Zarina, thank you for saying this. I wear the way I am with pride. If I could just get past the tanking depression periods and be consistent I know my work (and irritable personality) would thrive. Maybe what I need to do is try being more open about it when I’m in it.

So, it’s like this. When I’m in a bout of depression, I struggle to write a complete essay but I still write every single day, by hand. I also draw a lot more. I should be uploading all of that to Patreon and then I do the whole, “but this isn’t your best work,” thing and assume people will be turned off by it.

I should just start sharing it and what happens, happens, right? There will be those who love it and those who hate it. That’s the worst possible outcome really and that’s not at all a negative outcome.

Also, if you want to see my absurd shenanigans consider it done.

I feel like I just processed more emotions by reading and responding to your comment than I have in therapy. Ha.

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