Joe Hill

So, I discover Joe Hill through comic books. His series, Locke & Key, was my first experience with his work. Of course, I researched more about the guy once I loved the series. Turns out that he is Stephen King’s son. Good writing definitely runs in the family. 

I recently finished his collection of short stories called 20th Century Ghosts. Some were better than others and a few had plot twists I never expected. I recommend it. 

Currently, I am reading his second novel, Horns. So far, having already seen the film adaptation of it, the book is so much better. There are more details and more explanation about everything. The movie left out a lot, and the book is immensely engrossing. I’m able it half way in, and I hate having to put it down when return from break at work. I again recommend it. 
Comment Starters:

  1. Have you ever had a book that you recommended to others before you even finished it?
  2. Are you a fan of Joe Hill? If so, what’s your favorite thing about his writing that you love?
  3. Does anyone else get obsessed with certain authors every so often?

It’s Been a While…

… but I’m back to blogging, and I still love my tea. I, also, recently had a tea party for my friends. I made cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, and homemade scones. I bought a few petit fours to top off the tray.

Not pictured is the tea I made. Lol. I used the Jane Austen blend I bought when I visited Bath, UK in 2016. My friends and I enjoyed it, and it made me feel reminiscent and happy. 

Official Diagnosis

So I’ve talked about my depression and anxiety a little on this site, but it is hard to talk about sometimes because mental illness is still seen as somewhat taboo. Due to some FMLA paperwork I submitted for my job, I found out that my official diagnosis had changed from Major Depressive Disorder to Bipolar 2.

This might not seem like a big deal to some of you, but it sort of devastated me. Bipolar 2 is

A less severe type of bipolar disorder characterized by depressive and hypomanic episodes.

It is a lifelong illness and does not have a cure only treatment. My aunt is bipolar, so it runs in my family, but seeing those words on paper broke my heart. It was as if seeing my future in front of me but something blocked the path.

I know that it does not decide who I am, but I feel that I am traveling through this life with a monkey on my back. That, with meds and therapy, I can keep the monkey where belongs give me a little bit of hope, but I am still unsure of how I feel about it. I guess that makes the metaphor work. Whatever.

Comment Starters
1. How did you react when you received a diagnosis you didn’t want to acknowledge?
2. Tell me of your own experiences of dealing with mental illness.