Thoughts on Creativity, Meds, Normalcy, and the Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2013

A conversation at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference spurs reflection from a psychologically-attuned attendee. Click on the link below.

Reflections on PPWC’s 21st conference: Fumbling Toward Normalcy | 1600 Words A Day.

For Day 10, A Poem About Suffering

Henri Théophile Hildibrand [see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons
Today’s subject for Robert Brewer’s blog is suffering. Click on the link below to read the contributions of the community and add your own. Mine is below. Don’t worry about me, LOL, the speaker in the poem is suffering. I am fine. I wanted to get inside the feeling and went back to periods in the distant past when I experienced it.

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 10 | Write a Poem a Day Until May |


I am

at the bottom

of a well.

I have


been here,


I suspect

I have not.

When I look

up, the

night is


and I imagine


The stone

walls of my

prison are

slick with putrid

moss. I

can see

no hope.

I can see

no hope.


Is Anxiety Holding You Back?

I know performance anxiety is a problem for me. Maybe it is for you too.

Click on the link below for some things to try.

How to Overcome the Anxiety That’s Keeping You From Achieving Your Goals.

It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect

If perfectionism is holding you back as a writer, read Laini Taylor’s blog post about the subject.

Click on the link below.

Laini Taylor’s blog: MY BRAIN IS A JERK: a post about writing with (and in spite of) perfectionism.

Taming the Green-Eyed Monster

If you have ever been filled with envy, join the club. It is wretched. It’s one of the seven deadly sins, I guess, and you don’t have to wait for hell to feel its sting. Here’s an honest blog post from a new literary agent about dealing with that nasty emotion.

The Sara(h)s: My Nemeses! | Rapid-Progressive.