January 4th, 2004

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Cerebus finishes in March 2004. 300 issues of it. It's had periods that were amazing and it's had periods that just plain didn't work for me. But I am looking forward to reading the whole thing through from beginning to end and trying to make sense of it all.

Dave Sim wraps things up here and actually manages to sound like a human being for the first time in about 5 years.
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More Cerebus

Saddening but accurate 5 page story on Dave Sim/Cerebus. Well worth reading if you're interested in what is, to me, one of the most amazing things to happen in comics.

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It's terribly sad to see someone who had so much talent (and in many ways still does) push themselves over the edge into a breakdown. I'm intrigued to see what he does when he has breathing space after Cerebus finishes. After 26 years of page-a-day writing, the change of pace is bound to be a shock to the system.
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Quiet...Too Quiet

Actually, it's just right. Adam and Bekka have left. And it was lovely to see them (even if I was away a lot, and ill for 36 hours of their stay), but I think today is the first day since the 19th of December when the flat's only had me and Erin and Ed in it. I feel exhausted from the holidays and I'm actually looking forward to getting back to work.

Which undoubtably won't last _that_ long, but it'll be nice to have some structure in my life again for a bit.
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I'm currently alternating through periods of stress and happiness. While occasionally the stressfull periods are connected to actual problems I'm having, more frequently they're just free-floating. They aren't generally a huge problem, not being debilitating and not stopping me from getting on with life, but they are a pain in the arse.

Thankfully, they're also decreasing as time goes on. I've slowly realised that I'm actually coming out of a long period of stress (and mild depression) that started months ago. What's now happened is that as I start having periods of normality and relaxation in my life it throws the periods of stress into relief. And because the stress has been inculcated into my life to such an extent it's taking a while to return to something approaching normality.

But I am getting better. Largely because of (in reverse alphabetical order) Lilian, Erin and Ed, who have all provided good advice, emotional support and general goodness in my life. I appreciate it, really I do.

It feels really odd to be writing something like this, because largely _I'm_ the one who copes ok. And compared to numerous of my friends who have larger problems, I'm the image of sanity. In fact it's probably because of this that it took me so long to realise that I wasn't doing well. And because of the way that emotional/mental problems work you usually only spot the problem when you're getting better from it.

But still, I'm doing better now, and getting better all the time. In fact just writing this has helped me feel better again.

Back to work tomorrow. Looking forward to it.
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