VACANT Bits #7 – And Then Michelle Farts

Vacant Bits

After a VACANT news update, Michelle and Heather Nunnelly answer a question from one of the listeners about getting inspiration from things that you hate.

Then they dive into a discussion about self-esteem. They give advice on how to deal with low self-esteem and they share their own troubles battling self-doubt.

They give a shoutout to Megan Brennan, the artist of School of World. Also, they announce Ross Campbell as the special guest for next week’s podcast!

Oh… and after the end theme? Then Michelle farts.

6 Responses to “VACANT Bits #7 – And Then Michelle Farts”

  1. 1 Heather Nunnelly

    Because I didn’t make this until I gave Nick all the stuff, here is a comparison of Vacant from when I had horrible depression to manageable depression:

  2. 2 nick marino

    Interesting comparison!! It never occurred to me how much of an effect depression could have on an artist’s style, line work, etc.

  3. 3 nick marino

    I know I’m a little behind on VACANT Bits… but I finally finished this episode!! I really enjoyed it.

    I’m going through a pretty big self-doubt period right now so I can relate to a lot of what you’re talking about here. My way of dealing with self-doubt is a combination of powering through the doubt but also struggling with increased procrastination. I’m a HUGE procrastinator and it’s hard for me to work on something when I feel unmotivated, and self-doubt is a huge de-motivator for me. Still, I try to ignore the doubt as much as I possibly can while telling myself there’s a good reason why I’m making the art that I’m making!

    I also have a lot of people in my life who struggle with clinical depression and other related mental illnesses, so I can relate to that part of the conversation too. I think the thing that’s most frustrating for me about the treatment of depression is that there’s a clear process to medically treating a broken bone and it’s proven to work 95% of the time, but the current medical treatments for mental illness are so inexact. And the process of personalizing the treatment can be a really tough battle, especially when the doctors suck. When you break a bone or something like that, even if your doctor sucks there’s a fairly standard set of actions to take and the bone often heals just fine.

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  5. 4 Heather Nunnelly


    Yeah dealing with doctors is the most frustrating part. I had to change doctors a few times before I found ones that worked for me. The medication, like I spoke about in the podcast, are also a hassle. Because sometimes they give you side effects. And lousy side effects at that.

  6. 5 ross

    i finally listened to this today, really great episode, i love listening to you two, you’re so smart.

  7. 6 Heather Nunnelly

    Thanks, Ross!!

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