depression

The Disconnect

The problem with depression is that it kills the value of everything in your life. All the things that you value, that you enjoy, that mean something to you, whether it’s just entertainment or something deeper, like a life’s purpose or a favourite task, are robbed of their emotional content. Robbed of meaning. Of purpose. …

writing

Prophecy

It’s a staple of fantasy fiction everywhere. The prophecy that foretells of a pending doom and a particular person or person as the only chance to stop it and save the world/girl/country/human race/whatever. And I get it. It’s an impetus to push a character into a larger role, to put them in situations where conflict …

depression

Depression Identity

It’s easy to let the negative parts of your life become your identity. Addict. Victim. Crazy person. Bitch. Loser. Depressed. I do and have suffered from depression since I was in my pre-teens. Sometime around the time where what I was being told was good and right stopped lining up with what made sense or …

depression

Non-Conformity

I am a terrible non-conformist. I don’t mean that I’m an inveterate or incorrible non-conformist, though that’s what I’d really love to be, but rather, I’m bad at it. For all the punk rock on my iPod (yes, I still have one) and all my literary heroes coming primarily from either the counter-culture or genre …

business

Pathos

I have a hard time being pandered to. After years of working in technical support, where one is daily faced with an onslaught of frustrated people looking to get their problems solved, I’ve learned that all the things we teach customer service agents and other phone people is largely fluff. Our best years at the …

culture

Crudity/Comedy

I’ll admit. I’m a fan of crudity in comedy. I’m not a fan of insult comedy, but I’ve always been of the mind that it’s better to laugh than cry. Overt bigotry isn’t funny to me, but pointing out someone’s foibles can be, as long as it’s not done from a sense of ignorance. Pointing …

ethics

Happy Tree Fables

I always wanted to do something with Aesop’s Fables. Not that I particularly revere them or anything, but there’s a long history of moralist literature dating back thousands of years that seems to just go unquestioned by the majority. Given that a huge portion of my core self involves seeking alternatives to whatever scenario is …

depression

Depression, On Fire

When it comes to writing about depression, the words won’t come. I don’t know what it is, but writing honestly about depression induces writer’s block in me. It’s not something I talk about with others very often, or at all, but it’s been an old friend since I first learned God wasn’t real, and that …