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Kai, the archaeologist of fiction

Mar 14, 2011 | content | 0 comments


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I got asked a couple of days ago if I wrote for pleasure or profit.  If you think about it, it’s a pretty loaded question.  And I agreed to answer, but in my own time.
I’ve come to realise over the last few days, months, years of my life (I’ve been writing for nearly 30 years), that the truth of the matter is I write stories because I MUST.

Once, when I was ensconcend in a corner of a cozy pub with some freinds, I got to talking about writing and how I actually see it. Turns out, I don’t see writing the same as everyone else.  Not by a long shot.

I see writing as an act of discovery.  And the deeper I go, the more I discover.  Like I’m excavating the stories, a scene at a time.   I like being a fiction archaeologist – it’s one of the more enjoyable ways I spend my time.
But pleasure versus money?  Niether.  I derive pleasure from reading my stories – but I’m not sure if that’s the same.  I’d love to make money from my books, but only because then I’d get to excavate some more.  Unlike archaology, there are no universities sponsoring digs in my head, but it’s a nice thought.


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P is for Psychosis #realmentalhealth #mondayblogs #nomorestigma

This is one of my harder blog posts to write, because though I talk – a lot – about the impact my mental health has on my day to day life, and has done for a while, I’m pretty sure that this is the bit no one really understands, causes the most…misunderstanding and I hope, because I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, they can’t relate to. If you didn’t know that psychosis was a feature of my mental health diagnosis, or didn’t understand if you’d heard it mentioned before now, please…don’t start changing your opinion of me. That’s the biggest reason those of us with serious mental health issues aren’t as open as society needs. Because we lose people.