Link’s for my writer friends,
Because I’m thinking about it and just found two great links, I can’t wait to share them. Who knows about Kidlit411? It is the one link to go to for kid lit lovers like me. Here it is:
And if you ever want to start a website? On your own? here is the site to go to for that.
The reason for the post:
YOU are my friends, right? And because you are, you are not going to judge me or go running in the opposite direction when I tell you the title of my memoir, right? I know there is stigma and I might lose some of you. But I’ve got to come out of the closet so to speak; so I can go on and finish this thing.
I mean, I only have two or three chapters to go on the first rough draft but the thought of having people judge me because of my title is holding me back. So here goes. My working title is this:
“Spiraling, My Journey With Bipolar Disorder”
This memoir deals with my late husbands death in 1991, my decreasing a medication I had been taking since a debilitating depression in 1984 and how these factored in creating a manic episode in 1994. Then the next six years through 2001 of remarrying and becoming stable after a brief hospitalization and finding the right medication cocktail. So, you see? Scary stuff to show and reveal about myself. Stigma. People scared for and of me.
Why I’m scared of stigma and yes, it is prevalent:
Around here there’s been a news story of a schizophrenic mom, or rather a mom who has schizophrenia, missing along with her two toddlers. And her family want her arrested for neglect when they catch her. Now, I’d like to know how this announcement is supposed to make her want to turn herself in. And where did that strike of neglect come from? Because she didn’t want to stay with her husband? Who said, “I just want my f……g kids back?” I mean who is to say she isn’t running away from an abusive husband who is himself violent and neglectful?
Make me smile and comment:
Anyway, Please comment. Tell me if you like my title, “Spiraling, My Journey With Bipolar Disorder,” or if you don’t and why. Or tell me if you have a better title. I’m all ears and open for suggestions.
And for a look at a logo my friend Margot Finke made me? Here it is about my two picture books. We are still waiting for the print version of Edmund Pickle Chin. It is in e-version on the publisher’s web site though.