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Is A Breakup Funny?

Lizzie and Drew are better as friends. I don’t think they’re good for each other anymore.

There. I said it. Since nobody else was going to say it, I said it.

Or maybe they just need a break. Some time apart.

Or maybe a getaway. Maybe they need to get away to the beach.

So now I have to do something about it and I don’t know what to do. I’m thinking about having them continue to live together because they really do love each other. Then they could just date other people until something else sparks and causes a situation. Is that an awful thing to suggest?

I’m scared to break them up, but I’m scared to keep them together.

The problem is this writer had Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment. And TMS changed everything. TMS has been a game changer, as they say. TMS changed this writer’s life. Because TMS changed her brain. And now she is, quite literally, confused.

See, the brain takes a bit of a beating during TMS. It’s a good beating, but it’s a beating. And then there’s a lot of activity. And it’s great activity, but it’s busy as all get out.

And it makes you say things like “busy as all get out.”

It’s all a bit overwhelming. So there’s a process of managing the activity that results from TMS.

Because it affects how the brain responds to lots of things. Like every day. Like cartoons and comic strips and art and writing.

And it is bad news for this writer. Because all of those changes happening at once are very confusing.

Or who knows. Maybe having everything change at once could be good news.

Maybe this is a new start, depending on how I can manage to frame or reframe or triple frame or can’t pick a frame.

It could be a new start for the characters.

But is that too confusing to readers? Do readers like fresh action? New environments? More characters? Or do they want the comfort of soothing lines with the everyday sameness?

Who knows.

This writer is just overwhelmed and confused.

Lizzie doesn’t need therapy anymore. She needs to talk about what is going on. But Lizzie hasn’t ever talked about what was going on. Because Lizzie isn’t me.

Maybe all Lizzie needs is a new house.  Or to redecorate. Or a makeover.

I need a Cartoon Therapist.

Is there a Cartoon Therapist out there?

What should I do with Lizzie? She really loves Drew. I mean I love Drew. I really truly love Drew. But Lizzie can’t stay with Drew. She needs to live a new life. And Drew needs to marry me.

So this is a call for either a Writing Therapist or a Cartoon Therapist.

And omigod. Please don’t respond if you’re just a hater. I already know you hate me. I heard.

I don’t need any haters telling me to die. My brain already does that just fine. Don’t worry. I already know I can’t draw and that I take up space somebody else wants. My brain agrees with you a lot of the time.  And even I agree during those times when the CBT can’t effectively distract me away from the OCD, so please don’t add to the mountain of negative acronyms that already vie for brain space.

Okay. I need to get back to the work that pays for my health insurance.

Basically the question is, what should we do to or for Lizzie and Drew.

Break ’em up? Make them go on dates?

That could be interesting. Maybe it would be fun. Or maybe it would be a disaster.

How do you spell help? In the good way. This is the FUN kind of help.

If all you need is help writing the storyline for a cartoon, then your life is going in the right direction.

Happy 4th Wednesday in May.

Do Something Different.

#TMS #science #grateful #newlife #goingintherightdirection

d (and bella)


And her job. That’s the other thing. Lizzie needs to leave that job. And take Ann with her.

They need to start their own business. Just sayin …


Author’s Note: Posts are most likely (almost definitely) not written the day and time you are reading them. I’m sorry if they are a little scary. So is my head sometimes. You learn to deal with your thoughts when you have dark thoughts like that. The Author is probably walking Bella or working and eating snacks and having a great day even if this post sounds a little desperate. Apologies if the writing scares you. It’s just the writing of someone with a crazy head. But the Author is okay even though her head is a scary place sometimes. Thank you for caring. 🤎

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. I confess I was one who didn’t understand your work at first. I was intrigued by the style of art but it just didn’t connect for me. But I would never be so gauche as to complain about something I was getting for free! Then on Jan. 13 this year, I saw the panel where Drew says, “That’s exactly how it would work if it worked that way.” That is so spot on for my work (computer programmer). It made me laugh out loud and I became a fan. That panel has become a tech support meme for me.

    In a sitcom, Lizzie and Drew would agree to break up, but both would want to stay in the apartment, leading to much hilarity as they attempt to bring dates home, continue to make inside jokes in front of confused suitors, etc.

    1. I see that scenario too, John. And thank you for telling me about the strip that got you interested. That’s really interesting. : )

  2. How about updating “Three is Company” with “Four is Company”? Add two significant others and you have two couples trying to get along in the same house.

    1. I realized pretty quickly that Lizzie and Drew need to stay together and nobody else can be involved. I can barely imagine those scenarios much less write them. : )

      So Lizzie and Drew are going to focus on some other things. Maybe they’ll look into some of the things you and your wife do for getting more in touch with feelings. Those books you read. But they probably won’t. : )

    1. HA HA HA HA HA

      I actually laughed out loud when I read that.
      I’ve spent my life ruining working relationships.
      That’s my superpower. 🤎

  3. I just realized that joke only works in stand up or in small groups or one-on-one. But I definitely should not have made that joke here, especially not in Washington, DC. So strike that joke from the record for the DC crowd.

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