Bat-Shit Crazy & Indie Update

Can you believe it has been 4 years since I posted The First Year as an Indie (Lessons Learned)?

So much has changed… yet stayed the same.

I have created new works and destroyed old ones.

I have watched literary markets as well as loved ones come and go.

I pretty much left the ‘pertinent’ social media scenes. Why? For a few reasons, just pick one or make one up – that’s always fun.

New authors have asked, “Did decreasing media presence hurt book sales?”

My answer: “Laws yes! But you know what? I still do not give a flying rat’s fanny.”

I am sorry if that’s not the ‘right’ answer but it is my answer… my truth.  That is the beauty of being an independent author.

Another truth is I was in “an unhealthy state of dealing with stress” – that is a sophisticated way of saying I was “bat-shit crazy in the midst of a nervous breakdown.”

Social media [as well as life] was becoming a struggle to keep up with; it was also getting in the way of Getting Me Back.

Getting Me Back (The Voices Within) is scheduled to release March 31st, it is available for pre-order now. Go ahead and order it so you will have it in time for NPM (National Poetry Month)

If you have never had a nervous breakdown, I would not recommend embarking on that journey.

If you want a peek at what my journey was/is like, I’d recommend reading Getting Me Back.

If you are currently bat-shit crazy in the midst of a nervous breakdown definitely get some help and read Getting Me Back. Hey, we can journey together.


P.S. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

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8 thoughts on “Bat-Shit Crazy & Indie Update

  1. OK, will try this again. Yeah, definitely welcome back. I rarely use WP but, what the hell.
    I sympathize with your stress as I have endured many episodes of it myself. Part of the problem may have to do with the fact that we got into this writing gig at least 50 years too late. Consider your 3 favorite authors from the 1st half of the 20th century and ask yourself how many, if any, of them you would have heard of if they stated writing when you & I did. The Internet has buried quality under an avalanche of garbage. From what I’ve read of your stuff I think you’re an excellent writer and, believe me, I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t mean it. Two things have helped me…a sense of humor and a conviction that I determine my own success. If you’re proud of your work, you’re a success so never mind what the crowd says. Be proud of your work and let the chips fall where they may.
    I recently posted a piece on AD which begin with a quote from Keats: “Sometimes I feel as if my whole life has been in preparation for something that is never going to happen”. That was posted on a blackboard above the bar in a saloon called O’Rouke’s on the northside of Chicago. Read it 40 years ago and have always remembered it.
    Keep writing and all the best!


    • You are so sweet McFinn. Thanks for reminding me of two very important things that I somehow forgot when I slipped into the abyss. I’m determined to laugh my way back to sanity if I have to. 😉 I am going over to AD and try to find that post. Thanks again old friend. Oh, and I can certainly relate to the Keats quote!


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