Becoming Jill: Adventures in Adulthood

Depression Hurts… Cymbalta Can Help! Hopefully…
October 29, 2010, 8:58 pm
Filed under: Depression, NaNoWriMo, Updates

So, per my doctor’s instructions, I got myself hooked up with a psychiatrist and therapist, in hopes of eventually returning to semi-human status. My psychiatrist switched me from Paxil to Cymbalta. He says the Cymbalta has a lot more “get up and go,” which I could definitely use in my life. I’ve only been on it about a week, so I haven’t noticed much of a difference yet, other than a few dizzy spells, and some crazy dreams, that I think are more related to dredging up memories than the new medication.

I had a wonderful birthday weekend, and have survived several days of being 30! My wonderful friends arranged a trip to 3 different wineries for tours and tastings, and then we capped off the day with a bonfire, yummy food and wine, and good company. An excellent time was had by all! At least I hope so…


with my favorite girls at Winehaven Winery

My mom and Larry sent me flowers via my best friend Karen, so that was a nice surprise! I’ve had to keep them high up so Kitten can’t eat them or knock them over, tho.


pretty birthday flowers!

I’m looking forward to beginning my NaNoWriMo novel on Monday! I’ve been working on characters and plotting, but I can’t officially begin writing til November 1st. I decided to do a novel set in the Regency Era, since I know lots about it and will have to do minimal research. I am billing it as as “Jane Austen meets Jane Eyre.” I don’t have a title yet, but I am super excited to get started!

We had a first few little snowflakes this week, which made me happy! I love snow, and I can’t wait for the first big storm.

I’ve been toying with the idea of posting my novel on the blog as I go along, but I haven’t made any definite decisions… thoughts?



Wait, I have a blog?
October 17, 2010, 9:20 am
Filed under: NaNoWriMo

Hi! Bet you’ve missed me, right? No? Ok, then.

Anyway, my silence is largely due to my depression (I know, variations on a theme, right?) but I have come up with a plan to combat both my silence AND my depression!

I’ve joined NaNoWriMo! What, you say? Also known as National Novel Writing Month, the goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel entirely in the month of November.

So… why am I doing this? In the first place, I have been feeling really stuck for a long, long time. I am hoping that having a goal like this will give me something to do other than dwell on how miserable and depressed I am, and give me something to work towards, other than getting un-miserable and un-depressed. In the second place, I like to write, and don’t do it enough. I have spent years with novel ideas floating around in my brain, and now seems like the perfect time to get them out.

So… what’s my novel about? As of right now, I have no earthly clue. Luckily, authors are allowed to plan and make notes and outlines in advance of November 1st. I am coming a little late to the game, but hopefully I’ll be able to come up with something fabulous. Or, you know, at least interesting enough for people to want to read.

So… what do you think? Has anyone done this, or known someone who has?

In other news, I am turning 30 a week from today. Blarg.