I did something I never do today. I went back and read a blogger’s entire blog from the BEGINNING. I did it because I was curious. I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. Now, this blogger, much like myself, has only been blogging since February of this year. I began blogging on January 23rd of this year and this blogger began a few weeks after that on February 11th. Currently, I’m hacking my way out of the blogging doldrums. I think it’s happening to all of us who started around the new year. At first, you blog like it’s your job, like it’s your disease, you gain a small (but, hopefully loyal) audience, you set some goals for yourself and what you want out of this blogging thing and hopefully you reach a few of them, and then life gets in the way.
You blog through it or you stop.
Now, I came to this blogger through her comments on my blog. For a while, I didn’t even realize she was connected to another blogger. It was nice because I came to know her only through her own blog and the writing (and drawing) she had presented there.
She is this week’s Reggie. She is immensely talented. They call her:
LAMENTS AND LULLABIES
I don’t think I need to tell you that this is probably the MOST original Reggie photo I have yet to receive. I mean look at it. Much like an art exhibit, you can’t help but look at the photo. Then you want to look at the photo again because you discover something else. Wait, is that a carrot? A suppository? Vaseline? Dear God, the sheer scope of the creativity displayed on this WHEEL OF REGULARITY! It is nothing short of spectacular. It warmed my heart and made it sing with ear piercing glee when I first feasted my eyes upon it – it truly did.
In my last Reader Reggie Profile, I cheered for that particular reggie to blog some more and now I find myself wanting to do the same thing here.
I want to say, “Come on, LAMENTS, give us more! Give us more! For feck sake, I’d watch you finger paint because you’re that good! I’d watch you paste macaroni on a plate or blow glitter around!” (Everyone should blow glitter around.) And she is that good, this Ms. Laments. She draws and the cartoons are a combination of irreverent, sad, funny, and awesome. She also writes. And the writing is great. And the writing talks about probably one of the hardest topics a writer could ever embark upon – depression, mental health, surviving, and to medicate or not to medicate. I say this is one of the hardest topics ever because another writer, another writer with less capable hands, would get maudlin and unreadable. Laments never does so. She’s highly readable. So readable that I just read her whole feckin’ blog.
I think you should follow her – click here to do so. And I know life stuff and head stuff has kept her away from the blogging world, but I am the selfish type, and I do hope she comes back. Mainly, because I like good and free things to read. See? Selfish, but true.
Here’s my laments recommended reads:
Her very first post: where she talks about her daughter’s 2nd birthday and reflects back on having a child.
Shut in is the new black: where she talks about agreeing to help out a friend and then backing out after becoming overwhelmed. (It’s something, she may not realize, we all go through.)
Cool kids: Laments reflects on her own childhood and whether or not she’s seeing her kids’ childhood as it is or as a projection of her own fears. (Man, oh, man, laments is at her best when talking about her kids and how it relates to the self. I’m telling you.)
Brain Rot: What it feels like to be inside a world of prescription meds. It’s good. It’s real. It’s Prozac Nation without the pomposity.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Laments has a book in her. Here’s hoping she comes back to blog-world to enchant us all some more, while she writes the feck out of it.
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