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Do you have influences? Something I get repeatedly asked in regards to my writings is which authors I style myself after. And I always have to give the boring reply "no-one". There is no one author I admire above all other or whose style I deliberately try to emulate. I just . . . write.

I'm wondering is this is due to my general eccentricity or the standard.

April 21, 2015, 04:09:00 PM
Re: Depression is a bitch... from a friend Simple, but moving. Thanks for putting that up.
May 10, 2015, 08:37:31 PM
Re: Depression is a bitch... from a friend
Depression is quite common in my gf's family so I understand what you are going through.

Words may help, but maybe comics help more?

Because of what I said above, I collected some beautiful comics about depression. Hope you enjoy them! :)







Wow. Those are moving. Especially the last one.

Myself, I've never had to deal with true clinical depression, and put in context my own problems seem rather trivial, but I guess I'll share too:

I have Asperger syndrome, diagnosed when I was sixteen and miserable from loneliness after leaving home for high school. The diagnosis helped and led me to get the support and mindset I needed.

I have made great improvements in the sixteen years since, both in my ability to understand other people and to live with myself. I have a few friends I made through tabletop games and hobbies that don't involve my computer.

But I‘m still a bit of an alien among people. I don‘t deal with chaos and noise well. I‘m stiff and awkward in conversations and I don‘t have much of an ability to form new friendships. There is always this invisible wall around me, and this strange inner blockage that limits my outward emotional expression.

Almost all of my time away from work is spent alone. Seeing a young couple with a baby or a group of friends tends to give me this sting of sadness and yearning, this wish to have been born a bit different. I fully expect to remain single for the rest of my days. Looking at myself I honestly see no realistic chance of any other outcome.
I often have negative thoughts towards myself, just under the surface, denigrating my worth, my accomplishments, where I am in life, my bravery. And for some reason I‘ve been unusually hard on myself this year.

But, as I said, on whole I’ve improved greatly from the miserable boy I once was. The darkest days now are nothing compared to the past. My family is good people and I have learned to manage myself and make the world less sharp and difficult.

May 11, 2015, 08:56:12 PM
Re: Depression is a bitch... from a friend I have about as much of a grasp of abstract art as I do with communications (I think it has to do with that Aspie rigidly logic-based mindset), so I'll just say I commend you for sharing your feelings and hope you feel better soon, ScarletBea.
May 18, 2015, 11:17:18 PM
Re: Depression is a bitch... from a friend Yes, pride can be a terrible thing when it becomes an internal block. When it makes a person put up a false face, close up and deny to the world and maybe even themselves that anything is wrong, suffering in silence for the sake of an ultimately meaningless charade. Humans have many different ways of making life needlessly difficult.

So to anyone reading this: If you have problems, if you are in pain, for God's sake get someone to talk to, friend relative or professional. Leaving a wound untreated does not make it go away.

May 19, 2015, 10:38:32 PM
Can "mythic" fantasy work? I don't know if there is an official name for this, so I'm just going with mythic.

A lot of fantasy stories, a LOT of them, have the Golden Days of Glory as a major part of the backstory. The time of epic heroes and great magic the likes of which is not seen anymore.

I generally feel that the more powerful the heroes are the harder they are to empathise with, and the more common and powerful magic is the less mysterious it is. But still, I often find myself wanting to read about the epic days, and I sometimes toy with the idea of writing a story which is basically the distant prequel to a more standard fantasy story: The demigod heroes seal away the evil "forever" with some great artefact which will "never" be lost and then found the golden empire, which will last "forever".

Do any notable authors do this kind of thing? Is it possible to make the hero a legendary demigod and still make them interesting? Can the setting and clash be truly epic and mythical without alienating the reader?

June 01, 2015, 07:50:36 AM
Re: Depression is a bitch... from a friend I'm glad you're climbing your way up.
June 08, 2015, 11:10:03 PM
Re: Depression is a bitch... from a friend
(I hope you forgive me for this post, but I just have to say it... no replies needed)

I'm sick of being ill, and I hate that there's absolutely nothing I can do except wait, and I hate that at the moment my life is almost completely uncontrollable >:(

It's perfectly normal to be frustrated when dealing with illness. Riding it out is all one can do.

Hang in there.

June 14, 2015, 09:11:38 AM
Re: Miscellaneous Musings I just want to pop in to say that I clicked on this thread out of curiosity and was immediately treated to dinosaur erotica.

Dinosaur erotica.

Thank you, internet (sort of) for making the world a more interesting place.  :)

June 23, 2015, 08:30:39 PM
Re: Depression is a bitch... from a friend
I'm sure other previous posters will understand and sympathise with this:

There isn't a harder/more loaded question in the world than "how are you?" >:(
For a person who is quite honest and doesn't like/doesn't understand the minutiae of small talk, I never know how to respond - and usually do it wrongly. Especially now ::)

Any suggestions on how to answer 'properly'?

All I can say is that, yeah I totally share your frustration. I too feel compelled to answer honestly. And when I'm not doing well a question about my well being puts me on the spot in a way I really don't care for. Answering honestly just leads to an awkward situation if I'm talking to someone I'm not about to discuss my emotional issues with, but the only alternative is to lie and pretend everything is fine.

Often I just shrug and try to continue with the original topic.

For what it's worth, personally I think your feelings on this are entirely warranted.

June 29, 2015, 08:24:45 PM