Defining Luna’s Way


Today, I posted the second part of a series I am writing for artifice comics. My mission is to create the world’s first bipolar superhero. To those affected by this dangerous and often, destructive mental health issue, the correlation of mental illness with superpowers may seem, at best, to lack credibilty. I, however, believe that bipolar disorder can encompass positive aspects.
There has been much discussion about the link between mental health issues and creativity. Employing the old chicken and egg analogy, one could ask which of these factors precedes the other. Whilst most people affected by mental health conditions are no more creative than the rest of the population, creative expression, undoubtedly helps heal and identify sources of distress. I, myself, employ writing as a means of self-expression and am frequently surprised by the nature and content of my writing and what it reveals about myself. Thus, for those feeling lost, but, still able to write, I say let it out in words.
To return to my superhero, she is female and gifted with perceptual abilities, which transcend even words. Omniscience is a power we would all, secretly, like to possess, but how would we apply it to our lives? The possibilities are endless and thus, are the tales I intend to tell. Goodness versus bad, happiness and the sad. If you are interested in reading my tales, part two of Luna’s Way, Our Friend Electro (convulsive treatment) can be read at, artificecomics.com/short-story-lu…or could follow me on twitter @shunterthompson or @artificecomics
I hope that Luna’s Way will be as much fun to read, as it has been to write. All fun, however, has a serious side. Tell every one to read it and watch the world become a better, bipolar place.

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Moving On


I am sorry for my recent absence; I have an overwhelming urge to reach for new heights, to spread myself across the stratosphere and escape from the confines of the duality of my own psyche. Some of you may have read my article on Allvoices about Stephen Fry. Like many other people, I felt compelled to articulate my regard for the bravest of celebrities and master of the ceremonial self. Stephen has opened-up the dialogue about mental health and Britain has responded affirmatively. For this, I am grateful and have been moved by the many articles I have been privileged to read responding to his disclosure. Stigma against those with mental health issues should be challenged from within and transmitted throughout.
In my pursuit of world domination(!), I have been kindly offered the opportunity to blog for another site. Henceforth, you will, also, be able to read my work on ARTIFICE COMICS. Later today, I plan to write an introductory post and a poem. You are welcome to read my post or even subscribe, if you like the site. Thus, I must, now, bid you farewell…until my next post and say a big thank you to Lisa Knight(reflective poet) for giving me a chance!

Plotting: The Resumption of Meaning


I have finally resumed writing my new novel. Days spent without ink are days of inner torment. I am driven by an urge to create and a contradictory urge to be idle. However, when idle, the writer within nags and scolds me between my ears, like a voice echoing its distaste for a piece of human waste who simply cannot be bovvered. Today, I have not been idle and my insides are smiling, again. Sometimes, one simply has to hit the keys and move on.
Writing is not as easy as some people think; it requires not only a seed of inspiration, but a mind-set of discipline, which few can master. Why sit inside behind the mask of a laptop, when there is a world outside, populated by people consuming one another’s subjectivity, like flesh cream cake? Why? Because I have to. If I did not write, I would be in bed making love to my disease. Writing keeps me alive; it fulfils my dreams.