I feel I should apologize for my sudden absence but doing so sounds exhausting. So, I’m going to spare myself that hassle and just say: I’m back!
Some explanation is in order, though. Mid-September of last year, I descended into a sudden depressive episode. I’ll spare you the details, but essentially, it killed all desire to do anything but read and play video games. It’s taken me this long to feel marginally okay again.
It’s really disheartening how mental illness can be a roadblock to success. I was feeling super excited about all kinds of prospects last August. A couple of my poems were accepted for publication, and I was working on a novel that I was super excited about and felt positive was going somewhere.
In what felt like one day, it all unraveled. I didn’t want to write anymore. I lost all confidence in the quality of what I had already written and felt like the couple of successes I had with publishing my poetry were flukes.
In short, I felt hopeless and like I wasn’t good enough, wouldn’t ever be good enough, so why bother trying?
I’ve been telling myself that for most of my life. Boy, I’m really tired of me.
With the turn of the weather, I’ve felt much better. I’ve started writing again! I even submitted a couple of pieces for publication. Keep your fingers crossed for good news!
I feel more like myself again–it’s good to be back. And this time, I hope to stay for a long, long time.