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Descent to Mania

Mania’s a rush, right?

Soaring energy levels; creativity effusing from every cell; productivity out the wazzoo; happy, happy, happy. Right?

Uh. No.

Try nightmare-filled, sporadic sleep; anger escalating to rage in flashes; callousness, rudeness, disgust — all followed closely by sadness, self-loathing, rose-colored glasses now encrusted with gray.

Ahh, but the nightmares provide quite the fodder for suspenseful — perhaps horrific — fiction.

Step aside, Joyce Carol Oates! I’m on my way!

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Recently, my friend Tiffany tagged me with a meme to write my memoir in six words. While you’re supposed to tag other bloggers once you’ve been tagged, I really don’t have that many co-bloggers at the moment to tag, or they’ve already been taken. Here are the rules:

1) Write your own six word memoir
2) Post it on your blog; include a visual illustration if you’d like
3) Link to the person that tagged you in your post, and to the original post if possible
4) Tag at least five more blogs with links
5) Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!

Here is the memoir I would leave today. I’m positive it will change tomorrow or the next day. But for now, here ya go:

Creative writer craves deliverance from evil.

I’m not always this serious or intense when describing myself, but recent events have left me feeling precisely as my memoir suggests.

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I’m sure I’ve lost some readers, since it’s been more than TWO MONTHS since I posted anything! I’m almost done editing a humongous book, so I will have time very soon to post something again. In the meantime, happy, happy spring! It’s gorgeous in Louisville!

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Lots of things are happening for me right now. In fact, my life has been so fortuitous that I wonder whose life it is anyway. I’m just not used to things going my way, and now nothing isn’t going my way. Let me start from the beginning…

At the end of November, I called a retail store I’d worked for years ago to see if they needed Christmas help. I was invited back immediately and so I got to spend several weeks making little children’s days complete. Almost immediately after taking this second job, my friend Tiffany offered me a proofreading job and I began editing in earnest. No sooner did I take this editing job than I found the condo I’ve been looking for for the past four months. But the good fortune didn’t stop there. I submitted a low bid on the condo, and it was upped by only $1,500–a figure I found infinitely reasonable given the move-in condition of the condo. So I got the condo that fits my needs precisely! (more…)

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Read “Crushed” on Mark Creekmore’s blog. It is very moving.

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