a little background
At the beginning of this year, one of my big goals was to be a bigger part of the online community. Living in a small town is hard on me in that I don’t social options that I had living in New York City, and I recognized that the isolation was getting to me. The only place I could turn: the Internet. Unfortunately, Facebook encourages my depressed tendency to endlessly compare my life to everyone else’s, so I’ve made the effort to cut that out of my life. Thus, I started to blog more seriously in the effort to find a sense of community
In January, I started to re-focus what started as a personal blog, and I started posting more book reviews. I’ve been trying to get involved in memes, particularly related to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement. Around the end of March, following a bout of serious self-doubt related to my depression, I realized that I need to be blogging about my struggles. My voice may only travel so far, and I may not be knowledgeable about all aspects of diversity, but depression is, in a sense “my lane” and I might as well write about it.
So here we are: new blog design and a new blog title. I figured it deserves some explanation.
story (n.): a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader.
salve (n.): anything that soothes, mollifies, or relieves.
the story salve is a blog about stories, both reading and writing, but it’s more than just a book blog. For most of my life, stories have been my connection to the world, from my childhood spent with my head buried in a book, to my adolescence scribbling in journals, to my journey writing fiction.
Like many kids, I started reading because I wanted to escape into another world, but as I got older it became more than that. Reading and writing have literally kept me alive through my decade-long struggle with depression. My habit of journaling in high school enabled me to self-assess my mental state and thus get help when I needed it. My habit of writing and reading fiction allowed me a way to escape, but also to reinvent myself in the context of other stories.
Stories are the salve on the wounds of my heart.
the future of the blog
As of this writing, April 2017, I’m working toward more discussion posts about writing, reading, and living with depression. I hope to also participate more actively in the diverse book blogging community, adding to the narrative when I can but mostly seeking out voices different from my own. I will continue posting reviews, but I hope to minimize that aspect and focus more on sharing thoughts.
some up-coming features:
- the final piece in my series on re-reading Harry Potter
- participating in the #MentalHealthMonday discussion
- Writing-Up Wednesdays, a chance to discuss writing habits, hosted by Lizzy @ the bent bookworm
- a couple discussions for Trope Tuesdays (by AJ @ Lacy Literacy) that have been on my mind
- Diversity Spotlight Thursdays, hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks, at least once a month
As always, I appreciate all of you. Your kind words in your comments mean so much to me and I look forward to seeing where the future takes us!