Getting Real about Getting Healthy

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Much has happened since we moved to the Chicago area.

I spent a month on the couch in severe pain. Testing showed that I had ovarian cysts and a tumor, which required surgery. After the surgery, we learned that I have Stage IV endometriosis. During the first surgery, much of the endometrial tissue was removed, along with my left ovary and fallopian tube. Unfortunately, since I’m Stage IV, I still experience continual discomfort with random episodes of sharp stabbing pain. To treat this, I will be having a full hysterectomy in January, which will mean six to eight weeks of more healing time.

Given my physical health challenges and a familial episode that was sparked by my sometimes illogical sense of aggravation, I decided it was past time to really be serious about my overall health–for my benefit and my family’s benefit, particularly my daughter, Maya, because she deserves a healthy and happy mom. To this end, I decided to accept the diagnosis I was given when I was twenty-six. I went to a psychiatrist for re-evaluation and was finally honest about some things that I had never told a mental healthcare worker before–specifically about my compulsive spending, days of elevated irritability, and episodes where things seem to explode and my behavior becomes erratic (which often leads to self-injury). The psychiatrist confirmed what I was told fourteen years ago–I have bipolar II with hypomania. I’m not rejecting the diagnosis anymore.

For now, I’m on new medicine, and so far the change has been so amazing, I’m mentally kicking myself for not doing this sooner. Of course I will likely have to fight the urge that I had so many years ago–once I feel good for a while, I will need to resist the urge to convince myself that there’s nothing really wrong with me, those episodes were just me having a “bad day.” More recently I had justified all of this by saying that I had an intolerance for a**holes. Like I told the psychiatrist, with so many different episodes with different people, the only common denominator was ME. Therefore, I need to get over myself and accept the fact that I’m the one with the issue so I can treat it and go on with my life.

So that’s what I’m doing. As you can expect, you will read much more about my journey in upcoming posts. Until then, health and blessings to all.

Just in time for Halloween!

Mining the Dark

Y’all have been waiting long enough, so I decided to do a “soft” release of “Mining the Dark” on Amazon‬ Kindle‬. Just in time for Halloween‬!

So what’s a “soft” release? It means that for now, instead of doing a lot of marketing, I’m only letting y’all in the know so you can get it before the bigger release.

And don’t worry, the cover image will be updated on Amazon soon.

I can’t wait to hear what y’all think. I’m really proud of this one. I sincerely believe that “Mining the Dark” goes above and beyond “The Source” in many ways. So, enjoy! And don’t forget to post a review when you’re done.

Fang on! v–v

Zombie Spider Man? Heck, Yeah!


Yesterday was a busy day for my family. We have finally settled by getting a townhouse in a Western suburb of Chicago. We had a lot of errands to run, which means that I wasn’t able to do much horror movie watching.

I was able to get in some reading. I finished the comic Marvel Zombies: The Complete Collection Volume 1 by Mark Millar, et al. I was originally drawn to this title not only because I love the Avengers, but also because Robert Kirkman is a co-author.

I absolutely loved the art in this one. This book is representative of why I think of comics as a creative “twofer.” In a good comic, not only do you get a good story, but you also get amazing art. Comics truly express double the creativity through this media mix.

If you haven’t checked out Marvel Zombies, or Robert Kirkman’s other offering The Walking Dead, I highly suggest it. And don’t forget about the free web comic Benedict Barlow and the Curse of Rotwood – it’s a nice way to get your feet wet in the murky waters of horror comics.

Fang on! v–v

More than Novels and Movies


It’s only the second day of October and my horror movie marathon continues. So far today I have watched Frankenstein, Valentine, and Leprechaun. However, my interest in the horror genre is not limited to just movies, TV, and novels – it also carries over to video games and comics.

When I was younger, I LOVED to turn off all the lights and play Silent Hill 2 or Resident Evil: Code Veronica X. Now that I have a family, I don’t get to play video games as much, and having a young child means practically no horror games. The closest I’ve come to a horror game in recent years is Alan Wake, and I still have yet to finish it. Le’sigh.

I am still able to get my horror fix with comics. Like multitudes of other people, I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead. I also thoroughly enjoy a web comic written by my good friend Seth Coleman, Benedict Barlow and the Curse of Rotwood. And to be expected, I have read all of the Buffy and Angel comics.

What’s your favorite horror comics and video games? Please comment so I can scope out other titles.

Fang on! v–v

The Creepy and the Crawly


October is my favorite month because I LOVE Halloween! I tend to celebrate the Halloween spirit all throughout the month, not just on the 31st. I even squeal at the sight of Halloween decorations in stores. Oh, and let’s not forget all of the wonderful Halloween make up. I’m getting excited just writing about it!

With my month-long celebration, I submerge myself in all things horror and paranormal. I watch scary movies, read gothic novels, and am usually wrapping up my once-a-year viewing of the entire series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This year I have included a viewing of Angel to round out my vampire cravings.

This year I’m going to use my blog to highlight some of the things that I love most about Halloween and the media genres associated with the holiday. I would like to start out by directing your attention to the book that piqued my interest with all things paranormal and science fiction – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend it. And don’t forget to pair it with one of my favorite movie classics, Frankenstein by Universal Studios, starring Boris Karloff.

Enjoy and let me know what you think about these tasty offerings. Fang on! v–v

Columnist with A View Featured Column

Am I Normal Concept

I was lucky enough to be asked to write a column for the up-and-coming website “Columnist with a View.” My piece is “Writing to Survive.” My column is a very personal piece about how I got started as a writer.

Be sure to check it out along with all the other wonderful columns by awesome writers. I highly recommend it to all!

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