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GUEST BLOGGER DAVID FARLAND!!!! Writing thru Anxiety and Depression By DAVID FARLAND NY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR Part One

The Artistic Mind: Staying Creative through Depression By David (Wolverton) Farland

Depression is a common ailment.  At one time or another, the average person suffers through at least one episode of major depression in their lives.
Among writers,according to one article in the Scientific American, rates of depression may be as much as ten times higher than in normal populations, the rate of suicide as much as 18 times higher.
So what can you do about it?  I’m not a doctor.  I’m just a writer who has suffered through depression a number of times in my life.  It runs in my family.  Both my father and my grandfather attempted suicide on multiple occasions.

You should know that there are several types of depression, and each needs to be treated differently.  I suffered with bipolar disorder as a teen and into my early twenties.  By my mid-twenties it went away, but in my early thirties I began to suffer from seasonal affective disorder.  I beat that, but in my mid-forties got hit with a bout…

David Farland is guest blogging on depression etc..

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David Wolverton who has published under both his pen name David Farland, has penned nearly fifty science fiction and children's books. Dave has been a Judge for one of the world’s largest writing contest, WRITERS OF THE FUTURE! Fiction and fantasy novels for both adults and yound adults.




David Farland will be guest blogging here on Oct 28th! Ask him anything...This blog is specially designed toward the artistic mind and depression, anxiety, bipolar, borderline personality disorder.... Questions about WRITING, ACTING, SCREENPLAY'S anything goes. If you miss this chance, you will regret it. !!!!! Hit me up with a message on my gmail. hopeacrenshaw@gmail.com. All questions are anoymous. You can post your questions on my last blog and don't leave a signature. Please do this. Creative minds can be confusing and we are not alone
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This blog is to let us artistic types to know we are not alone. That goes for Writers, Actors, Artist's, Designers, Musicians etc. Please feel free t…

Writing superstar David Farland will be guest blogging!

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Just a quick note to keep an eye out for a Guest blog from NY TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR DAVID FARLAND! 



David Wolverton who has published under both his pen name David Farland, has penned nearly fifty science fiction and fantasy novels for both adults and children. Dave has been a Judge for one of the world’s largest writing contest, WRITERS OF THE FUTURE! 





He is my mentor and friend and I am so very proud to have him speak to you on my blog...









Depression…It hurts.

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So many people said don’t tell anyone. I AM NOT ASHAMED, ARE YOU? I'm sure a least 75% or more of my friends have felt this.
It hurts everyone in your life. This is not a commercial for cymbalta, but an acknowledgment that the saying is true.  Most people have experienced depression at one time or another in their life. Mine has been awful, going on for years, not that you probably would have noticed.  I wish I could be truly honest about what I’m going/went thru, but then my ex husband would use it against me. I’m sure he would be in court faster than you can say Prozac.  But go ahead and try. I dare you.
Doesn’t someone have to come out of the closet and say that they are hurting? Maybe say, “Hey, I need help?”  Of course when you are depressed, you might not reach out for that help.  Yes, we are dumb asses. That is why YOU need to make the first move sometimes.  The symptoms aren’t always  noticeable but they are there.

I’ve had quite a few people tell me this last year how mu…

More people dying from painkillers in Michigan than Coke and Heroin combined.

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 Two days after my post on overdosing, I see a article in the Detroit Free Press. It was about how more people are dying from painkillers than cocaine and heroin combined...... Especially kids...We know where they get it from. Parents, Grandparents, friends etc.

http://www.freep.com/article/20110711/NEWS06/107110334/Prescription-drug-deaths-soar-Michigan?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s


I didn't know that my friend had overdosed on pills not long ago. She was getting her meds from three different doctors and they didn't know about each other. Of course, isn't that what the pharmacy is supposed to help with? Making sure your meds don't interact with each other? I had thought that they were all hooked up to each other via the internet but i could be totally wrong.

 With alot of these meds, you forget if you have taken them, add alcohol and Voila! OverDose... Or a very bad reaction even without the alcohol. Most of these Medications that are overprescribed by doct…

To be or not to be, That is the question.

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I have a friend who died recently. Did she accidentally overdose again? Did she die of natural causes?


They say killing yourself is the easy way out, obviously they have never thought about it.  The people that have, said that suicide is the hardest thing to do. That it takes courage to do hurt yourself in that way. I can see how life could be so hard and so very overwhelming that all you want to have is peace.

A month before she died, she gave me something very precious to her. Three days before she died she came over drunk and was extremely emotional. I can't count how many times she told me she loved me and my kids that night. I had just filmed a very emotional and physical scene and could barely stay awake. I really wish I had sat with her longer.  She was so sad that we were moving and would miss us terribly. Her best friend died not six months ago and now she felt she didn't have anyone.

This woman had such a hard and terrible life. Most people would have turned a blind…

Marine Lance Cpl. Scott E. Dougherty: Died July 6, 2004 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

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I want to thank all that served before,and all that will protect our country in the future....


Especially those that gave their lives.  My hero- Marine Lance Cpl. Scott E. Dougherty
Died July 6, 2004 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom


My nephew, Scott Dougherty, 20 of Bradenton, Fl. was killed July 6,2004, when his Humvee struck a tank mine in Anbar province, Iraq. His Humvee ran over a tank mine, flipped over a ravine and exploded. He was a proud Marine in the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He was fun loving kid with a great sense of humor. He always knew how to make everybody smile. He wasn’t a big guy but he made up for with physical training & a great attitude. He joined ROTC in high school and enlisted in the Marines in 2002 after graduating.

He was just two days out of combat training when he was deployed to Iraq for five months. He was three months into his second tour when he died. He…

Good doggie......Shitty Owners....Euthanized!

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NICE POEM....

    The families dog was bought for a guard,     Chained to a post in a chilly back yard,     Housed in a shed that was airless and dark,     And every few weeks had a run in the park.     When boredom set in with no fun and no work,     One day it broke loose and went quietly beserk.     Pa couldn't fathom just why it went wild,     As it flattened his wife and then bit his child.     The police were called in to sort out the mess,     And the whole sorry tale was released to the press,     The Rescue Society was really annoyed,     So, the dog was rehomed -- and the owners destroyed.

    -Unkown author....






Yes! We are looking for a new addition to our family. A DOG!  We've scoured the shelters and it is so sad. I need a dog with a particular temperment for a specific purpose and it is a long process. So I asked my friends Dan and Shelly M. who have been rescuing dogs for ages. They are still searching.


I give them the biggest props ever. They are self-less and have even spen…

One more reason to keep the incentives: The Paparazzi! $$$$$$$

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Sometimes I'm Crazy and sometimes I'm just lazy... 
Who Says Paparazzi are annoying? Let them spend their ill gotten gains here!
Thank you Jimmy Doom for letting me post your wonderful article on one more reason to keep our incentive.....
Does Paparazzi State Have a Debate Team?byJames JimmyDoom Graham on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 2:11pm I've had real guns pulled on me. I once had real police officers pull real guns on me during a movie shoot. (Submit those permits, people!). But I've never gone in my pocket and handed someone a bullet so that a guy with a gun could shoot me. I read a quote today commenting on the Michigan Film Tax Incentive. One can only assume the person thought he was making an insightful statement expressing his opposition to the program once unanimously approved by state lawmakers. " A good economy is better than a paparazzi state".

The proponents of keeping the tax credits in place have been arguing that not only are jobs created for Michigan res…

Potholes, Construction and our fascist police state.

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Pot Holes BABY!!!


Pure Michigan Pothole spoofs, oh and our continuous construction! How many of us are sick and tired of the popped tires, bent rims and hours sitting in construction. My Dad, the wonderful father he is, retired from the Highway Division in Royal Oak a few years ago. It seemed all he did the road was fill in potholes. He told me years ago that there are products you can pave the road with that will not have to be repaved every year. Why will they not use these products? Its all about the money baby! Contracts with the state, contracts with different cities. Royal Oak is down to around 5 men in the Highway Division. There used to be over thirty. At least they are doing what they should! Don't hate the workers, hate the bureaucracy


Spoof from John Kerfoot!



These are awesome! please repost!!!!!  I am obsessed with these spoofs as they are so true...






Not a spoof, A real commercial for Pure Michigan...This is what the state is really about...Too bad no will be left to e…

Pure Michigan Commercial Spoof: Royal Oak and oh Hollywood hates us FYI!

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And I am a born and bred Royal Oaker but this is hilarious. I found these while on tour in Utah.... Spoof from John Kerfoot...I am a huge fan!






I also discover from my mentor, David Farland, that in Hollywood they are definately fed up with us. One producer has trucks just sitting in Detroit waiting to see where they are going next. How nice... He has been working in Hollywood for years and is on the pulse of what is going on in Cali.

Dave wrote the Runelords series and is a New York Times bestselling author many times. FYI.




Again while I passed the T.V. of our lobby, what do I see on Fox News is Michigan! This time about the police having a device in their car that can read your CELL PHONE!!  We are living in a facist state and I am wondering what is UNCONSTITUTIONAL and what is!