Just a quick thank you to all of my friends in here who have offered their support during what has turned out to be a very challenging time in my life. I'm charging ahead, and I don't think I'd be in anywhere near this good of shape if not for having this community for however long it has been. I encourage everyone to make use of the people offering to talk in chat, on skype, on steam, etc. There are amazing people in this community.
I'm forgetting who I was kicking the idea around with, but since so many people in this thread are writers, and I like to have big projects to keep me occupied, it seems like a good time to float the idea of some kind of depression-GAF anthology. People could write whatever they'd like - nonfiction (your own story of depression, an essay about dietary approaches to depression, an exploration of how music has helped you, gaming and depression - these are all things I've talked to someone about already), poetry, short stories, cartoons, whatever you'd like.
I write (well, used to write - I want to get back into it) a great deal of nonfiction just for fun. You can probably tell from the length of my posts that I really like to write essays. :)
I'd be interested in trying to come up with some longer-form stuff for a depression-GAF collection.
I'm happy to head things up - I'm confident I can find people to help edit, work on layout, all that good stuff. We can make a nice little digital collection or, if we get crazy ambitious, think about offering printed copies through blurb or something. We'll see how many people are interested in contributing. I figure that any excuse to write is a good thing in and of itself, so we can worry about how exactly to distribute it later, yeah? Just so we plan from the start to make it available to people.
Anyone would be welcome to contribute, under whatever name you'd like - lurkers, regulars, sub-human junior members, even! Post here, PM me, skype: gaf.bagels, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
(it's not my birthday any more, but the email account lives on!). There are a ton of people here who can give you writing prompts, if that would help.
Let me know if you think it's an okay idea, and if you'd like to contribute! Or, if there are things you'd really like to read about, let people know, too!