An Update on ReelRat’s Mental Health

Good morning/afternoon/evening! You guys/gals/undecideds see that IT Chapter 2 trailer? Whoa nellie! So, as you may or may not be aware, I haven’t posted in a few weeks. This is the first hiatus I’ve taken since spearheading Spook du Jour, and it hasn’t come without a considerable amount of guilt. I realize you may not care, or perhaps you didn’t even notice, but I NEED to make this post for the sake of posterity.

Many artists/writers/etc. experience “burnout” of some sort. I won’t refer to my absence as burnout, because it’s not quite so simple. My absence has had nothing to do with the work or subject matter. Rather, I required a mental vacation due to the onset of extreme anxiety.

Pictured from left to right: Anxiety, Me

I had experienced the occasional panic attack in the past. Those started about 4 years ago or so. This new anxiety is wholly different, and I will be seeing an MD about it soonly. It has affected every aspect of my life, impacting not just my passion for Spook du Jour, but even my job, which in turn stacks additional anxiety onto me like a shitty serving of flapjacks. This is not an excuse, just an explanation.

May was set to be Mihm-May-Verse. “Mihm-a-whatty?” You ask. Let me explain. For May I was going to cover the films of Christopher R. Mihm, (which all exist in the same universe dubbed “The Mihmiverse”) and even interview the man himself. Well, I dropped the ball on that one because right after Mr. Mihm agreed to this, I was jumped by the shadowy anxiety monster. There is still time for an abbreviated Mihm-May-Verse, thanks to Brennan pulling his perfectly balanced weight. His review of WERESQUITO: NAZI HUNTER will kick you in the blood! Ipromise there’s more Mihm yet to come this month! It will just be more of a fortnight celebration instead of the intended double fortnight feature-rama.

Fortnight, not Fortnite

Luckily for avid readers, Brennan has been consistently killing it, never slowing down with the quality posts on the most obscure material with the most obtuse opinions a being could muster. The man is my spiritual equivalent, and loves this place as much as I do, even shaving “Spook du Jour” into his pubic region, so that everyone he shows his precious glory to will be privvy to the secret of his verility—which is why I have made him my trusty co-host. but I digress with the man-love.

I have given this site 99% of my energy since February of 2018. I have reviewed 126 movies, made 150 posts, interviewed 24 guests, and reached thousands of readers. Spook du Jour isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I just need another week or so to get adjusted. I’ll color, I’ll hug stuffed animals, do whatever I need to recover. Thanks to everyone for reading, and any support you ever send my way. It’s greatly appreciated.

Now back to your regularly scheduled buffoonery, and mayhaps I will kick this thing.

Stay slime, and be rad at ALL times.


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