Thursday, August 25, 2016

Is Microdosing A Good Idea For Insecure Writers?

Art work by LeahG
I'm a bad insecure writer. I missed my monthly insecure writers support group post this month. Bad. Bad. Bad.

I am now the Master Fine Arts Program Assistant at CIIS. I work in the office next to our lovely Program Coordinator, Paula. I've been dialoguing with agents in New York trying to get representation for my MFA thesis, and I've been receiving the nicest rejection letters! Between that, homework, and working on another indie project I can use a boost. 

My school has a center for psychedelic research, and Silicon Valley has made taking amounts of LSD and psilocybin that are below the perceptual threshold into 'a thing'.  It's more than peaked my interest. Hundreds of people are taking small doses of psychedelics on a regular schedule to improve mood, focus, and creativity. Users have reported relief from headaches and depression.


You might be thinking, "Alright, cool. I've  done enough psychedelics for the courts to see me as clinically insane. I must be a genius."

No.

You only take it every four days, and you're not supposed to feel it. It goes like this. Day one, you dose. Day four, you does again. 

I'm seriously considering it, but the idea gives me pause. I have a lot of balls in the air on top of being a second year grad student, and I'm not sure I can risk negative side effects. Any thoughts? I heart comments!

IWSG - Why I'm worried I'm censoring myself.


It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time to post for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group!

I'm in grad school workshopping a mystery novel that shines a light in a few of San Francisco's dark corners. Because it touches on controversial topics, including recent true crimes, I've been catching a bit of flack for it.

I chose the school I'm attending over others I was accepted to due to it's nontraditional bent. Still, I feel like the controversial topics are making a few people uncomfortable. . . Only read below if you don't mind being an urban tourist. ;)

*Because all blog work is considered "published" I had to delete the excerpt below.*