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Re: The Black Dog Thread
« Reply #360 on: 18 May, 2019, 11:56:58 am »

Glad you're on the up, Hawkie.
Many thanks El Sharko, and a shed is a fine home for a boarder such as yourself. Adds a layer of Moore mystic.  ;)

Fair play. Took me till my 40s to own my own place, and that's a only a boat.
It was a punt, and needed a character reference and proof of steady income. All fair enough, but it's a long term plan. The property market is a nightmare even with so many empty houses and flats. It's honestly been a great source of anxiety for me for awhile.

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Re: The Black Dog Thread
« Reply #361 on: 18 May, 2019, 12:40:13 pm »

I haven't been able to write anything for months. All my enthusiasm's gone :(


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« Reply #362 on: 18 May, 2019, 04:58:26 pm »

I haven't been able to write anything for months. All my enthusiasm's gone :(

I'm still feeling the benefits of David Burns' books, and they've given me a bit more enthusiasm for life.  His methods take time and a lot of hard work but they're the best self-help system I've found (and by grud I've tried a lot).

One personal benefit is that they've stopped me being attracted to a woman I knew was bad news.  That may not sound like much but it's improved my life hugely.
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Re: The Black Dog Thread
« Reply #363 on: 19 May, 2019, 01:50:02 pm »

I haven't been able to write anything for months. All my enthusiasm's gone :(

Hell, no LS. I'm reading On Writing by Stephen King of IT, Salem's Lot, Carrie and a squillion other Horror tales fame, and he states that stories are like fossils, a bit rare but if you keep looking you'll find one. So you might find you're having a break at the moment then that bonkers tale will come together when you least expect it. Keep the faith Sharky!
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Re: The Black Dog Thread
« Reply #364 on: 20 May, 2019, 03:15:47 pm »

I haven't been able to write anything for months. All my enthusiasm's gone :(

Hell, no LS. I'm reading On Writing by Stephen King of IT, Salem's Lot, Carrie and a squillion other Horror tales fame, and he states that stories are like fossils, a bit rare but if you keep looking you'll find one. So you might find you're having a break at the moment then that bonkers tale will come together when you least expect it. Keep the faith Sharky!

On Writing is absolutely superb. I'll have to add that to my Kindle list so i can have  a re-read.

Keep on keepin' on, Sharky!

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Re: The Black Dog Thread
« Reply #365 on: 21 May, 2019, 11:26:25 am »
Hope you get your mojo back when the time is right and it's makes you feel your best, Sharkers. Bring back the monthly writing comp I say!

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Re: The Black Dog Thread
« Reply #366 on: 21 May, 2019, 12:14:15 pm »

Thanks, chaps :)


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« Reply #367 on: 21 May, 2019, 09:10:42 pm »
Hope your energy comes back Shark.

I can only speak from experience but a very long break from working this year really allowed me to heal and get  some energy back and I've been able to get back to it, albeit part time (and had been very poorly this past year or two).  Don't give up hope mate.

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« Reply #368 on: 22 May, 2019, 03:43:13 pm »
Hi Sharky,

I tried pasting a couple of suitably inspiring and humorous meme images for you but - probably owing to my own technical ineptitude, lol - it wasn't possible. So below are a couple of links / addresses to them instead.

Hope you find your Mojo again soon and all the best - Paddy


http://itsbloggerintime.com/wp-content/uploads/ktz/funny-motivational-quotes-memes-with-meme-quo-flickr-2-37teqxc0fmfoonkgwoiayy.jpg


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Re: The Black Dog Thread
« Reply #369 on: 22 May, 2019, 04:08:43 pm »





Happy to support some of the ol' supportive shitpost.

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Re: The Black Dog Thread
« Reply #370 on: 22 May, 2019, 07:06:00 pm »

Ha, thanks, guys.

Hoping to be back on the words before long.


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Re: The Black Dog Thread
« Reply #371 on: 18 June, 2019, 02:01:35 am »
Mental health has been very squiffy these last few weeks. A lot of late (early?) finishes at work throwing my sleep pattern out of the window, a few too many close calls and extensions to assignments at Uni having me believing i’m not good enough, sudden and inexplicable bouts of crying and anxiety, an unhealthy obsession with the fact i’m fast approaching another year of what feels like no progress, age, comparing myself to other people I barely know, and a profound sense of melancholy.

The worst of the black dogs hasn’t returned but it’s been on the mind, with nearly 2 years cut free i’m not eager to break a record.

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« Reply #372 on: 18 June, 2019, 05:24:03 am »
There must be something in the air at the moment.  If you would like help proof reading assignments give us a shout (I know this year is pretty much over but still ... )

The worst thing about the canine is that it requires diligence to keep it at bay.  That takes energy and effort.  That drains.  It doesn't produce the full on effects when you've been at it for a while but it doesn't help either.

Have a bit of self compassion.  You've achieved more than you give yourself credit for.  One thing I've learned over the years as well comparing myself with people I hardly know is that when I do get to know them better their lives aren't anywhere near as great as I thought.  You'll probably find you've made miles more progress than some of them.

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Re: The Black Dog Thread
« Reply #373 on: 18 June, 2019, 04:11:47 pm »
Mental health has been very squiffy these last few weeks. A lot of late (early?) finishes at work throwing my sleep pattern out of the window, a few too many close calls and extensions to assignments at Uni having me believing i’m not good enough, sudden and inexplicable bouts of crying and anxiety, an unhealthy obsession with the fact i’m fast approaching another year of what feels like no progress, age, comparing myself to other people I barely know, and a profound sense of melancholy.

The worst of the black dogs hasn’t returned but it’s been on the mind, with nearly 2 years cut free i’m not eager to break a record.

Hang in there. It feels like it's going to last forever but it won't.

I'm also a demon for comparing myself to other people.  Have found CBT helpful (specifically David Burns' stuff which I mentioned before; it all looked a bit ridiculous when I looked at it first but it's really helped, way more than medication).
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Re: The Black Dog Thread
« Reply #374 on: 18 June, 2019, 04:26:17 pm »
Hey Shark, hope things improve and you start word hunting again, keep moving forward, its the only way.

Hawk, stick to the path, its like an oil tanker turning, those gradual improvement all add up, look where you were years ago and where you are now... and the best bit of advice I ever got: Don't beat yourself up, there's a world out there trying to do that.
But everybody else is overwhelmed by indifference and the promise of an early bed