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Apr
9th
2017

Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted anything, hasn't it? I'd like to apologize for that. I have an explanation down below (spoiler! It involves depression) underneath the really cool Sunflower art that I forgot to post about back in... God, was it October? It was, wasn't it? Sigh...

I also wanted to say, if you've sent me something (via PM or email or whatever) and I haven't replied, please feel free to send it again. I probably lost track of it.

Before I get to the depression stuff (which I urge you to skip if you've got no interest in it), I have some great news! A new chapter of Sunflower is currently being combed over by my editors, where they will fix my many errors and slap me in the back of the head every time they find a plot hole or poorly-worded passage.

The chapter after that is in-progress, and going pretty well. That's right, I'm back to writing again, baby! Whoo! :pinkiehappy:

My tentative goal is to get a chapter out every other week. We'll see if I can keep to that, or if I'm being overly ambitious.

Also! There's a new story I've been plugging away at for a while: Trixie Lulamoon of the Dreamguard. I think it's finally ready to publish, more or less... I have a few revisions I want to do in the later chapters, but apart from that, it is all written and ready to go. I'll publish the first couple of chapters today, then a chapter every day or so until complete.

So, are you ready for that awesome art? I hope so, because here it is!

She faced all of that without blinking by FoxOFWar

What I like most about this is the serene feeling of Equestria while Erin takes it all in with a look of complete wonder. Many, many apologies to FoxOFWar for not posting this back when I said I would, back in October!

Direct link: http://foxofwar.deviantart.com/art/She-faced-all-of-that-without-blinking-640986320


So, the reason why I've been so distant is down below. Like I said, this is mostly me going on about my mental state. Feel free to skip it, but I feel that you all deserve some explanation if you want it.

2016 was not a good year for me. 2017 has been marginally better in some ways and worse in others. My brother's death last year hit me harder than I'd realized, I think. A deep depression sort of seeped into my mind pretty much without me realizing it. Now, I've always been prone to chronic depression (it seems like a lot of other people on this site are, as well), but so far I'd been managing it. Up until September of last year, I was... well, functional, if not always happy.

One interesting thing about depression is how damned stealthy it can be. When I was a kid, I always thought depression was a near-instantaneous reaction to some horrific piece of news—finding out you have cancer, or something along those lines. Maybe it is for some people, I don't know. How it happened to me was that it just crept in bit by bit, like gas seeping into a room from a pinhole leak in a gas line.

The depression I'm now getting over also seemed to shut down various parts of my mind. It didn't happen overnight, but I started finding out that things I used to enjoy, things I should like, were holding less and less interest to me. This has happened before with previous episodes of depression, but it's never been this severe. Everything from video games, to reading, to hanging out with my wife and/or friends, a lot of things were just... bland, colorless, flavorless. Like, someone took all of my favorite things and replaced them with fakes, cardboard cutouts that didn't do anything but remind me how things were supposed to be, but weren't. When I find myself staring at a wall for over an hour because I literally can't think of anything I can be bothered to do... well, that's a problem.

It also messed with my sense of time. I posted before about my brother passing away... I can't believe that was over half a year ago, now. It feels like it just happened. And my last chapter of Sunflower? Also more than half a year ago. That actually comes as a shock to me. It's as if the months got shorter, somehow. The days got compressed, or something. Someone or something has been messing with my sense of passing time, and I don't like it.

I'm coming out of my depression, now (thanks to new meds and therapy), but it wore on my wife to the extent that she pretty much broke down too. Her own depression got bad enough at one point that we were talking about committing her. And one of her doctors went so far as to  suggest electroconvulsive therapy—the new term for electroshock therapy. I've never had my heart clench in my chest like I did when they brought that up. Fortunately, we were able to see some improvement with a partial committal program, so we didn't have to go that far. She's coming out of hers, too, but it's been a battle.

I feel pretty bad about what my wife is going through, because I know a good chunk of it is from dealing with me over the past 6 months. Dealing with someone else's depression can be really overwhelming, if you don't have sufficient support yourself. So, it's important to spread that emotional weight among as many people as possible. This is why a lot of my therapy now is geared towards making sure I'm not over-extending myself while helping out with my wife's depression. Otherwise, we're going to end up in a situation where one of us is always down, and the other one is always exhausting themselves while they try to help them up. We need to both get out of this pit.

To wrap up this long (and kind of mopey) blog post: I've been in a bad way, but things are trending towards the better. I'm writing again and feeling pretty good about it. Not only writing, but I've picked up guitar again for the first time in a decade, and I'm also getting back into D&D—as a player this time, not as a DM. And I'm loving it. I'm feeling all those old emotions, the ones I've been missing for months, slowly waking back up and dusting themselves off. It's an interesting feeling. And, of course, this whole ordeal has inspired some new story ideas :pinkiecrazy:

Talk to you soon!

~Hoopy

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#466 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

i wanna boop and hug you right now.....:pinkiecrazy:

but i don't know where you are IRL and even if i did, i can't teleport there....:pinkiesad2:

so i have to settle for a virtual boop and a hug:rainbowkiss:

i also feel like snuggling.... but i don't know who to snuggle...:fluttershysad:

have a cute Derpy/Ditzy Do though:scootangel:

#465 · 2w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

Many happy returns of the McGee!

I really do understand where you are coming from.  My own battle with depression, and how it has affected my spouse... the way it deaden every experience... clouded my mind until I could barely notice the days passing by.

I'm not 100% now, and maybe I never will be.  But With the help of my family and friends, I keep striving for better.

And, as always, your work is a joy.

I started listening to the reading of Project Sunflower again this week... such a wonderful experience.  I hope you take this the right way... it always puts me to sleep, where I have wonderful dreams, as nearly nothing else will.

Thank you, and may your imagination soar!

#464 · 2w, 4d ago · · ·

>>2426592 maybe. I hope everything is alright though.

#463 · 2w, 4d ago · · ·

Stay frosty, Hoops. You're still around, so that counts as a success so far.

#462 · 2w, 5d ago · · ·

>>2426213 No he is alive. He told me in PM some weeks ago that he was going to make a blog. Don't know what happen though.  Tough times?

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