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Winter, Spring and Leprechauns March 18, 2019

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Crazy weather week had me running around coatless one day and freezing the next. Sorry for the late post.

Spring Break at work went quietly and well. I got to have a meeting about my big project and get some plans in place. We will have an awareness campaign over the next few months and hopefully be able to provide better resources in a more accessible way to all our students.

In health news, my weight is mostly maintaining a slight downward trajectory. I have started seeing a therapist to work on anxiety and self care to keep my journey going in a healthy direction. I have also started writing a new short story and my drawing is improving, too.

Nervous Goblin: Nott the Brave from Critical Role

Nervous Goblin: Nott the Brave from Critical Role

I finished listening to Every Heart a Door by Seanan McGuire and now am on to Friday Black, written by Nana Qwame Adjei-Brenyah, the older brother of a good friend. I am also very excited for a new comic coming out this week: A Darkened Wish, written by B. Dave Walters and drawn by Tess Fowler. And also, the Critical Role Kickstarter just surpassed another stretch goal, now reaching over 10 times the original requested amount!

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Pirates at DeCon January 16, 2019

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The semester has started and the students and winter have returned in full force. Icy mornings, and full computer banks fill my days.

This coming weekend is also DeCon, in a new hotel. And we will be full of Pirates. We have a pirate family coming, and our very own pirate artist as Guest of Honor, along with our usual shenanigans.

On a creative note, I have restarted my gaming blog, and added my NaNo project, planning to put a lot of my new writing online. This time as a separate account at WordPress: Ravonlocke.

Watching: I am up to Episode 75 of Critical Role, campaign one. Listening: I finished Mask of Shadows and started Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Reading: I have moved on to Locke and Key v. 2, and read DIE Issue 1, a D&D + Jumanji mashup. Looking forward to A Darkened Wish. I did read the first volume of Saga over the holidays, and bought a bunch of comics on sale. And finally figured out that Chronicles of Atlantis is an Aquaman comic. (This is how little I knew before The Wednesday Club.) There is just So Much.

Holidays Are Done January 4, 2019

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I had a great holiday week off from work, and it was super busy and fun.

I visited my brother, sister-in-law and family. Five kids is a lot, but we played a few games together, and had a nice time. The kids’re all playing Fortnite these days, when not on YouTube or running around.

I finally got to visit my parents’ house as well. (Pictures in previous post.) We mostly relaxed and watched TV while Dad colored. Mom made tasty food and treats for me. Bailey is a silly dog, but she’s a good girl.

I also got to visit with Erika, Alyssa, and Kate ( and Kate’s Mom). That was nice, just to hang out and chat like we used to. Only now it’s about kids and family.

Over the weekend prior to the New Year, I spent around 50 hours playing D&D with a small group, and we had a blast. We started and ended in a homebrew world, and powered through Curse of Strahd in the middle. The DM went above and beyond, including organizing an in-character candlelit dinner with Strahd.

Formally set table with rose centerpiece and candelabrum.

Pre-Dinner Shot

I am organizing my writing into one place again. I also started listening to a new book after finishing City of Brass. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller, a young genderfluid thief strives to become one of the Queen’s assassins.

December Thoughts December 8, 2018

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Well, it’s definitely winter down here in Ohio. Temperatures have plummeted, and frost and snow keep covering the cars and ground. Nothing serious, yet, but just enough to remind us of the season.

At work, I’ve finished the Guided Interviews of my Usability Study, and next week I try to tempt random volunteers for a card sort exercise. It’ll be finals week, so I don’t know if I’ll get any, but it’s worth a try. Then we have a month-long break between semesters, including an entire week+ off between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. That will be awesome, first time ever, for me. Have already started planning family visits and gaming marathons.

Along the gaming lines, I’ve had a spectacular few weeks, having successfully completed our Marathon and finished off two campaigns. All by defeating super-powerful entities that people/cultists/dragons were trying to bring in/rise up/free to take over the world. Huzzah!

On the reading front, I’m still making my way through City of Brass, but I have quite a few thing waiting in the wings, thanks to reading Publisher’s Weekly at work. I’m still trying to make my way through Campaign 1 of Critical Role, and have made it through Episode 47 so far.

On the writing front, I’ve started writing holiday letters to people, typing up my marathon notes as though being told by the character I played, and an ever-growing backstory for my next marathon character. I’ll have another character backstory to write on Tuesday, as well. I’m still journaling, and pondering the next few scenes for my NaNo piece, too.

Thanksgiving Reflections November 29, 2018

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I missed posting last week (sorry Mom) because I spent the Day with friends, and then the weekend creating a story in the Rifts multiverse with more friends. My character ended up being without language, which I didn’t expect, but I worked on a soundboard so she could still communicate. I am often too shy/embarrassed to put on a voice for a character, but I had been planning on it for this one. Turned out her voice was mostly birdsong, which was interesting and entertaining (I hope) for everyone.

NaNoWriMo is about to end, and while I didn’t “finish” or “win,” I did learn about myself this past month, and I have some ideas to move forward with. This includes scheduling writing time, but not beating myself up for missing it. Journaling more. And a card writing project for Advent. I’m also looking at venues for posting more of my writing online.

In other news, Dissolution papers have been filed, and accepted (only took two tries). My job is stable and steady, and I’ve managed 8 of 15 usability tests/interviews. Thanksgiving with friends three nights last week was wonderful. And I am so grateful for my friends and family who support my crazy life.

In reading news… I finished Death’s Mistress by Terry Goodkind. I’m now listening to City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. I’ve also been reading comics on Comixology thanks to The Wednesday Club on Geek and Sundry Twitch/Project Alpha. Classic Deadpool V. 1, Runaways V. 1, and Love is Love. Planning to try Saga and Fables next.

Election Day November 6, 2018

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Please, go Vote!

I’m planning on an early lunch to vote today. I did all my research yesterday, plus a few discussions with friends on the big Ohio issue. It helps to talk it out, even if you all don’t agree.

In life, I’ve started my NaNoWriMo, and am at around 6700 words so far. The characters are coming together, literally and figuratively. Soon, I must bring in the impetus to form a cohesive group for at least some of them. Despite fantasy tropes, all of them have living parents at the start of the story. Disappointed parents, in some cases, but living. Looking forward to seeing what happens.

At work, still slogging through the chore of finding student volunteers. The two I’ve had come in have provided very good feedback, however, so that’s a plus. The conference last week was interesting, very good keynote speakers.

I am listening to Death’s Mistress, another Terry Goodkind novel in the car, as I am taking a break from my Vox Machina obsession, so as to get my own writing done. I have a Rifts character to put together for Thanksgiving, who will be interesting. I’ve picked up a new book to help out, as I’m not terribly good at Rifts:

Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide by James D'Amato

Creativity October 15, 2018

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Work was pretty slow this past week. Getting ready for the usability study, but that’s a lot of hurry up and wait. More to do this week.

In creativity news, I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo next month and have started to work on characters. I’ve also started a handwritten daily journal. My mind has been so cluttered, I need to get back to writing. I even worked on characters at the RenFest this weekend. It was Barbarian Invasion weekend, and the horses showed up in force.

In audio, I’m up to episode 14 of Vox Machina. I spent a good deal of time this weekend on old movies: Angels with Dirty Faces, Chinatown, Brazil… And as if the last wasn’t odd enough, finished off with a newer oddity, The Fountain.

Internships – Week 1 September 3, 2015

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Started both my internships this week. Really enjoying them. At Otterbein, I am working on the Digital Commons user survey, a Digital Commons Event Form, collection weeding, and website proofreading. At Columbus Metropolitan Library, I created, and began populating a digital collection of Columbus City Annual Reports, starting in 1858.

For more information on both of these internships, I am keeping blogs that will be updated each Friday. The can be found at my Website: CatesCreativeDesign.com on the Blogs page, or directly at the following links: Otterbein Courtright Memorial Library and Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Having a lot of fun in on Legacy of Heroes 2nd Edition campaign with my tiny paladin, hope to get some of his adventures blogged this weekend, too. It is such a good group of well defined, and fantastically RPed characters.

A quiet weekend ahead, I’m sure there will be much WoW, as the newest big patch dropped this week. But I have spent so much time sitting at a desk this week, that I really want to get outdoors and walk around. Maybe OhioRen‘s opening weekend. 🙂

Restful Weekend November 1, 2012

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A restful weekend that kept on going, for me. Had the days following the parties off so I could sleep (which I the proceeded to do through most of Sunday as well). Then, my job gave me off through Halloween as well. The holiday final set is today and tomorrow, though, so the rest was appreciated. Halloween is now over, we are running headlong for the Christmas season.

I really am thinking I need to take my laptop back to Microcenter. The touchpad issues are just annoying. It clicks in wherever the cursor is, even if I’m nowhere near touching it. On the otherhand, I might just uninstall it and buy an external mouse. Not sure which would be the better option. Maybe all it needs is a reinstall? I have some work I need to get done first, though.

And just because I am that insane, I’m pondering NaNoWriMo again. National Novel Writing Month, for those unfamiliar, is the insanity of a large group of people who decided that November would be a good month to write a novel in. The goal is 50K words in 30 days. I’ve never been successful at it, though I did come close one year when I did it after Christmas instead of before. I just feel like I haven’t done a lot of Creative writing lately, and I miss it. I’m not sure, we’ll see, full length novels have never really been my forte.

Legacy of Heroes Released September 29, 2011

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The Legacy of Heroes: A Fantasy Role-Playing Game Player’s Guide

By Vincent Venturella

Paperback, 312 pages

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The Legacy of Heroes: A Fantasy Role-Playing Game Player's Guide
The Legacy of Heroes is a Fantasy Role Playing Game with a singular focus: imagination. The Legacy of Heroes Player’s Guide offers everything you need to bring the myriad characters from movies, literature, mythology and anything else you can imagine to life on the page before you. This book contains 11 races, 11 classes, 40 heroic arcs and all the spells, styles, equipment, magic items and more you need for your own brave heroes to move from character to legend. The Legacy of Heroes exciting Heroic Talent and Heroic Moment systems empower the players to create truly memorable role-playing experiences like never before. This book facilitates that collaboration by giving you, the player, the tools you need for the stories you imagine in an efficient, simple, and familiar system based on the OGL license. The only question is, are you ready for your own legacy?
Visit www.thelegacyofheroes.com for support, downloads and more!
Fed up with WotC’s ever changing attempts at 4e, this is the book my gaming group and others they game with have been working on this year. The Game Master’s Guide is in the works as well and will be available soon.