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Blogging

My Anti-Rules for Writing

There are plenty of rules out there on the internet about how you "should" write.  Well, I say shoulds are just another form of cognitive distortion, so it's time to kick some of those rules to the curb and replace them with anti-rules for writing. Write every day Apparently this is something you're supposed to… Continue reading My Anti-Rules for Writing

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Writing

You Know You’ve Made It Big When…

Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay This morning I happened to Google the title of my first book (Psych Meds Made Simple) and made some interesting discoveries of the you know you've made it big when... variety. I had submitted the book to my city's public library and its local indie author program.  I didn't hear back from them,… Continue reading You Know You’ve Made It Big When…

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Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Mental health bloggers needed!

I'm currently working on my next book, Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis.  In it I'm peeling apart the diagnostic criteria for multiple different diagnoses to give a clearer, more reader-friendly picture of what each illness actually looks like. Since the DSM criteria can never fully capture what it's like to experience a given illness, I… Continue reading Mental health bloggers needed!

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Blogging

Who I Am as a Reader

Image by JL G from Pixabay This is a follow-up to a post last weekend about my identity as a writer. Much like I've always like to write, I've always liked to read.  I'm grateful that this was something my parents instilled in me from very early on.  Childhood favourites included Anne of Green Gables and the Little… Continue reading Who I Am as a Reader

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Writing

Who I Am as a Writer

Image by JL G from Pixabay Here we are on WordPress, all of us as writers.  But what does that writing identity look like?  I thought I'd do this post to take a closer look into my own. I've always liked to write.  When I was young, as in elementary school young I liked to write stories.  One… Continue reading Who I Am as a Writer

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Writing

The Blogger’s Guide to Self-Publishing Basics

I did quite a bit of research on this topic for my book that came out last week, and I've seen several bloggers mention that they're also contemplating doing books at some point, so I thought I would share some of the self-publishing basics that I've learned.  I'm by no means an expert, but I've… Continue reading The Blogger’s Guide to Self-Publishing Basics

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Book Reviews

Why I Like to Review Books

Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash Do I actually know anything about how one is "supposed" to review books?  Absolutely not.  But I like doing them anyway, and here's why. I used to read a lot.  I always enjoyed non-fiction, but probably the majority of what I used to read was fiction.  Depression definitely makes… Continue reading Why I Like to Review Books