Depression Beating You Up and Tearing You Down?

One of the books I’m working on is on the very subject as I have lived with and suffered from depression for as long as I’ve been alive.  I have a few questions for you on the subject.

Many of my friends have had some input on this book and I wanted to ask more of my friends what your thoughts are.

You want to read a book on depression to help you understand it, where it comes from and how to deal with it.  You don’t want to get more depressed by reading about depression, so you’d like it to be upbeat, adding positivity, humor, maybe you can handle some of the sarcasm? as I’m pretty much a natural born smart ass.  You’d like there to be solutions, actions you can take or trying to figure out your own personal ways of overcoming the depressive episode you are currently experiencing.  Is all this correct?

Also explaining to those who don’t “get it” or don’t understand depression in order to help their friend or family member deal with it, since I too have these people in my life that I have to deal with (the ones who don’t get it).

If the book came with a journal or workbook, would you want it to be separate from the book, perhaps bound differently (spiral or soft binding), or would you want it to be part of the original book?  Would you be happier with a 30 or 40 day lesson plan or workshop of ways in which you can overcome the pulls of depression?

Some friends said:

(1) Just a 30 day workbook with each day having a devotional, prayer, Bible study, positive quotes and a challenge of some kind.  Cut and dry, no sugar coating.

(2) Make it one book with it being positive, upbeat, throw in some humor, explain to those who don’t understand depression, help us come up with solutions, ideas and then quiz us at end of each section or chapter on actions we can come up with and various questions that we should ask ourselves.

Any more ideas?  What would you want in the book?  What do you need?  What do you look for in a book about depression?  Mine is partly based on depression, anger and all it’s multiple personalities and partly based on God and my issues with both – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Oh, and also, I’ve thought about blogging on different parts of the book.  Would you find that helpful?  And if I do blog it, should I create a different page on this blog or create another blog entirely for “Depression and God?”

Any thoughts, ideas and comments are welcome here.  And thanks.



Nanoo Nanoo to NaNoWriMo


If you ever watched the television sci-fi sitcom Mork & Mindy, you’ll know where that phrase originated, which was a greeting and farewell by the much loved alien from planet Ork.

For those unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is held Nov 1-30 every year.  They also offer Camp NaNoWriMo, held in April and July of each year, I believe.  NaNoWriMo challenges writers of all genres to participate in this 30 days of complete frenzy, chaos, frazzled nerves, sleepy eyes and fingers to come up with 50,000 words.


They ask for quantity over quality, meaning you think and type as fast as you can in the amount of time you are given to come up with a novel.  When you reach the 50,000 scrambled and scribbled words, you submit no later than 11:59:59 pm Nov 30.

You can then choose to edit, reorganize, rewrite, find an agent and a publisher and become a beloved published author of your new book.  This is how some famous authors actually got their start.  Did you read the book Water for Elephants?  Or watch the movie?  That book was conceived as a result of the author shakin’ it up with NaNoWriMo!

Well, I’m willing to give it the ole college try and participate in this, write at 0’dark:30 every morning, as well as work a full time job (although it’s at home, but still busy busy), take care of my child, manage to cook once in a while, attempt cooking for Thanksgiving, try to start getting ready for Christmas and let my house fall into ruin for these next 30 days.

Not only am I working on a bit of fiction that I started back in April (even tho, technically, the rules ask for you to start a new book), I also have a work of non-fiction/self-help/Christian in process for which I started this month.  Yes, go ahead and call me crazy.  I will be working on these books simultaneously, although the only one I will submit to Nano will be my fiction work.

I will do my utmost to post on my progress as well as update with the badges I’ve earned during the month.  If I fail for lack of time in my schedule, then I will surely update toward or at the end of November.  Gonna be insane around here.

One day, I’ll even make the time to go update my 101 things list.  😉  But, for now, I’ll post the badges I’ve earned so far.

profile_earned-4f671c12ad364d699c3070d46f896d0d[1](I earned this by filling out my profile in Nano)

region_earned-90fa06f68977400424beeca2abdb4fdc[1](I earned this by choosing a home region)

novel_earned-56af087fbf57e3beee4b034211d4e5f0[1](I earned this by creating my novel)

Do you write?  Do you love it?  Why not join us?  Putting it off to a day in the future when you will have time?  Well … when you think like that, the time never arrives.  Do it now.  Write the book.  As Nike says, “just do it.”  Then, at the end of November, you can look back on your accomplishment with pride and joy and say, “I did it!” or “I wrote a novel!” or “I started my novel!” or “I’m nearly finished with my novel!”  Then, take it from there.

I’m determined to actually finish this fiction work (rewriting, revising, editing, polishing, proofing, employing my Beta readers, taking their suggestions and thoughts into consideration, polishing and proofing yet again, and then send queries to agents & publishers) all by the middle of January 2014.  Hopefully, the non-fiction will be finished by the middle of December or January, as it is considerably shorter.

And to all of you participating, I will cheer you on.  Let me know so I can cheer you on personally.  Go GERRY!!!!  Go LYNN!!!!  Y’all rock!  We gonna rock it togetha!!!!  And if y’all want to cheer me on during the month of November and onward, as well, I’m up for it, as we all need encouragement, support and cheerleaders in our lives, don’t we?

Rock on wit yo bad self!  😉

BTW, if you are looking for a writing buddy, look me up on Nano as Carol Blake.