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 […]

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 […]

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 […]