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Research part 2

Today I was at my local Borders looking for books on bipolar disorder. Thanks to those who e-mailed me with some suggestions! I found that not much has been written for teens on this subject. Children, yes. Adults, yes. Celebrities, yes. But only a few for teens and those weren't in stock. So I ended up ordering a few from my local library.

I also visited the national organization for bipolar disorder. Interesting site. Too bad this info wasn't around when my father was alive. Not that he would have listened, but still.

Okay, I admit I've been dragging my feet on this story. Afraid to offend those in my family. But I feel the time is right. I'm ready to tell this story with all the ugliness but also with forgiveness.

This story will be hard to tell. But it needs to be told.


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Jan. 7th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
you can do it!
Jan. 7th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
Nice to find a subject that hasn't been done to death, anyway.
Jan. 7th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
I know, huh? I really think teens will understand this story. I held off for so long because of my mother, who reads into everything I write--thus the need to make this account fiction. And I fear there's still a stigma behind this illness, even though it seems just about every movie star has it.
Jan. 7th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
I know Maurice Benard, "Sonny" on General Hospital, has it too (so they gave it to his character).

And I know there are a lot of depressed teens out there, so that'd be a big audience. I have depression problems, too, but haven't sought help as an adult.
Jan. 7th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
This story will be hard to tell. But it needs to be told.

I think some stories are just like that. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Gail Carson Levine last fall (author of Fairest) and I asked her what she was working on writing next. She said it was an upper YA fantasy - "It's sad," she said, "but it needed to be written."

I wish you the very best as you embark on this new journey into a new story!
Jan. 8th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
Wow, I love Gail Carson Levine. I can't wait to read her upcoming book.
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