What do Isaac Asimov, William Blake, J.K. Rowling, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath, Tennessee Williams, Kurt Vonnegut and Emily Dickinson have in common with me and probably many of you too?
I really value my friends on Twitter and FaceBook but my latest bout with the black hand of depression has stopped me in my tracks for almost three months and I apologize to all.
In common with most depressives (I guess), I just plough my way through it and hope that I will snap out of it. I don’t want my doctor to give me drugs—I hate drugs and am scared that they will take more from me than they give—and I certainly don’t want to listen to the simplified answers of a psychologist or psychiatrist.
This latest bout stopped a couple of days ago as the result of two unconnected events:
- I read Michael Connelly’s Gods of Guilt. It’s one of his Lincoln Lawyer series and I loved it so much that when I finished reading the last word, I felt inspired. I immediately opened my computer and started writing some more of Lockstep, the new Cal Rogan Mystery. When I stopped writing I felt, for the first time in three months, that I was getting somewhere with the book. What a relief!
- The same day, I received an email from Maura Lynch, @Loudmouthkid62 on Twitter, just saying that she hadn’t seen me there for a while and was everything OK. Her kind concern flicked the switch and over the next two days the fog of depression lifted and floated away on the breeze.
So now, eternally grateful to Michael and Maura, I’m back on track and I hope that I will be conversing with my Twitter and FaceBook friends regularly.
Hopefully my writing will also be less sporadic and I aim to have Lockstep available in June.
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