AN INTERVIEW WITH A WRITER NAMED TRACIE, PART ONE

“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates

Part 1 of 2

What a better way to get to know yourself, than by an interview. We all have been through them, for jobs and school. When creating characters for our stories, we have an interview process. It helps us to dig deep into our characters, to get to know them. You know the method of standing in front of the mirror and reciting affirmations? Why not twist it around and interview yourself?…[READ MORE]

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Reignite The Flame

 

I earned my Associate of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Phoenix in 2014. I know, it’s gotten a bad reputation. I started there in 2012, and Federal Aid paid for the education. Due to my health declining, I had to find an alternative way to work. I could no longer work at grocery stores and fast food restaurants. The only jobs I could do had to be remote jobs. With my social anxiety, most of the remote jobs wouldn’t work. I had to look back on my life and see what I was good at, and what I remembered amazed me… [READ MORE]

 

Odyssey: How To Control The Worry.

The dark clouds cover the sky. The wind picks up to remind you how cold can sting. The rain falls from the heavens, leaving you shivering in your pajamas. It’s a dark, cold, wet and dreary day. Thoughts run through your head. “How will I pay this month’s rent?” “Why can’t I find a job?” “How am I going to afford to pay the bills and still have food on the table?” “How am I going to afford a vehicle and insurance?” You’re not alone in these thoughts. We live in a world where everyone is worrying about something…             [READ MORE]

Odyssey: Pets & Mental Health

 

I went to counseling the same year as my divorce, but they were not listening. As time moved on, the places he hit me and kicked me were increasing with pain. My lower back (left side) and the left hip area were the worse of the pain. Having trouble bending, walking and standing was getting to be difficult, but I carried on with work. I went from being able to work 40+ hours a week to being unable to work due to the pain. I became a recluse. No longer was I talking to people, I was not wanting to go outside or take part in anything. Even talking on the phone is hard for me. Going to the physicians did no good either… [READ MORE]

 

Odyssey: Maladaptive Daydreaming

 

For my whole life, I have been a homebody. As a child I would stay in my room, listen to the music and pretend to be with the band, playing air guitar and dancing around. I would also re-write movies and television series and add a different character and act it out behind closed doors. When I got out on my own, I did the same thing. Now, living with someone, I spend time in the bathroom and act everything out in my head or in at my computer desk with my eyes close daydreaming. All these “daydreams” took up most, if not all of my time. I felt like I was living in my “daydreams” because, in reality, my life is boring and unadventurous due to my social anxiety and lack of confidence in myself…[READ MORE]