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The Anxiety Arc: Finale

a comic and poem about writing anxiety

By J. JayPublished 5 months ago Updated 3 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - January 2024
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Drawn by me :)

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Note to Self

We've reached the end

of this journey my friend.

And yet, with all this pressure,

how can things be much better?

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Simple answers are simply

elusive and spindly.

They wave a big flag in the distance,

but disappear with no sign of existence.

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We tread a path not many can see;

sometimes it costs a lot to be free.

But we trod on anyway,

and remind ourselves the value of play.

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Above all else, take time to rest.

You're not yourself when you're over-stressed.

Breathe in, breathe out; draw in the light.

Take care of yourself, you'll be all right.

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Thank you all so much for taking the time to read the Anxiety Arc! I really appreciate it and I hope you enjoyed.

I believe in the value of creating stories around scary realities we face in real life–not only to take away their power, but to make them easier to identify and address. Through stories, we can experience deep self-reflection, and make meaningful realizations. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and remember the importance of taking care of yourselves. That's a lesson I'm still learning, haha.

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J. Jay

I like to share my art and writings, whether it's silly or serious. I'll also feature a comic I work on called Writing Whoas, which is about the joys and hardships of being a writer. Stick around to laugh or cry.

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  • ROCK 3 months ago

    I am a new fan! I have anxiety even more so after reading this, 😂. Love your artwork!

  • Andrea Corwin 5 months ago

    Wow you are great at this!! I loved it - the cartoons and the poem and all within. Can’t wait to see more. ❣️

  • Grz Colm5 months ago

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved your epic conclusion to this series J Jay! That evil anxiety monster and its grin still makes me laugh, but I’m glad it disappeared. I also adore your poems - they are such warm and appropriate bookends to the themes in the comics. Congrats on your awesome top story and I hope you are laying off the pressure and enjoying all the things! 🥳😺

  • F.R. Gautvik5 months ago

    Super ❤️

  • Mariann Carroll5 months ago

    This is an awesome Top Story. This is a great way to showcase your talent. 🥰

  • shayna5 months ago

    Def needed this, thanks for sharing!

  • Ace Melee5 months ago

    This is so beautiful! It's fine to have deadlines, and it's okay to enjoy what you are writing. Fantastic piece! I love the artwork.

  • Thavien Yliaster5 months ago

    The education system is a pain in the rear end. Especially cause even if You work diligently hard there can be people that will have a bias against You wanting You to fail, even though they're the ones that are supposed to assess Your work without any biases.

  • Cathy holmes5 months ago

    Oh my goodness. This is amazing. Congrats on the TS.

  • Malena Lopez5 months ago

    Love this, great job.

  • Raphael Fontenelle5 months ago

    Yeah, that's definitely relatable. DX Anxiety is the worst sort of 'motivator'.

  • Scott Christenson5 months ago

    I relate to not being able to write anything without a deadline! Awesome cartoons!

  • Melissa Ingoldsby5 months ago

    Love your mixed forms of media ❤️

  • Manisha Dhalani5 months ago

    This is amazing! Love the art and the poem "But we trod on anyway" - so true. Congrats on top story!

  • Atomic Historian5 months ago

    Congratulations on the Top Story!

  • Rachel Deeming5 months ago

    So original. Enjoy it. It's fun. And you're good at it. Rest on your laurels a little.

  • Natasha Collazo5 months ago

    I am utterly obsessed with this. Thank you for expressing the little guy in the back of our minds that we dont even know we carry around. I loved every single inch of your comic, from its simplicity to its vivid images.. Ive been feeling the pressure of writing every time I enter a challenge,,," Am i good enough?" "Will they like it enough?" But you know what, POP!

  • Marie Wilson5 months ago

    Wonderful! And congrats on TS!

  • Mackenzie Davis5 months ago

    Smashing finale! I have adored this series, and this was a great wya to wrap it up. Love your poem too, as always!! “Simple answers are simply elusive and spindly.“ Well said!

  • Rene Peters5 months ago

    I love this! It's so relatable! I have always been a perfectionist and that transferred to my writing.

  • Lena Folkert5 months ago

    Um… “Whoa!” This was amazing. I love the cartoon. The reactions of both were so spot on. And the poem after was beautifully written. New subscriber alert!🚨

  • KJ Aartila5 months ago

    The value of sharing your stories is priceless! Very nice, friend! :)

  • Kendall Defoe 5 months ago

    You really got into my head with this one! Excellent work!

  • Caroline Jane5 months ago

    This is excellent! Both in execution and in message. Hugely impressed. I adore how different this is. Fab!

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