• Halloween

    Moving on…

    And just like that, it’s over.

    Hope you enjoyed your Halloween! We didn’t get one single trick-or-treater, so I’m a little bummed… but I guess that means extra candy for us!

    -Jess

  • Anxiety,  Fear,  Halloween

    Failure and pity-parties: A confession.

     

    I’m not good at keeping up with things. I forget to take my vitamins, I forget to thaw chicken for tomorrow’s dinner, I forget to work out, I forget to call friends. I make to-do lists that I forget to look at, and sometimes I’m so unmotivated I write down easy tasks that I can cross off to feel more productive: “Get the mail”, “clean off your desk”, “poop”.

    I get easily overwhelmed and then the dreaded anxiety kicks in. My mom is the exact opposite. She has a specific day and a specific time of day for the things she needs to do. She doesn’t even think twice about it- she just does stuff, then still manages to get dinner on the table before 6:30!

    So I dropped the ball on Inktober…

  • Autumn,  Halloween

    What do you want to be?

     

    I can never figure out a costume ahead of time for Halloween. There’s even more “pressure” when you’re a couple, so more than likely I’ll stress about it all the way up to Halloween, then do nothing. What are your costume plans this year? I’d love to hear about it!

  • Autumn,  Halloween

    Trick or Treat (A short story)

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    Every year I get excited for October, for the fall season and Halloween. “I’m going to decorate, make pumpkin bread, build a monster for my brother’s Halloween party, make costumes for Michael and I, host my mom’s birthday…) Then inevitably every year I get stressed out and don’t do any of that (except my mom’s bday). 
    I’ve never been prepared with an outfit for Halloween, which means I always end up throwing together a panic costume (How many stuffed animals can I pack into my T-shirt? Do I have any fake mustaches? What about fake teeth?). My costume always ends up leaving people confused and/or uncomfortable, which is the general state in which I like to leave people. 

    Last year I dressed up as a crazy old man with a blond frizzy wig, and ran around telling everyone my name was “Old Jeff” in a raspy voice. “I’m OLD JEFF gimmie a kish!” No one had any idea who I was, so that was loads of fun! 

    This comic short story only took me about an hour to sketch a first draft, then 45 HOURS to complete. So that’s mostly what I’ve been doing for the past two weeks. Whew!
    I hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to stock up on candy before the trick o’ treaters come knocking!

    (this comic is a side scroller so hit the little arrow on the right to see the next panel)

    Happy Halloween!

    <3 Jess

    My sister-in-law Kristian and I from last year’s Halloween