Why I Write, Part One

If you wonder why I keep doing this all-consuming thing, even though I go basically unrecognized, I will tell you this: writing is an effort which seeks to turn pain into beauty and hold up the pathos of life for all to see…

I knew I wanted to be a novelist and a poet when I was 11. I have spent all of my free time (when not painting) since then creating chains of words, editing those chains, in an endless loop that marks the main pursuit in a life filled with a fortunate and relative peace (allowing this pursuit to be an option at all). Writing is, of course, a recursive, elusive, reclusive activity.

Although not a writer himself, Picasso famously quipped that “without solitude, no great art is possible.” Although I have had very deep friendships in my life, am involved in quite an entangling and long marriage, have a complicatedly beautiful relationship with my daughter–I do admit that, at least during the school year, I find I have much time to myself to dream up all kinds of artistic diversions and for this, among so many things, I count myself quite lucky.

So, in the end, I think, it is the mad dash towards the idea of the perfect thought perfectly expressed, chasing a runaway train of beauty and sadness and love and freedom that keeps me feverishly at my iMac, searching for release. And maybe, someday, even fame? One can dare to dream.

I will let you in on a secret: I am busy at work on my third book now, a collection of poetry (old and new). I would share the title, but I fear someone will steal it (as happened with my title, “New Moon”–seriously!), but I will reveal that “happy” is in the title.


Marie K Johnston/Kristen M McCurry


Cheapy Pine Dresser Transformation, Part One

So, my household inherited this dresser five years ago. I didn’t like it so I put it in the guest room–it was unfinished pine and just not my style.

But, now for reasons enumerated on http://www.BipolarLifer.com (somewhat), the guest room recently became my bedroom! I decided to get to work on spiffing it up, adding a lot of art I created (to be revealed later when room is cleaner), a decoupaged “headboard,” and now my unveiling of this partially transformed dresser!


I am pretty happy about the way it has turned out so far, although my husband will probably dislike it (he recently said he doesn’t like my folk art, which is plastered all over our house, and I am gobsmacked by this revelation), but my daughter says the dresser rocks and that I should still keep making art no matter what anybody says (so I’m going to)!

Thank you for looking at my work! Once I paint the rest of the dresser a mahogany brown, I will make another post of the dresser and the entire guest/my bedroom.

Cheers! 🦋🦋🦋

Marie K Johnston m/Kristen M McCurry

My “New” Writing Chair!

So, I picked this chair up at the local Goodwill for a mere $10, and now I have transformed it into the chair I will sit in when I begin writing my third novel sometime very soon!

I am so excited to have a “real” office chair! Chloe gives it a thumbs up!

New Cover Art for “Mental (2018)” Second Edition

Mental is a First Edition Novel

And here is the unveiling:


This is original art by my marketing agency, Vistaprint!

I will begin edits for the Second Edition tomorrow morning, to hopefully be completed by this Friday, November 9th, 2018. There were a few publishing errors which occurred when my manuscript was transferred into book form that need to be addressed; I also caught a few of my own errors, as well. I will also edit the back cover, adding the following picture to the back of the novel (in place of the picture of the girl’s mouth with a pill on her tongue):

This picture of me in the yellow top is my official biography photo! You will recognize it on my Author Central webpage, http://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston.

Publishing the Second Edition of “Mental (2018)” is scheduled for this Saturday, November 10th, 2018.

Thank you for keeping up to date on the newest happenings of “Mental (2018)”…

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A “Mental (2018)” Update

Bipolar Lifer

These past two weeks, I took a break from promoting “Mental (2018)” because I was hospitalized for a severe depressed episode of Bipolar I.

I found a new hospital in The Woodlands, TX that offers yoga, art and music therapy and intensive psychotherapy in which to pass the time while my doubled dose of Lithium went into effect.

My Lithium levels were originally dropped this past July while I was doing TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) treatments for depression and mania. They appeared to be working, so my neuropsychiatrist dropped my Geodon and Lithium. Perhaps because I stopped six treatments shy of completion due to severe migraines, or perhaps because the treatments actually provided no relief, I have been cycling in an extreme way between mania and depression for at least three months now. Luckily, the doubling of my Lithium levels proved successful and I am feeling optimistic and calm again…

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