Hard time


Oh, well I guess my comment about the cat in the last one makes more sense here.

. Outside of that, prepare for some self deprecation and internal banter I have all the time; presented as a dialogue between two fictional (ish?) characters.

28: (time left, part 2)

A foggy memory
You might have seen this one before. But, I promise I am not reusing things out of laziness. (Check Frozen) 
Sometimes things have several panels, connected from several frames. (Check metamorphosis).

19th: Spring or Harvest?


Trying to reuse locations, and see them from different perspectives. May need some work, but I still like it.
And here’s the preview as well!



11th: Numb


Not as comfortable as this guy is, though.

Jokes aside, though this isn’t super explicit, I did want to do the warning. I can’t be sure that the emotions I wanted to envoke/ channel in this are present. But it was supposed to be heavy, and I wanted to warn people as to why it was. And why I am drawing with that as theme of the strip, where the warnings may be more applicable.

This is long, you don’t have to read. But it’s here, just for clarification. But it’s here, just for clarification. More explicit warnings about anxiety and depression down below, even though I still talk around it. A slight language warning too.

Warning Levels: 
Minormentions or touches on topic. Will say “Warning: Slight.” 
Moderate– goes into more detail. Maybe more Graphic. Will just say “Warning.”

Major- A lot of, or graphic depiction, or subject matter. Most intense. Will say: “Warning, extreme.” 


You see, people talk about anxiety and depression as though everyone gets it. And yeah, sure. Everyone gets anxious and depressed and I don’t want to invalidate that. But anxiety and depression as disorders/neuro-atypical things are slightly different.
See, as far as I can tell, the main difference between the feeling and the disorder is the length and loss and control of that feeling. It’s the persistence that implies a chemical balance in the brain, as I was told by those who were describing it to me. They are extremes, unshakable, persistent, and often irrational. Or take justifiable reasons for feeling those things, and twist them out into less rational versions of themselves.
And welcome to the nightmare for why diagnosing these things can be such a nightmare for professionals. Though, I am sure some of you know this isn’t news as a general thing. Though my version of the tale may be different, there may be elements your experience may share.
When people think of ADD, they don’t think of anxiety and depression. In the same way people don’t associate being messy and disorganized with OCD (yeah, that’s a misconception I got exposed too which I thought was really interesting). That second part isn’t my story, though. But even that small derail of my own story in my own paragraph, IS associated with ADD/ADHD, it’s much more complex in real life.
See, ADD has a strong association with perfectionism. That need to be better, at least in my case, came with the creative and illusions of grandeur that came from my creative little brain.The problem then became that none of my goals were realistic, I would beat myself up about it, and then I would procrastinate.
That’s the thing. I searched for one, god given talent, that my school would not stop trying to inform me we all had. I went through the Catholic school system, so yeah the God part was integral. But that’s just it. I would only do things I was immediately and instantly good at (also a trait common or more extreme in ADD folks) and stop when I wasn’t.
Teachers would constantly say “you can’t be a rock star over night,” and though I new that consciously, I could never get over it. It was a part of me. So I coasted. I very much coasted, cause I had confused that with “being in the now” or being “present” or whatever. “Live and let live.” But then I would never have anything done, or I would wait till the last minute.
So does my anxiety and worry over a fear of failure that most, if not all, people have make me lose focus? Or is it the focus retention? I would assume the latter, cause of panic dreams that would wake me up at night stemming from my over active imagination. I was a kid, but add add to that mix and you get possibly even weirder dreams.
But that’s not even getting into being in the closet. For years. Trying to fit in is hard, but trying to hide yourself from yourself cause you are that terrified of what people will do or say? It doesn’t justify my actions, but it does provide context, I am sure. It added to the beating myself up I was already kinda of an expert on, from being “the smart kid who couldn’t prove it on paper,” I’m sure. I mean, what evidence was there to my worth if all the things that excited people to interact with my were big puffs of smoke? Disappearing with the slightest breath of wind?
That impacted my relationships, too, that even if people would say they did enjoy my company I couldn’t believe it? So I would try harder, which pushed people away, or make me not pay attention to other’s needs. So that made things more isolating.
I have it very easy, and I am very lucky for all the things and people I have in my life. But I can only imagine what people who are struggling with more are going through, cause this was and is debilitating. It makes things that should be pretty basic pretty hard. And, just like how I was smart, but not on paper, “You don’t look like you’re struggling.” “
You don’t look like you’re struggling.”
That’s what made the struggle hard. Being told I was imagining it, or just being weak.That I couldn’t have ADD, never mind the Anxiety or depression that I tested for as well. And I couldn’t go through extensive tests that found a correlation, right?
I know I’m not “weak.” I almost got my degree with out accommodations I would’ve and should’ve been entitled too. I had a job and my own space in a foreign country on a different continent. I came out. I finished highschool. I’m not saying you need to do any of those things, just that I am not here for a “participation trophy.” I can work hard, I can succeed. Even if it doesn’t look like what everyone else is doing, it doesn’t mean I haven’t or that I won’t succeed again.
It just means exactly what it means. I’m struggling, but I don’t “look” it.
And though I could go into much deeper, less superficial visions of my stressors or shit brain chemistry, all I am going to say is that even that much was isolating.
I didn’t feel alive. I felt numb. Just kind of living cause I had too, and surrounding myself with what ever dulled that dull feeling.
But I can be more than that.
Transition makes me see that, slowly, everyday, more and more. Healing is possible. So is growth.

TL;DR: I may have first world problems, but my brain is not equipped to handle them. Despite the knowledge that I can and have kicked ass, and I just need more time before I’m there again.

And that having a system that says you’re lying and not struggling when you are doesn’t seem the most supportive, or conducive to success? Right? Can we agree on that?

Ninth one: Life sucks.


Doesn’t it Paul? “Oh, you’re so Exotic, where’re you from?”
“But Orc culture is such a beautiful culture, why work here? “
There might? Be some slight ageism here? And maybe some other tags I should warn it with. But if you get the joke, you know this isn’t a slam on just old folks. This sort of thing is an exaggeration of things I have SEEN happen to folks (or things I may have been guilty of at some points in my life, eh heh heh) that Paul has to deal with. It’s not a good time. He’s just trying to pay the rent, folks. let ‘im live! But let me know if I should tag the warnings!
Originally he was going to work a burger Joint that was in the same mall the Coffee shop was. Yeah, retcons. Movin’ on.

Eighth Update: Paul the Orc

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I was building up to him and the gag with him in the next strip since, well, my first run of strips. We will see how much of my initial world building carries over. No relation to any other “Paul”s I may know.


Seventh update: Re-Apply


The Period after Rjusts Isn’t a new Sentence, but I don’t know how to do the thing I wanted with it. It’s Rjusts Coffee Shop. But the company puts a period after Rjusts like others do for Co.? And Inc.? I don’t know, but if the sentence seems like it has a weird pause, there you go.

Sixth update: Work

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Pretty self explanatory, this one. I had something, it fell through. Looking or something else. What? I’m not worried. See how relaxed in that pose? I will be fine. Really. No, you shut up.

Wait. Hopping.


Whatever it’s fine. 

Fifth Update: Mental health


Yeah. So I had to retake one class last year, cause of the three I was taking in the winter 2016 semester? I had to withdraw from one. But I was doing an in depth mental health assessment, as well as work and volunteering, at the same time.

It wasn’t until December of 2016 that I found out that I had ADD, and that it came with some friends. That also means that I had done that much schooling without accommodations I could have been entitled too.

The down side was that for years. Years. I could have had help and support that would have made the entire journey easier. But on the plus side, to think that I did some of the cool things that I HAVE done, without those supports, and made it as far as I did? Is pretty neato. But it’s hard to accept some of those grades as proper evaluations of my skills in those classes, even all the way back to Elementary (primary) school, if I have had this going on. Never mind that one of the symptoms of my ADD is a reading disability? It’s kind of like dyslexia’s cousin.

Eh, I graduated with an A in that class after I retook it, so *Shrugs. *


Warning Levels: 
Minormentions or touches on topic. Will say “Warning: Slight.” 
Moderate– goes into more detail. Maybe more Graphic. Will just say “Warning.”

Major– A lot of, or graphic depiction, or subject matter. Most intense. Will say: “Warning, extreme.” 


Fourth of the life updates:

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Did I mention that on here? Happened last June? Oh well, now you know. I developed a method for drawing flowers when I was 14, I still probably should use more references and still life practice though, as can be seen by my vase. Also drawing the Grad Robe was hard and weird? Didn’t think it would be. Also, I really need to make sure I spell check the text in comics.