I’ve been sharing a new story this month. It’s called Night Aggressions and is a horror story by Trent Becker and me. We’re posting a new chapter each Friday until it’s done. We’re posting it to the Emerald Dragon blog, here’s a link to the page with the chapters posted to-date. Go catch up before Chapter 4 drops this Friday. And be sure to leave us a comment on the chapters to let us know how we’re doing.
When we’re done, I’ll wrap it up neatly into an ebook for ya’ll as well.
It’s true. All of it. But for my birthday this year, I’m trying the fundraiser for birthdays thing on Facebook. And it’s for a good cause, of course. Young LGBT lives. That’s a good cause. Raising money for The Trevor Project.
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including a nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.
I’m 36 today, but many LGBT folks won’t live to see all those years. Let’s support our neighbors, lift them up.
This past winter season, 2017-2018, I had what I refer to as my Second Worst Seasonal Depression. Good times. I won’t go into details on that, but rather I wanted to talk about something I came up with to help me through it.
Making time for self-care
As I found myself a month or two into what I could sense was a bad seasonal depression, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Part of the reason it was so bad was that I was planning to get a jump start on it and try to stay proactive, but it came on a lot earlier than I expected it to. I wasn’t ready for it. But I came up with this idea, I was going to start taking off one day per month from work for strictly self-care. I’d have one day per month specifically set aside for me and only me. For taking care of my mental state.
At first, I wasn’t sure it would do me much good, but the first date arrived and I was wrong. It was really good for me. And as time moved forward, I found myself planning and looking forward to my one day per month to relax and take care of myself.
Winter proved to be a long one, and I kept up the practice through springtime. But around August, I was scheduling my self-care day and realized I’d been going through all of summer continuing to do it. That was never my intention. I had only intended to do it so long as winter lasted and my mood felt it needed it. So I thought about it, and decided I would keep it anyway for the time being. I had grown so accustomed to it and it really was quite a treat for my self-care.
Now, not everyone may be in a position to deliberately take off one day per month. And I understand those pains. But your mental health is important, and no one cares more about it than you, so you’ve got to be proactive. And obviously one day a month isn’t all the self-care we should be doing, but as a bare minimum of taking a significant amount of time for one’s self, it was good for me. Ideally, everyone should be allowed to take vacations when they need to, to refresh and keep their sanity. Your health matters, and sometimes that means prioritizing it higher than you normally would. Take time for you. Winter is coming. Make sure you’re getting some self-care time.
The latest book that will be added to my authorly resume is a collaborative piece called Gun. Here’s the quick run-down:
The citizens of Salem suffer more than their fair share of life’s ills. Murder. Mayhem. Jealousy. Greed. But when a mysterious handmade Gun shows up on the scene, nothing will ever be the same. For this Gun has its own moral code. It will never fire to do evil, only to do good. As it tumbles in and out of the lives of ordinary citizens – junkies, clerks, cops, criminals, unfaithful husbands – they find their lives changed forever. Sometimes for the better; sometimes for worse.
Born from pain, built for good.
The String-Along project is a collaborative effort where multiple authors, in locations around the globe, come together to tell a singular story. Sometimes not knowing where to go with a story until the previous author in rotation provides a chapter update. The first in the series is called Fatal Flaws and can be found online in both paperback and digital formats.
We wrote this one back 2014. It was the follow-up to Fatal Flaws and takes place in the same fictional city of Salem. That’s it as far as connection is concerned between the two stories. This isn’t a sequel to our first collaborative book. We doubled our author count for this one, jumping from 5 to 10. Yikes!
If you’ve ever loved me, or even liked maybe, or even if you hate me, consider heading over to Emerald Dragon Tales and choosing your retailer of choice and pre-ordering a copy. Or mark your calendars and purchase it on October 1st.