The List Of Things To Come

A blister on my little toe; July 07, 2008 – Photo by Me.

I haven’t had writers block, that’s not the reason why I haven’t posted in ten days. The problem has been I have too many things I want to write about… that I need to write about, but when I start to write one post I’m twirling the other nine around in my head looking for a lede* worth working from. So nothing comes out and I get frustrated and start throwing stuff.

And it really has just been Salted where I’ve been jammed up. I wrote something on both Cultural Sn:afu and Salted Shambhala this week just to prove I could. Both posts came out a little angrier than I would have liked, but both got done.

So just to start getting Salted back into some kind of order, here’s the list of posts I’ll be writing over the next week to ten days.


1. My sister was in town for a visit. We share the same father and only met eight years ago. When we’re together it’s like I suddenly have access to me as a whole.

2. The relationship between my sister, myself and our father.

3. The relationship between my aunt (by marriage) and my father.

4. I was in Ottawa last week and, while waiting outside an office building, I watched a group of people in their late-teens and early-twenties interact with each other outside their apartment building. After a few minutes it hit me that I was watching my friends and I from years ago. I just forgot what we looked like. Done.

5. I had a great discussion last year with someone who initially believed manic depression was a part of who she was. Over several months she gradually came to see how manic depression works against her. So I’m going to turn our discussion into a post. Possibly verbatim.

6. Recently a lot of bloggers in my sidebar have been thinking about dying. And worse, some have been actively trying to kill themselves. Most, if not all of them, have no understanding of what to expect tomorrow or next week, so suicide as an option is always in play. So I’ve started putting together a post about what people can expect to happen over the first three months, six months and year that they’re in treatment. Done.

7. An update on my diabetes situation.

8. I want to write something about Sci3ntology and the groups it has spawned who claim there is no connection.


I think that’s it for now.


*A “lede” is the first paragraph of a news story. It’s pronounced “lead, never follow”. A traditional lede should answer as many of the 5W’s as possible in less than thirty words. A feature lede, however, can be several paragraphs long.




About Gabriel...

...diagnosed with manic depression when I was nineteen, for the next 14-years I lived without treatment or a recovery plan. I've been homeless, one time I graduated college, I've won awards for reporting on Internet privacy issues, and a weekly humour column. In 2002 I finally hit bottom and found help. It's now 2022, and I have an 8-year old son, and a 12-year old son... I’m usually about six feet tall, and I'm pretty sure I screwed up my book deal. I mostly blog at
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13 Responses to The List Of Things To Come

  1. thordora says:

    Gee, is that it?

    And thanks for the foot…really. 😛

  2. Gabriel... says:

    When I make lists like this I almost always forget ten other things.

    That is a Totally awesome foot. A little linty, but otherwise that is a solid foot right there. That’s the kind of foot that would totally help you move your furniture… even the fridge.

  3. Rhiannon says:

    That is the best kind of foot.

  4. Kitty says:

    How the hell did you get a blister on that part of your baby toe?

    I’m sure you know any sore on the foot if you have diabetes is dangerous thing. Take good care of it, Gabriel, keep an eye on it and when you can, keep it elevated.

  5. Gabriel... says:

    Hello Kitty… you’re right, I hadn’t even thought of the blister as something to be concerned about. It’s gone now, I had it three weeks ago. I also recently had a… it wasn’t so much a pedicure as a heel scraping. She used a little contraption with a razor to slice away chunks of my heels. It actually hurt for a few days after… funny I didn’t make the connection to maybe avoid stuff like that.

    The blister came from me walking about twenty miles over two days wearing skater shoes. They have a very flat sole.

    Hi Rhiannon, it’s great to see you again.

  6. Oh dear, I have a horrible fear of feet. Even my own at times. You gave me a shock!

    Look forward to the posting, especially No.6

  7. titaniumrose says:

    I’ve been having the opposite problem lately – not enough things I think are worthy of writing about. Guess I need to broaden my scope and start making lists again. Oh how I do love a good list.

    I too am looking forward to number 6 – seems to be a whole lotta people wanting to take the big dirt nap lately and it’s sad to me. I look forward to seeing your take on this.

  8. bipolarlife says:

    I am curious about number 7. Life has thrown several diabetics into my life and I am attempting to learn more about it. Number 8 looks interesting as well – I love a good conspiracy theory.

  9. Spaks says:

    I as wondering where you’d disappeared to =p

    I’m genuinely interested in how things went with your sister though =] The fact that some people can’t think of enough of a reason to live is disappointing to say the least, you just have to hope that they’ll pull through, an do everything you can along the way. Hopefully they’ll come out the other side a stronger person instead of the darker alteernative.

  10. Kitty says:

    Oh yeah, dude, you have to keep a good eye on what’s up with the feet. It is so important in fact, that hospitals and nursing homes only allow licensed nurses to cut the toenails of a diabetic.

    Stay away from heel scraping ladies. Seriously.

  11. titaniumrose says:

    Wanted to let you know I’ve given you a little award over on my blog. Just something for fun.

  12. colouredmind says:

    Good to see you back writing, was getting a little worried you had gone. Really looking forward to post number six. X

  13. Gabriel... says:

    Number six is done and posted. Depending on a few factors Number Five or Four will be next. The hardest ones to write will be one through three, but one leads into the other two so once I start they should all come out quickly.

    This is kind of what I used to do when I was reporting… make a list of stories I was writing with a quick description, then cross them off as I finished them. The crossing off part makes it easier to go onto the next one… it’s like a little shot of accomplishment.

    Thanks very much for the award Titanium Rose, I’ll post it and pass it on later this week.

    Hello Kitty, I promise, no more letting people scrape my feet.

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