Last night somebody asked me a question about why my blog and domain name have ‘black cat’ in the title when the blog itself has nothing to do with cats, let alone black cats. This is a perfectly valid question and one that I am prepared to answer. The domain name, goblackcat.com, is intended to be for a small publishing company that I am thinking about starting so that I can use it for books/creative writing that I want to try my hand at selling. Perhaps this is a pipe dream but it is something I want to do.
One of the most important aspects of recovery from mental illness is having a reason to recover and having hopes and aspirations. It does not necessarily matter that they might not come to fruition. It is just singularly important to have them. I have yet to complete a piece of creative writing but I have plenty of ideas and I really want to write a collection of short stories and see if I can self-publish and sell them on Amazon for a whopping 4.95. If I could get all 6500 of my followers to buy an ebook, I’d make a nice tidy some of money.
So I hope this answers the question that was posed to me. For now, I have the domain name so I figured that I would press it into service as a blog with the hopes of sharing my struggles and successes with managing my mental illness symptoms and eradicating the undeserved stigma. Mental illness is nothing to be hated or feared and people with a mental illness are not automatically violent or dangerous people. We can be as gentle, compassionate, and empathetic as I am. We can be incredibly gifted artists and incredibly talented and expressive writers.