I’m visiting my parents this week near Denver but I have a few new activities that I’ve finished to share with my readers. I created a profile for my memoir on Pubslush, a crowdfunding site for books. I’d like to raise enough money to publish my memoir with Berkeley-based SheWrites Press as well as pay for any necessary editing. My profile includes a 2 minute video clip, a brief summary of my memoir, a 10 page excerpt and a few questions about myself that I’ve answered for my supporters and readers. My memoir on Pubslush can be found at Never Give Up: Buddhism, Family & Schizophrenia.
My interview with EatSleepWrite’s Adam Scull is available for free as a podcast on his website at EatSleepWrite. During the interview I answer a few questions about my psychiatric diagnosis in 2002 and read an excerpt from Chapter 4 of my memoir. I’ve been doing really well these past few weeks, particularly in terms of my mental health. I’m focusing more on redirecting my negative thoughts toward positive thoughts or funny memories that make me laugh. In a way it’s almost as if being cheerful and happy is like letting my guard down. If I’m serious or sullen, then no one can take advantage of me – at least that’s the way it seems. Fortunately, this isn’t the case. For me, it’s a matter of breaking bad habits and learning new, better habits – particularly when it comes to meeting new people and socializing.
I joined my parents at a neighborhood BBQ for Labor Day and I met quite a few of my parents’ neighbors. I didn’t talk to or even meet everybody, but I was still able to introduce myself and converse with a few of the women who live in the neighborhood. I left before both my mom and my dad, but I figured if I didn’t stay too long I would be less likely to feel uncomfortable, and more likely to participate in similar social gatherings in the future. Progress!