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#23: Getting things done to resolve anxiety

This week I share my guilt-free media ingestion and the steps I’m taking to resolve my anxiety. /// When people start picking apart logic, it means they’re not emotionally involved in the story. Brian McDonald A carryover from having family visit last week, and the resultant lack of productivity, is having difficulty getting back on track. But I’ve managed to avoid guilt at not being productive, and watched stuff without drawing at the same time. (Note: this is partially abetted by having some carpal-ish aches & twinges throughout my drawing arm. It’s been a good excuse to not work out … Continue reading

Dealing with anxiety

#22: Dealing with anxiety

A whole issue dealing with anxiety… once you figure out wth it is. /// Procrastination is not about your character. It’s the manifestation of anxiety. Jessica Abel I’ve been re-re-reading (and hoping to actually finish this time) Growing Gills, Jessica Abel’s book on creative productivity that’s really way, way, way more than simply about being productive. My current read is due to a book club in a great discord server I’m on. I came across the highlighted quote above last week, whereby I proceeded to sit slackjawed in my chair as it sank in further than it did before. I … Continue reading

Content strategy for artists

#15: Content strategy for artists

Sorry I’m late today, had to drive halfway across Florida to pick a kid up. You know – usual parent stuff 😛 /// The end of procrastination is not about trying to do everything. It’s about not doing all the things. It’s deciding between what to do and what not to. It’s taking control over when you do what you decide to do. Jessica Abel I’ve been sitting on this quote for awhile. The overwhelm of thinking there are a million things that I have to do tends to result in a paralysis-like procrastination. But consciously deciding that I don’t … Continue reading

Process peak

#10: Process peak!

This week I go off on a tangent about posers and punk rock before digging into resistance to working and making major changes to my style – including some process! /// What I’m thinkin’ Pushing people out of the circle is essential to insecure people who want to make sure the circle has edges and they are safely inside. Jessica Abel This bit of wisdom from Growing Gills came to mind yesterday when I came across this comic on Instagram about older punks and what punk is acceptable: I remember hearing the term poser (or the more poserly poseur) as … Continue reading

What’s Arp Issue #8: Authenticity, Jerry Seinfeld, & Productivity

#8: Authenticity, Jerry Seinfeld, & Productivity

Hey – we made it through another week! Our president doesn’t tweet nonsense all the time, and apparently the center of the universe is Joe Manchin. Still, an improvement the previous 4 years. Hey Dirtay – Congress has your money! /// What is authenticity if not actually doing the things you claim you care about day in and day out? Jessica Abel I spoke at length about authenticity two weeks ago in the Neil Gaiman issue (the first of many, I’m sure – eventually I’ll re-read The Sandman for the first time in years and finally notice all the thing … Continue reading

What’s Arp?!! Issue 5: Open loops & Wolfwalkers

#5: Open loops & Wolfwalkers

This one should be interesting because this morning my mind is blank (except for having Skid Row’s ‘I Remember You’ stuck in my head). One sucky aspect about middle age is having days thrown off-kilter from one night of bad sleep. I got 2h of sleep Tuesday night and it feels like I still need some catch up winks. Good thing I keep a list of topic ideas and stuff in my Notes app. I’m sure once I get going, the only thing that’ll stop me is my self-imposed two hour writing time limit. (Lol that didn’t happen) /// Keeping … Continue reading

What’s Arp?!!! Newsletter #4

#4: Productivity & emotional baggage

Hey – we’ve finally got a name for this newsletter: WHAT’S ARP? It’s two questions, a pun, and a massive dad joke all-in-one. It’s perfect! I’d like to take credit for it – but I can’t. One my peeps from Kids Comics United made the suggestion after I posted my ideas there for feedback (you can read up on KCU in my post on finding community). So a shoutout & big thanks to Nadia! (I’d link to her site but she keeps a low profile.) /// What’s Arp thinking? The puns are never going to stop now. And I’m going … Continue reading

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