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There’s no need to be nasty about it, Dream Eater.

Hey. Look at that. It’s Monday. Is it? Is it Monday, it is, right? Oh good. That’s good.

Cory’s been shouldering a lot of mandatory overtime at work. He’s had one day off in the last…I don’t actually know. I know he had one day off last…Sunday. I think it was Sunday. He’s worked extra long hours every day for the past 7 days. And I think before that it was six? And maybe the week before that too. I can’t remember anymore. It’s been a lot.

The point is, he’s been working his butt off. Which means so have I, because I feel so guilty RESTING when he’s out doing the work that’s carrying the household. Logically I know that this tendency for me to work myself to the bone if he’s working himself to the bone is STUPID, but…UGH. I just can’t seem to stop myself. I have trouble resting as it is. And there’s so much to get ready to launch the Kickstarter for Volume 4. And so I’m just…

I’m having trouble remembering what day it is, is what I’m doing.

It’s a work day. That’s what day it is. It is ALWAYS a work day.

I loved all the discussion on the last page, and I’ve read every comment, and I promise I will get to replying to everything soon. I’ve just been feeling a tad overwhelmed, is all. (And sometimes in awe. You guys are so cool. I couldn’t think of a response good enough half the time.)

…but seriously, it’s Monday, right?

EDIT:
I was tired last night and forgot I was going to introduce you to all the new SpiderForest members today. Here they are!

Adventure/Action:

Vanguard: The story of a team of genetically enhanced meta-humans employed by the British government to protect the nation’s interests, at home and abroad.

The Tale of Jasper Gold: When settled rancher Jasper Gold’s bounty hunting past catches up with him, Jasper must take up his gun once again to track down a gang of criminals as he searches for his lost daughter.

Sons of the Forgotten: The story of Erric, who follows in the steps of his grandfather to become the greatest hero ever seen.

Bruno Harm: Bruno Harm is getting old, he’s getting fat, but he’s still getting the bad guys, and having a laugh in the process!

Comedy/Slice of Life:

Seamus and Abbie (NSFW): Seamus is proof of the struggle of a good man with a bad attitude going through trying times with a dreary cat on his shoulder.

Monsterous Mimi: Mimi is normal, very normal.

Culture Shock: In the middle of a modern city, a Japanese ninja and a medieval knight are forced to share an apartment together.

Mailbox Rocketship: Heroes, wizards, aliens, and death himself. Keith’s life just got interesting.

Sci-fi/Fantasy

Moon Gone Dark: The Wayfarer of the Nights follows an unknown path through the ages and the dreams of everything which anyone can dream.

Chronicles of Oro: A gang of teenagers wants to fight a zombie dragon with hand-me-down jewelry.

Storm and Desire (NSFW): Together, three women set out to learn the secret history of the multiverse.

XII: Of Magic and Muses: Hear the call. Accept the task. Unite.

White Noise: Characters engineered to be super soldiers band together to fight an alien invasion.

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Zhiro, it’s not your fault. Dream Eater is pissed at other mortals, and you can’t really blame him. He hasn’t eaten your mind yet, so really you’re getting off lucky. (Ordinarily I would castigate Dream Eater for being a dick, but he’s not human, and Zhiro’s mistake is expecting him to act like a kindly old uncle WHEN HE IS NOT.)

Robin, you really need to make sure you’re setting healthy boundaries for yourself. It won’t help anything if you’re just as exhausted as your spouse. I’m struggling with the same thing right now since I found a work-at-home opportunity, and I always feel like I could be doing more, but I’m trying to make sure I keep work to normal working hours.

I think Dream Eater would be delighted to be an uncle, but I’m not sure he’d ever be a kindly one. Mischievous, absolutely, and that can be kind in a way, I suppose…Oh Dream Eater, you’re complicated.

*whines* But SKYSONG healthy boundaries are HAAAAARRRD.

Working at home definitely seems to up the challenge of maintaining healthy work/life boundaries. The two realms start to blend and it becomes difficult to keep them balanced well.

Yeah, and when you’re depressed/anxious, there’s always that voice that’s, like, “WORK MORE TO JUSTIFY YOUR PATHETIC EXISTENCE.” I just try to tell myself, “Yo, dawg, I have worked a lot today, and I have totally earned my video game/wind down for bed time, thank you.”

Replying to agree with everyone. Set boundaries. Live well. Yes, its super hard at times.

Sometimes I have to add time to chill out to the task list, so that I feel like I’m doing a “task” when I take a break. And, no, this doesn’t always work, sometimes I can’t manage to relax during my breaks because I’m too stressed. And then I just go until I crash, and I’m forced to rest. Which isn’t great. 🙁 I hope you discover a better way.

I relate so much to the “work more to justify” problem. I notice it’s the loudest when I’ve already been working too hard, which is a nasty landslide of compounding ills.

That’s because the “You haven’t worked enough” and the “you’re lazy and worthless” voice are two sides of the same coin. If you don’t do anything except, like, play video games or something, you’re lazy and worthless. If you do work, and lots of work, and probably more work than other people would consider healthy, you’re STILL lazy, because other people manage to get more stuff done and complain less about it and still socialize/knit a sweater/save a kitty from a tree, etc. But it’s all a bunch of junk. You do what you can do.

BTW, have you read “Brick by Brick” by Stephen McCrainie? There’s a comic essay in there about enforcing healthy boundaries.

Also, for the record, as far as your work ethic goes, I had a dream last night that you were producing another comic about a group of adventurers heading for some magic tower, and I was not at all surprised because you are so on top of it and together.

…Well, I’m not working on a magic tower, but I AM working on an autobio comic and a short story for an anthology…

Weirdly enough, I also had a dream regarding work ethic stuff last night. David Bowie handed me his ink pen & said “The only problem that can’t be solved is giving up.”

I think I’ll write up the whole dream for my next blog. Mr. Bowie gave me a lot to think about.

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