Sunday, October 28, 2012

Still breathing! A bit of fun on a Sunday morning, too!

Castle Tilketl gets the business from the Yan Koryani,
 a portion of from
"To Serve The Petal Throne", Volume III

This post is a bit of a makeshift, as I'm still recovering from the brain surgery after The Incident. I have an appointment tomorrow with the nice surgeon who operated on me, with the idea of evaluating my progress. I have also gotten the Workbench cleared off, and will be back to painting this coming week. Hurrah!!!

And, it should be noted, my faithful MacMini here on my desktop had it's own version of a stroke; the hard drive crashed about two weeks ago, and The Missus has finally managed to repair the damage and get me back on-line. Because she's good, she saved all the Tekumel files as well as all of the Aethervox materials that had been stored on the drive. And had it all backed up, too.

The only downsides in all of this good news are:

I get tired very, very easily. I am spending about ninety minutes in 'down time' for every sixty minutes in 'up time', and so my odd schedule has gotten even odder. Please try to reach me via e-mail, before you try my phone; I may very well not answer, given my lack of stamina. I am having some issues with things like being able to drive a car for more then an hour, so I am going to be pretty limited in what I can do for some time. I am also not able to lift more then about fifteen pounds, but that will change over time.

Posts here on the blog are going to be short, and possibly infrequent. As I say, I get tired very quickly, and typing on the computer really seems to run me out pretty quickly. Sorry!

The Mac Mini has lost most of the e-mail addresses I use to contact people. If you have e-mailed me in the past, and want me to e-mail you, please send me a short note with your e-mail address to help The Missus rebuild the files. Thanks!

Projects Status:

"To Serve The Petal Throne", my little attempt at telling the story of Chirine Ba Kal, is now up over 50,099 words in length. It seems that every time I sit down to tell another portion of the story, I come up with another 2,000 to 3,000 words. This has forced a huge reorganization of the book; what was originally going to be one volume has now been divided into five, which division happens to work out very well as Chirine's career falls into five pretty defined phases. If you are interested in having a look at the thing, let me know.

"Advance Standards!". the revision of my miniatures rules for Tekumel, "Qadardalikoi", is on hold for the moment while I continue to recover from The Incident. On the other hand, we did a bit of playtesting of some aspects of the new edition over the Labor Day holiday, before The Incident, and that went very well. I'll have more on this when I have the chance.

That's it for this morning; I worked a football game last night, and am pretty tired; I need the overtime I get from the games to help pay for the mounting bills from The Incident, sorry to have to say.

We'll survive; we're just going to be very, very tired for a long time...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

More Good News!!!

Ignore the graphic; go to to buy the book!

Some very good news from this morning's medical appointment; I have been cleared to drive a car once again, provided that there is another driver onboard to get the vehicle back home if I get too tired to drive. Otherwise, I am told I'm in fine shape, and doing very well. I got the outer layer (of three layers) of stitches out this morning, so my neck is a lot less sore and a lot less stiff.

The other good news from this morning is that my copy of "Playing at the World" showed up on the doorstep, and I have begun reading through it. It's hysterically funny - for me, anyway! - having lived through those times. If you have any interest at all in the early days of the RPG hobby, then this very well researched and very carefully annotated book will be a real treat. From my own perspective, I can tell where the author didn't have access to some of the documents that I've had access to, back in Ye Olden Dayes, so if there's a second edition you'll want to pick that up as well. There's a link to the author's blog to the left, and I encourage you to visit!

In short, it has been a very good day, and very enjoyable!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Elegy (part 2)

Thiolleb and her Nlyss; aren't they cute?

It's now been just over two weeks since The Incident, and I am happy to be able to report that I  don't seem to have any lasting damage to my brain. My memory cores are all intact, and have passed all the tests we can come up with regarding retention and accuracy. So, it look like the hard drives have all survived. Vision is almost back to 100%, allowing that I'm normally blind anyway, with a 20/400 level that's corrected by my soda-pop bottle lenses to 20/20. Motion and motor functions are also back to normal, with the usual proviso that I am both ambidextrous and dyslexic; I really have no 'left' and 'right', in the sense that normal people understand the usage, which threw the neurologists for a bit of a loop. (It may also not have helped that I have ten identical fingerprints, either; all of my pads have only two points of difference between them. Yes, I'm a walking, talking freak show.) I still have trouble typing, but then I always have had trouble typing; no new issues, here. I'm still reading at about 2,000 words per minute, with 95% comprehension and retention, so that's still at normal levels.

So, a lot of good news; I am able to steam about the house under my own power, I am cleared to eat anything I want to, and the doctors seem to be happy with the way the patient is recovering. So's the extended family; they had quite the scare, and we'd prefer not to do this again, thank you!

Given that proviso, there's a number of things that I am not going to be able to do for the foreseeable future:

No traveling. I'm good for about half an hour in the car, and that's it. I've had problems with motion sickness since I was a wee child, and it's now much worse.

No 'public appearences'. Sorry, but I can't afford to get my blood pressure up, and I just don't have the energy anymore. Stamina is way, way down, and I have to husband what strength I still have for the needs of daily life.

Limited Phone calls. I hate cell phones, I really do. I cannot take calls during my sleep periods or my work shifts; they take too much energy out of me, and really affect my ability to get on with a normal life. Please: e-mail, or come by on a game day; always e-mail first, as I may not be able to see unexpected guests.

Limited Internet access. See the previous comments on my blood pressure. Sorry.

I think this may be it for now. We had a truly great game session on Saturday, with Rob Leduc having people rolling up original EPT PCs. I had a wonderful time; took me right back to 1975, it did!

More later, when I get some more energy; thank you all, once again... - chirine