Where has The Bipolar Writer Been?

Starting a New Adventure

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It’s true, I have not written a personal blog post in about five days. I have to admit the pull to write every day is not as strong right now. It helps that I have the most amazing contributors and guest bloggers help fill The Bipolar Writer blog with unique mental health topics, and it has been great to see the conversation move in the positive direction as I add more contributors to my blog. I have been working on myself especially in the realm of my social anxiety.

I finally overcame my latest depression cycle which is just amazing. I thought about specific points during my most recent depression cycle that I was in for the long haul. It turned out I learned some new things about myself and my depression. I feel going into June and that the seasonal element of my Bipolar depression is indeed over for 2018. Sure, there will be depression, but I am confident that it will not be as bad during the summer– my past is a great thing. I learned things.

June marks some significant changes for The Bipolar Writer. I am moving to a new house in late June. It’s a new start. A fresh start really. A shift in my mental health and a  reset of my story and journey. Speaking of stories, I am so close to the finishing editing my memoir. I recently got some critical help from a fellow blogger to help me along my road to self-publishing. I am hoping to launch a digital version of my memoir The Bipolar Writer this summer. If I can get some success with a digital version, I hope to save enough to do a print version of my memoir.

July is another significant milestone in my life. I still can’t believe I am just four weeks from completing my Bachelors Degree! July 1st, 2018 is my final day, and I will be graduating summa cum laude from Southern New Hampshire University. It is has been such a hard road, but somehow with everything I deal with, I will graduate at the top. It is a fantastic feat that last year I was unsure I would finish.

My work in the month of May on my social anxiety has been quite helpful. I am always working on getting back on track with my cognitive behavioral therapy which I have had the most success with getting my anxiety under control.

I am hopeful that these changes are just the beginning. I will refocus my summer on my writing before starting my Master’s program in October. Things are moving in the right direction. I have some fantastic ideas for mental health topics of discussion in the coming weeks. I am so happy with the content my contributor bloggers bring to my blog.

I plan on having adventures this summer. Going out into the world and seeing things that I miss so much. Walks on the beach. Traveling. Most of all meeting new people and reconnecting the people that mean the world to me. My move is going to add changes in the positive to my life. I can only keep moving forward.

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Let’s live life this summer! Always keep fighting.

James

Please Help me Publish my Memoir

I am almost done editing my memoir “The Bipolar Writer,” and I have decided to go down the self-publishing route. If you can donate anything towards my goal, it would mean the world to me. I am still working towards enough to pay an artist for a good cover. Those that donate will get a special mention in my memoir on a page dedicated to those that made my memoir possible. Thank you in advance!

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14 Replies to “Where has The Bipolar Writer Been?”

  1. For me, I go through cycles.

    I furiously write. Every day, multiple times a day, I can’t seem to stop writing. My mind is dumping all of my life experiences and emotions.

    The next phase is I have zero desire to write. Don’t even think about writing. Feel a numbness and lack of desire to write. After about a week or even two, I start to feel guilty. I feel badly that I haven’t done any writing in a while. I mentally beat myself for being lazy, but the desire still isn’t there, and then one day, boom! It’s like a fire hose and the cycle begins again.

    At this point in my writing I’ve accepted that this cycle will just continue on its own. When I force myself to write it doesn’t work. There’s no creativity. I just have faith in the cycle of this and every time I think I’ve lost all desire, shortly after it comes rushing back.

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    1. Wow! That. Is the story of just about everything in my life… especially when it comes to my writing. I joke that I’m either All or Nothing. Hot or Cold. 100 mph or Zero. I know that it’s frustrating for my husband when I go, go, go for a week and then I’m barely able to get off the couch for a week. It’s a source of many arguments. I can’t make him understand because he’s never struggled with mental illness or depression. Anyway, I’m glad I found your blog and I will keep following😎

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  2. Hi James! I was just wondering if you’ve got someone to check the writing in your memoir. I love your blog, but I’ve noticed that sometimes your sentences are a bit confusing and that you make grammatical mistakes. Maybe it would be a good idea to get someone to proofread your manuscript?
    All the best and good luck!

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    1. I tend to rush my blog posts a bit. I just don’t have time to fully proofread each piece. I am working carefully on my memoir in the editing process. If things go well enough I have a few people that are willing to look for the things that I miss. You get so close to a project like the size of my memoir and you’re bound to make mistakes. I don’t worry so much about the grammatical errors on my blog simply because they are mostly my thoughts. If I had more time I’d read through the several tones.

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  3. I absolutely love this post!! I wish you the best of luck in your adventures this summer! I, too, plan on adventuring as much as I can! I would also love to have you guest post on my blog sometime about mental health if you are interested! Mental health and self-care are two things I take very seriously and things I feel aren’t taken seriously enough in society! Let me know what you think about guest blogging!

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      1. Okay. I will try to work it into my schedule this week. I am in the middle of my last semester so I am not sure if I will get to it quickly. I apologize for that.

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