A little while after I got diagnosed, I "named" my OCD. This is a common technique that a lot of OCD sufferers use to distinguish between their own thoughts and the thoughts caused by the mental illness: basically we create a name and an image, sort of an identity, for our OCD. My OCD is named "Codi", and she's an angry, unstable teenage girl living inside of my head.
Today, I though 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.
How long have you been around, exactly?
Oh, quite a while. At first I was abstract. 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.
Hey y'all! My friend Julia nominated me to participate in the My Writing Process Blog Tour, so that's what we'll be doing today! (Check out her post here.)
1) What are you working on?
At the moment, I'm pretty busy preparing for Ch1Con! But in terms of actual bookness, I'm waiting for some beta readers (*ahem* Maddie) to get back with WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL, so I can finish up some edits and start sending it out to agents!
2) How does your work differ from others of its genre?
WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL 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 is also a big topic currently, but no one really talks about physical illnesses that you just 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?
WITD is actually unusual for me. I'm not much of a contemporary person. In fact, it was an accident: I meant for WITD to be a sci-fi thriller, but it turned out to be more contemporary in the end. 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 (fantasy/sci-fi), because me and reality have issues. I find that I can address real topics a lot better and 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.
So today, we've come around to a semi-regular feature, in which I talk about music! Today I'm going to play the ever-famous Facebook song game with Suzanne Clever, the protagonist of the project I'm currently sending out, WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL. 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!
SOMEONE SAYS ‘ARE YOU OKAY?’ YOU SAY:
"The Battle Room" from the Ender's Game score
Suzanne: Well, that's a weird thing to say.
WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
"Facade" from Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical
Suzanne: I am not putting up a facade!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
"Home" by Phillip Phillips
Suzanne: I can handle that one.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY?
"Angels We Have Heard on High" by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Suzanne: What, is this expressing my desire to hear angels singing when I am around said guy?
HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
"It's Not My Time" by 3 Doors Down
Suzanne: That's kind of depressing, but cool song!
As I've mentioned before, 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 how I think his strengths balance out enough to make him a brilliant writer.
I'm still reeling from all the excitement of the beginning of the week, but we'll cool it down here for a bit. Today I'm going to do another bookshelf tour, like the one I did a while back, in order to catch up with 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.
*An updated version of this post can be found here.*
Thanks for watching, and I'll see you next time for the first of two posts analyzing Steven Moffat! *Post removed*
Fantastic news, guys! After looking things over again, it's become clear that I actually will be able to attend the Chapter One Young Writers Conference I talked about last week! Yay!
The conference takes place this year from June 14-15 in Chicago, Illinois! It's run by a number of young writers, including myself. I'm an admin of the conference, my official title being the Associate Online Administrator.
Because I am now able to attend, I will also be speaking at the conference! I'll be guiding a morning workshop on novel openings for all Sunday attendees. I may also be involved in other group speaker events in the conference, full information pending. I will be one of the people giving out things during the conference, confirmed as of right now for 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!
This conference is going to be incredible, and now I will be officially in attendance! So if you're a young writer (approx. ages 13-22), come check it out! Registration is now open at this link. Thanks for your support and enthusiasm, and I hope to see you there!
Website: Chapter One Young Writers Conference
Facebook Page: Chapter One Young Writers Conference
For the past six months or so, I've been raising money, through GoFundMe, for me to attend a writer's conference. My goal is to get to around $1000, which should allow me to get to the Chapter One Young Writers Conference. Once that has been completed, I hope to raise enough, all over again, to attend the big leagues conference, the Writer's Digest Conference.
The Chapter One Young Writers Conference, run by my dear friend Julia, is a conference for young writers originally founded for 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, due to a lack of funds, but I did teach a session over video. Because of the success of our conference, Julia made the conference an official one, open to all young writers to attend. I'm one of the administrators of the conference, which has both a website (linked above) and a Facebook page.
This year, the conference 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.
Now, I wasn't able to raise the money I needed. I'm at $530 right now. so I won't be attending this year. Nonetheless, the conference will be great, and I hope to be able to attend it soon, perhaps next year. If you'd like to donate to support my attempt to get to the conference and meet my writing friends of so many years, here's a link for you. *Fundraiser ended*
Today, I'm giving the promised rewards to those who have donated thus far. In explaining Ch1Con and my desire to attend, I've completed my reward to Julia Byers.
Wow! Can you believe it's May? Today, I have a special humor post for you. Last year, in May, I focused my humor post on YouTube videos. This year, I'd like to do the same. So here are the videos I've found funny this year. *Language warning*
Enjoy, and I'll see you next time for a post on my fundraising so far for Ch1Con!
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