#1187 Dancin' Claws

September 27th, 2015, 7:08 am

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Neko isn't actually purring in that
first panel; that's Alice's bum!

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Reply NtKGar, September 27th, 2015, 8:18 am



Howdy folks, job search has had me stressed out lately and that's influencing my ability to make comics. I've had a couple of good interviews for admin positions in the last week so hopefully I'll hear back from one of those. When I worked for the bank I was actually perfectly happy in my work until they changed managers and the new one started giving out to me for doodling. At this point in time I was doing double or triple the task completion quota every single day (well above anyone else in the unit) with almost no errors, and I was cranking out Yellow Sticky as basically a by-product of working, all while maintaining a regular schedule for Neko the Kitty.

Here's the thing - I got less done and felt less happy at work when they sat me beside a supervisor to force me to stop doodling, and it turns out That's a studied and documented phenomenon. Doodling actuallyhelps memory and concentration, it's the exact opposite of a distraction. I've just provided seven sources to back that up, and if I hadn't been forced to stop I'd probably still be working there to the capacity of three people.

Here's the thing though - without work I have nothing to doodle off of. It's the other side of the pump. Work fuels doodling, doodling makes work interesting. With the whole mechanism functioning properly I can power through office admin work at a fantastic rate and churn out comics almost effortlessly. It's persuading a hiring manager of that that's the problem.

Anyway, for the regulars checking this, I AM still alive. I'm just going through the crisis of personal worth that comes with looking for a job (it's like teenage dating anxiety but with your ability to pay the rent at stake), and that's making the ol' depression flare up so its been hard to make comics. Had an interview last week which I'm pretty optimistic about, but the anxiety of waiting to hear back from an interview is so much worse than that of waiting to hear back from an application.

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Reply Melody (Guest), September 27th, 2015, 7:51 pm

all of the hugs I know how you feel :/ I started looking for a summer job in March, and having to face up to other people with my inadequate list of experiences, feeling like I was under a microscope, free to be judged. It hits hard, for sure. Thank you for the entertainment you still provide, despite the rough times. I can't speak for everyone, but I really do appreciate it. Oh, and I hope you get a job that will suit you, and get that productive/creative pump going again.

Reply CrayZeBouy, September 28th, 2015, 9:37 pm

Neko a sociopath? Nawww...then again...there was that one time...

Reply VictorB, October 6th, 2015, 10:11 pm

Sorry for not always replying. have been checking up on my phone, and, well, phones don't allow comments. Or reading your initial comments. How jack!

Anyways, I did want to touch base and say sorry to hear that you are out of work, wonder if you have employment insurance over there, wondering if you have dollar stores there, wonder if you still are with Paige, (like I said, First day back using a computer) and wonder if another bank will hire you?

Reply NtKGar, October 7th, 2015, 9:15 am

@VictorB: Don't worry about it, it's always nice hearing from the regulars, good to see you man.

Thanks for the good wishes. Ireland does indeed have a social welfare system for people who find themselves out of work, and there are a few chains of €1-€2 around the place, though they're not great for groceries.

Paige and I are still together. There's a lot of pressure on us, but we're strong.

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