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July 6, 2020
My Mouth and My Brain

“The words fell out of my mouth without my brain straining a muscle.” I wrote the above sentence when one my characters said something mean and nasty and f*cking hilarious. My writing friend, that wonderful technicality wizard, struck the line from the manuscript. She said, “Words cannot form without the brain first engaging.” Technically, I […]

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November 26, 2019
Is There Something Wrong With Me?

Recently, someone I knew very well passed away. She was 51 and the death was a shock to all. I had not seen this person in almost 5 years. We didn’t have a falling out. We just moved in different circles and then I literally moved away. Her passing was sad. I was particularly sad […]

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November 18, 2019
My Primary Bi-polar Symptoms: Compulsivity (#2)

Last time, I talked about irritability being a major bi-polar symptom for me.  But compulsive behavior is my worst symptom. Whereas irritability comes and goes, compulsiveness is a CONSTANT problem. At all times, I’m having to talk myself out of something: another cookie, another book, another project, another nap, another TV show. Those don’t sound […]

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November 11, 2019
My Primary Bi-Polar Symptoms: Irritability (#1)

If you told me you had a cold, what symptoms would you have? For me, a cold is that horrible headache behind the bridge of the nose and tight ears. For my husband, he’s suffering from a sore throat and dull headache on the crown of his head. The point? No two colds look exactly […]

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October 14, 2019
What My Parents Taught Me

Both of my parents died within 2 months of each other. So, I wanted to honor them by telling you what they taught me. Some of these lessons are great. Some are awful. But, they are what they are. And I wanted to honor ME by being honest about words spoken that haunt me still. […]

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September 27, 2019
Reclaiming A Piece of Me: Heading to Scotland

Most of you know that I had a mental breakdown in April 2012. Since then I have this BEFORE June and AFTER June. Much of who I was before is gone. A simple example is my handwriting. BEFORE June wrote neatly. I could write in a straight line on plain paper. I could write upside […]

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September 2, 2019
How Kindness Can Cause Terrible Sorrow: Watching My Mother Die – Part 2

I wrote last time about the selfishly aborted shopping trip the day before my mother fell and broke her hip. She died less than a week later. On Sunday we were told she would not survive this fall and “if people wanted to come say goodbye, now was the time.” One of my jobs was […]

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July 1, 2019
I Will Not Be My Mother: Or Am I Already?

As I write this, my mother is living in a rehab center after a fall and a hospital stay. This is at least the sixth time we’ve done the rehab thing. She is bored there. She is lonely there. I get that. It’s not a great place to be. But the kids, myself included, cannot […]

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December 17, 2018
Dropping the Pain

“Memories begin to creep forward from hidden corners of your mind. Passing disappointments. Lost chances, and lost causes. Heartbreaks and pain and desolate, horrible loneliness. Sorrows you thought long forgotten mingle with still-fresh wounds. The stone [of memories] feels heavier in your hand. [But] When you drop it … you feel lighter. As though you […]

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October 8, 2018
Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back (and a comment from the husband)

The last two posts I have shared with you a problem that occurred while vacationing in paradise with my family (husband, daughter, son and future daughter-in-law). Basically, I got my feelings hurt in three ways (having breakfast alone every morning, my children not reading my novel, and my family playing without me). I used Tara […]

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    In April 2012 I had a mental breakdown. The real thing. I have about 36 hours that I don’t remember....

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  • All of my novels, at least so far, have an element of mental illness within a character.  Decide to Hope is the most autobiographical in that I struggle in many ways exactly as the female protagonist. 
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