Fast forward – writing my book and blog

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Ever since I started my blog I have become busy. Writing two posts a week sounds easy but the reality is the opposite. Researching and writing blog posts is enjoyable but time consuming.

One post is about news and the other is about mental health. It is lovely when everything comes together and is finally published. Very satisfying.

I wake up early in the morning and go to sleep late at night. Being in rehab means I don’t have to go shopping for food or do any cooking at the moment. I run the Halaal cookery group on Wednesdays but have no other responsibilities or duties aside from taking medication.

Since the lockdown started, my duty has been to write and write more. I believe if you want to achieve anything you have to give it your heart and soul.

person using pencil

GCSE Maths result

I gained a Level 5 in my GCSE Maths which I am quite happy about. I would have loved to have done the exams but sadly they were cancelled due to the lockdown.

I am also involved with the ward newsletter, The Heathfield Herald, I write for it and enjoy doing so. It is a nice feeling when the newsletter is finished and finally printed. Then I hand them out to patients and members of staff. The newsletter has been well received by everyone.  It creates a community spirit and patients and staff get to know more about each other through it.

I am quite proud that I have written the first draft of my fantasy novel. I wrote it in under a month after the national lockdown began. It is a fantasy novel about a bullied orphan who grows to become a great magician. The story is based on some of my childhood experiences in school.

It was quite busy over the past few days, I have been working on my book with a plan to self publish soon. I have connected with writers on Twitter who have been advising me and have been very helpful.

“Though it is hard to be positive, we need to look at what we do have as opposed to what we don’t have.”

We published the newsletter for this week. There is so much to producing a two sided newsletter including the actual writing of the main story, designing it and picking fonts and making sure there aren’t any mistakes and finally picking appropriate photos and updating the timetable.

Due to a spike in infections, Oldham is back under semi-lockdown. My family live in Oldham so these are worrying times. They aren’t allowed to even visit me in the garden in front of the rehab unit. However, I am in regular contact with them via Whatsapp.

My article was published on Mental Health Today about how I have been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown. It is nice to be published so other people can learn and benefit from my writing.

Bolton, Leicester, Oldham, Blackburn and Birmingham have all seen a surge in infection rates. Things could be much worse. At least we have shelter and food and relative safety. Though it is hard to be positive, we need to look at what we do have as opposed to what we don’t have.

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  1. Yes, brother. As we have problems with our mind. It is usually racing, full of voices draining away your mind. It’s like having two or three heads, constantly arguing with each other! At least, if you had three heads you wouldn’t be a one headed person talking to themselves, which is seen as very crazy…I suffer from this, sometimes I do talk to the voices out loud or in my head. Funnily, when I talk to them inside my mind, this thought sometimes finds itself around the area around me. I like thinking out loud, for it helps me understand my thoughts better. I can read in my head, but it leaves an endless imprint, so I don’t usually read fictional books, that cause imagination, and these pictures rarely leave me. When I talk back to the voices, the words go out, like my mind is trying to seek the origin of the voices… As medication is completely full of side effective ingredients, making you hungry and tired. The best way to stop vegetation is to keep your mind and body active; a thing they encourage in mental institutions. I’m glad you are keeping active bro!

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  2. Wow you’re so busy! Leaving your footprint in thel literary world!

    There has been a spike in Tameside too apparently. When will this all blow over I wonder

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