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Roleplaying, Gaming, and Other Forms of Insanity

I was originally going to do my twice weekly posts on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but my dear husband pointed out that those were not good days for blogging. Those are my two busiest days of the week. Why? See title.

Wednesdays are D&D days. I attend one of the local D&D Encounters groups on Wednesday evening. We generally try to get to the game store early so as to avoid driving during rush hour. Asheville (North Carolina) may be a relatively small city, but rush hour traffic still sucks. It’s not so bad going into town, which is, thankfully, the way we go to the game store on the far side of town. At least it’s not driving I-26 or I-40 out of town, both of which get rather congested – and slow to a crawl – during rush hour. For those reasons, I’m away from home for most of every Wednesday.

Saturdays are Pokemon days. My husband and I run the local Pokemon League, and have for right around eleven years. When we started the League, we had our own store and ran it there. After we had to close (due to health issues, mostly), we ran it where ever we could: one of the county libraries, a rec center, and finally, another game store owned by a friend. Unfortunately, his store was too small for our growing League, though we made do for quite a while. Once that store closed, it was back to libraries and other such places. Until we found the game store where we currently hold League. We’ve been there since 2009 or so. (Anyone who remembers more accurately, feel free to correct me in the comments.) Just last year (or maybe the year before), Pokemon started adding something called “League Challenges” to the end of each League season. So while League is held for four hours every Saturday, we have a League Challenge every six weeks or so. On those days, we try to get there shortly after the store opens and stay until close to closing time – generally between seven and eight hours.

Both Wednesday and Saturday are spent at Hillside Games. The owners are supportive of Pokemon League (it brings them sales after all). And one of them even participates in D&D Encounters, though he just started with the current season.

I had more to add to this, but as I should be asleep already (it’s a bit after 2 am on a Wednesday), I’ll leave it here for now. Next week, hopefully, will have part two. (Also, I’ll add relevant links to this post before then. Probably on Thursday sometime.)

This Week…

My apologies for not posting a single blog this week.

This week has been a small, special slice of hell. I won’t go into specifics, but just about anything that could go wrong, did. During the first part of the week.

Friday and today have been better, so things are starting to look up.

I’ll be back to my regular blogging schedule next week.

Long Time, No Blog

Wow, has it been a while! The past few months – okay, nearly six months – have been… interesting. I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life, not the least of which is my having become an aunt again. My newest niece was born just before Christmas. She’s had some health issues, but seems to be improving as of late. (Fingers crossed this continues!) That’s my biggest and best news. As for the rest, well, read on…

I am clinically depressed, have been for many years. And once or twice a year – at least for the past few years – it likes to jump up and bite me on the bum. That happened a bit less than a week after my last post. I’m just now pulling myself back out of that pit fully. It’s a long, hard climb. I’ve had more than a few false starts since last fall. Some days, I’ve felt almost normal. Others… It’s been a chore to even wake up. But! I’m putting all that behind me now. I am determined not to let depression win. I will come out on top. I will!

 

And now, on to some news…

  • I have been published! My short story, “Soul Call”, is in the anthology, Romancing the Story, which released on December 23rd. Currently, it is only available for kindle. I don’t yet know if there are plans to release it in other formats. I will let you all know when I know.
  • As a part of my effort to defeat depression, I am doing more writing. I want to start writing one short story a week. (Okay, more than one. One that I plan to post here.) I’m going to attempt to use the Flash Fiction Challenges that Chuck Wendig (warning: strong language – and lots of it) posts on his blog every Friday. I won’t use these every week, but I will do at least two a month. This week’s challenge is to write a story using 100 words or less. Wish me luck.
  • I am going to start a regular blogging schedule. I will post every week on Tuesday and Friday. My plan is to post a story every Friday. The Tuesday posts will be varied, and may be random gibberish. Hopefully not, but there is that chance. If I have nothing to talk about that week, well, random gibberish it is!