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Interview with Kristen Steele from Hope4Life180.com

Interview with Kristen Steele from Hope4Life180.com

This week I have another interview for you.  I write a lot on this site about overcoming the internal resistance that a writer faces and Kristen Elisabeth Steele exemplifies this to the utmost degree. In the later part of 2016 she was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, multiple sclerosis, and optic neuritis all within a few short months of each other. Faced with despair and the very stripping of her own identity, she poured her pain and her triumphs into a blog she started called Hope4Life180.com. Deeply personal, self-effacing,and funny, her blog is a raw look into the world of a mother, a teacher, a writer, and a person living with a debilitating condition. On top of the blog, she is also a published author of several childrens’ books which you can find on Amazon and createspace.com. You can find the links to buy her books at the end of this article. This article has been transcribed to text from a telephone interview. (more…)

A Journey into Self-condemnation

A Journey into Self-condemnation


I  could actually see the end. I no longer had what it took to be the real me, betraying my dream for the sleep of the comforted and the unchallenged. I wasn’t a writer any more. I was only a person with a paycheck and a roof over his head.
Painful reminders of my failure yelled out to me from everywhere. A sci-fi writer on National Public Radio regaled the audience with his mastery of his own literary battlefield, illustrating his brainstorming of book ideas while hiking. It wasn’t even a month ago when I had those brainstorming sessions while at my day job or sitting by the pond. (more…)

Writing and the Killing of the Wolf

Writing and the Killing of the Wolf

I have mental illness. This morning was bad. I’ve learned a lot in therapy the last year. I’ve learned how I pile a shitshow of pressure on myself until I’m making me and everyone around me miserable.  Editing the book isn’t helping the situation any. (more…)

How The Muse May Visit without You Knowing it

How The Muse May Visit without You Knowing it

DISCLAIMER – The following post is merely a summary of one part of my journey.  I talk about leaving Alcoholics Anonymous.  To anyone struggling with addiction or recovery, I am NOT recommending that you take my same actions unless you are absolutely sure it is where your heart is leading you.  Working the 12-steps with a sponsor, sponsoring other people, and the fellowship of AA and NA not only gave me the tools to achieve lasting recovery but have shown me how to drastically improve my life in general.  I will forever be grateful for my experience in AA. (more…)

How to Drastically Change Your Viewpoint with Pen and Paper

This is the second part of a two-part series called “Writing as a Tool of Awareness”

Writing “inventory” was like taking a small dose of magic mushrooms at times.  There were times when the result was more like something obtained from a larger dose.  I knew traumatic events could shift my perspective on things.  I knew beating my head against the proverbial wall with the same dumb actions could make me more willing to try a different approach at life.  I didn’t know that I could drastically change my viewpoint on things in short order with only a pen and paper. (more…)