I.E.G. Articles (Society), You're As Mad As I Am (Mental Health)

Reasons Why You Don’t Understand Mental Illness

Mental health = the care for and awareness of the mind, mentality, feelings and thoughts that we have Mental illness = a disorder, impairment, dysfunction, or illness of the mind (brain) I was thinking the other day about how it is that some people still can't wrap their heads around mental health and mental illness,… Continue reading Reasons Why You Don’t Understand Mental Illness

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What A Panel of Black Authors Meant for Me

On Tuesday this week, I was able to hear authors Tomi Adeyemi (pictured with me above), Yomi Adegoke, and Elizabeth Uviebinene talk at a bookstore. These authors all had one thing in common - they were black, and they were Nigerian. It was a euphoric experience! I'm not the kind of woman (and never was… Continue reading What A Panel of Black Authors Meant for Me

I.E.G. Articles (Society), Life & Stuff, Thought Capture

Identity Labels That We Need to Remove

*This is a controversial blog post, I know. I am saying, or at least trying to, that labels can be damaging and that we need to be careful when using them...* Here are the biggest labels that we use on one another to try to categorise and "understand" one another better: White Black Asian Mixed… Continue reading Identity Labels That We Need to Remove

Life & Stuff, You're As Mad As I Am (Mental Health)

Ways to Meditate (That Aren’t Hard)

Definition of meditation: "focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation." (or) "think deeply about (something)." The first thing you need to do in order to meditate is to stop thinking of it as boring, hard, or… Continue reading Ways to Meditate (That Aren’t Hard)

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Who Are You, Aside From…

Who are you aside from your race? Who are you aside from your nationality? Who are you aside from your sexual orientation? Who are you aside from your job? Who are you aside from your parental or marital status? Who are you aside from your bank account? Because in truth, none of these things give… Continue reading Who Are You, Aside From…

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How I Know I was Meant to be a Middle-Grade Author

Hopefully you know by now that I've made the switch from writing YA fantasy to now writing MG fantasy. I've been thinking lately that it's always been obvious that I am better suited to children's fantasy than young adult or teen fantasy, and here's why... I can be poetic and whimsical and silly with my… Continue reading How I Know I was Meant to be a Middle-Grade Author

Life & Stuff, You're As Mad As I Am (Mental Health)

How to Be Alone

I believe that it is so important for all of us to know how to be be alone; comfortably alone. It's good for our mental health, our growth, our sense of balance, and resilience. Think about it, you can't always have someone around. You can't depend too heavily on others. You need to be able… Continue reading How to Be Alone