Hey there, I’m Erica.
I gave you a brief introduction to me in the About page, but if you’re interested, here’s more of my story.
As a child, I was very quiet and reserved. I always had my nose in a book, and as long as I was able to read, I was content. I grew up loving the shape of words — the way they look on paper, the sound of them rolling in my mouth, the limitless possibilities of images created simply by squiggling the right lines in the correct sequence. I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I still do.
These days, my writing is mostly creative short stories. I do have a small collection of poetry and the first draft of a full-length novel (the editing of which has taken a backseat to schoolwork). I love origin stories and mythos, and tend to write about what I’m feeling.
Part of the reason I was so quiet as a child was undiagnosed Major Depressive Disorder. As I got older, social anxiety (agoraphobia) and Seasonal Affective Disorder set in. I was diagnosed with C-PTSD when I was 21, though I’d been showing symptoms for most of my life. I was also informed I had dyscalculia, a learning disability, which explained why I struggled so hard with simple calculations. Much of my adult life has been dedicated to understanding and overcoming these struggles. Some days are better than others.
But, I am not my mental illnesses. I am an ambitious student, a loving dog owner, an enthusiastic hiker, an excitable traveler, and still a voracious reader. I came out as bisexual in 2015, and have a remarkably patient and caring partner. I’m learning how to be the best and most loving version of myself, and it’s a journey on which I can happily spend the rest of my life. I’m glad you’re here, and I hope you’ll follow along as you take on your own mental health journey.