First 5 Chs of Part Three of “Mental,” As Recounted in Quotes

Here they are–the carefully chosen quotes, one from each of the first five chapters of Part Three of “Mental”–I am proud to present them to you in word art form.

This section of the novel is narrated by our heroine and the previous subject of the novel, Eve, while she reflects on getting past a large, scary nervous breakdown–a breakdown which consisted of remembering her incest experiences, her disappointment in her chosen profession (teaching high school English) instead of being helped financially by her rich mother to afford to go to Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism to become a professional writer, and learning to live with a mental illness.

I hope you will understand, at least a little more completely, what our heroine feels during her nervous breakdown, since I wrote it from copious experience having my own. I hope it seems true to life, and is somehow (despite the topic) still an enjoyable and compelling read, full of lyricism and prose-poetry.

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Prologue & Chs 1-3 of “Mental”

I hope you enjoy the revealing of the beginning of this, my second novel—so far, published exclusively on!

Stay tuned for more chapters from Part One, the next post will be the text of Chs 4-6! Coming soon!

i hope you enjoy reading this piece and gain some insight into what it’s actually like to go through a nervous breakdown.

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Part Two of “Mental,” As Recounted in Quotes

I hope you enjoy the second installment of the overview of “Mental,” my second novel–this second post is one quote from each chapter found in Part Two, which serves as a flashback to explain to the reader why Eve’s nervous breakdown later on is so acute, severe and long-lasting.

Thank you for being a part of my beloved audience!

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Part Two of “Mental,” As Recounted in Quotes

I have decided to permanently suspend my search for a literary agent and my quest to get “Mental” published by a big fish, due to both of these having a detrimental affect on my serious case of bipolar disorder. However, I have decided that when either my husband becomes a secondary principal or I find and can maintain a career-type job for myself after I have exhibited at least three months of stability and am cleared to work by my psychiatrist, I will then spring for the cost of having “Mental” self-published by Xlibris, the self-publisher of my first novel, “Leaves Subsiding,” featured here on this website.

I am not going to despair at giving up this dream, however, because my good husband pays for me to enjoy publishing whatever I choose for you, my kind and loving audience, right here at, and this makes me happy!

So, I hope you enjoy the second installment of an overview of “Mental” in quotes, this new post being one quote from each chapter of Part Two, the novel-within-the novel which also contains a long rhyming and metered poem. For those of you familiar with “Leaves Subsiding,” this Part Two will look quite familiar, but in “Mental” this section serves as a flashback of what our dear main character, Eve, was like in college–“all roses and fog,” as Lilly informs us, to help us understand why Eve’s nervous breakdown after two years of teaching high school English is so incredibly deflating and dangerous.

I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I enjoyed making them!

–Kristen McCurry, a.k.a. Marie K Johnston


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“Mental,” My Second Novel

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These are excerpts from Part One of “Mental,” my second novel.

Perhaps you can help me out—should I resume my search for a literary agent, or simply be content that I’ve finished this difficult novel and remain an unpublished amateur?

Thank y’all in advance for your opinions!

—Kristen McCurry, a.k.a Marie K Johnston