We Are Getting There…

Just an update for those still waiting for our book Despair to Deliverance: A True Story of Triumph Over Severe Mental Illness to be published. As I said in my last update, we had basically re-written the book in response to feedback from our first set of readers and I then handed it off to our second set of readers. I have just a couple people left to finish reading, but so far the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Daniel, my adorable nephew, has finished his part in terms of editing. I cannot reiterate enough how helpful he has been. What a great thing to have him be a part of this process! He is a talented artist as well as a talented writer, and is helping to design the cover of the book. For those who are interested, he has a webpage of items he has designed that are for purchase at the following link: https://society6.com/danieldevinney. I know, shameless promotion. I can’t help it…I am a proud aunt.

Daniel is getting ready to head off to graduate school next month at the University of Illinois in Champaign. What will he be studying, you might ask? Rhetoric. That’s right, he is going to get a Ph.D. in Rhetoric. I have asked him several times to explain to me what that means, but when he starts talking about it I have no idea what he is actually saying. He is much smarter than me…

Robin actually left our town in Indiana yesterday for the last time on her way to live in Florida permanently. She will be back here and there to visit friends and family, but she is starting a whole new chapter in her life. It remains amazing to me how well she is doing. I can’t wait for everyone to be able to read the new and improved version of what was originally written on this blog, and to learn the rest of Robin’s amazing story. We are getting there.

Once I have the final, final, final draft of the book completed, the next step is going to be to have it reviewed by Kirkus. For those not familiar with this organization, for a fee you can have your book reviewed by a professional reader who then writes a summary of their opinion. A good Kirkus review is a big deal, and if this happens it will go on the back cover of the book when we self-publish it. Apparently if you get a good review from Kirkus it opens up some avenues in terms of promoting and marketing the book (not a strength for either me or Robin). Mostly, we are just anxious to have a professional, objective opinion. Of course, we will share with you all what we hear…good, bad or ugly.

As for me, I have not been doing as much writing on my other blog as I would have liked, mostly because I have been having fun. During the last couple of months I took my husband on a surprise trip for his 60th birthday, and then spent a week at a house on Lake Michigan with my family (eight of my nine nieces and nephews, ranging in age from 24 down to 7, were there). We had tons of fun!

My next blog post on the other blog will be about my efforts to settle the insurance claim from my car accident last December. As I predicted, the whole thing has gotten absurd. A perfect topic to write about. Watch for it!


About Sharon DeVinney, Ph.D.

Sharon DeVinney, Ph.D. completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Purdue University. She spent ten years doing full-time clinical practice at a community mental health center with primarily adults. She then spent eight years working as an administrator at that same community mental health center while continuing to maintain a small caseload of therapy clients. She now provides clinical services in long-term care facilities in addition to writing, consulting and spending as much time as possible with the people she loves.
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4 Responses to We Are Getting There…

  1. Dawn D says:

    Good luck with the final stages!
    And glad the relative silence was due to you having fun, for a change 🙂

  2. dyane says:

    ***Thanks for the update!***

    I’m SO glad that you’ve been having fun, Sharon!!!!!
    How wonderful that you and your husband had a great birthday celebratuion. After the year + you’ve been through, you absolutely deserve to have lots of fun!

    I think that’s great you’re going with Kirkus – I’ve known about them for a long tim,e and it’s something I’d like to consider for my own book down the line.

    I also wanted t o let you know that I’m taking a “virtual leave” from Facebook, Twitter & even my email until Oct. 1 to focus on refining my MS for submission. But I’ll still blog 1x/week. I didn’t want you to think I unfriended you on Facebook – I simply deactivated it! I shall return – I can’t abandon the almighty writer’s platform, can I? 😉

    I’m so proud of you for moving full speed ahead the way you’re doing. Please keep us posted….

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