My book, Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues is now available for pre-order from Mend My Dress Press. The book will ship out to you on Halloween, my favourite holiday, just in time to curl up for Autumnal reading & adventuring, and putting your Winter survival skills into practice. I am in the midst of organizing local book launch events and other exciting zinely happenings, so stay tuned for more news!
In Telegram: A Collection of Twenty-Seven Issues, Maranda tells tales of daily adventures, friendship, gender identity, falling in love with bicycles, getting tattoos, moving out, going crazy, and their experiences with inpatient hospitalizations. They also write about their relationship with their twin sister, and learning how to take care of their mental health within and without conventional institutions, identifying as genderqueer, getting sober, living a creative and meaningful daily life, and finding reasons to keep on going.
At its heart and in its guts, Telegram is about seeking magic in the smallest things, staying crazy in a world that wants us to fake sanity or die, and learning how to take good care of ourselves and each other.
What else have I been up to lately? Prancing around in my dreamy new purple floral Doc’s, taking photos of all the yarn-bombing in downtown Guelph, participating in 31 Postcards in 31 Days, wearing a purple wig, snuggling with my cats (Lily-Biscuit and Amélie), making plans for when my twin comes to town (!), paper-journalling, reading a few books (Mad, Bad & Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors by Lisa Appignanesi, Creative Recovery: A Complete Addiction Treatment Program That Uses Your Natural Creativity by Eric Maisel, PhD, and Susan Raeburn, PhD, and I Hate You – Don’t Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality by Jerold J. Kreisman, MD, and Hal Straus), and thinking about World Mental Health Day.
What have you been up to lately?
P.S.: If you’ve benefited from my writing in any way – if my words have inspired you, helped you feel less alone, or sparked some weird feeling within you; if you’ve felt encouraged, or curious, or comforted – please consider compensating me by offering a donation of any amount. Whether you’ve been reading my writing for years, or just stumbled into me this afternoon, I invite you to help me sustain the process!