The True Story

I created this blog for two reasons:

1) I want to help mentally ill or otherwise disabled people who are struggling to find their voices. I want to help them be strong. If all I get out of this trip to the opposite of Disneyland is a shirt that says “I helped people fight monsters”, well, that’s a worthy thing. I can’t undo what has been done. I can try to make it easier for the next person.

2) I want to show people what living with my mental illness is like. Visibility is a major factor in reducing the stigma that surrounds mental illness. For many people, though, it’s risky talking about these things, for having “crazy” be the first thing people know about you. People have to keep themselves safe, and many cannot speak out. I respect that absolutely. I have nothing to lose by raising my voice, so I have resolved to be vocal. I feel it is my duty, and I take it about as seriously as I take anything.

Three pendants on a wolf skin. Cut out words on the pendants read:
The True Story Here by Naamah Darling on Flickr.

Who am I? If you don’t know me from Livejournal already, by way of introduction. . . .

Hi, I’m Naamah. In no particular order: white, fat, born female female-leaning genderfluid, ambisexual, atheist, dominant and kinky, childfree, married, intersectional feminist, pro-choice, bipolar II with anxiety, recovering from an eating disorder, writer, artist, tabletop gamer, very much a cat person.

I use lycanthropy as my central metaphor for my particular mental illness. It fits, I ran with it, it helps.

I’m a pornographer. Along with my husband Sargon, we post adult adventure serials at Adventurotica.com. This is where we get most of our money. You should go check it out. If you’re, like, into that sort of thing. If not, that’s cool too.

I can be found elsewhere on the web. My Livejournal is Shadow Muse. I have a Tumblr. I have a neglected Deviantart account. I have an Etsy shop – Morningstar Hall – where you can buy the weird shit I make. I also have a Flickr account where you can find pictures of my cats, my art, and my custom ponies. Mistress Swallowtail, the BDSM-themed My Little Pony, is here. Inamorata Shandy’s genuine fake fairy is here, if ponies are too cute for your liking. That pretty much represents the gamut of what I’m capable of doing. I do not take commissions.

I hope to post at least twice weekly. I look forward to it.

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