About 'The Girl In The Panda Hat'
I had a nervous breakdown which happened after getting bullied in two different schools, so I left school early and there was approximately a year that I was at home, in my room, too anxious to go anywhere and in that time I wrote a lot of poems and short stories. I knew I'd do something with them one day, but it wasn't until the end of 2012 that I felt okay to read back through them all and sort them out so they made sense as a book. I mostly had poems, but I did use some of the stories I had written as well. I feel like this book is a portion of my life when I was in a very dark place, but releasing it now that I'm in a happy place is proof that even when you're as low as I was, it can get better. That's why I wanted to do this, to make sure people know that they're not alone in how they feel and that things can improve. It was really hard for me to pull myself together after the breakdown, but I wanted to fight.
Below is a little bit of information about what's in the book.
I split it into two parts, one for short stories and one for poetry. I wanted to include both parts because whilst it may seem unrelated, the thing that connects them all is how I was feeling when I wrote it. In fairness, it is mainly made up of poems, just so you know.
Here is the contents page:
2 An Open Letter From A Misunderstood Teenager
3 Taken - A Captured Moment In Time
12 Dreams Again
18 Misfortunes and Miss. Mischance
29 Categorize and Departmentalized
39 Your Mistake
80 Do It Now Or Never