Yeah, I know, it’s that boring time of year where you read about how I am off at game conventions geeking out. Gary Con is this weekend, a homage to a guy, like it or not, that had a huge impact on my life, probably more than any other man aside from my father and grandfather. The funny thing is his product and ideas were more like a ‘fire and forget’ missile than a mentoring, caring relationship, but sometimes the smallest things can have a great, unforeseen impact.
I have been working on a bit of a Fantasy story these days, set in someone else’s universe. I am enjoying typing it, but I know it will not lead me to financial freedom, at least not directly; I do believe that all writing practice is good practice. The Umbrage Saga follows a set of game modules that I’ve had the pleasure of DMing people through over the years, it is sort of a gestalt of all the game sessions run of that adventure. I have never written anything of the sort before so it still has that ‘new car’ smell that is extra nice to me. Is it taking away from writing on Shiners 2 orTZC5? I don’t think so, I think if I were not writing it, I would not be writing anything right now. I have a ‘to do’ list about 8 miles long, yet I still eek out time to put some words down on this story right now. That’s a good thing, because it keeps me in the habit of writing, which is critically important.
This coming weekend though, it’s going to be a blast. For the most part I set aside my productive ways and just consume the content of other creators. I think this is a needed break from my go-go-go life and I’ll take it without any guilt. For a variety of reasons this will be a difficult Con for me, ask me why in a year, if you haven’t figured it out by then. So, with a layer of bittersweetness hanging over my head I will take the downtime I can get. Will there be drinking? I certainly hope so! However, probably not a lot. Will I be staying up too late and getting up too early? I certainly hope not! However, I probably will. Will I spend too much money on stuff I will not ‘need’? Definitely. I’d like to at least pretend to feel guilty about it, but I don’t have it in me.
I will be bringing my writing laptop and have plans to do absolutely nothing on it. Things happen though, and when the tequila runs out I may find myself behind the small screen typing away.