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furiosity asked me this question a while ago and I keep flaking on answering it.

Are you in your current career for good or is it a stepping stone to something else for you?

It was funny, because I think in some ways this question highlights the difference in the way F and I approach life, and kind of in a Slytherin/Gryffindor dynamic. Sorry, non-Harry-Potter-nerds on my list. Just trust that it makes sense.

Because it wouldn't even occur to me to think about that!

I haven't read or seen Yes Man, but the way I approach life is very similar to that premise. I generally do whatever seems like the most exciting and fulfulling thing to do right now is.

Right now, I love comics and I love being around them all day. I enjoy my job, my coworkers, and what I do. Will I do it forever? Probably not, but only because I might find something else I love more! Or life might take me somewhere else.

I don't believe in fate or destiny and I do believe in human agency. So life taking me somewhere else isn't one of those "well, I'm meant to do THIS now!" But I do believe that there are always a million options open to people to do all kinds of things. So I will do this until either I get bored, I find something else I like better, this naturally morphs into something else, or there is no longer a need for me here. I don't do five-year plans, unless you're talking about places I want to visit and liquors I want to taste.

The benefits of this job (and every job I have ever had) are that I get to immerse myself in a subject that I want to learn more about all day long.

This is not to say that I don't have any ambitions. It's just that my ambitions are not structured in grand overarching plans. They are more project-oriented-- one of them will be completed in a couple weeks, another one is being completed as we speak. I work a lot better as a piecemeal kind of person and I don't have the patience for long plans. I think the old AA One-Day-At-A-Time way of looking at life is something I subscribe to everything I do. Today, I will draw a comic. Today, I will mix a new cocktail. Today, I will write a page of a novel. And I end up finishing things because all those little todays build up into years, but I don't often look down the road much more than a month or two.

I hope that answers your question! Would anyone like a question? Please comment here!


Can I have a question? I read all of your stuff and look forward to it, but have been writing not at all myself....

Sure you can! In studying psychology, what do you feel is the most dangerous misconception the general public has about your field of study?

I feel like I'd have to go with failure to understand mental illness - how serious it is. Because "dangerous" could be exactly the right word for it.

Phrases stick with me from the books I've read. A woman who spent thousands of dollars while manic and tried to kill herself while in a mixed state (mania + depression), told by a relative she shouldn't "lithiumize" away her feelings. Coming home after a hospitalization for anorexia, a girl looked in the mirror and, trying to convince herself, said, "Maybe I'm not that fat"; her mother responded, "Well, I wouldn't go that far."

A girl going through depression told me once, "I'm sick, and I'm desperate to be taken as seriously and with the same patience and kindness as a sick person would."

Okay! Let's say you were put on a think tank to create a more ubiquitous youth service program in the US. What are some of the things you would like to see come out of that program/ how do you envision it working?

Very illuminating-- I'm glad you wrote up that answer. It's good to have different examples of career-mindsets around.

You make tough questions! But I am up for a challenge. :| :D

Okay! I like doing the questions for people with interesting interests! Pick one current problem in American politics/current events, and tell us which American political figure whose peak time in the political arena was at least 100 years ago you would choose to solve it, and why. (Ex: why Andrew Jackson should solve global warming)

Ohhh interesting! I will think on it tomorrow and try to choose wisely.

I'll have a question, please! :) (Btw, awesome answer.)

Thank you!

Okay, ultimate fantasy pair-up: Pick a modern story (past 25 years or so, but you can flex if you want to), be it a movie, play, book, tv show, current event, whatever, and a famous dead opera composer you would like to resurrect to turn it into an opera. And then tell us about it!

*raises hand* I would like a question please

Okay!

If you could meet one of the fictional characters you cosplay, in the flesh, while dressed as them, who would it be and what would you imagine would happen?

Pick meeeeee!


And really, I can't imagine you doing almost anything else as a career.