Back in business…

The sun won’t set, ’til the pain and the final breath…

Alright ladies and gentlemen, I’m back. Let’s start with a quick update about what’s been going on, and what’s going to be happening for the future of this blog.

What’s been happening?

First up, apologies for the longer than expected delay. Turns out that my ISP are less than efficient when it comes to actually doing their goddamn jobs, and it took far longer than it should have to get my net hooked up. By the time they told me it was hooked up, I was due to go house sit for six weeks on the other side of town, and when I got home I discovered that my connection actually hadn’t been hooked up. Add another week to get a tech out to have a look, who turned out to be one of the most bigoted, racist bastards I’ve ever met… I had to deal with a twenty minute rant about “sand monkeys”, and yes, he really did use that term. But, I now have internet access again. I’m also still unpacking here (it’s a much slower process than I expected), which has sapped much of my time for doing anything hobby related.

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Hiatus

Hi everyone,

Sorry this took so long to get posted. Things have been hellishly busy for me, and I haven’t had reliable internet service outside of work for the last month. Truth be told, I still don’t, and won’t for another couple of weeks possibly. But I’m taking the time to just throw a quick post up from the office on my lunch break, as I felt those of you who are still reading the blog deserved an explanation for my absence.

Long story short, while looking for a new housemate I quickly realised that I wasn’t going to be able to find one at the rent the real estate were asking, and I couldn’t afford the place on my own. Thus started the fastest bloody house hunt in known history. Within a fortnight I’d managed to find a place to live (actually back in my old apartment) and agree on a favourable arrangement with the owners. The packing began… and that’s where I ran into trouble. I’ve accumulated so much crap it’s not funny. So I had to pay movers to shift my furniture, and conscript friends as often as I could to get the rest of my stuff over there. But going from a 3 bedroom townhouse to a 1 bedroom unit means a massive downgrade in space, and unpacking has been a very slow process as I gradually sort through boxes and dispose of what I can. It’ll be another week or so until I have the place really liveable, and in the mean time I’ve also had to try and get the old place up to scratch so I can get my bond back.

This also didn’t turn out very well for me in terms of timing. I had a trip to Sydney already paid for midway through the packing process (I got to meet Jimmy Carr!), and the added expense of moving has thrown a huge spanner in the works for me given that I’m meant to be at Soundwave this weekend, and at a friend’s out-of-town wedding two weekends  from now. But, we’ll get there. Just means I have to live a little uncomfortably for a while until I get myself back on my feet and have my rego paid for.

So, when will I be ready to start posting again? Not until mid-March at the earliest, more likely early April. I’m hoping that Jimbles will be able to write some posts up in the mean time, but certainly I won’t be posting anything. I’ll try to find another guest writer or two to help out (and hey, if you want to write something, let me know… I’d be ever so grateful).

I have access to check my email while I’m at work, and can check it now and again in the evenings and on the weekend, so if you want to contact me for any reason, flick me a message through the Questions and Queries page, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

I can’t wait to get back to posting regularly, and I apologise again for the delay. When I come back, I think I’m going to drop the movie reviews I was doing for the film festival, and just jump straight back into gaming. I’ll do a few reviews of the movies here and there, but just for the ones that I really enjoyed and want to recommend. I think it’s important that I get the blog back to the main topic of gaming for a while though.

Until next time, keep those dice rolling.

I have good news, and I have bad news…

Okay. Lets get the bad news out of the way first.

I’m really sorry guys. I know I said I’d have the next lot of reviews up over a week ago now, but there are a number of factors just killing me at the moment. Work is getting busy again (I’ve got a pretty much day long meeting tomorrow, which leaves me wiped) and I’ve had some unpleasant stuff happening outside of work as well… today was a prime example, since first thing this morning I got to simultaneously face my fear of needles and my general fear of even minor medical procedures, and spent the rest of the day feeling like crap once the anaesthetic wore off, which left me not really wanting to write much. I’ll try to get some more done on it tomorrow if I’m doing okay after the meeting, and I’ve expanded the goal to get four movies reviewed in this update so I can get a bigger chunk out of the way. I’m pretty disappointed in myself for letting it slip this far yet again, but unfortunately that’s the way things turned out. Not much else I can say beyond that.

Now for the good news. There’s a couple of things to mention here.

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Canberra International Film Festival 2013

The complaint I hear time and time again from my friends and colleagues about living in Canberra is that there’s nothing to do. This never ceases to amuse me, because when I ask them if they’re going to various events the answer is always “I didn’t know it was on.” I’ve realised that the problem is that they never bother to look to see what’s happening, so they just assume nothing is going on. So I’ve started deliberately looking for upcoming events and passing the information onto my friends and co-workers, and I thought why not expand the audience a bit. We may not get all the huge concerts and so on that Sydney and the other cities get, but we do have a lot worth checking out.

The biggest upcoming event at the moment is the 17th Canberra International Film Festival.

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Soboj ostat’sja dol’she…

Note: Sorry for the cryptic title of the post. It’s explained further down in the post. I just felt that it sums up my current state of mind and thought patterns pretty well.

Well. My writer’s block continues. Sometimes I wonder if one of these days it’ll start and just never stop again. When I think about the fact that I didn’t write anything for nearly six years, it doesn’t seem that unlikely to me. In the mean time, I try to keep pushing myself to write to try and avoid that outcome. Nothing I’ve written in the last week or so is really worth publishing though. So instead it’s time for a bit more rambling from me.

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Sigh

Writer’s block is something I am heartily sick of.

I’ve been nearly done with the Hollowpoint write-up for almost two weeks now. I’ve missed the funding windows on most of the Kickstarter campaigns I wanted to talk about. I haven’t managed a single new word on the Reign of Winter journal. Every time I try to write something, I get a few words in, at most a paragraph, and then compulsively delete it because it doesn’t feel right to me. I try to think of new things to write about to just get me working again, and my brain gives me snippets of the work of Tennyson, Yeats and Coleridge (for those of you who didn’t go to high school with me, the last is a form of cruel torture. I hate Coleridge’s work, with the exception of Kubla Khan and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner), and fragmented dialogue from Titus Andronicus.

Sadly, that’s all I have to say right now.

Sorry.

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Written while listening to my heart pounding and my mind screaming. Also some Chevelle, but mostly the mental screaming thing.