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tallguywrites
Taking it easy at the moment. My mood is good. The Prozac is very effective. However, I'm having a few side-effects which are making things uncomfortable for me. I'm always too hot, and my energy levels are low (probably because I'm burning up all my energy in heat). I'm going to try dropping the dose, to see if I can get some of my strength back. If I even get a hint that my mood is dropping again, I'll return to my current dose.

I wanted to learn about mental health, but this isn't quite what I had in mind. Bah!

We've now started the new trimester at college. My new placement in with one of the community psychiatric nurse teams. This should be interesting, as all my experiences so far have been on the wards and I've done nothing in the community.

I've today sent off a submission to a publisher in the States. They were very complimentary about the Uncle Bob tales when I sent them off a few months back, even though they didn't feel it was for them. The Psychiatric Tales project should be much more up their street.

Thanks to everyone for the kind notes you left about my recent cartoon work. It's made me feel I'm on the right track with this material.

I've started a new strip today, which I suspect will be another ten pager. It's about depression.


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Of course, the irony is that while romanticised depression is a chick-magnet, it's rare that you'll ever be offered a prescription of Viagra to go with your Prozac! I've been on a few different anti-depressants myself, but never Prozac; though I've a couple of sisters coasting through life on the stuff. Hope it's the same for you. I find that I can 'get-by' by eliminating all potential causes of anxiety. (No, I don't get out much.)
You might be interested to see some samples of my own strips on related subjects: http://www.geocities.com/rhubarb108/life.html and http://www.geocities.com/rhubarb108/mouth.html. Also, Malcolm Bourne and Mike Allred's 1992 four-parter 'Tales of Ordinary Madness' is well worth a goo if you ever happen across any issues.
Good luck with that US publisher. I've not seen much of your stuff – the odd anthology-published strip from years back – but this current work is particularly strong, if not hugely inventive in approach to realising goals. (I guess the potency might be diluted otherwise.)
John

Good stuff. Have you had any of this work published?

Originally those two strips appeared in my 'Leaflit' series in 2000 (http://www.geocities.com/rhubarb108/leaflit1.html), but 'Nil By Mouth' later managed to actually reach an audience when printed in an issue of Shane Chebsey's CAOF. Though not acknowledged in the online versions, both these 'stories' are derived from an agony aunt column, and comprise a ridiculously succinct amalgamation of both the problem and the advice. Strangely, I can recall them taking a very long time to write. (I may have been caught up in a moral tussle between an angel on my left shoulder and a devil on my right!)
John

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