Below is a tentative schedule of who I am interviewing for the project. Some of them may be subject to change (like Dr. Richardson, for example, but a man can hope, right?), and I’ve left plenty of room should the need arise.
Things are moving slowly but surely in the world of research. Here are two quick updates. First, Dr. Deane Aikins, an expert in the field of PTSD in combat veterans, has agreed to be interviewed for this project. He has done extensive work with the military, both in examination and in various treatment methodologies. His…… Continue reading A few quick updates…
A few months ago I read a selection from “The Source of All Things” by Tracy Ross, that was originally published as a feature article in Backpacker magazine. It details her step-father’s abuses, as well as her need for a cohesive family. My sentence-long synopsis does it no justice. Read the Backpacker article now, and order the…… Continue reading So, this happened…
In researching various treatment methods for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), I’ve come across a trend that is surprising, endearing, and nothing short of wonderful: studies have found that owning a dog can be an effective treatment method for war vets suffering from PTSD. According to this July 2012 article from Smithsonian Magazine, “The animals draw out…… Continue reading Man’s Best Friends Help Treat Vets with PTSD
In the first of these entries, wherein I transcribed my jottings, I made note of a twitchy gentleman sitting in the corner with his back to the wall. I didn’t make mention of him when I expanded those notes into two scenes in my second entry, because I was saving him for this. For a…… Continue reading Hair One Minute, Gone The Next; and a Reflection
In the last entry, I transcribed my field notes from an excursion to a local bookstore cafe. In this entry, I’m going to go a step further and attempt to morph those notes into two distinct scenes. Your comments will help me determine if I’ve been successful or not. Scene One The cafe wasn’t overly…… Continue reading Scene it?
Field research is something that is largely foreign to me. Research itself is not: I’ve had my nose in books and magazines since my earliest memories. I used to peruse a card catalog with the best of them. In modern times, my Google-Fu is strong. But actually getting out in the field? Not so much.…… Continue reading Practicing Fieldnotes
I’ve got a thousand directions in which I can go for the end product with my PTSD research. I know what I want the final product to be, form-wise: a heroic crown of sonnets. That hasn’t changed. But there are so many angles, so many variables, so many different paths to take. This is a…… Continue reading Brainstorming