About a Boy who makes stuff up

‘Mice: What is the best early training for a writer?

‘An unhappy childhood.’ — Ernest Hemingway

The so-called “best years of my life” were bleak and awful. My alcoholic parents threatened divorce every other day and still drove, with me in the back seat. I became a nervous worrier to the point where I had semi-permanent stomach pains and there were days so dark that I didn’t want to see the light afterwards.

Then I began to write…and I fell in love with it.

The rush of writing something, polishing it, scrapping it, starting again, polishing it and reading out-loud in class. The applause and the praise, not for me, but for the work I put on paper, gave me a confidence that I never had.

Then I had the idea of writing for more than just myself. I could use my talent to help others feel less alone, I could make someone smile for a second when they’ve had a bad day, I could do more than just write. I could connect to people.

Half as long, Twice as bright is my attempt to connect to people with or without depression by sharing my journey from the person I am today, a depressed, socially awkward amateur, into the person I want to be. A candle lit at both ends.


22 thoughts on “About a Boy who makes stuff up

  1. Ridiculously great About page. Nice job.

    Writing is amazing and I can relate to you when it comes to the confidence and great feelings one can get from writing. Thanks for sharing. Well done!


  2. Living through horror enables us to write truth clearly. (That’s a Casey original.) 🙂

    On a personal note (and feel free not to answer) have you ever considered checking out Al-Anon? I have several friends who went through the program (it’s for family, mostly for children of alcoholics) and they said it was really, really helpful–especially learning that the things they suffered (and currently suffer) are typical of the group as a whole. You’re definitely NOT ALONE. You are special, and you are LOVED. You can Google it for info on programs in your area if you’re interested.


  3. After reading your latest post and your about page, you can bet that I’m going to follow you. You have a way with words, as I’m sure you already know.

    As others have said before me, your about page is perfect. One day, I hope to have an about page almost as good as yours, but first I have to figure out the point of my blog. It’s all a work in progress at this point.

    I just want to let you know that you have a great blog already, and I can’t wait to see more from you!


    1. My whole blog is about how I’M a work in progress!! I think that as a writer or blogger if you prefer, honesty is the best policy. My About page isn’t the best, it’s just honest.


      1. And it works so well for you!

        I’m still trying to figure out my niche as a writer/blogger, so I’m just stumbling blind at the moment. It’s all honest though, so at least I’m headed in the right direction. 🙂

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      2. I have a few ideas, for instance, i want to use some painful lessons from my past in posts. Thinking about a name called “The best training – a childhood”


      1. Sure! The award is really to recognize people you like, give them something to post about, and raise awareness about other bloggers. (at least, that is my view of it!) I don’t think it is super strict, so if you don’t want to answer all the questions, or only nominate a few bloggers, I think that is acceptable 🙂 I just like your blog and wanted to give you some recognition for your writing


  4. Hi! I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog. You’re free to reject it if you’re not too excited about the idea but I’d recommend you give it a reading on http://wp.me/p56VZt-1c. Thanks 🙂
    I did so because I like reading what you have to give. I’m not necessarily a depressed person; I’m more of the always happy person. It kind of helps me be ready for a ‘just in case’ situation.


  5. Hey there! I love your blog (you probably know :P), and I have nominated you for A Lovely Blog Award AND the Liebster Award for being as fantisctic as you! If you would like to participate in this, please see my post


    If you don’t want to participate or if you already have one, just enjoy the fact that I think your blog is awesome 🙂 Enjoy the glory 😀

    Liked by 1 person

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