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Sorry for the long absence. I've not had much time for writing these past two weeks and even now it's hard to find a minute to sit down and actually put my thoughts on paper. I joined a writers' group, or at least have said I would attend next Thursday, but have not yet written the single page assignment on "Mom" that was asked of the members, that's how difficult it has been to write anything at all. I managed one entry in my notebook, and that's about it.
I'm torn, because I could babble about daily occurences easily enough, but am not sure how much that is wanted here. At least one person pointed out that more journalistic entries might be more "my style" and better appreciated...I would indeed like to write on less self-involved topics, but alas, most entail some reading and that I find extremely difficult to do, due to problems concentrating. Another has asked for more of my poems, but those are "caught" when my mind is ready for them and things are quiet enough to dispose me to sit and wait. In short, this is not a time particluarly amenable to inviting the muse, though she comes when she will and could do so even now, though it would be unlikely. And of course there are those who want to hear precisely what I write about now: daily life with schizophrenia, whether active or in recovery.
What to do, what to do? I suppose I could do as I have been, and contribute a bit of all three. There is nothing wrong with that. And that is as fine a solution as any. But I feel at this point pressured to "find something to write about," when I am also under other pressures that pull me in a dozen different directions. Because of this, I am going to take some time off, and write only intermittently this summer, or only as the spirit moves me. I pushed myself to write a great deal earlier this year, and think I have earned myself some off time, and in any event am forced to take it.
Feel free to contact me at my gmail address any of you, especially if you have topics for me to address here, or are interested in my jewelry. But also if you have comments or questions about schizophrenia or anything else I have written about. And check back from time to time. At some point in July I expect to hear from the two places I sent my poetry manuscript to, and will certainly post the response if it is positive. I may also from time to time keep you updated about Joe's condition if there are major changes. But for now, I'm going to give myself an official break until after Labor Day and hope that you all will return then to find out what's new.
Posted by pamwagg at June 22, 2007 09:23 PM
Thanks, loyal friends and lurkers all. Don't give up on me, but have an enjoyable summer, wear spf 45 sunscreen if you go outside in fair weather, and come back when yellow schoolbuses once again ply the morning streets. TTFN. Pam W