I'm a little late announcing this, but I have a new story out at Gone Lawn called "Split Mind." This is a story I wrote after many long conversations with a friend of mine who has been living with schizophrenia since she was a teenager. The title of the story refers to the literal translation of the Greek name of the disease.
First and foremost, schizophrenia to my friend was about perception rather than about reality. What she perceived was, to her, completely real, even if her perceptions didn't match other people's perceptions. And it made me think that each of us perceive the same events slightly differently, so we all have alternate realities, even if we don't suffer from mental illness. The only difference may be - is there only one reality or are there as many realities as perceptions? This made me want to tell a story that blurred the lines between the two - that highlighted success and failure at the same time - that showed to the reader that extremes don't have to be contradictions. It depends on the perception of the reader as much as the perception of the storyteller.
I hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it. :)
Who the heck is Alison McBain?
I am a freelance writer and poet with nearly a hundred short pieces published in magazines and anthologies. When not writing, I'm the Book Reviews Editor for the magazine Bewildering Stories. If the Walking Dead isn't on, I draw pictures and do origami meditation in Connecticut, where I live with my family. If the Walking Dead is on... shhhh! The Walking Dead is on! For more info, please check out my "About Me" page.
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