I haven't posted to LJ in a while and remembered I'm way behind on these things.
For one, there is a lot of new stuff on stickycomics.com. Sorry I haven't been cross-posting it all over here. It's kinda hard to remember LJ all the time. Sad but true :/
I was just thinking a few thoughts about quitting smoking and wanted to write them down. I believe I quit more than five years ago now.
When I first quit smoking successfully (I had tried before and failed), I didn't quit all at once. This might sound like a bad idea, but I don't think cold turkey works for everyone. Instead, I made quitting smoking my steady goal, even though my self-control was sometimes weak. Being a non-smoker is still hard sometimes.
I also chewed nicotine gum while I quit. Yeah, it's not pleasant, but it makes you feel a little more human. At first, living without nicotine felt like walking on a gravel road barefoot when everyone else was wearing shoes. For years after I quit I chewed the gum occasionally when I was really stressed out, because I'd desperately want a cigarette.
And sometimes I just go ahead and have a cigarette, maybe every two months. For people who never smoke, that might sound weak, or even like I'm still a smoker. For someone who smoked a pack a day (that's 20 cigarettes daily, or 600 cigarettes a month), the difference is night and day.
I'm not at all tempted to be a smoker again, so I don't think smoking a couple cigarettes means I'm relapsing. It just means I slipped up, but I won't smoke tomorrow, or the next day, or the day after that, because I am no longer a smoker.
I've been healthier. When I have a cold, it doesn't last as long, and when I climb a flight of stairs -- or a mountain -- I am winded less easily. My sense of taste and smell is better and non-smokers don't think I smell (or taste) like an ashtray anymore. I can stay inside when the weather sucks, and when it doesn't I can still go out for no reason at all. I need air, food, water, and shelter. I don't need a cigarette. Life as a non-smoker rocks.
So I would give this advice to anyone who's quitting: Do your own thing. A lot of people tell you a lot of crazy things about quitting smoking. Seriously, all you really have to do is not smoke. Once you figure out a way you can be sane without cigarettes, the rest is doable.
That's all I wanted to say about smoking :)
Now that I've posted something on LJ, I will try to come back soon! Right now I'm a little busy with living, work, etc. I'm getting ready for the MoCCA cartoon art festival in NYC in a couple weeks. I'm excited! NYC, I <3'ed you before it was cool :)
And if you want comics please go check http://stickycomics.com! See you soon :)