The Write Life

I started blogging on this particular domain when I was 23 maybe? I kept it light and fluffy. I posted quotes, photos of art, and a maybe a book recommendation or two.  (BTW Free Food for Millionaires is still one of my favorite books!)

But I digress…

As far as my writing goes, I never wrote anything of substance because I feared it could impact my corporate job.  I realize now, what a weak excuse that was.  I’ve since left that world, and have become a full-time writer.  The fears of sharing any thoughts on a blog have been replaced by the need to write…anywhere.

And besides, I really took the leap last year when I started my own mental health website—The Current Collective!—where I’ve been writing about mental health issues and my MH journey…

I’ve decided to use this place to blog weekly (I hope!) about my writing highs and lows. My posts will vary length, though I’ll try not to drone on too much.  If I flounder, I’ll at least share books that I’ve read.  I’ve gotten my best book recommendations, in part, from other social media outlets and their mentions of things they’ve read.

Mostly, this will keep me accountable and moving forward. YOU GOTTA KEEP MOVING FORWARD!

I’ve fallen of the productivity wagon before and it’s not a place I’d like to revisit, thank you very much.

So let my writing life highlights commence!

1. Work Writing:

As far as work updates go…it has been the usual merry go round of disappointments and surprises.  I submitted a post for a children’s mental health website (my niche!)–which got rejected (by a snarky editor, I might add).  However, my blog post for a software consulting company (definitely not my niche!) got accepted. Go figure.

2. Creative Writing:

Last night, I hit 47k words on my WIP/manuscript!  I’m thrilled.  I thought I should write this little milestone down—in black and white—so I can see it, and finish this beast!

I managed to get to 47k in under a month and I’m itching to get back to it.  I almost cried for my two characters and the milestone they hit last night.

3. Mental Health Writing:

I started The Current Collective last year and I can’t tell you how great it is to connect with other bloggers in the mental health community. I have a few things lined up in this field, which I’ll be sharing soon.

Also, I finally took the leap and wrote my post for Stigma Fighters.  For my thoughts on my SF post, click here.  To read my post directly on their site, click here.

4. Bookworm life:

I’m truly impressed with the selection of Young Adult books being published lately.  I really like Alex Flinn and Jasmine Warga’s YA books.  They’ve done an excellent job covering mental health issues, as they connect to teenagers.

Christina Lauren (who produces THE BEST erotic fiction around, in my opinion), surprised me with their paranormal romance YA offering, Sublime.  Just beautiful!

1. Breathing Underwater by: Alex Flinn

To his friends, popular and handsome sixteen-year-old Nick Andreas has led a charmed life. But the guys in Nick’s anger management class know differently. So does his ex-girlfriend Caitlin. Now it looks like the only person who doesn’t realize how far from perfect Nick’s life has become is Nick himself.

Breathing Underwater takes an honest look at dating and domestic violence.  It shows the thought process of physical and emotional abusers and their victims.  Just a really important book for teens and adults.

2. My Heart and Other Black Holes by: Jasmine Warga

Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution—Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together.

Jasmine Warga pulled me in from page one.  She takes an honest, unflinching look at the harsh realities of depression and suicide.  I’m looking forward to seeing what she writes in the future!

3. Sublime by: Christina Lauren

“It doesn’t feel right because you don’t understand it, not because it’s wrong,” he says. “For the first time in my life, I feel like I know what I want.”

Sublime is one of the most beautiful and devastating books, I have ever read.  I’m a fan of all Christina Lauren’s adult work–great escapism–but I wasn’t prepared for how heartbreaking and consuming this story would be.  I think about it, in every free moment.  When you start SOBBING over a story’s end, and characters who exist only in your imagination, you know that the authors have hit on something real.  My heart still aches for these characters, and it probably will continue to ache, for a really long time.

Online summary:

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life–and her death–neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…

IN CASE I WASN’T CLEAR, go pick up SUBLIME. And carry on Christina Lauren, I’ll be waiting for the next release in September!

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