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welcome to the new blog!

revampgraphica 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.

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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:

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!

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6 thoughts on “welcome to the new blog!”

    1. Aww thanks! I’m pretty stoked – I love talking about tropes and I have so much fun reading your posts. 🙂

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