Dear Friend,

After a tumultuous few years, I am ready to finally begin this blog.

In the last 3 years, I have:

  • Embarked on a journey of recovery from alcoholism. My sobriety date is 12/03/2016.
  • Had the remaining half of my thyroid removed after cancerous cysts were found a second time. My surgery was in March of 2017. I tested at normal hormone levels (I am on a synthetic hormone) in September of 2019.
  • Been unable to work as a care-giver in a professional setting since October of 2017, after my club feet began to finally collapse. I had both my feet fused, in April of 2018 and September of 2019.
  • Written a chapbook, Luminous Body for Dim Shores, which was released in October of 2019.
  • Married the best friend I’ve ever had, on April 7th, 2018. We married on his family’s farm in Illinois.
  • Started a small business, The Naked Wytch, that fuses witchcraft with bath & body products.
  • Moved from Arizona to Washington & am now planning a move to Illinois!

Phew! That was a lot! I have to remember to give myself credit where it is due. Instead of beating myself up for falling behind on things, I need to remember that one is only human, and can only do so much. Yes, my anxiety got the best of me, but that’s okay! Going forward, in 2020 we will talk about:

  • My first novel, Crick, that I am 15k words into writing. It is what I like to call my American Double Wide Trailer Gothic.
  • My new obsession with bullet journaling. I’ll even post my messy-as-hell lay-outs.
  • Anxiety and coping.
  • Alcoholism, addiction, recovery.
  • Soaping and my small business, The Naked Wytch.
  • My thoughts on the many, many books I read-some by friends!
  • Whatever else I fancy or am currently fixated on.

2020 is the year that I write without worrying who is reading, or whether or not they’re reading. This year, I’m going to write because it pleases me to do so. We have so much to talk about, you & I! Do not let this spartan blog entry fool you. Going forward, I will be posting lots of pics, soap recipes, writing woes & adventures, insomnia-fueled meanderings, notes on disasters, and of course, book reviews. If you’re reading this, I thank you and look forward to our talks.



Author: brookewarra

Horror Writer for kicks. Soapmaker @The Naked Wytch on Etsy. Cheese on toast.

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