The suicide of Robin Williams has hit us all hard, in uniquely personal ways. It is very difficult to come to grips with the fact that this brilliantly talented, exceedingly kind and caring, and downright funny man had so much pain within him that he no longer wanted to live.
Many people have experienced the kind of deep depression that led Robin to believe that suicide was his only alternative. Indeed, 15 percent of people diagnosed with clinical depression commit suicide, and multiples of that number make failed attempts to take their own lives. Thankfully, only a small percentage of suicide attempts are successful. Still, more than 30,000 Americans take their own lives each year, though more than 800,000 people try to kill themselves. By most accounts, there are at least 4.5 million suicide survivors in the United States today. Depression is very real, and very debilitating. In fact, the World Health Organization says depression is the #1 disability in the world. Further, it is known that depression is one of the prime risk factors for suicide. Read the rest of this entry »
I found lots of great resources this week that I wanted to share with all my writing friends– so I put them together in this blog post. Hope everyone has had a great, and productive, week! Life got in the way for me this week– luckily I have the weekend to get caught up
I also have a board on Scoop.it where I save the best information and articles I find around the internet, and I curate stuff to that board regularly. I try to share these things on social media, but sometimes the ADHD kicks in and I’m off to something else. Lots of good stuff on my Scoop.it board–you really should check it out, too: http://www.scoop.it/t/writing-by-denise-gabbard Read the rest of this entry »
Marketing and writing are totally intertwined nowadays. Writers are often called upon to help with social media work and marketing folks are asked to write all the time. The lines have been blurred so much in the past few years, that having both skills will absolutely get you lots more paying work!
One Direction Craze
I have an absolutely beautiful, smart, and sweet granddaughter that just turned twelve in February. I could tell you the story about her miracle birth, but then I’d be sobbing all over my keyboard and would not be able to get another thing done tonight. Suffice it to say she is very special, even as first grandchildren go! Read the rest of this entry »