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Some Kind Of An Effort
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In which Tall Guy makes some kind of an effort.

For the past month I've been struck down with a horrible ennui. A real lethargy has stolen over me. Even the comic strip work has ground to a halt. I've struggled with an attempt to do more paintings, but I've been really unhappy with the results. I don't know what the problem is, but painting is just something I can't get to grips with at the moment. It's all become a bit too contrived and self-conscious, I think. Very frustrating.

The other problem I've had is a developing reluctance to step outside the house. I really feel something like dread when I think about venturing into the Great Outdoors, and will look for any excuse not to do it. As if I didn't have enough mental health issues, now I'm having to struggle with agoraphobia, as well. How very annoying.

To counteract this, I've made plans to go down to Chester on the 5th, for the DoodlePlanet event. This is a monthly art event, in which people get to drink, draw, and socialise (not necessarily in that order). Some of my friends will be there.

I'm also going down to London to the Web and Mini Comic event at the end of March. There's no getting out of it, as I've already bought the train tickets, and I hate wasting money even more than I dislike leaving the safety of the house.

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Oh dear, I hope things get better soon. xx

I'm glad you're coming to the Thing, I'll look forward to meeting you then.

We have met before, you know. At Caption last year.

Argh, apologies about that!! Talk about agorophobia, I met so many people that weekend I couldn't even think straight. :-P

I wish everyone had their LiveJournal names written on their foreheads for these things, it's always so hard to connect real names with the name we see on the internet. Will Kirkby says he meets people all the time who seem vaguely polite, then just as he's leaving someone tells them he's 'chamonkee', and all of a sudden it's a completely different thing and they're sad they didn't know before.

Darryl. Making mental note not just to know you by 'Tallguywrites'. And I know your work better now.

No worries. I have the same problem.

It's strange, but I am having exactly the same problems at the moment, including the semi-agoraphobia!
I too intend to get to The Thing if it's at all possible.
Good luck getting to DoodlePlanet

I've been in a similar state. Being far, far from England, I'll be going to other events to try to break out of it a bit. There's the Stumptown Comics Fest in April, for example.

I am in school during the day and work many nights, so I do get out, but when I'm not in either place, I tend to stay too cooped up for my own good. Like on the weekends, I barely set foot outside my door. And it often takes me a good while to get my courage up to do so when I feel like I have to.

Good luck with your events -- I hope you enjoy them.

I can totally relate. I've lost a great deal of inertia in regards to getting any cartooning/drawing done. For me this tends to be a cyclical problem. I'll have times where I don't touch my sketchbooks for months and then I'll have a period where you can't pry the pencil out of my hand. Stress can play havoc with a creative mind. My fiancee and I are still reeling from both a big move and having our roof repaired after a hurricane blew through.

Hopefully you'll snap out of this funk soon, I really enjoy your cartoons. I first saw your work on the Forbidden Planet blog and when I saw you have an LJ I added you to my to-watch list.

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