This weekend I find myself doing what I love doing most, curling up in my bed, with my favorite cushy blanket and a good book. The book of choice for this weekend is entitled: Obsessed: A memoir of my life with OCD. by Allison Britz. I’ve decided to start reading various memoirs from different authors who have written compelling memoirs about their battles with OCD. I did some research and found some top picks on Goodreads of which memoirs were the most impactful. This was one of the first books that caught my eye. I also chose a memoir entitled: Is Fred in the Refrigerator? by Shala Nicely. I’m eager to dive into both stories and see how it compares and contrasts with my own memoir. I plan to take notes and devote all my attention and time to an in depth reading of both novels. It’s important for me to immerse myself in the memoir genre. I feel it’s my responsibility as a writer to understand what it takes to create an authentic memoir. I want The Seashell to be a magical experience for whomever may read it some day. Luckily this past spring semester I got a good head start on learning and reading about memoir. I’m taking all that I’ve learned and plan to use it to continue on in my process of making my MA thesis project come to life.
I choose to tell my real life story for my MA thesis and I don’t take it lightly. It will be interesting for me to read about how other men and women have overcame and dealt with their own OCD battles. This will be not only important for my academic work, but also for my healing. I’ve come so far since the darkest days of my illness. The low depths I once found myself in I’ve come out of, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not reminded of the battles I had to go through to get where I am today. Some days it weighs on my heart heavier then other days. Re living these past experiences is tough, not easy on my soul, but I know it’s necessary. It’s necessary to sustain my stability and growth. I must continue down this road of deep self reflection and healing in order to continue to find and sustain peace in my life today. Time to get back to my book and see where it takes me. Next weekend I plan to read one of my very first novels by John Green entitled: Turtles All The Way Down. I will also continue to gather more articles throughout the week for my literature review. I wish you all luck on your thesis progress this week and can’t wait to collaborate in class next week! Ciao, ciao.