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Today is
World Mental Health Day  
where we bring more awareness to something that's almost ridiculed these days
especially with the influx of social media.
I could wax poetic about it, but I think it's best you check out
"Mental Health Writers Alliance
or the other link provided above.

I'll share some items I've written that deal with mental illnesses/stigmas; so if you wish to read
(no reviews obligated, though appreciated)
please feel free to do so. *Heart*

Sammy's World  (18+)
a vlogger shares the joys of motherhood
#2202599 by iKïyå§ama thanks Anon!

A Precious Gift  (13+)
A journey into the dying mind of my sister
#1152382 by iKïyå§ama thanks Anon!

14B  (13+)
An interview with a client who isn't all as she seems.
#1693733 by iKïyå§ama thanks Anon!

The Rorschach Effect  (GC)
An inevitable fate awaits those who stare too hard at the inkblots.
#1247654 by iKïyå§ama thanks Anon!

David's Tale  (18+)
Memoirs of a stolen childhood and innocence lost
#1133601 by iKïyå§ama thanks Anon!

Your worth is immeasurable.


Trying to come up with words for the 'thank-you' notes to send out after the funeral,
and remembered one of my father's favorite poems by William Shakespeare
(he made me memorize this darn thing as a child*lol*)

Speech: “All the world’s a stage”
By William Shakespeare

(from As You Like It, spoken by Jaques)

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms;
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lin’d,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav’d, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

All the world's a stage . . . "Break A Leg"
Jaques has a very special place in my heartand this soliloquy is the foundation for the epilogue of Like It or Not, my YA novel based on As You Like It. *Heart*
I've just edited an item in my portfolio:
Sammy's World  (18+)
a vlogger shares the joys of motherhood
Sad but an accurate portrayal of the illness. Good luck in the contest! *Heart*
I've just edited an item in my portfolio:
Rekindle  (18+)
I have come to the conclusion that divorce tastes like sour cream

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I scribble this with tears in my eyes as it's Day #7 of our Free Merit Badge Giveaway! *Sob*

A big thank you to our sponsors The ScaryMaster and The StoryMistress for their wonderful contributions
to this event aka the fancy schmancy new badges!
(oh and did we forget to congratulate them on 19 years of running this here site?!
No small feat, my friends!)

So with that said, we're looking at the brand new:


And today, you get to praise a fellow Writing.com member.
Write a short blurb on why that person rocks, and both of you - yes, YOU and YOUR BUDDY
get the merit badges!
(winners will be determined via Virtual Dice)

So comment below, spread the love, and cheer up a fellow writer today!

P.S: This ends 11:59pm Writing.com time.

Congratulations to Elle and Witchy Lyn !


Lornda for her kick-ass leadership skills and all-round awesomeness! *Cool*
Thank you all for sharing your friendships with us! *Heart*
Those were all heartwarming reads!
And though I would love to give each one of you the MB, the virtual dice has decided that it goes to Elle and Witchy Lyn !
Congratulations, ladies!
And thank you all again for participating in my activity! *Bigsmile*
I don't think I'm amazing. I'm just doing what any Mom would do. I appreciate you thinking of me. WDC is my only sane place and even when I'm here I feel guilty for being here, doing something normal. Something I always loved. This is what is happening in our world. My brief interludes here are actually my only sane moments. I worry because my son is working until he's so exhausted he falls asleep. I worry because my grandson's mom is so stoned on the meds, she doesn't feel. She totally forgot school for the younger brother. I keep calling everyday and nag people to check on him. Me, we keep going back and forth, we can't just stay there, we have responsibilities here and I need some time to process it all myself. Plus Vic is still working. I keep myself busy, anything not to think. Yesterday, my locket with his ashes showed up. I couldn't open it. I still can't. The package is staring me down. I know how much I'm hurting, and I know my son is a million times worse. Today, I put the Halloween village display together. It took much longer than usual because in between crying because Johnny helped me last year and dropping pieces that I had to glue together. I burned dinner. As weird as this may sound, it was much easier doing chemo with breast cancer than trying to hold everyone together and keep them safe. Hold your loved ones tight, tell them you love them more than they want to hear. Thank you iKïyå§ama thanks Anon! and Elle
Ah, I am rusty! Rusty! Rusty! *Sob*
(ah well, I at least gave it a shot Sophyween )
I've just edited an item in my portfolio:
The Greatest Game  (13+)
In 1958, a young man experiences a life changing event
Well done!

Now if you just do the extra credit - you'll be entered twice! *Wink*

(Just edit your static item at the bottom and label it "extra credit."

Howdy, Folks!

It's Day #6 of our Free Merit Badge Giveaway! (ack! one day left!)

So, today is going to be something a little different because we've got the fancy new:


to give to one lucky WDC Member!

All you have to do is reply in the comments below with one good thing you've achieved this week. In other words, something you can pat yourself on the back for! *Bigsmile*

All entrants will be assigned numbers as they post, and all numbers will be tossed into the Virtual Dice for a winner (or two!)

So share those good news with us below, eh? Let's celebrate with you!


P.S: This ends 11:59 pm Writing.com time.

Congratulations to Bracken Whispers ~Alexi~ !

My second book came out this week!
Thanks for sharing all your wonderful and uplifting achievements!
Might sound weird, but you all really gave me an emotional boost, and I more than appreciate that. *Heart*

So, with a drum roll please....congratulations to #5! Bracken Whispers ~Alexi~ ! Your MB is on its way! *Bigsmile*
Thank you Kiya
Thank  you

It's Day #5 of our Freebie Merit Badge Giveaway!

And today, we've got the awesomefantastic:


to add to your collection! *Bigsmile*

I'm going to make things easy today, so! All you have to do is use the words 'SUPER'
in an acrostic! ...but the catch? Make it Writing.com related! *Shock*

Time to put those thinking hats on, folks!

This time around, I'll be awarding the MB to the one I like the best!
2nd place does not leave empty-handed either.

Good luck! *Bigsmile*

P.S: This ends @ 11.59PM Writing.com time. Also keep it rated below ASR.
(you can also choose to post your poem directly in the comments or link it to your port)

Congratulations to 👻 Ghostly Moon ! *Bigsmile*

What’s the fun in easy, iKïyå§ama thanks Anon!? *Laugh* How about a Mirrored Acrostic   written in blank verse  .

*FlowerR* Hidden Garden *FlowerR*

earching, I roamed across many placeS
Unaware I sought the old, not noveaU.
Providence led me, lines traced on a maP,
Ending my journey at this writing sitE.
Roots that had withered once more found floweR.

Sometimes you feel lost,
unique, but not in the good way that
people share on memes.
Except then you find a community of like-minded souls that
rewards you for being quirky and industrious.
How did I know someone was going to go all extra with this one? Here's looking at you Mr. Ken! *Rolling*
Congratulations on your winning entry, good sir!
And to everyone else for your wonderful tributes to this awesometastic site! Huzzah! You all get a little something for that too!
Thanks for playing! *Bigsmile*

*paces around in deep thought and contemplation*

It's Day #4 of our Free Merit Badge giveaway folks, and I'm afraid I've hit a new low.


So, you've gotta help me! I need to give away the newest MB appropriately titled

Merit Badge in Keep It Up
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Happy 19th WDC Anniversary, my friend!

(today's badge is brought to you by the lovely Jim Hall (the Great Pumakin) ! Thank you so much! *Heart*)

And the only way to get this is to run around Writing.com, find me at least FIVE items that deal with
encouragement/lifting the spirits/positivity.

Post the links below and review one of those items!
(reviews must be at least 500 characters!)

First to complete this challenge gets it!
(and if someone comes in at a close second, a goodie awaits as well)

Now run off and have fun!

Congratulations to Jayne !