Here's a link to a recent article about me. I thought it was especially well written.


As regular readers know, I lost my voice for several years thanks to a vocal condition called spasmodic dysphonia. I regained my ability to speak thanks to the one surgeon in the world who pioneered a fix for this problem.

I sound terrible on the video because I was drawing and talking at the same time, so you hear me mumbling and searching for the right words. I don't multitask well. So unfortunately that's my "normal" voice. The spasmodic dysphonia problem is 100% gone. When I'm not distracted, my voice is better now than it ever was, largely because I did so much vocal training before discovering the surgery. I actually came out ahead on this deal.

If you have read anything about my use of affirmations, you might be interested to know that the only affirmation I've employed for the past several years has been "I Scott will speak perfectly." This was a worthy test of affirmations since most voice experts said spasmodic dysphonia was incurable. I'd guess that 99% of the people with the same condition believe it can't be fixed, and that belief will make it true for them. I chose to believe the opposite. So while I still don't speak "perfectly," I'm already better than my old "normal" voice.

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May 8, 2009
Do the UK and Canada offer this surgery for free? I'll bet it's not even an option there.
May 7, 2009
Damn, you sound pretty good. Although Mort would say you're still talking from the lower throat. I can hear the lack of nasal resonance. Anyway, I may just have to see if my health insurance will cover the surgery.
May 6, 2009
Off topic i know, but i loved todays strip

As your having your house built, which cheese do you think would be best for your insulation.

Congrats with your voice btw!! quite literaly glad to hear its better
May 6, 2009
We have an incessant braggert in our company who is constantly bragging about his two daughters. He seeks people out to brag about how great his daughters are, how great their grades are, how great they play softball, soccer, volleyball etc. He is absolutely compulsive and drives us crazy. We all try to evade him every time he approaches. It would be great to see some comic strips about an guy who obsessively brags about his kids.
May 6, 2009
Thanks for the update on your voice. It's been quite a saga. Terrific you're doing so well.
May 6, 2009
Scott, as for affirmations yours needs a little restructuring...

I Scott will speak perfectly - Your mistake is using the word "will". According to you affirmation you will always be trying to accomplish a perfect voice but never attain it.

"I Scott speak perfectly" would be a better affirmation even if it isn't true.

What people need to understand is affirmation aren't magical wishes. They are a way to progam your sub-consious to help you take action and make right choices. You can wish all you want, if you don't take action you get nothing and go nowhere.

As for the affirmation haters... Isn't it time for you to get to your job and be a good little wage slave?

If you don't program your own mind the world will program it for you...
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May 6, 2009
"This was a worthy test of affirmations"

It was no test at all for reasons nobody should have to point out.
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May 6, 2009
Hi Scott, was very interesting to see you draw - can you tell us one day what product you're using?
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May 6, 2009
Hi Scott,
I'm really glad to know you have over come spasmodic dysphonia.
I think even my dad has a similar problem.
Any advise ??
p.s. looking forward to grab dilbert 2.0 at the earliest.
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May 5, 2009
Jesus H. Christ, Scott. You need to have your ears checked. You sound more normal than at least half of the people I talk to, and you actually sound quite like one of my business friends I look forward to talking with! Whoever is telling you that you don't sound perfect... get that person out of your life. They are totally !$%*!$%* with you!
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May 5, 2009
Scott said:
"I'd guess that 99% of the people with the same condition believe it can't be fixed, and that belief will make it true for them. I chose to believe the opposite."

That's absolutely the difference between successful people and UNsuccessful people, no matter what you're referring to. And affirmations certainly do help to set up the subconscious and the brain to act appropriately toward that success. Not to mention...they seem to facilitate certain synchronicities and other coincidences that occur on the path toward your success. Like the way you self-diagnosed your condition or your finding the only surgeon on Earth who could cure you.

Scott chose to believe the he'd be cured, used that affirmation toward his goal and it worked. Can't argue with that!
May 5, 2009
Why not turn affirmations loose on free will? "I, Scott, will gain free will." But how would you know that you have it, if you can just believe that you do like everyone else? "I, Scott, will gain free will and prove that it exists." But affirmations don't work for things that are superstition.

I'm sure you can figure out something along those lines that's affirmationable. Maybe closer to "I Scott will convince the majority of my fans that free will is superstition." It'll have to be something you could confirm, of course. I just want to see affirmations used for philosotainment as a science experiment.

Also, that article mentions how your work ethic forms the basis for much of your life, which is something you've talked about in the past. Now that you've succeeded, why not give it a rest, and not just a vacation? Explore your own psychosis. "The hunger doesn't go away. It just transforms into hunger for something else. ... And it's not a good thing, by the way." Well, you have plenty of resources now to take it on and find out what you're all about. It's the next frontier. With all your ponderings about how human beings work, surely you must be interested in exploring the one you inhabit.
May 5, 2009
Congratulations on twenty years of the Dilbert Cartoon Strip. We all wish you many, many more.

In the linked article the interviewer thought building a home an exhilarating process for you --- one that appeals to both his "arty and geek" sides ---. It is great when things are going smooth. Other times it can be a pain. But it is all part of the adventure. The concept of building a dream home is exciting. It must be even more challenging with the knowledge that someday, not rushing it, it may be a museum showplace that delineates the Dilbert legacy. Hope you planned for a lot of parking.
May 5, 2009
Unrelated to your post, I just wanted to congratulate you on getting a blatant poop joke past the censors today. Well done!
May 5, 2009
I am impressed that you sill hand draw it all, would be pretty easy to paste Dogbert from a pallet of canned Dogberts. Very cool to watch.

May 5, 2009
Oh oh. Your voice and delivery seemed perfectly normal to me.

However, I'm sure that many of us were a little disappointed that you didn't give a 'shout out' to your faithful. ;-)


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May 5, 2009
Dear Scott,
I am the developer who built your virtual world, and boy are you buggy! Affirmations?!? Where did that come from? I'm going to be scouring log files for a month.
May 5, 2009
A 'worthier' test of affirmations would be to announce the affirmation first, then wait to see a result, rather than waiting until after the result is achieved and then credit 'affirmations'.
May 5, 2009
Very interesting. Honestly, if I didn't know any better I'd assume that the interview was done when you were tired, and not after recovering from a debilitating vocal condition -- or that you were just really focused on the comic.

The bit where you weren't you sounded fine. I am quite amazed with your signficant improvement.
May 5, 2009
I read about your use of affirmations years and years ago. As I remember, it was not just affirmation, but visualizations.

Back then, your affirmation/visualization was, "I, Scott, will be the most popular cartoonist in the world." Then suddenly Bill Waterson ("Calvin and Hobbs") and Gary Larson ("Far Side") retired, Gary Trudeau ("Doonesbury") takes a 2 year sabatical, and sure enough, you do become the most popular cartoonist.

Man, you're good.
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