Gabrielle's Life and Writings

Gabrielle Lawson, writer of Fanfiction. I will use this space to keep a journal about my writing, the progress I'm making, stories I'm working on, writer's blocks I'm having, our adoption process and progress and just life in general.

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Location: Missouri, United States

I'm multifaceted and highly educated. I have a BA in History and an MA in Museum Studies. But I couldn't make a living in a museum, so my hobby--computers--became my living. I'm now a charter member Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician. I aspire to be a professional writer and/or poet. I am a Christian and have been living by His grace for the last four years or so, despite the MegaStress and now the GigaStress. He keeps me going, and displays His glory still, in my life.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wow! It has been a long time!

A lot has happened in my life since I last updated my blog. My husband and I adopted 2 kids from Poland in late 2010/early 2011, for example. And you think that would be a great thing.

In some ways it was. But our 8 and 9 year-olds had (and still have) Reactive Attachment Disorder. They can be lovely, fun children or they can be, well, I can't go too far into here but let's just say our son hasn't lived with us for a year now due to his behavior. He's done a lot better lately and may return to our home in 2016. They are both intelligent and our daughter is especially talented in art and music. She was learning the violin until a) the full-size violin was going to cost $2000 and b) she didn't like the teacher. So she now plays clarinet and though she was half a semester behind when she started by the next quarter, she was one of the top players. She also takes piano lessons from her grandmother.

But on the whole, the RAD caused me to have Post Adoption Depression and my son traumatized me (and our daughter). The trauma is getting better and I think the depression, too. Of course, anti-depressants help there as well.

I did eventually finish Alien Us. Took about 10 years to do but I did it. The problem is I haven't really written since. I miss it, but I can't get deep into any of my stories. I had a sequel for Alien Us in mind, and, of course, there's still The Honored. I'm just not imagining like I used to. This is a sign of lingering depression, I think. So I'm not out of it totally.

    Status of Stories
  • Alien Us Finished!
  • The Honored I had a few more thoughts on it during a classical concert but it's still on the back burner.
  • Purgatory is back in Purgatory