I Set Things on Fire

I’m sitting next to my boyfriend, and I’m bored, so I walk up to the kitchen and grab a paper towel and set it on fire. It’s pretty, I like the flames flicking the paper as it folds to ash, and I like the danger of potentially burning the house down.

“Okay okay,” says my boyfriend. “We can play Scrabble.”

Boredom is a problem for me. I like a lot of things- reading, Netflix, arguing with people- but sometimes depression makes me lose interest in everything. When this happens I invent new hobbies. Baking was the most recent one, and I now know a great recipe for mini apple tartlets (included below). I’ve also learned to draw umbrellas (poorly), blog (even more poorly) and embroider (ie, tangle embroidery floss and then give up).

Adrenaline makes life interesting. This is probably not the safest way for me to live, as it leads to situations such as me sitting on the roof of a moving car while dangling my legs through a skylight. When I’m the one driving, I go 40 over the speed limit and don’t wear my seatbelt. I also cut my own hair, which is arguably the most dangerous thing I do. To quote a great musical no one’s heard of, “Life begins when you know how it ends”*. I already know what’s going to kill me- depression- so why not get my adrenaline rush in the meantime?

Wow that was dark. Thanks, Sad Fiona. Happy Fiona, do you have any comments?

Parkour Meme

Because I am a total cliche, in addition to blogging I write poetry, and I’m going to share one with you! Yes, you! Because you’re lucky enough to be blessed by me. Although in reality, this is a sad poem (cliche, remember?) so I won’t be offended if you skip it. In fact, I won’t even know if you skip it, because this is a blog and I can’t actually see you. That’s how the internet works.

 

If I Die By Cyanide

 

If I die by cyanide

Bury me under six feet deep

Lay me in forbidden churchyard

I’ve seen no crime- though rumors creep

 

Tell my mother I’m a hero

Saved a child caught at sea

Snatched three kittens from a fire

But was crushed by falling beams

 

To my father, I was climbing

Daring up a rocky face

Spelunking through some jewelled cavern

Only lost in venture’s grace

 

Proclaim false myths of martyrdom

Rave legends as my sisters cry

Say I was hanged like Robin Hood

Or crowned with thorns, then crucified

 

Don’t tell them it was cyanide

At the funeral, stand through rain

Nod to mourners; when they ask you

Speak of laughter, not my pain

 

Pretend I’m braver than I was

At my coffin, lie, because

I loathe the weak-willed suicide

Though I’ll die by cyanide

 

Does anyone else struggle with boredom? If you do, I recommend candles. They’re fairly safe to burn, and they smell good, which is a plus. You can burn candles instead of showering.

Here’s my apple tartlet recipe:

 

  1. Look online for an apple tartlet recipe.
  2. Make that.

 

*I can’t tell you the name of the musical, because I never use real names in my blog without permission, and since the musical isn’t sentient it can’t give consent.

 

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I Have Fancy Depression

I stare at Paula. Paula stares at me. To the casual observer it might look like we’re checking each other out, but since Paula is a fifty-something psychiatrist (not my type) I’m pretty sure she’s just waiting for my reaction. This is because I haven’t said anything for a solid 47 seconds- a record feat, since I usually don’t shut up.

“So you’re saying that when I’m sad… I hallucinate.”

“Essentially, yes.”

I look at the fire-breathing unicorn sitting next to me. “Is this true?”

The unicorn shrugs.

“It’s called depression-induced psychosis. It means you blah blah blah blah blah.” Paula says blah blah blah a lot.

My depression is fancier than your depression. Instead of being normal sad, I’m crazy sad. I’m not delusional- I can tell what’s real- but I become terrified of monsters I know aren’t there.

I hate people who talk about their depression. Like, oh my god, get over yourself. At the same time, mental health is an epidemic that needs to be addressed, etc, but if you’re the kind of person who’s still reading this post then you probably know that already. Then again, you’re also probably the kind of person who thinks I shouldn’t tell people with depression to “get over themself”. This is a fair point and I don’t really have a good response. To be completely honest, I’m terrified of posting this because I don’t want anyone to think I’m seeking attention. Which I’m not, because I’m putting this on a blog, and no one reads blogs anymore.

I once had an ex girlfriend threaten to kill herself if we took a break. So I dumped her. This is one of those things that was logically healthy for both of us, but kind of disgusting for me to do, like eating eggplant. To be fair, I knew she wouldn’t actually commit suicide; dying takes courage and she had none. (Saying things like “dying takes courage” is another one of those disgusting things, and according to my therapist, it’s not even healthy. So like nutter butters instead of eggplant.)

After I was diagnosed with depression, the satirical and bitchy LGBTQ novelist who runs my life, Janine, and I had a firm discussion about stereotypes and how I don’t want to be one. This mostly consisted of me flipping off the sky and getting a lot of weird looks from the other students in my History class. Like most conversations I have with authority figures, it ended with me being bludgeoned on the head with a mace. Or at least, the metaphorical equivalent.

I wrote a poem about psychosis. It’s not funny, but it’s important to me, so if you read it I’ll give you a meme at the end.

 

Nyctophobic Lovesong

 

Good morning, Love!

Welcome to my world!

I’ll take you in and out and home and down;

you can watch my head spin round.

They’re laying brand new concrete on my lawn.

Well, Love, come- the morning’s bright and flashing gone.

 

Afternoon, my Love!

Put those poppies in a vase!

The day is feverish and pliant colors gleam,

so we’ll rip spiders at the freaking seam

and scatter their dark legs in wet cement.

Can you hear the grass, my Love? I hear it and lament.

 

Good evening, Love!

Are you afraid of sunsets too?

The twilight is serene, and so we’ll walk

and maybe sketch our limbs in sidewalk chalk.

Ooooo! My feet are squelching- now they’re stuck-

Come here, my Love, and help me up?

 

Good night love.

The moon is too dark to ascend.

Concrete hardens at my ankles, as I sort of  knew it would.

I can’t reach out to touch you- I’m not sure that I should.

Stars stretch out to fade in the darkness and the din;

I can open up my nostrils now, and breathe the cement in.

 

Good, good.

Good morning once again.

Do you like the cobwebbed ceilings of my brain?

The grass grows glinting and is trampled in an infinite refrain.

You hate the concrete pouring? Well, I smell it every day.

The sunlight hardens quickly now. Don’t look back, Love- run away.

 

Salty meme