Would you like to volunteer for our conference? We are looking for a few more volunteers, if you are interested please contact Jay.
Next week author Maxwell Alexander Drake will be speaking at our meeting at Albertsons. He writes science-fiction and fantasy and has also taught classes in creative writing.
Congratulations to Pat Kranish on having a review of a movie published on the gypsy chronicles.
Our next weekly meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on February 4th at the Albertsons at the corner of Horizon and College in Henderson. For more information see the calendar at the group's website.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:
WRITING TIP by Jo Wilkins:
Writing is my Pandora Box. When I open it up and write I do not know now what hopes come out. Writing is cathartic to me. It helps me let out my frustrations and alleviates my pain. My illness, bi-polar, is a chemical in-balance in the brain.
When I first was diagnosed with bi-polar, the first four or five years flew by without a peaceful moment. I do not remember much about those years, only that I was asleep most of the time, lethargic, forgetful, asleep most of the time (did I say that already? I forgot), suicidal, manic, depressed and I forgot what else. It was a dark time.
In the interim, I went to therapy and fortunately, I got something good out of it, Journaling, and poetry. I wrote my feelings, my fears, my desires, and above all, how I wanted to kill myself contrasting it with how I wanted to live.
After a while, I started to feel and currently feel that I had just woken up. I tasted everything for the first time. I saw things in a new way. Life is good. It was a re-birthing for me. I could not keep Hope bottled up, I let it out.
I found a web site that members would critique your poems. They wanted to publish a few of my poems. I submitted my first poem, “My Vanessa, My Butterfly.” A poem dedicated to my sister who never gave up on me.
Someone had mentioned to combine my stories and publish them. I did. I combined the best ones, created new ones, dedicated a few, and published them. My first book of poetry is full of errors, bad grammar, and frightening poems. I kept it that way and hope that people would see the underlying illness in those poems. They are raw, passionate, and truthful.
“…They are my feelings, my thoughts, and my sufferings and I need to declare them so that I can be free. Free from being hidden from the world just because half of you can’t deal with the reality of having someone in your life who is gay, bi-polar, artistic, eccentric and, for that matter, NORMAL. . .”