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Thursday, July 20, 2017


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?


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.


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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:


Shorty Chelle said...

<3 **huggz**

AiboPals said...

Those new covers are amazing, looking forward to more Mystic Tattoo, too, when I saw your tweets with numbers for help places around the world, I looked for one for the UK, sad thing is, I didn't find one, such a sad reflection on the way suicide is not considered, I have had depression most of my life..

Bailey;-) said...

***huggz*** <3 Shorty Chelle.

Bailey;-) said...


You know, I thought I had posted a number for the UK as well until you commented. I Googled and found this, which I'll also add to the post:
You aren't alone in your struggles. So many people feel isolated by mental illness, but I hope that we can overcome that chasm, and reach out to one another. ***huggz***

Donna said...

So glad to see these postings. These are very important. I have helped family, parents and children with mental illness and it is a tough road. Since my injury I now deal with anxiety and depression. Fortunately, I have decades of counseling with them and many years for myself under my belt. I don't see it as a stigma, but I am isolated. More from my injury than the anxiety and depression, however the isolation makes it worse. Maybe it was the innocence of youth, but it seems when I was I kid, (lets just say 40'sh or 50'sh years ago) the world seemed to be a nicer place. As Bailey said let's take care of one another

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