Although many writers had had periods of significant depression, mania, or hypomania, they were consistently appealing, entertaining, and interesting people. They had led interesting lives, and they enjoyed telling me about them as much as I enjoyed hearing about them. Mood disorders tend to be episodic, characterized by relatively brief periods of low or high mood lasting weeks to months, interspersed with long periods of normal mood (known as euthymia to us psychiatrists). All the writers were euthymic at the time that I interviewed them, and so they could look back on their periods of depression or mania with considerable detachment. They were also able to describe how abnormalities in mood state affected their creativity. Consistently, they indicated that they were unable to be creative when either depressed or manic.
The relationship between creativity and mental illness – a fascinating study based on writers from the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Kurt Vonnegut was among the subjects. (via explore-blog)
I think about this a lot, as I suffer from panic disorder.
A/N: This will probably make no sense whatsoever if you haven’t seen the convos between me and Lintamande about a Valinorean version of mathematical history. Relevant links include my “elven mathematicians” tag, Lintamande’s "murderous math nerds" tag, and this post in particular. Long story short: our basic premise is that the majority of people doing pure mathematics are Vanyarin women and Elenwë is Fermat.
There will be an explanation of the various references to bits of mathematical history near the end. Also, I note this probably qualifies as self-indulgent OC fic: it stars Elenwë’s old teacher Eäla with guest appearance by Elenwë’s sister Sírinzil in Valinor after the Exile, Elenwë herself only appearing in flashbacks.