Creative Writing Tip -May 14, 2016

It is very simple how to write creatively. Write from experience. Tell a funny story, a sad story, a real story in which you change the names and places. I know y’all aren’t boring! Tell us what happened on the way to the blog.

For example, my ass has been having trouble sleeping. I haven’t been able to concentrate on Jack Schitt and his Schitty family. So, a funny thing happened on the way to the (blog) forum. I was writing a (fictional) conversation between my goofass fiancé and myself. I got tired at around 7 a.m. I went to sleep. I woke up at 3 p.m., took my phone downstairs, made myself a cup of coffee, let my fiancé REST because his left foot has a slight fracture in it, checked Facebook and the great life of Susan Boyle, and then made jokes with my fiancé. I did NOT forget this blog, Wandering Soul, or Rashmi. I never will. I just needed some inspiration.

That is my advice. Take it or leave it. Y’all know what to do.

Xara Nahara O’Connor

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Full Morning PANIC!

With my cup of coffee in hand,  I contemplate what I should do next. Hmmm… Check E-mails, apply for jobs, pay bills, clean the house, pay the rent, read a book, oh the possibilities. What a morning! All of my thoughts swirl in circles at one million miles an hour. Thoughts that paralyze me into my chair as I look aimlessly out of the window until I burst out and throw a pillow across the room just to get my to-do list to shut up. It’s mornings like these that make me wonder how the hell I get things done.

Xara Nahara O’Connor
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The papers on my desk…

The papers on my desk attack me as if they are feral cats.

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I Need To Stop Swearing So Much

If anyone has been paying attention to my blogs/self-promotion lately, then you notice that half of the time I swear at life, amusement, and things. I feel like I offend humanity, and I apologize. I use it as a “go-to” to communicate my anger, sadness, happiness, and worst of all, TOILET humor. I feel like I need to find a better way to tell people how I feel, but the problem is, I am sophomoric and think swearing is absolutely hilarious. It spices up life and humanity, but it’s an issue that can be too much for some people.

I apologize and will try to clean up my language in the future.

Meanwhile, I will work on a drabble at some point in the future.

P.S. Blogger’s World will hear a lot from me today.

Xara Nahara O’Connor

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No Morning For Me

The sun demanded I get out of bed. I repudiated the idea vehemently.

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Oscar Wilde

I have a personal love for Oscar Wilde. He is a genius in every way. His way with words with an art that is unique to him and something I could only aspire to in my wildest dreams. His birth name is Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, given to him by his parents William and Jane Wilde. He was a Libra who was born on October 16, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. Oscar Wilde was an Irish playwright, novelist, and poet. He wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, De Profundis, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and other works. The general theme of his work was that a lot of high society was not of much importance. He seemed to emphasize seeking pleasure and that joy was the purpose of life. He also showed that overindulgence can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle and can have terrible consequences. On November 30, 1900, he passed away in Paris, France from acute meningitis that followed an ear infection.

everything in moderation, including moderation

fashion is so ugly that we have to alter it every six months

Oscar Wilde - be yourself, everyone else is taken.

Xara Nahara O’Connor

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Book Review: Crazy

Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness
by: Pete Earley

In my not so professional opinion, the title of this book speaks to me on a very deep level. I was a psychology major in college, so I was deeply engrossed in Pete Earley’s journey to figuring out how exactly the mental health system works in this country. His son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophrenia. Through his journey of trying to cope with his son’s mental illnesses, he discovered the true horror of being mentally ill in America. It is a travesty of how the mentally ill are treated in America; they go between jail and the mental hospital. I can agree with Pete Earley when I say I don’t know what is crazier, the mentally ill or the system in which they are forced to exist where they are not properly treated and shown any respect.

This book is non-fiction, but some of the names may be changed to protect the identities of the mentally ill in this book. I believe everyone should read this book because we need to see how unjust and unfair the mental health system truly is and how difficult it is to truly tackle this situation. And I hardly believe throwing high doses of medication solves the problem because the mentally ill then begin to lose hope and humanity.

Personally, I was shocked at the horrors of how these people are treated and felt very enlightened after I read Earley’s testimony of how his son and many others with his condition suffer in this country. I urge everyone to read this book to realize what is going on this country in terms of how people are maltreated.

(I apologize if I made this very short, but I do not have the time or emotional energy to go into detail of how touching this book was to me and how many tears I shed when I was reading this book. I also heard this man speak at Mount Union College in 2010 about this very book, and he, too, was as short as I am when he was giving a small book review of his own book, if you will. Also, sorry if I am running a bit late. I have just been CRAZY busy with work and also feeling very unmotivated due to my lack of energy/mild depression. Thank you for your patience, and please ask me for more information if you need be, and tell me of your opinions. I have not written a book review in like… five years, so forgive me if I am rusty.)

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#crazy

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