The Mind in Question

My name is Sandy Wyatt.  Sandy Sue to some.


My vision for this site is to use my bipolar disorder as a launch into higher consciousness, to be honest about the weird convolutions it takes, and to practice awareness with a mindset of curious compassion.  Okay, that’s the ideal.  As a very human being, I’ll end up somewhere south of that target, which is all part of the Adventure.

Along the way, I’ll play with my favorite toys—writing, artwork, psychology, myth, fandom, poetry, fantasy, meditation, coffee, conscious evolution, movies, brain function, music, and various spiritual traditions—with twisted humor and a fearless turning over of sacred rocks to find the slippery-slimies underneath.


My collage art accompanies most posts, and my fiction resides under Heaving Bosoms in the banner headline above. Comments and critiques about both are most welcome. If you’re struck dumb by the brilliance of my collage work, many items are for sale at my Etsy shop.  The link is in the sidebar at right.

I’m sharing all I have here—the important stuff and the mundane.  My hope is that visitors, with or without mental illness, will find something worthwhile to take away or leave behind.

 I live in Iowa with my Life Coaches, Henry and Emmett, who supervise my fiction writing, mixed-media artwork, and mental hygiene.

68 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn McCullough
    Apr 30, 2011 @ 20:19:33

    Henry and Emmett are so cute! I have two dogs, Ralph and Lucy.


  2. Keith
    May 20, 2011 @ 04:41:38

    This is one quality, heart-on-it’s sleeve site. I’m just beginning to read your stuff but I’m quite impressed by your candor and turn of phrase.

    Keep it up, though you don’t look like your stopping.



  3. pak
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 16:52:29

    You write beautifully, Sandy.
    Sometimes when I think about losing fat thighs I self argue: ” I don’t want so much focus on food —– to keep track of all I eat, to plan everything, to count calories.” But what do I think of when I’m anxious or bored or celebrating?—–FOOD. “what do I feel like eating now?”


  4. explosivecreations
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 23:04:39

    Just looked at a few pages of your blog and I can very easily say… You inspire me!


  5. redegg
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 18:30:38

    I’m just coming down from a 2-month hypomanic episode, and I found your site. The following quote just about reduced me to tears because it’s so true, and so artfully stated. I hope you don’t mind if I quote it time and again when people want to know what it’s like.

    “Hypomania, without anxiety and compulsions, is what most folks with bipolar disorder yearn for. It’s the cherry on top of a dark, dark sundae. The depression is absolutely gone and in its place is this hum of joy.”


    • Sandy Sue
      Aug 25, 2011 @ 05:45:33

      A 2-month episode–way to hang on, woman! I’m deeply touched by your comments, and so glad I could help in some small way. Come back any time.


  6. kalima123
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 17:44:12

    I nominated you for the versatile blogger award. Follow this link for more info! Love your Blog!!


  7. littlesundog
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 08:39:03

    I’m hooked on your writings and openess of life! I have dysthymic disorder (chronic depression), and I struggle daily to find better coping skills, creating a better life, understanding what I am to learn from my experience. Observing nature has really helped me. I am subscribing to your blog via my RSS reader… I am so drawn to your words. I write this with tears… thankful to have another resource for encouragement! Thank you for sharing your life!

    PS: I am originally from Nebraska. It did help me to move south to Oklahoma. I never did like nor appreciate the bitter cold and northern way of life! I’m happy as a clam in the heat down here!


    • Sandy Sue
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 17:52:42

      Thank you so much for all your kind words and for being a companion on this journey. I’ve love your creature stories and admire the life you’ve created for yourself and your family.


  8. The Mental Chronicles
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 13:56:48

    I’m impressed. As a fellow writer, I can tell you have a powerful voice. And your writing is something I can relate to, as despite my young age I’ve already been through several medications, suicide attempts, and psychotic episodes. I’m new to this blogging thing, but I created my blog as a means of coping with my life (like keeping a journal), and I find it heartening to find people like you, who suffer from mental illness but don’t let it keep them down. Anyway, didn’t mean to leave such a long-winded comment. Keep up the good work!


    • Sandy Sue
      Feb 05, 2012 @ 16:08:13

      This is a terrific medium for self-exploration and growth while getting lots of support. I hope your blogging experience is as rich as mine has been.


  9. patricemj
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 18:57:08

    I’m so excited to find your site…I feel at home here.


  10. strugglingwithbipolar
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 18:19:09

    Sandy – as you know I love reading your blog. I have nominated you for a Leibster Blog Award. The instructions for accepting the award are here:

    It’s my first award and I was honored to get to nominate you!


  11. Cauldrons and Cupcakes
    May 06, 2012 @ 20:28:26

    Thanks for sharing your Soul with us. What delicious and thought-provoking offerings.

    I love your list of all your favorite ‘toys’— “writing, artwork, psychology, myth, Star Trek, meditation, coffee, conscious evolution, movies, brain function, music, various spiritual traditions”. I found myself nodding my head and smiling, thinking ‘me too, me too!’

    Much love to you xx


  12. the secret keeper
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 01:26:01

    I have nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award. Check it out here I hope you like it. the secret keeper aka jennifer


  13. mlatimerridley
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 13:01:34

    Writing, art, coffee, Star Trek, music and movies are things we have in common! Which Star Trek generation is your favourite? I was always partial to the Captain Picard era, though I’ve seen some of all of them! Great blog!


    • Sandy Sue
      Jul 20, 2012 @ 17:29:03

      Thanks so much! I loved Picard, and have a few fan-fiction short stories with him in my “Heaving Bosoms” section here. But, I also adored the last incarnation, ST Enterprise. My novel with Captain Archer is also a “Heaving Bosoms” posting. If you care to look at them, I’d love feedback.


  14. Kim
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 16:03:51

    Sandy, I just followed Lori’s reblog link here and I’m loving what I’m reading so far. Thank you for being so willing to share your life with the world, warts and all! I can only hope to one day be brave enough to bare my soul like this on my own blog.


    • Sandy Sue
      Dec 09, 2012 @ 22:39:19

      Kim, thanks so much for visiting. I don’t have anything to lose by sharing my story. Some folks have to deal with stigma at work or in their social circles. Or they have families to consider. “Going public” can be complicated.


  15. indytony
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 22:19:40

    I stumbled across your blog today and took the opportunity to read some of your posts. I like what I found.

    In appreciation for your writing, I have nominated you for a “Liebster Award”. I see you have already been nominated for this and other awards, but if you would like to join the fun and recruit more readers to your blog, check out my nomination post –

    Keep up the good work.


    • Sandy Sue
      Mar 08, 2013 @ 04:20:51

      Thanks so much for stumbling into me and sticking around for a minute or two. And also for the award.


      • Elaine GREEN
        Mar 08, 2013 @ 08:47:22

        Barb and I met 2 days, ago.. Barb A was in a car on her way to KC when she discovered that we were preparing to meditate ! (: so… barb and I spent the hour poking around in fertile grounds of Beingness (: .. and spoke of you…that we missed you… and that the ‘no news is good news’ might apply… looks like it is… congratulations on these being recognized for all these achievements you have created, not just for you.. but for unknown thousands… lovely, when one of them lets you know how truly extraordinary you are.. laney

      • Sandy Sue
        Mar 08, 2013 @ 08:57:33

        Thanks, Laney. I miss you guys, too. Wish you all could come over and sit with us sometime.

      • Elaine GREEN
        Mar 08, 2013 @ 09:30:33

        we might just do that, Sandy…

  16. TamrahJo
    Jun 16, 2013 @ 10:17:14

    I consider you part of my WordPress Family – You’ve been Nominated:


  17. Dan Koch
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 22:58:08

    Wanted to let you know about a couple of things that are happening here at Mercy that you may be interested in. Give me a call and I can fill you in on the details.
    Love your blog!!!! Dan


  18. annarosemeeds
    May 14, 2014 @ 23:42:24

    Your blog is very inspiring and helped me understand my friend with bipolar more. Thanks!


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  20. Kitt O'Malley
    Jul 24, 2014 @ 15:59:59

    I am glad to hear that your Life Coaches, Henry and Emmett, supervise your mental hygiene. So helpful.


  21. Kitt O'Malley
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 21:28:47

    Sandy Sue, I am nominating you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award at I highlighted your stated blog purpose on my nominating page. Thanks for all you do as a blogger.


  22. attentionanonymous
    Nov 16, 2014 @ 13:23:51

    HI Sandy,

    I referenced your blog in a recent post

    I am working on a Master’s thesis about literary blogging and would love the opportunity to speak with you about your experience. Let me know if you’re up for that in the next several weeks.



  23. cabrogal
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 07:28:02

    What a great About page!
    What a great vision!


  24. Catherine Cheng, MD
    Aug 15, 2015 @ 12:59:36

    Sandy, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog, and for the clear and insightful writing on yours. I look forward to more sharing and learning!


  25. Lyn
    Sep 15, 2015 @ 01:13:53

    You’ve gotten some wonderful kudos here for your writing. I always knew you were talented. And even better to find out it’s also therapeutic, eh wot? As for Star Trek, I loved Riker until he blew up and got hairy. Not sure what happened there, but he lost a lot of the appeal he had at the beginning of Next Gen. Shatner has written some funny books since his Trek, and Nimoy is also a good read. Hope you’re up on those. I also appreciated Kate Mulgrew’s Captain, the first woman to hold that honor on a Trek series. Her wry, gravelly voice scored a great counterpoint to the softer characters. Has she written anything Trekian, do you know?


    • Sandy Sue
      Sep 15, 2015 @ 13:00:37

      First, thanks so much for visiting and taking time to read some of my stuff. I honestly appreciate it.
      Loved your take on Riker (I actually liked when he blew up and got hairy. Plus, the guy knew how to straddle a chair!).
      I’ve got all of Nimoy’s books and read some of The Shat’s sci-fi. I’ve not heard of Kate Mulgrew writing anything–that would be interesting, though, to hear her take on Boys’ World.


  26. soberandbipolar
    Dec 28, 2016 @ 10:50:42

    Going through some blogs and came across yours. I noticed you haven’t blogged in a while and just hoping you are doing good. Thanks for sharing your experience, strength and hope. Bipolar anonymous


    • Sandy Sue
      Dec 29, 2016 @ 08:44:07

      Thanks for your kind words. When I started this blog six years ago, I never shut up. We all have to get our story out. And then we chronicle our fits and starts at wellness and sickness and the wide space between. Now I post when I feel I have something fresh to add to the conversation, or when I need to share a fan-girl fit of squee. 🙂


  27. Eileen
    Feb 27, 2017 @ 13:03:48

    Hi Sandy – it was lovely to meet you on Sunday. You know sometimes you get a feeling about people (just like Sally was saying, I guess). I’m excited to read more about your story. Just wanted to say “Hi.”


  28. Anuj Agarwal
    Jun 28, 2017 @ 06:31:01

    Hi Sandy,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog A Mind Divided | Artful, Conscious Living with Bipolar Disorder has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Bipolar Disorder Blogs on the web.

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Bipolar Disorder Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.



  29. kirizar
    Aug 13, 2021 @ 12:31:24

    I hadn’t read this before. I like the summary of goals as well as the humility of reasonable expectation. (Hopefully that doesn’t sound as condescending as it looks.) On days when I struggle, it helps to remember that doing anything is better than doing nothing and getting sucked into mindless activities. At least in blogging and reading, I feel accomplished by association to people who work through similar issues that challenge me–even if the diagnosis is not the same, the struggle can be. United by degrees of separation and sameness. That’s how this feels. Hope it connects with you too,


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