Welcome back, everyone! Recently, I did a poetry run on my Facebook Author Page and met some very talented local poets. One of those individuals is a teen in my area. Through a private conversation, I found out her poetry is driven by some exceedingly difficult experiences. Later I was pleased when she’d accepted my offer to interview her. Here’s that interview. Hi, Rachel. Thank you for your willingness to give an interview. I know you gave it much thought. R: You’re welcome. Where are you originally from? R: I am from Topeka, Kansas. Though I spent most of my smaller childhood in a small town called Hunter. Mainly because it’s where my family lived and kind of originated. What grade are you in now? R: I am a Junior. When did you first realize you enjoy writing? R: I was really young. I was three, actually. I started writing songs. Then at the age of ten, … click here to read the full article.
Recently, I had a fabulous idea. On my Facebook author page, I invited friends, family, and fans to send in their poetry works. As you can see, the idea was well received and quite a few poems came in. The submissions speak for themselves! Take a look. √♥-√v–√♥-√v–√♥-√v–√♥-√v–√♥-√v–√♥-√v– How to Write a Book by Alex McGilvery Write Write some more Write until you get to the end of the story. Do a little happy dance. Tell people that you wrote a book. Read your book. Crawl under your desk and weep and bang your head against the wall until the sound makes the neighbours crazy. Re-write the book adding some annoying neighbours. Get pulled into the story again. Rant and rave at your characters. “Behave,” you say, “or I’ll kill you off.” They laugh and run off to dance in the moonlight. Bang your head some more. Apologize to the neighbours, … click here to read the full article.
Hi, everyone! Do you have a teenager or young adult at home who gobbles up books then scavenges for more? If so, you don’t want to miss this! Today, I have an author who might be able to satisfy their cravings. Susanne Lambdin is the author of The Dead Heart Novel Series. Take a look! Hi, Susanne! Welcome and thanks for taking the time to talk with me about your life and work. S: My pleasure! I’m ready to talk to you about zombies! But since you’re a native Kansan, I wanted to ask about that first. Where did you grow up? S: I am from Wichita, Kansas. Tell me a little bit about your background. Did you go to college? S: I attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a BA in Professional Writing. At the time I went to OU, you had to go through the Journalism school since they didn’t offer … click here to read the full article.
Hey, all! Happy New Year! We made it to 2016 and we owe it to ourselves to do the best we can with it. I love starting this year with the eleventh entry of the Self-Harm Blog Series. I’m honored to be a part of helping those who’ve struggled with this problem tell their story. With hopes of helping others who can relate to the pain of self-harm addiction, let us do our part in spreading the ‘word.’ The word is hope. The word is healing. The word is possibilities. The word is Love. God’s love. Your love. My love. Let us begin. Today is my interview with Kirsty. She is a young woman I met on Twitter who has been free of self-harm for a year! Woo-hoo! Welcome, Kirsty, and congratulations on your success! K: Thank you. When did you first self-harm? K: Honestly, I can’t put my finger … click here to read the full article.
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I’m not as okay as I pretend to be. Welcome to the tenth interview in the Self-Harm Series. I want to thank you for sticking around because I know this is a hard topic to revisit over and over again. The easy thing to do would be to bury your head in the sand and pretend you don’t know anyone with struggles like we’ve covered in the last couple of months. But the truth is… you do know someone. God has sent me ten brave souls so far. Ten people who are willing to lay it all out there so we can see what this looks like and so that others who are struggling know they’re not alone in their battles. Today, I was with a friend and she needed a ride to work. We stopped at McDonald’s on the way and I noticed the arms of the young lady at … click here to read the full article.
Self Harm – The world will come after you with knives anyway. You do not need to beat them to it. ~ Caitlin Moran, How To Build A Girl. I have a challenge for all the beautiful people who read this particular blog. Create a status on your Facebook or Twitter and ask your friends to click ‘like’ or ‘favorite’ if they’ve ever self-harmed. If you prefer, create a meme or use one of these. Not everyone will tell you, but I think you’ll be surprised at the outcome. After a day or so, please visit my author page and tell me about your results. Today’s blog is the story of a young woman named Fae. Her story, like many others, is not an easy one to read. If you have comments for Fae or any of the other interviewees, please visit my Facebook author page and leave your thoughts … click here to read the full article.
“In case you didn’t know, dead people don’t bleed. If you can bleed-see it, feel it, then you know you’re alive. It’s irrefutable, undeniable proof. Sometimes I just need a little reminder.” ― Amy Efaw, After Welcome back to the self-harm series, folks. If you’ve been following this series, I sincerely hope you’ve gained some understanding of what self-harmers are going through. Ya know, I did a ton of research for my book… plus, I had access to a recovered self-harmer whom I love so very much. She was very open and candid with me. But now, I feel like what I know (as little as it may be) is more rounded out. I have a broader scope. I hope you do too. I know I’ve said this in several other blogs, but I can’t stress it enough… It’s quite certain you know someone who is struggling with self-harm. You may not … click here to read the full article.
Hi, everyone. Glad you’re still here! Today I want to start by saying, ‘thank you,’ to the ‘No More Self Harm’ Group who publishes an online paper through Paper.li. They’ve picked up nearly all of the blogs I’ve done in this series and published them in their paper, making our outreach even greater. I’m grateful. The young lady I’m interviewing today is someone I connected with on Twitter. She tweeted a message about her recovery and I asked if I could interview her. She said yes and I’m thankful she did. CL: Welcome, Bryony. Could you start by telling me what type of self-harm you were afflicted by? Bryony: I cut myself and it got very severe. I also burnt myself with cigarettes. Whilst in the hospital, I used to head bang, leaving my face heavily bruised. I also attempted suicide through cutting and overdoses. Do you know what led … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back, everyone. This is the sixth interview in the Self Harm Series and I really appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read the personal stories of current and previous self-harmers. I know these blogs aren’t the easiest to read; but, often it’s the hardest things that count the most. Today my interviewee is a young lady who is the granddaughter of a good friend. I’d asked my friend to read my book prior to publication for feedback and I had no idea her granddaughter self-harmed. It was quite a surprise, but it was my first opportunity to see how my book could really help someone else. Meet my friend’s granddaughter, Isabella. She and I emailed back and forth quite a bit. There are very few things that aren’t included, hence a longer interview than normal. I just thought that by providing everything that it may give you … click here to read the full article.