Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Back Into Writing, Back Into Life: Overcoming My Battles With Anxiety's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time to get insecure! Special thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating/hosting the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a monthly forum for writers to share insecurities without fear of reprisal.

It seems that much has changed in social media and the Blogosphere, so it's a little more than daunting to step back into the arena; that's what I thought before starting this post. If you've been following me, you'll know my life went chaotic. I had to put writing on hold while I secured a long, processed career change. The good news is school's over and I'll be licensed in a few months. The kids are in school. My schedule has stabilized. It is possible to start writing again. However, I've said this before ...

Somewhere along the way, depression and anxiety had a choke hold on me, the lengths of which I've never experienced before. I thought I knew what it was when I studied it, but living it is another sack of potatoes. It's more than feeling down or scared. For me, it hurts. Physically. Many things suffered because of this, and it's taken THIS long to find the right options to make things manageable again. My perception on the state of social media hasn't helped. It's been toxic and unsafe, for me. Three months ago, the idea of throwing a post up, about anything, caused me to panic. Same goes for appearances and launch parties, things I really enjoy. How had I fallen so hard?

So I looked up a youtuber who's content I really enjoyed when he went on a break with a vague plan of return, and it resonated with me. After these many years of building this blog and the connecting with many readers, it wouldn't surprise me if this silence on my end and lack of writing has led to disappointment or even betrayal. It was never my intention to go, but the odds weren't in my favor. In light of this, correct or not, rest assured that I haven't given up on writing. I have something new in submission with my agent, too. Not Woven or zombies, and I've started the second zombie again. Just need time.

That is the long and short of where I've been these last couple years. Further details are not included as they are my issues to work with. Writing may not be as fast as I'd like it to be. I've come to terms that it may not be my season yet. I'm doing what I can while supporting my family, who needs their father to be both there and functional. I also am making it a priority to post more often. Here and elsewhere. So long as the desire exists, so too will the manuscripts manifest.

As always, thank you. I highly value your patronage and support.

Ever fallen into a funk? What has helped to pull out from under it? Do you think Thanos did nothing wrong? Can you do the Floss?

I'm David, and I spy a smile in that water spill ...

Monday, May 28, 2018

Some Very Messy Medieval Magic: A New Magical Middlegrade Tale by Blog Legend C. Lee McKenzie!

Hey, everyone! I've been away for a LONG while, but this post isn't about me. A great friend and blogging legend has recently released her new book, but shortly thereafter lost her husband to a cardiac event. I feel this is the least I can do while she takes time off the interwebs. Please check out her website and other works as well!

Some Very Messy Medieval Magic by C. Lee McKenzie

Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found. There’s only one solution - fledgling wizard Pete must take the page’s place.

Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Pete’s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England. But what if the page remains lost - will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the duke’s curious niece, a talking horse and the Circle of Stones, Pete realizes he’s in over his wizard head yet again...

C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, but these days her greatest passion is writing for young readers. When she’s not writing she’s hiking or traveling or practicing yoga or asking a lot questions about things she still doesn’t understand.

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Thanks, everyone! Hope your Memorial Day is a good one. Sorry for my absence. I'll post again in June with a much needed update.