#814: “You’re not doing anything wrong, but stop it!”

If this blog were a child it would be a five-year-old today, and I would buy it Star Wars action figures and a bake it a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting in my mom’s old Mickey Mouse-shaped pans. Happy New Year/Blogaversary, Awkward People!  Here is a poem that I think is about forgiving yourself: … Continue reading #814: “You’re not doing anything wrong, but stop it!”

#775: “Mom, stop leaving your anxiety-mouse on my doormat.”

Dear Captain Awkward, My mom has always been something of a worrier. Anxiety runs in our family. But recently, there’s been this special, specific little anxiety bundle my mom’s been trying to hand me and my brother recently, like a cat leaving a mouse on a doorstep. I don’t know what to do with it! … Continue reading #775: “Mom, stop leaving your anxiety-mouse on my doormat.”

#747: Being the unwilling emotional caryatid in your house

Dear Captain Awkward, I am currently having issues with a roommate, who is also a friend of many years. We had lived together once before for a short period, and while I had noticed his intense reactions to stressful situations then, I was given the impression he had developed strategies to cope with his anxiety … Continue reading #747: Being the unwilling emotional caryatid in your house

#708: My friends promised me feedback on my novel, but then never came through. What now?

O Captain my Captain: How on earth does one ever take charge of the creative process when it requires the input of others? Please help. The specifics: I’ve written a novel. (Okay, actually I’ve written three. But I could imagine that someone might want to publish this one someday.) Various friends, colleagues, etc. have offered … Continue reading #708: My friends promised me feedback on my novel, but then never came through. What now?

#664, #665, #666, and #667: Four Questions From People Who Are Basically Fine

The Goat Lady, who sorts my inbox, kindly created a tag called “low intensity” for questions such as these. Dear Captain, I am in a fairly recent relationship with a wonderful man I’ve been infatuated with for years (…on and off – we weren’t Firthing!). When we first started dating, I was nervous about a … Continue reading #664, #665, #666, and #667: Four Questions From People Who Are Basically Fine