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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…

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…

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…

Pure Michigan Ad Spoof....Awesome

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This could happen to you!
Why is it my first night in Utah I see a PURE MICHIGAN COMMERCIAL?  We came to St.George for a writing workshop with David Farland, I really didn't think to see all the crap going on in Michigan while here. Is that really going to get people to come to our beautiful state and give the State of Michigan the money we lost? Is this going to replace the money lost to the residents by removing the movie incentive? I found a number of Pure Michigan spoofs.... Here is one...





These Spoofs are from Wonderkind John Kerfoot! Check him out please...He is hilarious....



Good Bye Fair City of Detroit...Hostile takeover anyone?

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Yes........It is true.


Yes, you have broken my heart too many times and I will not put up with it anymore. The 5,600 pink slips given out, the film incentive cuts, wanting to destroy the unions and most of all the emergency financial manger thing. That scares the crap out me.

There must be a city, (warm climate a must) who will embrace my ups and downs, my craziness. The fact that i wish people would just say what they mean and mean what they say. No joke.





A place where it is green year and a mild 75 degrees year round. I'd like sugar plums to dance in my head all night long and see my beautiful kids happy forever.





I'd like to live in a bikini, paint, write and frolick with the dolphins whenever possible.  Shoot, i'd even live in a hut on a beach if it was warm most of the time. Travel the world with my children where they can get a better education on the train to Rome or Paris than here in second grade.

And never feel like I have the past few months.




 Then I will wake up …

My opinion of the acting schools I've attended so far..

The first class I went to was Michigan Actors Studio in Ferndale. We worked on theater games and were each given a monologue to work on for the "semester". We worked on the same monologue every week. This was Acting 1 (I think, beginners class) and since i've had some experience before this, I wasn't as happy because I was past this point. I do wish we were able to pick our own monologues. The teacher was a great guy and I think they just need to tweek that class alittle bit. I would have loved some feedback. Here, It is all about who teaches your class and they do have great teachers. You just have to find the right one.
My bf took the second class at MAS and it was more geared toward  commercials and industrial videos. That is great because if we loose the incentive, this is what is going to pay our bills as actors.

 My second class, that I am currently taking is at The Actors Workshop in Royal Oak and I love it. We do relaxation techniques and repetition, a exerc…

Acting Schools and Private Coaches: THE list

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Once again i am posting a note from a friend and not an original work. My brain is going to explode so If you don't like it, go jump off a building! This is a very comprehensive list of acting schools in Michigan and a few out of town. If you want to act, you need training. Even the most polished actors continually hone their craft. How else do you think they got so good?


By Donavan Darius


Many people have asked me how to get into acting. One step is to learn the craft of . . . wait for it . . . acting. Below is a list of acting schools and workshops. I will only leave notes for classes that I have attended and can speak from experience on. My comments are opinions based on my experience there. My personal philosophy is that everyone has something you can learn from. Find the school that is right for you and go with it. There are no favorites here, simply a list of resources. Some of those listed also offer Voice Lessons and childrens acting.
Also note: Most Universities and coll…