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Did you know that making comics can make you feel better?

A drawn comic panel representing a girl looking at her art book saying “happiness?”
A drawn comic panel representing a girl looking at her art book saying “happiness?”

Comic journaling or daily comics are usually made for others to read. Even more so, they are usually made by “artists”. But what if I told you that you don’t need to be an artist to make funny comics that can help your mental health? What if you just take the stressor that is making you sad and anxious and make fun of it? Bad drawing skills are welcome and no one even has to see it!

Disclaimer: Keep in mind that I am not a mental health professional…


LANGUAGE

3 facts you didn’t know about linguistics. Told in comics.

As a linguist, I often get asked what linguists do. I also came across many misconceptions about linguistics. From “speaking a lot of languages” to “being very good at grammar”, I usually have to explain why none of these apply to me. So here it is! Below I debunk a few myths and I support these explanations with my Lego comics.

One thing to note though is that the word “linguist” is used in a somewhat different way in industry, or non-academic fields, where it can refer to almost anything…


Dear readers,

Thank you for signing up for Ana’s stories, my publication and the monthly newsletter where I share some of my best and most recent realizations about pretty much anything in life. Ana’s stories started out as a very personal comic journaling practice that I kept for myself for a few years, and now they have transformed into my writing on Medium. My pandemic hobby of making Lego comics has also found its home here. I am so glad I get to share these stories with you!

Here are my articles linked and organized by topics, in case you…


5 simple tips on how to develop your unique artistic voice in writing

While reading the book “Find Your Artistic Voice” by Lisa Congdon, I realized what makes certain writers stand out. They have a distinct voice! In the same way, your unique way of looking at the world and your experiences can become your artistic voice that sets you apart from other writers.

What is an artistic voice?

Lisa Congdon writes:

Your artistic voice is your own point of view as an artist. It includes your particular style […], your skill, your subject matter, your medium, and the consistency with which you use all of these things. It reflects your unique perspective, life experience, identity, and values…


Living across the globe I learned what I like, what I dislike, and what I don’t have to fear anymore. Told through funny comics.

In the age of digital nomads, we are often bombarded on social media by these amazing traveling lifestyles of people constantly hopping from one country to another. This article is not about that.

I will tell you what I learned from my experiences of really living in a new country for extended periods of time, from a few months to many years: Not as a tourist or a foreigner who happened to stumble upon these places…


LIFE LESSONS

What I went through while working my dream job in academia.

Do you have a dream job you would anything for? Note the last five words: “you would do anything for”. This is the real danger of landing our dream jobs. We would do literally anything for them and we don’t realize before it’s too late that some things might not be working for us the way they should.

This is my story of taking up my dream job, discovering its dark side, and trying to get back to its good side. I describe this process as 3 stages I went through, plus the 3.5 stage I find myself in right…


An ultimate guide to busting myths and inaccuracies when it comes to contraception! Let’s look at some facts a nearly-30-year-old learned through her own personal experience.

When in my last check-up I got shouted at by a gynecologist for not taking the hormonal contraceptive pill (at my 29 years of age!), I realized something is terribly wrong with how we talk about contraception, coming from both inexperienced friends, but also educators and doctors, unfortunately.

It’s time I share my piece of advice based on 10+ years of sexually active life without getting pregnant and tell you all about 7 facts…


LIFE LESSONS

Plus psychological advice on practicing mindfulness and slowing down.

Looking up at the blue sky with tree branches coated in rime ice.
Looking up at the blue sky with tree branches coated in rime ice.

I am finally noticing the slow passing of the seasons, leaves falling down in the fall, lakes freezing in the winter, and flowers blooming in the spring. What did it take for me to start seeing the changing nature around me? It took one ugly lockdown.

Over a year ago, I remember discussing with my friend how you barely notice the change of the seasons when you live in the city. You only feel it’s winter when temperatures suddenly drop. Except this change was never sudden.

Of course, the seasons always change gradually. It’s just that I had never stopped…


Dvije inspirirajuće osobne priče koje mogu promijeniti kako vidimo žensku snagu.

(Prijevod mojeg teksta “The Quiet Strength of “Ordinary” Women”)

Tko su “obične” žene?

Danas je dan žena i kao i svake godine očekujem mnogo članaka i posveta ženama koje su bile izuzetno uspješne usprkos svim preprekama. Uvijek rado pročitam te priče o ženama koje su bile zaboravljene, i sad su napokon ponovno uključene u našu zajedničku povijest.

Ali kad god čitam o tim izvanrednim ženama, za koje bi se moglo reći da su čisti geniji, osjećam se vrlo malena. Moja refleksna reakcija je: “Ajme, ova žena je genij. …

Ana K.

A linguist, PhD and a thinker writing about social issues, mental health, languages, and pop culture, anakrajinovic.com.

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