I’m proud to say that Betty’s Battleground has reached it’s half-year mark. I started ‘er at the end of January. The first post was about overcoming my PTSD symptoms to take my older daughter to the Womxn’s March against Trump. (Sadly, this anniversary also means Trump’s been our president just as long…but let’s focus on the positive).
This blog and I have been through a lot these past several months. I survived an onslaught of abusive litigation from the man who caused my PTSD, threats and abuse from his current girlfriend, a disappointing betrayal by my father, bumps in my marriage, craziness from the kids, and my own tumultuous mood swings. This blog and I have fared through good days and bad; high volume days and 50 view dips. I’ve found the footing to launch my freelance pursuits-and have been rewarded with a couple paid commissions already!
Today, to celebrate, say thanks, and try to keep this thang going another six months, I am doing two things: First, I am launching my official Patreon page. Patreon allows people to support their favorite artistic endeavors with recurring donations-I have also launched a YouCaring fundraiser to go alongside the Patreon page for those supporters who are not yet ready or able to do monthly donations. You can read about the reasons why finances are such a struggle for my family here, and learn more about our current straits on the Patreon page; they involve an impending electricity shut-off notice that would definitely put a dent in this blog, as well as my family’s wellbeing. Or, you can simply donate something because you love Betty’s Battleground and you want to see it thrive. I promise you that any donations of any amount will make a difference and I will appreciate them all.
To make a monthly donation in support of this blog, please go here.
To make a one-time donation in support of this blog, and to help my family avoid our electricity being shut off,please go here.
The second thing I’m doing to celebrate, and give thanks to my readers and donors, is publishing a page filled with paying markets for mental health articles. I have been compiling these resources for the past month, and I’ll be updating it as I find more, so bookmark (pin, stumble, etc) the page!
What do you imagine when you hear the phrase “self-injury?” If your first thought is a black garbed teenage girl who is “just trying to get attention,” then this list will surprise you. There is a lot of stigma surrounding the phenomenon of self-harm. Too often self-injurers are judged, ignored, or even mocked. When people do take it seriously, they often assume it is a suicidal gesture. Self-harm can affect virtually any demographic, for a vast number of reasons. Some people do hurt themselves in an attempt to end their lives, but most people who harm themselves don’t want to die.
I have intimate knowledge of self-harm. Though I did “cut” a little as a teenager, due mostly to peer influence, I did not begin the practice in earnest until I was an adult. It became a gesture to combat dissociative PTSD episodes. Next week, I will discuss the relationship between PTSD and self-harm, and my experiences with it. This week, I am providing an introduction to the baffling phenomenon of human self-injury with a research-based article outlining ten of the most common reasons science has discovered that people harm themselves.
What do you think of when you hear the phrase “science fiction?” Robots? Time travel? Aliens? What about ‘realism?’ Not so much?
Most people don’t think that science fiction has much to say about reality. Science fiction is supposed to be about adventure and entertainment. It’s supposed to imagine futures that are far more advanced than our own, and to stretch modern science into something fantastic. Science fiction isn’t supposed to tell us anything about the actual state of things, right?
Well, this week, instead of picking just one book to feature, I have created a summer reading list comprised of twelve science fiction books that each depict the reality of one or more mental health conditions, sometimes even better than textbooks or realism. Whether it’s providing a nuanced depiction of addiction, exploring the complexities of violence, or exposing uncomfortable truths about pleasure and consumption; in these twelve examples, Sci-Fi is the best vessel for teaching us something about real life. It’s the time of the year when people are creating summer reading lists. If you want to keep things fun and exciting, while continuing to explore and better understand mental health issues, try these twelve science fiction books.