CHAPTER 1 – TWINKLE, TWINKLE… I am a Creator. Always have been… always will be. I am also an optimist – although not unwavering. Enthusiastic eternally optimistic optimists bug the shit out of me – I need time to lament every day. If I didn’t, I would be a fool – that is when some..
Author: Brian Plank
I wrote this article back in early May 2020 but didn’t post it because I didn’t want to be yet another writer throwing his two-bits into the so-called coin pool opining on the Corona Virus, (or Covid-19, or whatever you prefer.) I’m anxious. I’m paranoid. I’m not sure how to feel. I don’t know who..
A teaser/excerpt from the short story by Brian A. Plank. As of now, I am inside your mind. Having said that, you have already formed your next thought. And again, now you’ve moved on to your next idea. If only time would stand still, perhaps you could catch up with your thoughts… I am betting..
A teaser/excerpt from the short story by Brian A. Plank. By the age of 3 years I knew that there was something significantly different about me… From birth, I was extremely introverted and quite sensitive. And without a doubt – at least in my opinion – quite weird. Rather than embracing my eccentricities most of..
A teaser/excerpt from the short story by Brian A. Plank. First of all, please do not ask me who I am. What is most important is who – or what – I am not. I am not an optimist, nor am I a pessimist – I am an opportunist. And when an opportunity presents, I..
His name was Olin Greene. We met in kindergarten, where we quickly became best friends. We were both 5-years old. Olin lived in a geared-to-income survey that had been built around the corner from my house only two years earlier – not that his address or location meant anything to me at the time. Until..
The last straw had finally been pulled. On May 25th, 2020, a middle-aged respectable black man named George Floyd was murdered by a white police officer while three of his fellow officers stood by watching. It was captured on video; the horrifying images quickly went viral. It was the modern-day “shot heard throughout the world.”..
I’d read that in some cultures, schizophrenia was considered a gift, and was celebrated. In my culture it was still a highly stigmatized and misunderstood illness. Add on the fact that it is an invisible illness, people tend to shrug it off. I did see the beauty in the madness – having schizophrenia had brought..
I’m anxious. I’m paranoid. I’m down. I’m not sure how to feel. I don’t know who to trust. I’m bored. This is all too surreal. I’ve been waiting for my alarm clock to wake me up for about eight weeks now. Suddenly, over the past few months what may seem to many as the Apocalypse..
I’d read that only about one third of those who suffered from mental health issues ever admitted to their illnesses. Using the terms ‘sufferers’ and ‘illnesses’ alone hints that these individuals were sick and therefore ‘lesser’ in some way than the rest of the population. It is akin to a cancer patient – they suffer..