I’ve spent a lot of time over the past year asking, What if…?
If you’ve read my story about my concussion and senior year of college, you know it’s been a hell of a year. Short version: I took a hit to the head during softball practice and sustained a severe concussion that basically destroyed me for four months.
I’ve been symptom-free for 6 months now, but while the injury was temporary, the emotional effects are permanent. I have been changed both positively and negatively, and it’s difficult to keep from replaying that moment (and many moments afterward) and wondering what my life would be like if things had gone differently.
I've spent many years braving the hoards before the sun for cheap scarves and DVDs. My mom used to drag me out of bed so that we could bond over fighting department-store goers for our lives—and for half-priced boots, of course.
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I’m not much for external motivation. I believe that you have to motivate yourself, and if you don’t have the inner-drive to accomplish a goal, you won’t. But this video from Eric Thomas (aka Hip Hop Preacher) has always been a source of inspiration for me. If I feel myself getting off track or forgetting why I choose to work hard and follow my passions, listening to this speech, more times than not, sets me right.
This last week has been rough.
I’m not a proponent of hiding your rotten fruit in the back of the refrigerator and letting it mold. Issues need to be brought into the open and discussed so that we can all learn to see each others’ perspectives. Things don’t just magically get better. We have to work for it.
But we also have to take care of ourselves, and negativity is draining.
Raise your hand if you feel tired.
The Kickstarter has not been successful, but that does not mean we're giving up.
Flooded: A Creative Anthology of Brain Injuries will pursue traditional publishing. Unfortunately, that means contributors will not receive payment on acceptance. But it does mean that we are pushing forward and fighting to make this project a reality.
A creative anthology devoted to concussions and brain injuries has amazing potential to change lives. This project has received too much support for me to believe otherwise.
Submissions are open! See the guidelines.
Each person who submits or who subscribes to email updates will receive an invitation to join our private Facebook group. We will continue to support each other and to catalyze change.
Thank you for being part of this project and for driving it on!
This is not a political post.
I am not going to say a word about the candidates’ platforms or political ideas. This is going to be brief, but important.
Regardless of how you feel about Trump, his victory highlights the continued disrespect—and even contempt—for other human beings in this country. He represents racism, misogyny, and the belief that certain groups of people are privileged to threaten the wellbeing of others.
Even if you do not believe that, please understand that many people do.
Many, myself included, feel that we have seen the worst side of America—the side still harboring hatred. I am afraid of what that means moving forward with my life in this country.
Many people are heartbroken, and many people are afraid.
Here’s what I’m asking: Respond with kindness. Remind marginalized Americans that there are people in this country (and in the world) who empathize.
No matter who you voted for or what this election represents to you, please understand that to many, it represents disillusionment. Understand that people are continuing their lives with fear in their hearts, terrified that this country’s progress has been a facade.
Don’t let that be true.
(Without Being an Ass)
We want people to read our writing—our books, our stories, our blog posts. Making that happen involves putting our stuff out there and telling people, “Hey! Look, this is good. You should read this.”
It’s simple and necessary, but we’ve all seen that person—online or in real life—who promotes him/herself and comes off like a complete and total ass.
When the majority of a person’s communication involves self-promotion, we begin asking questions like “What’s so special about that persons’s stuff?” and “Do they ever talk about anyone but themselves?”
That is not the kind of attention you want.
But we have to talk about ourselves and our stuff. We have to brag about it. Why would a stranger want to read your writing if you don’t speak positively about it?