Kanye West is Bipolar?


A couple days ago, I was watching Kanye West’s “interview” in the White House Oval Office with Donald Trump. I must admit I mostly wanted to watch it just to see what kind of crazy stuff Kanye would come up with. To be frank, he has always seemed a little like a loose cannon, even back in the days when he announced that George W. Bush didn’t care about black people, or when he interrupted Taylor Swift during her award speech to say that Beyonce should have won.

However, when I heard Kanye say during his recent interview that he had been diagnosed bipolar, suddenly, a lot of things clicked into place. I hadn’t really thought of it before, but Kanye does come across as highly manic in his speech sometimes, especially when he is all worked up about things and causes a scene. He definitely seems to have pressured speech (his words just flow out everywhere and in every direction), and I recognize flight of ideas as well (his train of thought is often hard to follow, he shares his thoughts in a way that definitely isn’t always linear or seemingly coherent). Kanye often appears paranoid during these times as well.

I heard that after the interview, Kanye was asked about the bipolar diagnosis and said something along the lines that he thought he was misdiagnosed or he had somehow been cured (contradictory thoughts together). Even this reminds me of manic episodes, after all, what is more predictable than someone with bipolar denying their disease or refusing treatment when in the throes of mania?

Anyhow, my main point is that as someone who has bipolar type 2 myself, I do have empathy for whatever Kanye is dealing with mentally, even if I don’t agree with some of his bizarre or outlandish statements.

Author Self-Interview! (Fun Facts About Me)


So the idea and questions for this post come from the Usborne “My First Story Writing Book” which is an awesome resource for helping kids learn creative writing skills! I thought it would be fun to answer some of the questions they ask myself and share!

I live with…
My husband, Steve
My 3 cats (Spyder, Mao Mao, and Icky)

The most unusual thing about me is…
I’m a physical and mental trainwreck (who knows what is actually wrong with me???)

My worst fear is…
My husband dying.
Being alone.
Having to support myself entirely.
Spiders getting into my ears.
Getting sicker or being in even more pain.

I feel happy when…
People appreciate and compliment me.
When I am being creative!

My biggest ambition is…
Make more money as a freelance writer/book reviewer (maybe review books for bigger companies).
Work with kids again. Maybe hold more children’s writing workshops in the future.
Grow my blog/vlogs.
Advocate for those with chronic illness and mental illness.
Sell more art on ebay!

My first memory is…
Riding in a stroller and being frustrated that I couldn’t get out!

Interview with Chloe Lukasiak from Dance Moms!

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I have been a fan of the Lifetime reality show Dance Moms since its first season. Although I fell in love with all the kids, Chloe Lukasiak was always my favorite. I found her sweet personality and her inner strength in the face of adversity endearing. So needless to say, I was thrilled to get the chance to interview her! For this short interview, I decided to focus on something other than the dance world or the tv show that made her famous. Since I am an author and Chloe recently started her own book club, I decided to focus on our mutual love for reading. I hope you will enjoy this little interview!

Q: Since I have been following Dance Moms since season one, I know that you love to read. What are some of your favorite books at the moment?

A: I love The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner series.

Q: If you had to pick one book that has impacted your life over the years, which book would you pick? Why is that book so unforgettable to you?

A: The Outsiders because, well, I don’t want to give away the end to someone who hasn’t read it!!!

Q: Many avid readers also like to write. I know that you are extremely busy, but do you ever write for fun? If so, what do you like to write?

A: I like to keep a journal. I used to write more when I was younger and I had more time.

Q: Do you have any “book buddies” from school or dance who often read the same books as you?

A: I like recommending books to my friends!

Q: I have read that you tend to like fantasy and sci-fi books. If you could live in a fantasy world out of any book, what world would you choose and why? Is there a character in a book you would love to be for a day? 

A: I would love to be Katniss Everdeen for a day, but I don’t want to play the Hunger Games.

Q: I know you are very close to your mom. Does she like to read too? Do you ever read the same books or recommend books to each other?

A: My mom loves to read. I think as I am getting older now, we can recommend more books to each other.

Q: Does your little sister, Clara, share your love for books? If so, what are some of her favorites? 

A:  Yes, absolutely! She JUST read “Green Eggs and Ham” by herself for the first time! It was the first book I ever read, so it was kinda cool.

Q: Have you read any books lately that you would love to see made into movies? Do you generally like movies based on books?

A: I think the books are always better then the movies! When I was younger, I always wanted to see “The Sisters Grimm” series get made into a movie.

Q: I was very excited to hear that you have your own book club now! Would you like to share a bit about the club?

A: I am so excited about my book club! Each month, I am recommending a book on my YouTube channel and on my other social media. Then, at the end of the month, I am hosting a live event on my channel to discuss the book. My channel is www.Youtube.com/33troijka.

Well, that is the end of today’s interview, but I would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to Chloe and her promotional team for making this interview possible! I am excited to see what the future holds for this beautiful and intelligent young lady! If you would like to follow Chloe Lukasiak on social media, here are links to her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Interview with Poet T. James Edward

Poetry book written by T. James Edward.

Because I often feel that poetry is overlooked and underappreciated here in America, I have decided to start featuring interviews with some of my fellow poets. So without further ado, here is an insightful and quirky interview with poet T. James Edward.

Poetry-related questions:

1. Q: How long have you been writing poetry? What first drew you to this literary form?
    A: I’ve been writing for somewhere between 15 and 20 years. What drove me to poetry is when I wrote in holiday cards as a kid, I’d write a few things from the heart and my mother said I had a very unique way with words.
2. Q: Who are some of your favorite poets? Are there any poets you credit for inspiring you to be a poet?
    A: In grade school I read the likes of Poe and Twain. I also remember reading “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “Superfudge” in school. I’ve read a few books in my lifetime but not too many. I have always wanted my thought processes to not appear dogmatic to me. I find that things I have said or written are similar to what something like Hemmingway has said, just worded a little differently. Nothing against reading because it’s great, I just want my ideas about life, death and truth to be my own and not based on anybody’s theory. Not that that’s how I see books being used by others.
3. Q: Have you written any poetry books? If so, please share a bit about your latest release and where it can be bought.
    A: I have one self-published book titled “Verses of a Dead Hero”, released in April 2010. It can be found at the publishers website: http://Xlibris.com/VersesofaDeadHero or at Amazon.
4. Q: Do you have any tips or wisdom you would like to share with fellow poets?
    A: Yes. No matter who you are, whatever walk of life you’re from or whatever you write about, if the ink on the page is your blood you will always be considered a poet. Never let anyone tell you what you should or shouldn’t write about. Nobody is a “better poet” than another. As long as you’re writing what’s in your heart and mind, we are all poets of equal significance.
Fun questions:
1. Q: Why did the chicken really cross the road?
    A: Either to meet the little piggy that went to market or because the chicken’s nest was over there. Maybe it was merely curiosity. Or maybe there was an evil chicken on the other side who created a tempting illusion to lure her to her death.
2. Q: If you could be something other than a human for a day, what would you choose?
    A: A bird. So I could experience flight. Or, a cure for any/all diseases.
3. Q: Cat person or dog person?
    A: Dog, most definitely. I love both but dogs are the truest friend one can find. Cats are fun and independent.
4. Q: Favorite movie of all time?
    A: Not a big movie person. I live by music. But some of my favorites are The Shawshank Redemption, Heat, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Star Wars. My favorite might be Boondock Saints.
5. Q: Are there any foods you absolutely despise and wouldn’t eat even if you were starving to death?
    A: Monkey brains. Or any brain for that matter. I don’t know how some cultures can do it.
6. Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you most like to go?
    A: Australia.
7. Q: Star Trek – Totally cool or totally nerdy?
    A: “Next Generation” with Captain Picard is great and very philosophical. The original with William Shatner is more comical to me because I personally think Shatner is a jackass. Funny, but a jackass. I think it’s totally cool, for nerds.
8. Q: If you do poetry readings, where is the weirdest place you have done one?
    A: Not that it’s too weird or anything, but probably at a second-hand clothing shop that was just a little hole in the wall.
9. Q: Do you have a favorite word?
    A: I’m not sure about a favorite word. Maybe onomatopoeia, just because it sounds funny to me. My favorite 2 words combined are “Reasonable Facsimile” because when I was a kid, I grew up watching Looney Tunes and in one episode Bugs Bunny was speaking to Elmer Fudd in a condescending manner and called him a Reasonable Facsimile. Those are the first words I remember having to look up in a dictionary.
10. Q: Favorite Cartoon character?
      A: That’s a real tough question. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Peter Griffin, Stimpy, Homer Simpson. Probably Bugs Bunny because he’s the original.

Interview with Children’s Author Katie Stewart

It’s been a while since I did an author interview, so I was excited to get the chance to post this new interview with Katie Stewart. Katie is a children’s and young adult author from Northam, Western Australia. Katie’s preferred genre is fantasy, which shows clearly in her latest release, “The Dragon Box”, an ebook that is currently available on Amazon.

Now, on to the interview questions:

1. When did you first decide that you wanted to be an author? What made you want to choose this career path?

I’ve always loved writing, but I loved art, too. As a young child I wanted to be the next Beatrix Potter and spent hours copying her illustrations. As I got older I moved away from the writing and more towards the illustrating, but I still had stories in my head and actually wrote a ‘novel’ when I was sixteen – which I disposed of when I reread it years later! I didn’t start writing seriously until about 12 years ago when I took a writing course as ‘something to do’.

2. Who are some of the authors that greatly influenced your writing style? What were some of your favorite books as a kid?

My favourite authors are Paulo Coelho, Ursula Le Guin, CS Lewis and Juliet Marillier. I’d like to be able to say I write like any one of them, but I can’t. I love the magical way Coelho uses words, the fantastic world-building of Le Guin, the imagination of CS Lewis and the brilliant characterisation of Marillier.

As a child I read everything I could lay my hands on. I had a book called ‘The Sam Pig Story Book’ which I adored, partly because it had been given to me by a favourite aunt and partly because it involved fantasy and nature, still two of my favourite things. I also loved ‘Peter Pan’ (JM Barrie) and all the ‘Katy’ books (Susan Coolidge). In my teenage years I loved books by Hester Burton and Australian author, HF Brinsmead, as well as devouring every Charles Dickens book I could find. So quite a mix really.

3. Did you have a hard time getting your first book published?

Yes, which is why I finally decided to epublish. There are not many publishers in Australia who publish fantasy anyway, but I just didn’t seem to be able to quite fit anyone’s list. The feedback I’d had, though, suggested that my writing was good enough, so I took the plunge and ventured out on my own.

4. Assuming that you write for children or young adults, what made you decide to write for those age groups? Do you still feel connected to your “inner child”?

I was originally a teacher. Literacy and art were my favourite areas to teach. I firmly believe that a lively imagination is the greatest gift anyone can have. My own childhood was very happy, with a large family and a life filled with books, laughter and music. So yes, I’m still very much in touch with my inner child. In fact, some people might think I never grew up!

5. What are some of your hobbies, other than writing?

As I’ve said, I love art, especially working with pastels. I’ve done a lot of pet portraits and paintings of wildlife. I’ve illustrated a few books. Apart from that, I love reading and listening to music as well as playing my celtic harp.

6. Do you have any sage advice for new authors who are just entering the field?

Read, read, read. Anything and everything, especially in the genre you want to write. Also, if you’re writing for children, you need a sense of humour (that’s Aussie spelling). Kid’s love humour even in a serious story.

7. Do you hold any other jobs outside of your writing? If so, do you find that this helps your writing or gets in the way?

I work three days a week as a school library officer and IT support. Being around children and children’s books all day does give me a good idea of what works as a writer, but there are times, I must admit, when I’d rather just be home writing those books.

8. If you could meet one author, living or dead, who would it be? Why?

I’d love to meet CS Lewis. As I said earlier, his imagination was just wonderful and I’d love to talk with him about how he got his ideas and how he so carefully weaved his philosophy into his stories without preaching.

9. Do you have any other information you would like to share, such as a website, author page, awards won, etc.?

Website: www.katiewstewart.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Treespeaker

Amazon: www.amazon.com/The-Dragon-Box-ebook/dp/B005FWQ296

Interview with Children’s Author Aileen Stewart

Aileen Stewart may be a fairly new author, but at the age of 42, this Ohio resident has plenty of time to leave her mark on the children’s literary field.  Her first book, Fern Valley – A Collection of Short Stories, is now available from Tate Publishing and Enterprise.

On to the interview:

Q: When did you first decide that you wanted to be an author? What made you want to choose this career path?

A: When I was nine my fourth grade teacher entered my whole class in a poetry contest, and I won honorable mention. I could say it was at this time I was bitten by the writing bug, but it is probably more accurate to say that my desire to be an author came on gradually and was shaped by many things. For one thing, my parents were always great story tellers and often regaled my brother and I with their childhood antics. Secondly, my father spent much of his spare time writing articles for hunting and fishing magazines. This coupled with my great love of books gave me the somewhat hazy idea that it would be wonderful to be a writer. However, many years passed without my actually pursuing this particular career path. It was not until my daughter was about three years old and we were watching cartoons together that I actually became serious about writing a book. I began to notice that the cartoons we were watching all said they were based on books. The more I noticed this, the more the idea that I could actually write a book good enough to inspire a cartoon seemed to dance around the wide expanses of my mind. Finally I decided to sit down and see what I could hammer out. I started out intending to write a chapter book, but each chapter seemed to become a story in and of its self. Thus my collection of short stories, all taking place in the fictional community of Fern Valley, was born.

Q: Who are some of the authors that greatly influenced your writing style? What were some of your favorite books as a kid?

A: I can’t say that any particular author’s style influenced mine, but I have been told by more then one person that my writing reminds them of the works of Beatrix Potter. My tastes as a child were very eclectic and I had a great many favorite books. I was particularly fond of anything by Mark Twain; I read the classics like Black Beauty, Heidi, Little House on the Prairie, and Swiss Family Robinson; I really enjoyed Phyllis A. Whitney’s children’s mysteries, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, and I was even fond of a good biography evry now and then. Basically, I read almost everything I could get my hands on.

Q: Did you have a hard time getting your first book published?

A: I sort of have to laugh at this question because I don’t know of any writer who hasn’t had a hard time getting their first book published. Breaking into the field of published writers can be compared to giving birth. There is a lot of time before the birth preparing, then comes the excruciating pain of labor, and finally the reward of many months of hard work when you finally have a book to hold. My experience took somewhat longer then nine months; actually it took more like three years. For the first two years I had an agent out of New York; and besides thirty odd rejections, I had very little to show for the effort. So, I decided I could do as well on my own, and one year and several more rejections later, my manuscript was finally accepted by Tate Publishing out of Oklahoma.

Q: Assuming that you write for children or young adults, what made you decide to write for those age groups? Do you still feel connected to your “inner child”?

A: I have always loved children’s and YA books. Even as an adult I would often buy boxes of children’s books at auctions. I became acquainted with The Bobbsey Twins and many other books from the thirties, forties, and fifties this way. To me there is something innocent and magical about being a child, and I can think of no better group for which to write.

Q: What are some of your hobbies, other than writing?

A: I do many other things besides writing and have often said I have more hobbies then time. I am particularly fond of baking (I make an awesome chocolate cheesecake), I love to bowl, bird-watch, picnic, travel, craft, flower garden, quilt, cross stitch (although I haven’t done much of that in a while), volunteer, read, can peaches and pears in season, shop for bargains, and watch old movies. I am also an amateur photographer and have refinished several pieces of antique furniture.

Q: Do you have any sage advice for new authors who are just entering the field?

A: I have a few things I like to tell all new authors. One, be thick skinned. You will probably be rejected many times in your lifetime, but do not let that get you down. “No” just means that you have not yet asked the right person. Two, understand before you start writing, that if you do become published you will definitely and without a doubt need to market yourself and your book. Your publisher is not a book store or a book seller; they are a book publisher which means they take your manuscript and see that it turns into a finished product. A product, that they expect you to market. And three, socialize. Find other authors, join writing groups, ask questions of those who have gone before you. I have never been one to flounder around in the dark. I would rather ask questions about what I don’t know then remain ignorant, thus arming myself with knowledge that will see me through the battle.

Q: Do you hold any other jobs outside of your writing? If so, do you find that this helps your writing or gets in the way?

A: Currently I am a SAHM and wife. However, I do have a degree in business management and sales/marketing which has proven invaluable when it comes to building a platform and getting the word out about my book. I am constantly trying to think outside of the box as they say.

Q: If you could meet one author, living or dead, who would it be? Why?

A: I would probably choose to meet with Samuel Clemmons better know as Mark Twain. He had such a great body of work full of ideals, humor, wit, and wisdom. He seemed to be a man of great vision and would probably be quite the lunch companion.

Q: Do you have any other information you would like to share, such as a website, author page, awards won, etc.?

A: My website “Fun For Kids” can be found at http://aileenw4bobbyg.tripod.com.

Interview with Jennifer, foster and adoptive mother

For my second personal interview, I have chosen Jennifer, a devoted  mom who has fostered over 40 children in the past six years, and ended  up adopting 5 of those kids.  Though she has been through a lot,  Jennifer keeps a positive outlook and has been able to help many kids by  offering her home and heart to them.

Q: How did you become involved with adoption/foster care?

A: I had always been interested in these children that needed help. A  couple from church fostered and adopted and I always looked up to them. As an  adult, all I wanted was to be a mom. When I found out I would never have  biological children I knew it was just meant for us to help these kids. We  called our local DCS and began classes almost immediately…

Continue reading on Examiner.com Personal Interview #2 with Jennifer, a foster and adoptive mother from Indiana – Dayton Adoptive Families | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/adoptive-families-in-dayton/personal-interview-2-with-jennifer-a-foster-and-adoptive-mother-from-indiana#ixzz1NK0xel4Z