I was so excited about an application where you can post your photos instantly from your mobile phone and I believe in its start was very interesting for those who enjoy both amateur and professional photos. These days I believe that the interest has been lost, since from photographs unique to each of us, we publish photos that are of no interest but are published, most of the time half-naked and provocative, for the sole purpose of self-promotion.
Fortunately for us there are those who expose themselves to present something bigger and more substantial than a photo.
One of them is miss Stacy Morris, from Western Australia, who I recently met online.
So who is Stacy Morris and what she has to say?
Stephen Fry described it best when he said "It's not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me".
But it was not always like this. For a long time I had just disappeared - and not into anything other than self-loathing. It took time to realise that mental illness afflicts me but does not prevent me from living a full life.
When you started to write and why?
I started writing at about the age of fourteen as a way to cope with the events that were afflicting me at the time. Writing was a natural way to both express and understand myself - not only this but it tends to also be my preferred communication when speaking of matters of the heart.
I have had many influencers over the years however, none as prominent as Stephen Fry. He seemed to introduce me to my own mental illnesses and what this meant - and more importantly didn't mean as a person trying to overcome the horrors of the head. His bravery in sharing his stories inspired me to do the same with the hope of diminishing the stigma attached to mental health.
Some other poetic influencers include Nayyirah Waheed, Yrsa Daley- Ward, Warsan Shire and Rupi Kuar.
How you see yourself as a writer few years later?
Notes to Self was written at a very specific time in my life. It was important that this be the first period published so I could move on and hopefully help someone in the process. I am working on another book which is much more broad in topics to represent my life outside of Notes to Self. It is a long process and often an intimidating one, but I hope that those that enjoyed my much earlier work will enjoy the next book just as much.
What's the purpose of this book?
The purpose of Notes to Self is to act as a conversation starter - to encourage people who are struggling to bring up a difficult topic to use the book and its pieces to do so. I really wanted the reader to be able to scribble on the pages or tear them out, hand them to someone and say 'this is how I feel'. So much good can happen from there. The book confronts topics such as mental health, relationships of all types, self-perception and change. It's been fantastic to see how willing people are to speak of their own mental health issues once they have read my story.
“i focused a lot of time searching
for the wrong thing -
for the right kind of company.
climbing out of beds
and out of heads.”
- stacy morris
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