Hi GTers. Since the past month has been a nightmare of catastrophic proportions, I thought I’d check in and vent a little myself. How are you? Excited to see some new authors too.

I’ve been largely absent (but lurking) from around here, PRIMARILY because I now spend most of my time making art and don’t have my computer nearby and my phone doesn’t do Kinja. When I do get on the computer I usually go to news sites first, then Splinter, then GT last but I’m usually out of commenting gas at that point. But rest assured I am still wasting plenty of my workday!

I have been so upset - the thing with the kids in the jails hit me in a place I didn’t even know existed. Then the slew of horrid court decisions and Kennedy retiring. The last week, for me, was worse emotionally than the week following the election. I think it’s because all the fears we all had at that time are now coming to pass. I have a lot of projects going on right now and generally work everyday, but I am incapable of doing creative work when I’m too upset, so I had to take a solid 3 days off and largely on internet black out to get myself back together. I took Thursday-Saturday off for “meltdown” as I called it (I did make it to the protest but left early because meltdown).

Obviously I am still here living my life exactly the same as I have been for a long time - white, straight, non-immigrant, and OK financially - so my June wasn’t near as bad as it was for a lot of people. And frankly because of that I need to get it together. After my days of meltdown, I felt more energized and have taken the following actions toward some desperate efforts to stop this train to hell and I hope you, too, can give yourself permission for a freakout and come back energized:

  • Gotten educated about all the lower level candidates running for state legislative offices in my state and places where I know people (like TX where much of my family is and SC where I grew up) and started posting about them. I have reached out to some local ones about volunteering.
  • Volunteered for my neighboring House district campaign.
  • Reached out to set up some art donations to benefit a couple campaigns.
  • Calmly and collectedly engaged with two relatives on Facebook and my stepdad on the phone about considering not voting Republican this year, and had productive and positive conversations (WHATTTTT)

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But really, how are you?