Monday, October 17, 2016

Nicholas

Only one more month till Echo Effect returns! (November 18th, to be exact.) If you can’t wait to see what happens next, then come join me on Patreon! $5 patrons got to see a new strip all the way back in September. Two more are already in the works, as well.

To help make the hiatus more bearable, I’ve decided to share something important about Nicholas. I might never be able to address this in the actual webcomic, due to plot reasons, but it’s constantly affecting Nicholas all the same, so I thought it'd still be of interest to some of you. (It’ll help shed some light on his behavior, at the very least!)

Nicholas is mentally ill, and has been for all of Echo Effect. (It’s been exacerbated in volume two, however.) More specifically, he has borderline personality disorder. This makes it hard for him to regulate his emotions, to the point of being overwhelmed and easily triggered, especially when he feels rejected. He doesn’t know he suffers from BPD, though, since he’s never had the chance to be diagnosed with anything. Because he isn’t aware, I don’t expect readers to be, either, but I like to hope the signs are there for people to catch…

33 comments:

  1. Hey Heather! November is coming and I do love November, now I have one more reason!

    So he's mentally ill, huh. Hmmm does this mean that the could be imagining some strange things that keep happening in his life? I'm just saying.

    Thank you for sharing this info, this is a very interesting development. Cheers to more Echo Effect!

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    1. Nope, Nicholas hasn't been hallucinating, or anything like that. (I'm not a fan of tropes that hand-wave away all the magic in a story.) Instead, his mental illness makes it easier for his emotions, sense of self, and even relationships with others to become unstable. (A quick search of BPD online can explain these symptoms better than I can!)

      And thanks for stopping by! Hope the return of Echo Effect this November will be worth the wait...

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  2. That does make sense with Nicholas. I had wondered if he had some issues, but I thought maybe he had a hard life early on, and then that goddess being so evil to him!

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    1. He's had a hard life, too, I'd say. (His father killing himself when he was just a kid, for example.) Being mentally ill has made coping with all that much more difficult for him!

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  3. Easily triggered means you can all sorts of things setting him off.

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  5. Very interesting that your character has BPD.

    I hope you're doing well!

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    1. The past couple months haven't been that great for me, but I've been keeping busy with art, at the very least. Hope all's well with you!

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  6. Interesting to hear a bit about Nicholas's back story. Look forward to seeing your new artwork soon.

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    1. Even though Echo Effect won't return for another month, I'll have art for another project up on this blog soon, so there won't be too long of a wait for something new!

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  7. Good job on developing a complex personality, Heather!

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    1. Thank you! I always get way too obsessed with developing my characters, LOL.

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    2. It shows you have a strong creative streak:)

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  8. What Sandra said. It adds so much to a character when the author takes the time to thoroughly research and add depth even if the reader never directly knows all the details. Go you!

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    1. I get way too obsessed with developing my characters, I must admit! I'd probably scare people with all the details I know about them... XD

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  9. Hmm, that does put things in a different light. Very interesting. Looking forward to the return!

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    1. Thanks! Hopefully the comic strips I've been working on will make the long wait worth it...

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  10. That definitely builds up the character. Can't wait to see the return :>

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    1. Thanks! Echo Effect will be returning with a nine-panel comic strip, so hopefully that's a fun end to the hiatus for readers...

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  11. How interesting! Once I read this, it was easy to see the signs in Nicholas. Well done on building that into his character without actually revealing the diagnosis.
    Can't wait for the return of the strip!

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    1. Thank you! I figured his anxiety and depression would be noticeable, but was afraid how people would react when I brought up he has BPD. Glad you can see the signs!

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  12. The signs are definitely there. I saw them, but just assumed he was somewhat melodramatic. No issues there.

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  13. I was wondering if I'd miss any episodes, but I'm glad to hear I haven't. Hmm, now that you mention it, I can see that about Nicholas.

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    1. LOL, looks like the hiatus worked in your favor! :P

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  14. Good to know! I think the signs are definitely there. Nice job!

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    1. Thank you! I was really scared to post this publicly, so I'm glad you can see the signs...

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  15. Huh. I guess that kind of makes sense.

    That aside...I can't wait for more!

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    1. A little less than a month now till more is here! :)

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  16. I don't get paid till the end of November. I can't wait till it's back!

    I really didn't catch onto that. I mean, at first I thought maybe but I wasn't sure since there were just signs. I'm so glad to know about it though. Makes sense. And it's nice to see mental health get addressed too since it gets buried sometimes.

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    1. Yeah, this wasn't something I expected people to know simply by reading the webcomic. I do hope it makes sense in retrospect, however. And I agree, mental health definitely needs to be addressed more in all kinds of stories. Even though I might not ever be able to mention it outright in Echo Effect, I do hope to explore mental illness further in other projects...

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