Thanks for staying with me and supporting through the cartoon-y growing pains. Connie on Ko-fi
[5-panel borderless comic of a girl with a bun, sitting at a desk with blank pages of paper in front of her. "Do I have anything worthwhile to say?" In panel 2, the caption reads, "I need my courage," as she holds up a magnifying glass. In panel 3, the search continues: "Where could it be?" In panel 4, she is prone: "Will I ever find it?" Elephant appears in the last panel pointing in the direction of the arrow that says, "Follow the EMOTION." Speech bubble reads, "I think you go that way --"]
Emotions change from one moment, day, week, month to the next. It's what they do. Follow the drive, the need for self-expression. That isn't an emotion, it's a vital pulse that can't be stifled without killing a part of the artist.
"Throughout the universe resounds the cry of the artist: Let me give the best of myself to my creation!" (Isak Dinesen aka Karen Blixen, from Babette's Feast, my free translation).
Loved Isak Dinisen's book "Out of Africa". The rest of her writings were a struggle for me: I am not a good match to the rest of her stories.
Connie: you have plenty of courage--go back and look at your body of work and see how you stand up for Asian Americans, change careers to go into cartooning, climb mountains, learn how to swim....and dare to live in New York City.
Plenty of courage, courage to live.
Anna and I stand with you as well as others.
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