oh, the possibilities.

Of course, new ideas for stories are always flowing in my mind. Lately, I’ve been making some characters who I’ve already fallen in love with. I’m up to page twenty and like where the story is going.  

However, I always seem to jumping from idea to idea.  I’m ready to stay with just one. 

The main topics in this next novel are:

– Bipolar Disorder

– Weed/ADHD 

– Autism 

The main focus in this novel is overcoming difficulties with family. 

Of course, there will be some romance and difficult topics. That’s how my writing works.  However, sometimes I want to add a little bit of another issue, but I know I need to keep my focuses where they are. 

Who knows where the story will go! The characters make the storyline, I just write it.  I didn’t know how the end of Noon was going to be and BAM craziness happened. 



positive feedback is the best medicine.

I got an email from a student in one of the health classes I spoke to.  I’ve gotten a few emails and still talk to a girl from one of the classes quite often.  However, this email came weeks after I spoke, which meant some things I did and said stuck with her.

Here’s just a few blurbs from her email.  Of course, I will keep private things out and keep this lovely person anonymous:

“Your visit in my health class really touched me.”

“One thing that really stuck with me from your visit was ripping up the luggage. Now I write things down and rip it up then write all the positive things about my life. Seeing all you have accomplished and conquered shows me that there is a bright side and an end to this dark tunnel.”

“I just want to say thank you again so much! Also your book will be my summer read.”

I’m so thankful to have had these opportunities to speak about my past after years of hiding my stories. I am slowly beginning to talk about those awful demons, even though it is still terrifying. My blogs on http://www.healthyplace.com have been getting read, liked on Facebook and re-tweeted! I can’t believe the views and comments I’ve been getting.

This is what I’m meant to do.  I really do think that in twenty years, I’ll have a comfortable life as an author (with an agent, hopefully), public speak about mental illness and cancer and volunteer or do part-time work with cancer patients and those living with disabilities.

With positive thinking, anything is possible. One step at a time. 

a huge, scary step forward.

My stomach was churning when I put my Healthy Place blog on my Facebook page. Seriously, I felt nauseous. The issues I dealt with in high school are issues I barely talk openly about.  The issues I had back then are linked to the mental health issues I have today, but in a different way.

I remember when I was overcoming those demons in high school, I wanted to speak out about them.  I wanted to find a way to support those struggling with the same thing I was.  Five or so years ago, I didn’t realize how scary it would be actually doing it. 

So, here it is.  I’m officially blogging on http://www.healthyplace.com about a topic I still feel uneasy discussing, but obligated to talk about.  I put this topic in Noon because it is an issue so many teens struggle with and thankfully I overcame it.

Find me here and follow my blogs: http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/speakingoutaboutselfinjury/category/about-jennifer/



And let me tell you, making this video and speaking about this issue was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.

beauty at any age.

I’ve been watching too many tattoo shows lately. I think it’s because I keep trying to convince myself that my ankle tat will get better soon enough when a little more work is done.  In truth, it won’t get much better, so by watching shows on ‘bad tattoos’ helps. I’ve been wanting to get a little light bulb tattoo somewhere – behind my ear, on my ribs, back… ideas? ImageI’ve also been obsessing about a tattoo that has a typewriter and a bird on the scroll. I love it and would make the bird a cardinal – representing my brother.  It’s a big tattoo and for some reason I want it on my upper arm. Okay, for all those who think I couldn’t pull it off or that it’s unneeded – shush your faces! Anyone can pull off anything they want if it is out of pure passion. Do what you want because you want to.  Sometimes, it is hard not to let judgements affect you. That’s for sure!

So, I was bored and googled some pictures of old people with tattoos.  Why? Why not? Everyone always says, “You’ll look funny when you get old with all those tattoos.” Well, no matter what – we will ALL look funny when we’re old! Embrace it and own it.  These people did!