A “busy day” can involve doing absolutely nothing at all when you have ADHD, but it’s not hopeless.

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Imagine being strapped to a chair, hands tied, while a fly buzzes around your head. You know the fly is there. You can hear it zipping past your ear, but you can’t swat it away. Now imagine a swarm of flies buzzing around your head. …

Forget about genres, tropes, archetypes, and overdone clichés — approach writing genre fiction as if it were true, because it is

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In an infinite universe with an infinite number of possibilities, what is fantasy?

Typically, when we think of the term “Fantasy,” we conjure images of Hobbit-holes, White Walkers, dragons, Henry Cavill, and a slew of other fictional worlds full of magic, monsters, and mythology.

The genre — and other speculative…

Anxiety, depression, a pandemic, and late-stage capitalism are the Four Horsemen of Dissociation this year, and they’re especially brutal toward underpaid workers.

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I know in-person interaction has been, for lack of a better word, weird the past 20 months, so it’s not unusual to say that I’ve forgotten, in some ways, how to exist in social situations. But I will disclaim this: for much of the pandemic, I was working in a…

Is humor an effective coping tool for depression, or are jokes about suicide a cause for concern?

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I made a joke once that I was rather proud of. I don’t remember it word for word, but an old coworker had been talking to me about life, depression, and careers, referring to each negative experience as “another step.”

I responded something like, “Yeah, and the last step is…

We are complicated creatures with feelings and actions we can’t always control, but we must always take responsibility.

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First, a thought experiment: Think back to a moment you regret. What’s the first thing that comes to mind? I used to envy the few people who could answer that question and say, “nothing.”

As a constant over-thinker, an anxious depressive with ADHD, I’m used to my brain being a…

Japanese Mythology

Tasked by their primordial elders, the lovers Izanagi and Izanami were tasked with taming the chaos of the world and gave birth to many of Japan’s most important deities.

Utagawa Hiroshige, c. 1847–1852

The world was young, floating like oil in a vast and empty cosmos. Earth swirled around itself, sunken in silence and chaos, drifting through the endlessness as a jellyfish drifts through the sea. …

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