Wednesday, November 3, 2010
FIGHTING DEPRESSION THROUGH A NOVEL
The colors outside are changing and daylight settles in earlier than
has been accustomed to in the warmer months. It’s time to hang up the swimming trunks and snuggle up with a blanket with some green tea. I hear it’s a great source of antioxidants for HIV positive individuals like me. New York
As much as I try to celebrate this beautiful, yet chilly time of year I can’t. I’m having trouble getting myself out of the “funk” that I’ve been in the past couple of weeks. All the things that I once got a charge out of are now a chore, like going to the gym or volunteer work or having a nice dinner. I couldn’t tell you exactly what the culprit is that are responsible for putting me through this: Perhaps it’s been sinking into my mind that I have HIV and the discipline of medications is starting to take it’s toll- or that I live in a city of which I don’t find beauty in like everyone else- or maybe I’m tired of spending so much time alone. Regardless of the reason I am trying my hardest to not go down the same path that got me in trouble the first time around. I must admit that on many occasions I cannot the resist the temptation of chilled Bourbon on the rocks and that scares me.
There’s only one thing these days that stimulates my mind: my writing. I’ve been working on a novel for the past few years and with the help of a friend of mine I’m steps closer to finishing it. Many have pestered me to speak of the story and I’ve tried to defy conversing with others about it until the book is in production. Considering this funk I’m in and my defenses are low I thought it deemed appropriate to finally talk about one of my current joys. For my avid readers, this is the first time I am publishing a synopsis of the storyline. I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I enjoy writing it. Every completed page is one step closer to publication and another smile on my face. Here it goes.
Every individual has rituals of their own when it comes to problem solving. Some turn to friends while others want to be alone and drink their sorrows away. Some may go for long walks to sort their thoughts while others run from them. Nathan, an introvert with a closeted past finds refuge in his laundry.
Laundry is this adolescents’ alone time where he is attentive to his clothes circling in the machines. For him the problems go away with the stains and the marks- ready to conquer the day ahead as soon as all articles are folded and set.
However, for the first time Nathan is challenged by family and love and all the detergent in the universe cannot help him. With the help of his sordid friendship with the Laundromat owner, Mildred, Nathan must face his most difficult challenge of all: Life.
The chapters are broken down by articles of clothing, each with their own storyline. We begin with Nathan’s entrance into the Laundromat and journey with him through the cycle to an ending that no one would have predicted!
Keep your fingers crossed that one day Nathan’s story, which so many can relate to, makes it on the New York Times Bestseller’s List.