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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday

Some days, you just need a hug.



PNut always seems to know when I'm down and out. I am sending **huggz** out to all of you and wishing y'all a Happy Weekend <3

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday




I just wanted to make sure y'all know that the re-edited and re-released versions of the Leopard's Spots books aren't going to be changed much at all. We're just catching errors and so on, so if you've read them, they aren't really any different. They do have new, gorgeous covers by Emmy and improved editing (thought I was going to cry over the Oscar edits).

I am working on a new Mystic Tattoo short called Tramp Stamp Tragedy. I hope to have that turned in by Monday. It won't be more than 20k at most, but as I mentioned before, it's something, right?

Okay:

I was never a big Linkin Park fan, other than loving Bleed It Out. However, that doesn't mean they weren't an amazing band, or that Chester Bennington's suicide isn't a horrible, heartbreaking tragedy. So was Chris Cornell's suicide. 

There are so many people in this world who are hurting, and alone, struggling with mental illness or struggling, period. There's a huge stigma regarding mental illness still, and it's even worse (stigma-wise) for men, as society so often keeps men boxed into a 'man-up and deal with it yourself' mentality. Not that it's easy for us women, either, or anyone, period. Still, reaching out, getting help, being able to AFFORD help-- those are difficult things to do. Too many states have cut mental health care budgets; mental illness isn't seen as a disease like any other; it's viewed as a character flaw, and that has got to stop. 

You are loved, and you mean something to people. You are important. You are loved. 

If you or someone you know needs help, please, please reach out. Please, be kind to one another. Please, don't judge. I'll post here what I posted on Twitter earlier, to be read from bottom tweet to top:

  1. Remember, YOU are valued, loved, and irreplaceable. Your life means something.
  2. Seeking help for mental illness doesn't make you weak or less than anyone/anything. It's difficult to find help but don't give up.
  3. And we are losing more and more people to these illnesses. Shame and lack of options & help are costing lives.
  4. Seeking help is too often seen as a sign of weakness, a character flaw. Programs to help mentally ill are being cut all the time.
  5. Mental illness is still treated as something else, as not a disease, not an illness. As if we choose to live with mental illness.
  6. I've struggled with depression all my life.It's a monster hiding under your skin & n your head.We need easier access to treatment.

    http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/international/united-kingdom-suicide-hotlines.html



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      Need to talk? (New Zealand) Call the Suicide Crisis Line on 0508 82 88 65, Lifeline on 0800 543 345 or Youthline on 0800 376633.
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      And here is Australia: 13 11 14 You are not alone.

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      The U.S. suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Canada, you can find a crisis centre here: