For some reason, you have to click into this page in order to use the links to read the stories. So click away my friends and find the treasures hidden within. Crystalluria Cannabis and Animals Pet Therapy: Magic Three examples that prove your dog is more than just a pet The New Pet's School Of Matchmaking Pets tagged "safe" at home How Did I End Up Here? Buy, buy, buy My logical brain is missing Home again, Home again Purina® Beneful Healthy Smile Dental Dog Snacks You love your dog. But let’s be real, when he comes at you, Panting in your face - frantic for a kiss, Do you sometimes recoil in horror? Does he have breath that can make paint … [Read more...] about Writing Samples for Vicky Poutas
These samples are put here to show you my versatility in writing. I've been writing for over 30 years, and can write in many different styles, tones, and voices.
Lately, I've concentrated my writing to blog posts that de-stigmatize mental illness by making fun of my own. The struggles are real, but that doesn't mean I can't make them funny.
I guess my blog is the Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")/Jerry Seinfeld ("Seinfeld") of blogs. It's a blog about nothing and everything, though I don't mean to compare my talent with those two comedic giants! I'm just saying, the format's similar is all.
I'm available for guest blogging on any topic, and I freelance write, too. I can even do serious writing, like case studies, whitepapers, email marketing campaigns, stories and articles both fiction and non-fiction, and even copywriting. Most genres are fair game.
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Telling a depressed person to "just get motivated" is like telling a rock to dance. You'll get the same result. It's not because they don’t want to get motivated. It's because getting motivated is an overwhelming task when you’re depressed. Is motivation impossible? Definitely not, you just have to find a process that works for you. There is a saying: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." But you can't get out of bed much less take a thousand mile journey. For many sufferers, medication is the first step. There are those who scoff at the idea of medication as an answer, but for those in a major clinical depression, life is a dark place full of pain, hopelessness … [Read more...] about Ways To Get Motivated When You Are Depressed
A Thought For The Ages Time is patient where I am not. I think I would welcome the rest provided by a police officer as he wrote out his ticket, but mom and dad are waiting, so I remain hyper-vigilant as I leave school for their house, an arched cat, flying through the day, looking in the rear view mirror for the flash of blue lights. Upon arrival, I de-plane and enter. I greet my mother with a kiss. She stares at me, blank as a sheet of paper. She has not eaten anything today, which means she has not taken her pills. She accuses me of stealing them from her because they are now in a pill minder and not in her silverware drawer. I remind her of the pill minder and remember how … [Read more...] about A Thought For The Ages
I have three children, and my oldest boy, Ryan, was recently married. People say they remember exactly what they were doing or where they were when momentous occasions occur. To say I remember exactly what I was doing or even what sort of day it was the day that he told me he was getting married would be a lie. The fact is, when Ryan called to tell me that he had met the girl of his dreams at a mutual friend’s wedding, that her name was Georgiana, and that he was going to marry her, it was on a day that could have been as bright and clear as a raindrop in sunlight; or it could have been as cold and dark as a murder of crows in the dead of winter. I do not recall. I just know I was excited … [Read more...] about Not Forgotten
By the fifty-sixth year of her life, Lucky Bates had already lost most of her hearing. It wasn’t that she minded the extra physical illness—she had high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, and a bad case of psoriasis—but that extra little bit of ‘not understanding’ made her cranky. The five different diagnoses from five different mental health professionals that rounded out her medical file—now that was a horse of a different color. Each of them represented a separate scarlet “A” she locked safely away from friends and family, their medical accusations buried deep inside. Nobody she knew would ever know how these accusations clung to her soul like barnacles on a pier. As far as the … [Read more...] about The Language of Love-a short story
It starts with a sound. K-thunk, k-thunk, k-thunk, k-thunk, slow and rhythmic, like a basketball on a cement driveway. At first it is a soothing sound, a mother's heartbeat, the gentle creak of a rocking chair. But soon, it becomes annoying, like that gourmet popcorn you liked so much at Christmas. You ate so much of it that you threw up, and had to have a tooth extracted. Now, even seeing that cheery red label with the dancing popcorn couples wearing their stupid crowns make you a little queasy. You wish the sound would stop. But it doesn't. The sound is relentless. It provides the beat for your every movement for a solid week until finally, you believe you will certainly run screaming … [Read more...] about Evil, a short story