.

DIH

09/01/2015

Patients Like Me… A site for those with conditions who need support


If you follow the link I’m about to paste. You will find a place made up of all types of people from around the world who all have conditions that are diagnoses and live with them every day of their lives.

These aren’t doctors or researchers or advertisers. But everyday people who survive day to day and can offer help, comfort, support and conversation.

https://www.patientslikeme.com/?utm_source=ambassador&utm_medium=patient_referral&utm_campaign=ambassador_54924

There are boards for Mental Health, MS, Arthritis, AIDS, Cancer, all types of conditions. I have found so many wonderful people here and I offer you this chance to find some comfort and advice and camaraderie.

Thank You.

DRAG MONDAY: “Oh No She Better Don’t!”


I love RuPaul, if only I were that fierce!

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The contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 6 recorded a 90′s rap music song, “Oh No She Better Don’t!” and released a video for the song during last week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The official video is below and you can purchase the single on iTunes where a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Jeff Griffith Youth Center!

So do good, purchase the song iTunes

Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race on Logo TV at 9 PM EST.

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