Hello to my writing and blogging friends.
Today, I’m going to share a few things about this month that have significant influence on me as a writer and person.
First, the personal stuff.
May is an important month in terms of my health because it is Mental Health Awareness Month. To be honest, I didn’t give this much thought. Until recently, I didn’t know there was a whole month dedicated to spreading awareness and educating people on this important, yet overlooked and scrutinized, aspect of our well-being. Outside of family, few people know my issues with mental health. To be brief, I was diagnosed with bipolar in 2005. I follow a strict regiment of care, including visits with a therapist. And I follow groups on social media that post articles about not merely adapting, but thriving, despite these issues. In the last several years, many celebrities are speaking up about their struggles with their mental health. Shannon Purser (Stranger Things, Riverdale) is the latest to come forward. Other notables include Demi Lovato, Maurice Bernard (General Hospital), Howie Mandel, and the late Carrie Fisher. Learning about their struggles gives me hope for the rest of the world. We need to take mental health more seriously. But we shouldn’t feel shame and run away from it. We shouldn’t let these issues define us. Rather, we should embrace it and say that we are going to live the best life possible in spite of it.
Ok, enough deep stuff. Let’s lighten things up.
May is the home stretch for many teachers and students. The anticipation of closing another school year is at a fever pitch.
Most schools are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, including my daughter’s school. It’s the time to show how appreciative we parents are for putting up with our growing bundle of joy for ten months. We shower them with presents every day this week, like fruit and gifts cards for coffee. There is also Field Day, which is a day long P. E. class. My wife and I are volunteering by bringing water bottles. It might be the one healthy thing the kids have all day.
And finally, May is Short Story Month. I had no idea this existed until my writing friend Julie quoted a tweet and tagged me on it. As a short story writer, this makes me so happy. I read a lot of articles about how short stories are making a comeback and how they can be a stepping stone for most novels. While I’m not focused on writing a novel, I will be working on a new story. Right now, I’m still gathering prompts and trying to make a decision on what story to write.A lot of friends have recently encouraged me to publish my stories on Wattpad, but only after writing a large cache of stories. A solid plan.
Prior to learning about Short Story Month, I created a Twitter list I named “The Short Work Fraternity.” As the name suggests, the members are short story writers, past and present. I feel a sense of joy that I hadn’t before. Knowing there are writers who share the same love of the short story as I do.
So, as you can see, May is a busy month. Busier than even I realized. But that’s a good thing. I have a lot to celebrate, a lot to learn, and a lot to write. Thanks for taking time to stop by and read.
Until next time…