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A truth as strong as gravity

October 13, 2016 psychologyWriting  2 comments

SPOILER ALERT: from this point on, I will be examining Running to Stand Still in-depth. If you haven’t read it yet and don’t want it spoiled for you, stop reading now.“The greatest sources of our suffering are the lies we tell ourselves.” Elvin Semrad

To understand Jamie is to understand that trauma marks every single part of her. Everything she does, the way she thinks, the way she perceives the world, are all systemic of the prolonged trauma inflicted on her by her mom leaving, and the consequences of her subsequent downward spiral into drinking and drugs.

But to understand trauma it to understand that, above all else, humans are wired to survive.

The most important job of the brain is to ensure our survival, even under

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Character Profile: Jamie

June 30, 2016 Writing  One comment

*Character Profiles are just a snapshot of the characters in Running to Stand Still. Like the Extra's on a DVD, this is just some bonus background information, and I posted it entirely for my own amusement. Read only if interested.

 

Jamie Michelle BensonFemale protagonistPOV character

23 years oldDOB: October 26, 1988 (should note that the story takes place in 2012, simultaneously with The Charm Necklace--where (Easter Egg!) Jamie and Collin make a cameo.)

Medium, straight length brown hair with reddish tint in it (especially in sun)Dark brown eyes, light skin5’5”130 lbs. slim, with curvesStraightforward walk

Dresses casual punk, jeans, and t-shirts with black

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The Why: Running to Stand Still

May 19, 2016 Writing  No comments

Synopsis:

Collin was who he was: simple and easy.Me? I was jagged and complex. I wanted everything.And despite how he made me feel—safe. It was clear to me that we’d never work out in the end.That divide between us would always be there.Because I’d never ask him to give up on the things he wanted.And, while I sometimes wished I could be that person, I wasn’t.

Just seven more months. Then Jamie Benson can leave this goodbye town behind her and start her new life in Chicago. She can leave this place of broken glass and cracked sidewalks and rusted fences. This place where nothing good ever comes from. She can

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