I’ve Been Distant, & I’m Sorry

My last post on this blog was my birthday letter to myself, and since then I have not written a blog post.

I have been super busy if I am honest. I am a full-time student, I do freelance work, and I am above all else.

I am excited to share that the memoir is still moving along. I have a beta reader and a copy editor working on the memoir, and I hope that it will be completed end of this month. That might push the release date (as I still have to go through the entire process of self-publishing before I actually release the memoir). But, everything is going in the right direction with The Bipolar Writer: A Memoir.

In other news, I finished my first novella! It is called Angel on the Ward. For those that have read when I posted this story last year on the story, it is completely new. This new story was written in third-person omniscient and quite darker than the original story I wrote almost four years ago, but I am super excited in its finish as I wrote the 32,000 plus word novella in just under a month. Now comes the fun part, more editing! The story will most likely end with about 35,000 words as there are a few chapters that I would like to add to the story.

I am super excited about this short story because it was a success. I am looking to quickly publish the story and add it to one of my tiers on my Patreon account.

I am also working with a logo designer as this website is very overdue for a logo that represents The Bipolar Writer brand. It is this brand that I plan on expanding to the new territory of mental health advocacy in the future. I am looking at grants (and a grant writer) about possible mental health related things that I could do for advocacy. If you know any grants or have ideas please reach out to me in the comments or email me @ jamesedgarskye22@gmail.com

Another New Medication

I wanted to update you all on my continued taking the anxiety medication Clonazepam. My anxiety has been so much better and I am more active than before.

I know that there are bad parts of benzos but this will give me an opportunity to refocus on my sleep and CBT. Both are so important in my life and I plan on getting to the point where I don’t need benzos at all. I have great plans and I have been able to leave my house for hours at a time!

I am also starting a new medication today–Depakote which will be replacing lithium as my mood stabilizer. My psychiatrist is having me stay on lithium and Depakote and seeing if it work and then I will be off lithium. If you have read my blogs in the past you know I absolutely hate lithium, even though every psychiatrist that I have been with swears by it. I will be updating when I can on this new change.

I wanted to end this post with an apology. I have been pushing my Patreon account a lot and its because I have huge plans for mental health advocacy in the coming months and even years. This is really important to me and I hope I am not annoying my followers. It is not meant to be that way.

Always Keep Fighting

James

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12 Replies to “I’ve Been Distant, & I’m Sorry”

  1. Glad things are moving forward for you. I wish you the best in your endeavors. I was on lithium when I was first diagnosed many years ago. I didn’t stay on it because of the side effects. I was self-medicating a lot then and preferred my drugs over theirs. I have also taken Depakote in the past but don’t remember much about it. I hope that it works out for you. I am now taking Lamictal and doing better on it. It has antidepressant properties, which is good because I can’t take much in the way of ADs because they make me manic. Anyway, keep on doing what you’re doing. It is an inspiration to the rest of us.

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  2. I take Effexor and clonazepam as needed for anxiety. Big C is fucking magic some days. Hugs!

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    1. I take it three times a day, 1mg. It has helped me be more active. I’ve been able to leave my house and do things. It’s been worth it.

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      1. Awesome! I use it on the really bad days. I’m
        Finding a dose that helps me not just hide in my anxiety and panic attacks. Asshole brain.

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  3. Given that you’re so busy, I wanted to say thank you… as I’ve noticed you follow my blog and read my posts. I only have 40 followers and it took 2 years for that many. You’re one of the better writers who follow me, so again thanks. I have been checking out the mental health collaborative interviews, plus some of your own posts and i find all of it helpful when i am having a tough time.

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