Wow. Just… wow. I did not expect such kind words from all of you. It means so, so, so much, you have no idea. I was hesitant to disclose as much as I did, but I wanted to be fully transparent about why I’ve been gone, and I’m very glad I did. Y’all have been so understanding and kind, and I appreciate more than I can express. Thank you.
It really isn’t a joke. I was diagnosed in my second or third year of high school, so I’ve been dealing with it for years now, but it really does suck, haha. I can only treat the pain at the moment too. It’s caused by an overbite (a significant one – 8mm – yet no one notices), and the only way to actually treat the cause is surgery where they would break my upper and lower jaw and reshape it. It’d be painful and would have a relatively long recovery time, but I would go have it done right now except my insurance says they won’t decide whether or not they’ll pay for until after it’s done, and the surgery costs $50k. Can’t exactly risk not having insurance pay that.
“Youth lost” is really how I’ve been feeling about my mental and physical illness lately. I’m twenty-two now, and I gotta say, I still like a fifteen-year-old given how much my health has held me back from experiencing life. It sucks, and I hate that other people feel the same way because of their own issues, yet at the same time it’s nice to know I’m not alone in feeling this way.
How funny! That’s actually the niche I’m writing for at the moment! I’m also thinking about doing some lesbian novellas as well at some point, since personally’s that’s, ah, far more relatable for me, haha. There’s a better market for male/male however, and I have some older guy characters I can easily rework and fit into a novella.
I was thinking something more like “E. S. Rose.” Something whimsical and pretty clearly fake.
And to those who have just come across my WIP, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it!
Again, thank you, all of you, for your kind words. They really do give me strength. Words cannot express just how much it means to me.