April 4th, 2008

Health and Desolation

Came in to work this morning, but I still feel like crap.

My head aches, my throat's a bit raw, and I've got a touch of a cough and dripping sinuses. To be honest, it doesn't feel like a cold or anything so much as allergies, but the cough isn't consistent with allergies, and my blood glucose readings tell me I'm fighting off some sort of infection. Hopefully, I'll feel better over the weekend, and if not, will go in and see the doctor at some point, if necessary.

When I get home today, I will post up the March report of how things went at Casa Kahane. There was a lot going on last month, and this month promises to be just as interesting, if hopefully a little less hectic.

Looking forward to running Desolation, the fantasy post-apocalyptic rpg that will be out at Gen Con Indy this year. Having a great time with the system, and the fact that it's powered by the Ubiquity engine makes it all that much better. If I remember, will post a bit about the campaign of Desolation during the weekend.

The March That Was

So, the end of another month. March gives way to April, and hopefully the beginning of true Spring and all that good, green, leafy stuff.

So, let's sum up my March...

From the work and weather point of view, things started off really bad, at least weather-wise. A ton of snow dropped on Ottawa the first two weeks of March, bringing the city close to several major records for snowfall, and there were also periods of rain, freezing rain, and sleet. My getting to work was really hampered by this, and I fell on the ice several times one week. Work itself was no less stressful than it's ever been, but at least it keeps me busy. :)

Health-wise, March was an average month I would say. I had a dental appointment to clean my teeth that went better than I expected, and nothing else was really wrong with me. I didn't eat as healthily as I should have for someone with diabetes, but that's just me and a bit of lack of willpower for the month. :(

My reading was extremely poor in March, slowing down to a bare crawl for the most part. This was largely due to the amount of work that I needed to do on the roleplaying game front for demos and the like (see below), and I really regret that my reading time had to suffer. I only managed to read three books, Cugel's Saga by Vance, Perdido Street Station by Miéville, and Against the Fall of Night by Clarke, all re-reads. Had two rpg manuscripts to read - Desolation, a fantasy post-apocalyptic rpg that uses the Ubiquity system (which will debut at Gen Con Indy this year, and which I am currently running on the Friday night group (see below)), and Fantastic World, the Victorian Penny Dreadful rpg, also using the Ubiquity system, that is going to be published by Battlefield Press some time later this year hopefully. Between that, Locus, and my comics for February, that was pretty much all I could muster reading-wise. The good news is that my omnibus hardcover volumes of the John Carter of Mars books arrived middle of the month, so there will be some good things to read in my queue over the next little while. And I plan to revisit some H. Rider Haggard this month as well.

From a television point of view, the British ITV series Primeval returned to Canada's science fiction station for its second series, and while I am enjoying that to some extent, it doesn't have the spark and the shine that it had the first season. I'm also watching my guilty pleasures, Men in Trees and The L Word, and have rather enjoyed the new series New Amsterdam. Nothing much else on these days, but April brings the return of first-run tv so we'll see what's on.

March was notable for the deaths of several folks, including Gary Gygax, Dave Stevens, and Arthur C. Clarke. All three deaths affected me in various ways, and to be honest, depressed me at times, especially the death of Clarke. I re-read one of his books at the end of the month, sort of as a tribute to the man.

My love life is dead and buried for now, and that's pretty much the way I want to leave it at the moment. In some ways, the scars from Stef still cut deep at times.

On the roleplaying front, March was a very strange month.

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Anyway, that recap of March went on longer than I planned it to, but I covered all the points I can remember about the month that was.

Hope the new month will be a bit less hectic than the old! :)