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  1. This is an absolutely amazing story! I've read all of the series thus far (in the span of a couple days) and it truly is great. As someone who struggles with a multitude of mental illnesses it's nice to read stories focused on characters that can relate to my struggles. The problem is finding ones that depict it realistically while also not demonizing or romanticizing the struggles. You truly seem to be able to do this while also creating a stimulating plot line and for that I am truly grateful (now if only some published writers could figure out how to do this. I also enjoy that you delve into spirituality and how it can play into every day life without getting on a high horse and saturating the story with your own personal beliefs. I come from a deeply anti-theistic household, but I've managed to find spirituality myself even if it's a bit unconventional. I do wish DC had a few more characters of differing religious beliefs though. Overall I believe you are doing an absolutely stunning job and I can't wait to read more!

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    1. Oh! I forgot to mention that I also appreciate how you focus on platonic relationships as well. I love fanfiction, but it's so romantically heavy it's nice to get some platonic love in there. Especially with a mental health story. A romantic partner isn't going to magically fix you like so many works of fiction will leave you to believe, but the support of friends can do wonders. Not to mention that relationships with friends can be hard enough when suffering from severe mental illness, let alone trying to have a romantic one. So, yeah I love that you focus on that as well. I'm going to stop gushing now, I swear, but truly you are really great!

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      1. YESSS! This comment means so much to me, so thank you for leaving it! I'm not a huge romance fan in general, so most of my stories are gen. BUT I am not anti-romance; hence, the cannon relationships in the story. Though I sometimes feel fanfiction is over-saturated with romance. It's like most people don't understand that there can be friendships so deep that you would die for them. I have been blessed with many of those friends! The reality is without my friends I'd probably not be alive. And I was nowhere near healthy enough to be in a romantic relationship. That is not to say that people with mental illness should not be in relationships, but that there is a certain amount of healthy that needs to happen before pursuing one. Because you're right. Friendships are hard enough when you're struggling!

        Sorry, I'm writing so much in response, but your comment made my night! Thank you so much for taking the time to review!

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    2. Thank you so much for your kind words! I wrote this story because I was always searching for stories that dealt with my favorite characters and mental illness. While there are some good ones, there are not enough. Plus, most fics have the unfortunate habit of being all angst without any hope or description of healing. I loved the angst, but I also wanted to show there was hope! (Even if it doesn't always feel that way.) I'll admit much of the story is autobiographical in feel if not in events. My goal is to help people to realize they are not alone and also to provide hope for healing. (Not to say mental illness just disappears, but there is a difference in severe depression and manageable depression.)

      I'm glad you enjoy the spirituality aspect of the fic as well. I'm quite a spiritual/religious person myself as well as many of my friends and people I interact with. I believe that we are spiritual beings. It felt wrong to completely ignore that side of life when thinking about character development. However, as you mentioned this isn't about my own personal beliefs. I do share some beliefs with some of the characters, but I've made sure that no character 100% shares my beliefs. These are not my characters, nor are they me. I wanted to depict different spiritualities from atheist to questioning to 'spiritual' to organized religion to indifferent because that feels real to me. Anyway, I probably wrote too long, but I'm grateful for your review!

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