A little while after I got diagnosed, I "named" my OCD. This is a technique that a lot of OCD sufferers use to create a divide between their own thoughts and the thoughts caused by the mental illness. Basically, we create a name and a sort of identity for our OCD. My OCD is named "Codi", and she's an angry, unstable teenage girl living inside of my head.
Today, I thought I'd post an interview with Codi that I put together during creative writing class. Please note: Codi is a bully, and thus, her comments do not reflect my actual opinions. My words are in bold, Codi's are normal.
You know this is probably going to make people judge us, don't you?
Yes, but I'm hoping it'll help some of them too.
Whatever. *rolls eyes*
How long have you been around, exactly?
Oh, quite a while. When you were little, I was that constant need for attention and approval you had going on. Remember how your ballet teacher said you were the only three-year-old she knew who PMSed? Yeah, that was me. I wasn't really a full person until you were eight, though. When you learned about sex and weren't ready to face it, I came in to save the day.
Why are you here in my head?
You know the answer. I'm here because you need me.
Hey y'all! My friend Julia nominated me to participate in the My Writing Process Blog Tour, so that's what I'll be doing today! (Check out her post here.)
1) What are you working on?
At the moment, I'm busy preparing for Ch1Con! But in terms of actual bookness, I'm waiting for some beta readers (*ahem* Maddie) to get back with #FibromyalgiaStory, so I can finish up edits and start sending it out to agents!
2) How does your work differ from others of its genre?
#FibromyalgiaStory is a YA contemporary novel about chronic illness, which in itself is pretty rare. You find lots of them about fatal diseases, like cancer and such, and mental illness, but no one really talks about physical illnesses that you have to live with all your life. I wrote this book, basically, because I wanted one like it for me and couldn't find it.
3) Why do you write what you do?
#FibromyalgiaStory is unusual for me. I'm not much of a contemporary person. In fact, it was an accident: I meant for #FibromyalgiaStory to be a sci-fi thriller, but it turned out to better fit as contemporary. I write YA because I feel the teenage years are the most passionate and transformative and thus the most fruitful to write about. Generally, I write speculative fiction because me and reality have issues. I find that I can address important topics in a more meaningful and interesting way if I do it in a speculative fashion. Also, I generally view the world through a fantastical lens.
Today, I'm going to play the Facebook song game with Suzanne Clever, the protagonist of the project I'm currently sending out, #FibromyalgiaStory. Her comments will be in blue. To play the game, I put my iTunes library on shuffle and write down the songs as answers to the given questions. Ready? Great!
1) SOMEONE SAYS ‘ARE YOU OKAY?’ YOU SAY:
The Battle Room
Well, that's a weird thing to say.
2) WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
I am not putting up a facade!
3) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
4) WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A ROMANTIC PARTNER?
Angels We Have Heard on High
Is this expressing a desire to hear angels singing when I am around him?
5) HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
It's Not My Time
That's kind of depressing, but cool song!
People generally either hate or love Steven Moffat, the current head writer for BBC TV shows Doctor Who and Sherlock. I'm on the love side, and, because he's one of my writing idols, I want to list his strengths and weaknesses and talk about why I think they make him a brilliant writer.
Today, I'm going to do another bookshelf tour, like the one I did a while back, in order to share my recent acquisitions. This tour is done via video, at a slightly higher quality than the last YouTube video I created, though not nearly as cool as John Green's videos, unfortunately! I'm still learning, LOL.
For the past six months or so, I've been raising money, through GoFundMe, for me to attend a writer's conference. My goal was around $1000, which would have allowed me to get to the Chapter One Young Writers Conference. I was unable to raise the full amount in time; however, after looking things over again, my mother and I have come to an agreement, and I will be attending Ch1Con this year!
The Chapter One Young Writers Conference is a conference for young writers originally founded for (and by) my online writing friends, whom I interviewed on this blog a week and a half ago. We wanted to meet up, hang out, and share our love of writing. I wasn't able to go in person last year, but I did teach a session over video. Because of the success of that conference, my dear friend Julia made it into an official one that's open to all young writers! I'm the Associate Online Administrator. This year, we will be in Chicago, Illinois, on June 14-15. If you're interested in attending, please do sign up ASAP! It'll be fantastic, I promise.
Because I am able to attend, I will be speaking at the conference this year! I'll be guiding a workshop on novel openings for all Sunday morning attendees. I may also be involved in other group speaker events in the conference. I will be giving away a couple of query critiques, and I might be able to give some signed copies of books and other swag as well. The other speakers, of course, will be giving out lots of other amazing things for attendees! We have a number of them confirmed, including Amy Zhang, whose debut novel Falling into Place comes out in September and has already received great reviews!
So if you're a young writer (ages 13 to 22), come check it out! Registration is now open at this link. I hope to see you there!
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