Hey everyone! In the past I've shared some useful Internet tools for writers (and I'll be sharing an update on that next week, followed by a post about fun websites and apps), but today I thought I'd share some great tools for anyone to use. So here we go!
Pixlr Photo Editor
This is my photo editor of choice, a free online program that has a fair amount of options and complexity, but is also easy enough to navigate. I'm not terribly experienced in photo-editing for commercial purposes, but this works for me in editing my personal photos. (There's also an app.)
Giphy Gif Editor
This website allows you to easily create gifs out of image slideshows or videos, and the gifs are public, which means you can search a trove to find the gif you want. I use this website the most for my gif-y needs.
Genius Song Lyrics
I know a lot of people don't pay much attention to song lyrics, but they're an important piece of the art and the message, and as a writer, I do care! So I always look up songs before I buy them for myself, and I've found that this website is the best in terms of lyric accuracy and analysis. (It also has a music news aspect, but I don't usually pay attention to that.)
Sometimes, I need to make a choice, but I don't have any real preference. In the case of my long list of library books to read, I also like to mix things up. So I use this tool to help me decide which part of the list to start on and whether to go up or down as I go through the list. So if you need to make that kind of choice, try this out!
One thing you realize as you get older is how very often it is that life doesn't go the way you expect it to.
As I discussed last week, when I hit my "new norm" for life as a chronically ill person, I became quite unhappy. This unhappiness continued, at a significant and disruptive level, for a number of weeks. As I was working through things on my own, I realized that a lot of the problem was that I wasn't just unhappy with my present; I was also unhappy with the future I was facing.
When I decided to apply for online graduate school, to get my Master's in Library and Information Science, my thought was that jobs as a librarian would be easier to find than jobs as an editor, which had been my original plan for a day job. I also thought that librarianship would be a more stable field overall. I thought it would be disabled-friendly. (I also liked the thought of working with teens, since YA is really my passion.)
Though I was already very sick, I hadn't yet come to the point of comprehension. I didn't yet understand that my level of illness meant I was very disabled now. I didn't yet understand that I now had multiple incurable conditions. I didn't know that my level of disability might not be something I could fix. That point of comprehension hit pretty quickly, however. And once I was well enough to continue my Master's degree again, I started thinking that it might not be worth it.
It was a fleeting thought at first. I worried about the high cost of the classes and the amount of energy I had to expend on them. I worried that, because of my level of disability, I would never be able to do the job I was spending all this time and money on. And, to be honest, though I'd discovered that I have a decent handful of skills that are library-friendly, I wasn't enjoying my classes very much. (Though, since they were beginning-level classes, I figured that didn't mean a whole lot.) But since my health was improving, I held to the possibility that I could still get well enough for librarianship. My mom also encouraged me by pointing out that education in and of itself is valuable, even if it doesn't end up applying to a job.
This is the second of two parts (thus far) of my "official" story about living with chronic illness. Read part one, "Fibromyalgia: My Story" here. This also acts as a kind of part two to my mental illness story, "Obsessive-Compulsive: My Story," which can be found here.
*Contains discussion of suicidal thoughts*
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), is a medical condition characterized by long-term fatigue and other long-term symptoms that limit a person's ability to carry out ordinary daily activities.
Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as bladder pain syndrome (BPS), is a type of chronic pain that affects the bladder. Symptoms include feeling the need to urinate right away, needing to urinate often, and pain with sex. IC/BPS is associated with depression and lower quality of life.
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition in which a change from lying to standing causes an abnormally large increase in heart rate. This occurs with symptoms that may include lightheadedness, trouble thinking, blurry vision, or weakness.
-- via Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As of next month, it will have been four years since CUCUY (originally titled SAMMI), the most recent original novel I've written, first came into being.
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