Monday, November 19, 2007


Dear readers and writers,

I thank you all for your patience as this blog has been on hiatus for several weeks. My happy news is that the manuscript for my book, Writing through the Darkness: Easing Your Depression with Paper and Pen, is done! It took quite a few long days and long nights near the end to finish it, but now it's out of my hands, except for reviewing a copy edit. It will be published in June by Ten Speed Press.

The other really wonderful news is that I did not become sick, in mind or body, during these stressful weeks. I don't know why, but I do believe that the personal writing I did during breaks from the book writing was a big help in managing my depression. Hopefully your writing is sustaining you as well, and some new writing ideas from me will help stimulate us all.

I'm grateful for you all. Happy Thanksgiving!


And, in the meantime, some news...

NEW WEBSITE TO CHECK OUT: is the site of John McManamy, a writer who focuses on bipolar research. I get his twice-monthly online newsletter, where he describes cutting-edge science in a way understandable by all. You can subscribe for free on his site, as well as checking into several other interesting features. I recommend it, whether you're living with bipolar or depression.

NEW WRITING OPPORTUNITY: is the site for the magazine bp (that's "bipolar"). I subscribe to the paper version of the magazine, and recommend it, as long as you're willing to look past some ads for psych meds. On the site, you will also find several opportunities to write and have your words published in various ways. A regular feature asks you to offer your opinion on a current topic. Move quickly: if you write in now about what you are thankful for, you may make it into their 11/21 online Thanksgiving edition. While you're at the site, you can also sign up for their Hope & Harmony Headlines email list. AND...

DEPRESSION MAGAZINE TO DEBUT SOON: According to, a new magazine for coping with depression and anxiety, esperanza, is coming soon. You can sign up for the premiere edition there too.

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