Moving on!

Hey, all. I’m migrating all writing-related stuff over to my new blog, The Sentranced Writer. I’ll mostly be keeping personal posts about mental health and about my own writing here. I hope you’ll check out my new site!

I’m also looking for writers to join or guest post! You can check out the About page for more information.

Sobriety Anniversary

Today I’m celebrating 7 years sober from alcohol. I had the entire ECT team cheering on Tuesday while they were hooking me up to all the equipment.

On days like today, it feels like it was just yesterday when I was receiving my diagnosis of bipolar disorder, spending my first week in a psychiatric hospital, and beginning my outpatient rehab.

Since that day, August 20, 2008, I haven’t looked back. I work hard to stay sober. I don’t go to bars. I don’t put myself in situations that would jeopardize my sobriety. I’m lucky because my husband doesn’t drink, either.

Sure, I have bad times here and there. But my worst days now are better than my best days back then. I wouldn’t go back to that for anything.

In the Zone

I’ve been so focused on writing lately instead of blogging. I’m currently working on a new book, Forget Me Not, a sequel to Waiting for You. So far I have a little over 20k words.

Is anyone else ready for autumn? Seriously, I’ve been looking at Halloween decorations on Pinterest. I even found a wreath I plan on making:

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Cute, no? I thought so. I plan on making it for Halloween. I know, I know, it’s only the beginning of August.

I had another ECT treatment last week, and am now up to every three weeks. Surprisingly, they found a viable vein in my right hand. My veins are just so picked over, it’s always a hunt for a good vein at each treatment.

I do have a new post over on Bipolar Out Loud: http://www.bipolaroutloud.com/2015/07/music-and-mood/

How’s everyone else doing with their writing projects?

Excelsior!

While I understand not everyone is a fan of it, Silver Linings Playbook is probably one of my favorite movies. I do have the book, but have yet to read it.

I love Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Bipolar Disorder. There are parts of this movie that really ring true, and to be honest, it’s a bit scary. One of the ones that are most prominent in my mind is towards the beginning when he’s up at 4:00 in the morning, yelling about Ernest Hemingway. Another scene is when he’s up in the night, looking for his wedding video (and, of course, he’s frantic and yelling). It’s a harsh reminder of past manic episodes.

Bonus: Jennifer Lawrence. I adore her.

So, I’m just sitting here, watching Silver Linings Playbook and eating edamame.

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Writing Buddy

Here’s my writing buddy/foot warmer:
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I don’t know what it is, but it’s like Wilson knows when I’m writing. He fits himself under my desk, usually on top of my feet, and goes to sleep. I’ve now declared him my writing buddy and honorary foot warmer.

I’ve been doing some work on my newest novel, a currently untitled sequel to Waiting for You. The idea has finally fermented in my mind and I’m sort of mucking my way through it right now. I’ve gotten a whopping 1700 words so far while jamming out to OneRepublic.IMG_1073

I’ve also decided to start grooming Wilson a bit in between his groomer appointments. He especially needs the extra care during these hot summer months with his long fur. If anyone has any tips for grooming your pup at home, I’d love to hear them!

Bipolar Out Loud

Hey, everybody! My second post is now up on Bipolar Out Loud:

Electroconvulsive Therapy and Memory Loss

And here’s my first post: Creative Minds

Check us out! We have some wonderful contributors and articles over there.