Well folks, I seized the day and bit the bullet – I have created a professional page on Facebook highlighting my artwork and writing. ON THE ROCKS – artist & creative writer – the flipside of bipolar & recovery.
I’m slowly gaining a wider audience by putting myself out there, and quite frankly it feels good to get some solid feedback, score opportunities and generate some sales. It’s been a long time coming.
Most importantly, however, as most know already, I’ve been working my ass off for years and I’ve been through hell and back to bring forth change and understanding of the complexities of Bipolar One Disorder and Alcoholism, Spirituality included (which is a hell of a beast in and of itself ). Take all three and you have what I like to call, “The Triple Threat.” I’ve fought stigma on my own for far too long and it’s time to join forces with the masses to get the word out as best as ‘we’ can! Regardless of how unorthodox my views may be. I’ve been through it. I know it. My voice is valuable and it’s finally time I step into my purpose and passion, speaking even if my voice shakes.
On facebook, in particular writing and artist groups, including friends, I have come across some wickedly talented folks. All of them have been so instrumental in my latest upswing and motivation to get my work out there once and for all. To them, I owe the world. I love my lil’ inspired tribal members.
Here’s my latest About Me – It’s my next project. Needs revamping and more personality, in my opinion. I’ll get there!
“She was never crazy, she just didn’t let her heart settle in a cage. She was born wild.. and sometimes we need people like her. For it’s the horrors in her heart which cause the flames in ours. And she was always willing to burn for everything she has ever loved.” – R.M Drake
Thanks for checking out On the Rocks – The Flipside of Bipolar and Recovery.
I am a creative artist and published author, with 15 years of professional experience in creative fields. Much of my work expands into the nature of ongoing recovery from Bipolar One Disorder. I meld my chaotic, passionate and raw journey through Bipolar Disorder, Alcoholism and Recovery into a myriad of short stories, poetry and art, attempting to offer a unique perspective and positive spin on two largely misunderstood conditions.
I am not an information board. Although I salute those who educate readers, I am not one to tell you what Mental Illness or Addiction is, focus on the negative or walk you through the ins and outs of recovery. Our journeys are personal and so is recovery. I embrace mine by creatively elaborating on true stories that look into the silver linings or the positive, and sometimes humorous, side of Bipolar and Recovery – The Flipside, as I like to call it.
It’s my way of healing, evolving, embracing myself in all my complexities, and standing up to stigma that so many of us have faced. To say that I am passionate about this after a lifetime of facing this head-on (personally and otherwise), is an understatement. And I hope that in your sifting through my words, that comes across as a brave step. Any step I can make in helping others to understand on a deeper level or relate to those that walk in my shoes, is a step I’m more than willing to take.
It’s real. It’s raw. It’s funny. It’s tragic and dramatic. It’s sensual. It’s profound. It’s romantic. It’s insightful, thoughtful, adventurous, spiritual and spirit-filled, resilient and terrifying. All in one.
I’m not sure where this will all lead, but I intend to find out. And write about it.