Friday, July 27, 2012

Special Announcement


As I mentioned at the end of yesterday’s post I have a little announcement. I’m going to be taking on a bit of a long term project inspired by my wonderful adventures in blogging. Many, many, many of you have written to me and let me know how you’ve related to my posts and the things I bring up to talk about. You’ve also told me that I bring something to you in my words and experiences that you haven’t received before from other sources. You know me, I’m all about raising awareness and trying to bring a greater understanding to Borderline Personality Disorder.

During my time blogging here a fair few of you have suggested an interesting idea to me. I think now might be an excellent time to take you up on that idea.

In the upcoming months I’m going to be compiling, editing, reorganizing, hacking, and chopping up my posts and new material in order to organize them into an official published work.

I’m going to write a book!

I’ve never written a book before so I can only imagine this is going to be a major project and I have a lot to do, but you’ve all inspired me so much with your words, your encouragement, your sympathy, and your courage, that I think I could really contribute something from my own adventures with Borderline Personality Disorder and the knowledge and research I’ve compiled along the way.

Now here’s where I need your help (and feel free to leave me comments anonymously).  I need to know which topics are most important to you.

Which topics have I written about that you relate to the most?

Which posts have provided you insight or information that you didn’t know before, but wish you had?

Which posts have had the greatest impact on you?

Which posts do you think are the most important for people struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder (or our loved ones) to know about in order to understand this disorder and help ourselves heal?

There’s no limit. Let me know all your thoughts. If you can’t remember a specific post, just give me a reminder of what I discussed. I’ll figure it out.

From the get go it’s been my goal to get as much useful information on BPD in one place as I can possibly find. I want something that is easy, accessible, and touches on the topics that are most important to you. So let me know. This book is about all of us.

Thank you in advance. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

Cheers,
Haven

13 comments:

  1. I think its great idea and wish you all the best :)

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  2. I'm new here, but sounds awesome! good luck on whatever you come up with!

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  3. Sith, to be honest with you, all of your posts are wonderful sources of information. You could easily use the posts as they are. They are well written and researched already. All you would have to do is categorize them into like topics and make each topic a chapter.

    I have been kicking around the idea of restarting the book cover biz and maybe your "go gettum" attitude is exactly what I needed to read to get this thing going again. (See, you have inspired me already.)

    Good luck with this. If there is anything I can do to help, let me know. I could get you coffee and donuts, run errands that are beneath you, etc. I am currently unemployed so I have a bunch of open time in my schedule.

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  4. wow that is so amazing!!!! such a great idea, i wanna buyyy it when it out:)))

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  5. I hope it is a successful project. :)

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  6. It's hard to single out any one topic. But if I had to pick one as a must-have, it would be self harm. So so helpful for people who live with or know someone who cuts, and need to know how to help without driving them crazy.

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  7. Thank you everyone for your support. I really look forward to taking on this project.

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  8. I agree with the poster above that all of your posts so far are informative. Don't have to re-create the wheel really, you've done a lot of the work already. I've only been following you for a couple months so I haven't been reading the earlier posts, but if they're anything like these last 2 months, I'm sure they're "all good in the hood" :)

    What I find particularly helpful is helping borderlines understand that their perception of the world is "flawed"...if you can come up with a more eloquent way of saying that. That borderlines will react to the world based on their borderline-imbued perception, which may cause them problems with their social interactions. And also, if you could discuss "work-arounds" for us to use in those interactions so we can tactfully explain to others "Sometimes in this situation, I misperceive X. Can you help me understand what you mean?"

    Thanks!

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    1. Yeah I agree with ib.You can fiddle with the technical side of putting it all together,but the rawness and the honesty should be retained.

      Keep it pure...that is the appeal.*

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  9. Thank you, that's all there is to say.

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  10. Funniest thing: I'm new to your blog and just read this post (while on another I suggested you write a book!). Not sure how this works, if by posting to something so late that you'll be notified of it, but my thoughts are these:

    I think what's great about your voice is that aside from being genuine and honest, it's filled with smarts, current research on BPD, and courageous "insider" sharing. And the pics--I love them! I'm guessing that if you divided the books into themes you could inert lots of posts as they are, like i) a view from the "other" side, sharing thoughts on self-harm, devaluation, push-pull, obj const, stress, etc.--the non-Non's view of topics generally covered in BPD books, ii) treatment experiences and reflections, and iii) current research and your interpretation/challenges/resonance with it. I love your balance between meta and micro, personal and broad. Honestly, I've read all the "for family" books, and what I gain from you are those things I noted, AND the connection of your experience to something I know, which helps me offer better support to me and "her". It's a lot, I know, but I am old. :) Hope that helps.

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    1. I'm notified of all comments when they are posted, regardless of when the post itself originated.

      And thank you! As you've probably noticed I've read a good deal of those books myself, and frankly, it's really frustrating trying to find more than just a text book explanation of what is happening. Hence this blog. I really appreciate your support =)

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