Wednesday, November 4, 2015

IWSG for November 2015

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It's a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

It's that time of the month when we can all express our fears and insecurities, and this month, I've got a doozie. I'm secure about pretty much everything right now.

The last several months have been difficult. Hurting my ankle and knee, and having to curtail any kind of exercise for two weeks took a much bigger toll on me than I expected. Depression is a strange thing, and it seems to take hold of me at my weakest. Sweating and doing strenuous exercise has always been my line of defense against the "Big D."

I'm battling this mindset that nothing really is going right in my life right now. That might seem like hyperbole, but man, it's true. So for this month, I'm battling insecurity on a whole new level. I know there's some positive stuff around me, but I'm having to put a lot of effort into finding it and focusing on it.

It's not easy.

So if you're the praying type, I wouldn't mind a few prayers thrown my way. Positive vibes welcome all around.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Just went through another friend's battle with depression and prayer does make a difference. I will be praying.
I hope you are able to exercise again now. I use it as stress relief.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm the praying type.

At least you know how to combat depression. Sometimes we don't even have that and then it's like sinking with no life vest.

Pat Hatt said...

Not being able to exercise sure can be a pain. Always positives indeed, but that doesn't mean we can see them when the crap keeps piling up and up.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Maybe this is an opportunity to find an additional way to work through depression? It'll be great once you can exercise again, but having a back-up plan might be worthwhile.

You will get through this. Sending positive thoughts your way!

Tamara Narayan said...

Oh no! I have this crazy idea that if I don't exercise, I don't sleep. Well, maybe it's true, but I understand how frustrating it can be to be immobile. Sending positive thoughts your way.

Tamara Narayan said...

Oh no! I have this crazy idea that if I don't exercise, I don't sleep. Well, maybe it's true, but I understand how frustrating it can be to be immobile. Sending positive thoughts your way.

Melissa said...

You bet.

Try an find something positive about the inactivity. Is there a quiet task you've been putting off that you could do while you're laid up? (ex: delete old files from your computer and email) Getting stuff like that done always makes me feel better.

Hang in there.
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Patricia Lynne said...

Sending lots of good vibes your way!

Jennifer Hawes said...

Best remedy besides prayer, of course, is to get your mind focused on something or someone else:) I'm surrounded by family constantly, but it's easy to get insecure or to become depressed especially when we're sick or injured. Sending prayers and hugs!

Pat Dilloway said...

I guess I should do more exercise. Best wishes.

Sarah Foster said...

It can be so hard to stay positive when depression is weighing you down. Hopefully things start to get better soon.

Loni Townsend said...

It's good to hear you're taking action. I hope both body and mind heal up soon.

Robin said...

Depression. We go way back. I feel your pain.

I'll be praying for you.

Just remember: nothing is ever what it seems. In this case, things are probably better than you think they are.

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

I'm sending them right now. Being unable to do anything physical it hard on the body and mind, and with the injuries in your ankle and knee that leaves out everything.

dolorah said...

So sorry your coping mechanism has been injured. Sending positive vibes that this depression lifts soon.

Tony Laplume said...

Try not to put so much pressure on yourself. Think of what motivates you to write, or rather, what inspires you. Maybe you just need a recharge period. Start absorbing a little. Allow yourself to breathe. It won't make you feel better right away, but you'll end up better on the other end. Mental exercise.

Tara Tyler R said...

So sorry to hear you're down! I will say a prayer for you, buddy!
And I read your "Con" post - absolutely loved your opinions (so cosplay, but no indecent proposals!) Don't forget to let me know the next con you do in the midwest - we can help each other!

and thanks so much for stopping by my simulation release tour!
keep going - things will turn around for you before you know it!

Anna Soliveres said...

Jay, it's been a while since my last visit to your blog, and I am so sorry to hear that you've been going through such a tough emotional battle. I am right there with you. It's definitely a strange feeling. But your awareness and motivation to fight it, is already giving you a leg-up against the Big D. Winter (primarily after the holidays) is always a tough time for me. I hope you find joy again in all the small things you love (reading, movies, writing). Hugs.

Arlee Bird said...

I hope things have picked up some since you wrote this. Sometimes those slumps seem like a place we'll stay, but most of us manage to make it through to a better day. I think you are due for some better days.

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Misha Gericke said...


Just came by from Christine's Soak-a-bloke event to tell you that you're awesome. You are. Keep fighting.

Michelle Wallace said...

I'm here via The Realms Faire to soak you in POSITIVE VIBES!
... and prayers too!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Back to soak you for the Realms Faire!

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Soaking for the Realms Faire!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Consider yourself soaked, Warrior Jay!

Christine Rains said...

I'm sending good vibes and a whole lot of drenching! You're the honored dunkee in today's Soak-a-Bloke event for Realms Faire 2015! Be prepared to get wet. :)

Yolanda Renee said...

Lots of good vibes on the way today!
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Jeff Chapman said...

Consider yourself soaked!!

M Pax said...

Thee art soaked, bloke. :) Happy Realms Faire!

Cherie Reich said...

It's hard to stay positive when things ruin your routine. I hope you're doing better, my friend! A happy huzzah from the Realms Faire!

Julie Flanders said...

Here to soak you, Jay! I'm so sorry to read that you have been going through a difficult time. I hope you are feeling some better as the month has gone on. Take care!

Nick Wilford said...

Never have I seen a bloke more worthy of being soaked. I can only hope things turn around soon; no shortage of positive vibes here!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Jay, you've got to watch Into the Badlands. Man, that show is right up your steampunk alley. Maybe it'll get your mind off of some of the things that are making you feel insecure.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Prayers and hugs. I hope things are going better.

Mark Noce said...

Throwing some good prayers your way. It's hard to have mental focus when the body doesn't cooperate. Hoping for a speedy recovery so that you can feel like your old self:)

David P. King said...

Will do! Round up that fist and give that "Big D" a serious knockout for me. And when you do, teach me your special, finishing move. :) said...

Sorry to hear you're having a rough time. :(

When I feel like that, I try to surround myself with some of my favorite things (yes, I know, Sound of Music said it first. Whatever) but it's true. At least it shaves off some of the "Big D." But it'll pass if you focus on a project or an end goal or something. Excitement, I feel, always beats out despair. It's that echo of hope. So just breathe, hang in there, and find that next spark.

It's there... just keep your eyes open so you can see it.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Sorry to hear about the ankle and the depression and I hope you start feeling better soon.

cleemckenzie said...

We all have those times when nothing's working. Stay the course. Look for some inspiration in new places and don't stay hidden. That's the worst way to overcome these periods in our lives.

Anna Soliveres said...

Hey Jay, haven't heard from you in a while on the blogosphere. Hope you're doing okay! Wishing you a warm holiday.

DMS said...

I hope things are better and feeling more positive for you. Here is hoping 2016 treats you well. Sending lots of good vibes and wishes your way. :)
~Jess said...

You're in my prayers.

Remember that, and keep going. There is always light.

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