Episode 197 – Rambling Reflections Through The Darkness Within

In this solo episode, Mark talks openly about the anxiety, frustration, and darkness that took over as he was trying to prepare for this week’s episode.

It’s an unscripted talk through the things circling his mind, and how he is trying to deal with them.

Prior to his introspective rambling, he pauses to share a word from this episode’s sponsor.

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It’s not uncommon for writers and creative people to feel a darkness begin to descend over their emotions, to dance and mingle with anxiety and an overwhelming sense of exhaustion.

Mark tries to talk through those feelings and how he is trying to face them.

He does talk about a book he is currently listening to as a re-read: Neil Peart’s Traveling Music: The Soundtrack to my Life and Times and the “end of day” treat that has become as part of a mental health/physical activity regimen.

Summer 2004 – Mark and his son Alexander afternoon nap. TRAVELING MUSIC on the night-stand

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The introductory, end, and bumper music for this podcast (“Laser Groove”) was composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of and is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

3 thoughts on “Episode 197 – Rambling Reflections Through The Darkness Within”

  1. Thank you for taking the risk to share your uncertainties in this episode. Too often the digital world reflects only the positive parts of our lives, and that’s a disservice to everyone. This episode left me feeling quite big-sisterly towards you (I’ve got something like 9 years on you, I think). If we were sitting around somewhere together, I’d have all sorts of unwanted “wisdom” to impart, but the most important bit is, I think, to sleep more. Just – lie down. Breathe.

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