Semicolons and Shit Left Undone: A #HoldOnToTheLight Post

Yeah, that’s a picture of my wrist. Yeah, I have a semicolon tattoo. Yeah, I have lost friends to suicide. Yeah, I have had suicidal feelings at times. No, I’ve never attempted suicide. No, I don’t have suicidal thoughts anymore, nor have I for several years. No, this isn’t a “cry for help,” or any other random way of me looking for sympathy for my past, current, or future issues with depression, bipolar disorder, or anything else. This is me talking about my tattoo, who it’s for, why it’s there, and what wearing it has meant for me. This tattoo […]

Not my typical blog post – a #holdontothelight blog post

This post doesn’t have anything to do with writing, or helping you make more money from your writing. This post doesn’t attack any of the current sacred cows of publishing, or promote any new releases. This post isn’t funny, and probably won’t piss anybody off. So if you’re looking for my typical fare, you should probably skip this one and come back next week. I can probably find something to bitch about by then. Last week I lost a friend. More specifically, last week a friend lost his lifelong battle with depression and mental illness, and took his own life. […]

Living with Bipolar – a #HoldOnToTheLight post

People sometimes ask me how I’m so productive, how I manage to turn out a novella every month, plus run a publishing company, and do a couple of podcasts each month, and attend an average of 1.5 conventions each month, and do all the other shit I do. The answer is – productivity through mental illness. No joke, no bullshit, I am mentally ill and that is how I get so much shit done. When I am able to do anything at all. I self-diagnosed myself with depression when I was a teenager. I didn’t go see a doctor, or […]

It Doesn’t Hurt to Bleed, a #HoldOnToTheLight Post

This is something I’ve never talked about. Not on this blog, not to my wife, not to a therapist, nothing. So if you don’t want to deal with shit getting real, this is the time where you should probably go be somewhere else. Go buy Midsummer, the new Bubba the Monster Hunter novella. It’s funny as fuck, and my favorite piece in the series by a mile. You’re still here? Alright, you were warned. But here’s another caveat – I’m not going to discuss this post. Not at a con, not over drinks, not on the phone. I might respond […]

Truth by Moonlight – a #HoldOnToTheLight post by Karen E. Taylor

Karen E. Taylor is a talented writer and a friend. When she wanted to participate in the #HoldOnToTheLight campaign but didn’t have a platform, I volunteered this space. This is her story.  I wrote a story called Mexican Moon once. A lot of people really liked it, and it even received a nomination for a Bram Stoker award. I had no idea why. The story of the relationship between a sentient robot and the scientist who made her, it seemed to me to be nothing more than a toss away. And although it took me forever to finish it, I didn’t […]