InSanity~Normalize, Don't Stigmatize Mentall Illness.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

New Year's Eve Erotica, 2022, InSanity

Dear Sillies, 

It's almost -- gasp -- 2022. Weird but okay. Let's welcome a good new start.  Hopefully?

Now please excuse my blatant recycle of a two year old post. Thing is, this dress covers my nipples so well, I haven't taken it off since New Year's Eve, 2019. (Fashion tip: Super glue for the nips, scotch tape for the hair. You're welcome.) 

I'll be launching InSanity on Monday, January 3rd
So I'll show you the cover now: 
 Oh good lord, Martha! What's wrong with you?
Not getting enough attention these days? Dagnabbit. I'm sorry, friends. Excuse me. Security! Security!  Martha: "Get your grubby hands off of my -bleep!- you -bleeps!-"

Phew. Now I can show you a portion of the actual colorful cover--to be revealed in full a Monday, January 3, 2022.
This is from a selfie I took in Greece years ago.  

Bryan Pedas of A Beer for the Shower wrote: "It's a mad, mad world out there and Robyn Engel does a brilliant job of breaking down all of the quirky, too ridiculous to make up insanities of everyday life with both kindness and laughter." 
By the way, I'm very glad to report that Bryan's doing great.    

Safe, Happy, Loving New Year's, my Sillies.  

Friday, December 24, 2021

Santa Erotica, Christmas Naughtiness

Dear Sillies,
  It's time to bring back some naughtiness.
  Please be warm, well, and loved.
  Merry any-and/or-every thing! 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Year's Best and InSanity

Dear Sillies,
   I can't properly appreciate you all and/or pull the year together in one post. I'll simply acknowledge another handful of you here, while stating that I'm eternally grateful for how much you've laughed with, been playful with, expressed sadness with, AND supported me at Life by Chocolate. 

Take for example, Al Penwasser (aka Ken Lynch)
   He's my pick for blogland's 👏 MOST ENTERTAINING! If you're not following Al, you're missing out. He's outrageously quick witted and incredibly thoughtful. A proud military Veteran and a solid friend, I can't help but love the man.
   At the same time that he went on a big trip, Al/Ken delved into InSanity. He wrote this, and I can't imagine a more flattering compliment:
   "Engel's writing style is much like Stephen King's. I found myself drawn inexorably into the story. It's an intimate experience (with clothes on). No other book has completely changed my viewpoint on mental illness and suicide. InSanity really sunk its teeth in me."
   Note: You might think that you're following Al, but he left and returned under a different blog name. So go and make sure to sign on.    

I'm guessing Alex is even more handsome than his avatar:
   Alex is friend to all, enemy to none. He and I go back to the early days of blogging, approximately eight years. Alex is always ready to help and support any and everybody. I still consider him one of Blogland's greatest gifts. Because he is. 


   This precious lady leaves the most insanely hilarious comments like this: "My mind is spinning right now especially since I am falling asleep due to not getting enough sleep during the night plus my dog is blowing farts that could make Putin go insane."


  Geo's a deep, inspiring soul who cares greatly about humankind and nature. Geo's every piece of prose and poetry is a gift of its own. Love and healing energy to Geo, from us all. (It's been a tough time all around, and we've missed hearing from Geo in the past month or so.) Love you, friend.


Why have we not met before, Mike? You're great. You're silly. You fit right in. 

Note that Mike doesn't look as circular in real life. So I imagine.  My Photo

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Sue Goldberg aka Elephant's Child and, oops, Tori Spelling

Dear Sillies,
   Sue Goldberg is one of the most special of all the special people in blogland. I can't think of a more generous, heartfelt person. Her words are eloquent. Sue readily gives of her time to save lives, and she never hesitates to do favors for me.
   So when I asked if she'd read and write some words about InSanity, I got this from her within a few days, despite her own obligations and stresses. Thank you, Sue. You're remarkable beyond words.

“I guzzled it. If you are after sunshine and roses, this book is NOT for you. If you can cope with suicide, pain, grief, frustration and anger with a generous helping of laughter and hope, come along for a dramatic, no holds barred ride . . . 

Sue Goldberg, Blogger, Elephant’s Child 

And now, InSanity's COVER REVEAL:

 Oh no! Oh no, no, no! How did a fat Tori Spelling get in here? So sorry! In Tori's defense, though, she's desperate to save her marriage and they can't afford Viagra. So she got pregnant for the 6th time and must've hacked into my account to post this photo, that *bleepin* *bleep*. 

Here's a slice of the real InSanity cover:

Please stay tuned for more thank yous, year end stuff, Santa Erotica...Please also take gentle care. It's a tough time, emotionally, and pretty much in all ways.
I love you, my dears.

Not-so-subtle advertising of my upcoming book will continue a bit longer:

   I don’t think I’m insane.  I don’t want to be.  Am I merely in denial of my insanity? As we know, denial is its own form of insanity. So, I’m insane for believing that I’m sane and not insane. Right? If you’re confirming my insanity and you’re insane too, can we be normal together? Because if you’re sane but I’m insane, I don’t want your company. And if you’re insane but I’m sane, feel free to drop by whenever I’m bored. You entertain me. Don’t stick around too long, though. You exhaust me.  from page 61 of InSanity

Thursday, December 9, 2021

The Canadian Goddess and a Comment Collage

Dear Sillies,

It's a bit nerve-wracking to feel so close, yet so far, from publication. I'm waiting on help because I find the whole Amazon process to be confusingly distressing. How did they ever publish books in the typewriter days? I can't fathom. Anyway, fingers crossed, InSanity will be here this year!

Along the way, I was incredibly fortunate to get amazing help from THE Canadian Goddess (anointed so my me). You know her too, right? Debra's phenomenal, and her words grace the back of my soon-to-be published InSanity ~

 “She’s a wonderful writer with a delightful colloquial style, easy and fun to read. I laughed out loud many, MANY times at her funny stories and her quips. Yet she dealt with some very important issues in a thoughtful and meaningful way. The whole book is well balanced between the serious and the humorous. I think it’s her BEST BOOK yet.”  

-Debra She Who Seeks, Canadian Goddess


And now, a tribute to YOU, some of your recent comments in silly order:

Mistress Maddie said Me and Lumbersexual finally ended our cat and mouse game.

Birgit said Hey my former high school principal, a priest, was charged 5 years ago with keeping child porn. How lovely.

balanced a.f. I see nothing wrong with impure thoughts. I have them all the time.

Joanne said School underwear - optional. L. Diane Wolfe said School was never that fun.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said You do look like trouble!

Mike said "You're pressing on my balls". Are you busy tomorrow night?

Jeff  said May you find companionship.

Janie Junebug said And get a picture of his naked butt in bed. Love, Janie

Elephant's Child said Here's to 23,000 more wonderful nights to come.

Birgit said I bet you have a 1950s torpedo bra in your drawer.

Infidel753 said Some forms of education really do require in-person learning.

Geo. said I recall college in the 60s as a huge fug of smoke with arms and legs sticking out.

Annalisa Crawford said Why, just why?

Janie Junebug said Thanks for making us look cool and smart. Love, Janie

Al Penwasser said Candy Corn? Not a fan.

Yvonne said From one teaser to another, I'm chompin' at the bits over here!!

Moving with Mitchell  said Do you suppose anyone likes it?

jono said I give you points for being willing to bite into it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said Everyone needs a zombie freak!

presstfortime said Well, if this wasn't eye-opening.