Hey all! As many of you know, or if you haven’t guessed already based on my author bio, I’m from Middle of Nowhere Atlantic Coastal Region of the Southern United States. I’m married to a New Englander or ,”Yankee”. I grew up surrounded by unique stereotypes, and I love exploring the roles of stereotypes in American culture. If you like this kind of story, please let me know and I will write more like it.
I mentioned on Twitter recently that I will be posting short stories biweekly with the goal of releasing a collection of short stories at the end of the current year (December 2020). The collection will include edited versions of these stories and other previously unreleased stories.
As a general content warning to my readers: in the next year you will see fictional stories addressing childhood trauma, mental health, suicide, body horror, LGBTQA issues, assault, medical horror, unhealthy relationship dynamics, death, dead bodies, loss of bodily autonomy at the hands of family members, and maybe I’ll find a happy ending somewhere in one of those. I’m not good at happy endings. I’m working on it – promise.
If you’re wondering, I have found 3 things I plan to change in this story before publishing in the collection. I’m curious what feedback others have.
I’m excited to share that After Alexei published my short story “l’appel du vide”.
I learned that though we all experience invasive thoughts that constantly sit in the back of our minds, sometimes reminders can be deeply affecting.
For that reason, I’m not sorry for writing it. This story came from me writing these thoughts down to manage them. It’s a fictional story where all of these images invade the narrator, too. In 2008, when the first draft was written, this was a way to manage these thoughts.
I am both sorry and thankful that …
… my readers have this shared experience to the extent that my story makes a connection.
… you’ve ever thought about these things to the extent that I have.
…this exposed the wounds we share and made you feel vulnerable enough to talk to someone about it.
I’m thankful that my friend is getting help. I am here for anyone that wants to talk if this story brings up anything difficult or uncomfortable. Email me email@example.com or contact me through twitter @dreaminventor
I have learned 2 lessons from this:
1. Writing has the ability to force people to examine their own experiences. This is sometimes very painful.
2. Not everyone is ready for that. It’s okay to need a warning about graphic content regarding suicide, or suicidal ideation.
I love every single person that reads this story. You are a beautiful part of my life. I honor you and your struggles. If you are currently suicidal or feel that you may be at risk, please do not read this story. If this story brings up any difficult feelings, 24/7 help is available via these hotlines:
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With that, here’s the actual link to my story: