Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The Darkest House

 The Darkest House is pretty cool. And, TBH, pretty scary. 

The Darkest House is a tabletop roleplaying game (RPG) compatible with the game you're playing now. In fact, it's made for it. Quickly and easily convert your existing characters (it takes about five minutes) and use those stats while in The Darkest House. Once the PCs emerge, your players will return to their regular setting using their regular character sheets. The House System is a sort of RPG Rosetta Stone, allowing easy translation into and out of any game system—and even letting you bring characters from different games together.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/montecookgames/the-darkest-house

Friday, March 5, 2021

Allergy Season, Again!

 


Hey folks!

Allergy season begins, for me, at the beginning of March. Of course, it can't really be the beginning of March again, can it? I mean, it was just a few short months/years/decades ago when March rolled around in 2020…



Oh, right.


So, here we are, a year into the pandemic and it’s time for me to once again pull out the Zyrtec. Though I was a little too late in doing so, as last night I must have been rubbing my irritated eyes in my sleep or dozing state and managed to poke one. This morning, in addition to my eyes watering because of allergies, one of my eyes is watering because I poked it.


Yay, March!


Anyway, time to drop Chapter 19 for Ark of Broken Dreams to my Patrons on Patreon. In it, we rejoin Kit Dawes, FBMA agent who discovered the government building where she goes to work has a secret bunker. A secret bunker where a strange woman called Hathezar has apparently been living since the place was sealed away over sixty years ago.


[Photo by Nadiya Ploschenko on Unsplash]

Monday, February 22, 2021

The Darkest House

Whelp, this zillow(?) listing gives me a bad feeling.

https://thedarkesthouse.com

"Don’t let the outside fool you—step inside and this house will steal your heart! Surprisingly spacious, crafted with amazing attention to detail, and filled with discovery after discovery, this home welcomes you with timeless grace and charm. A history as intriguing as it is mysterious will draw you in, and you’ll find yourself amazed as room after room beckons you."



Wednesday, February 3, 2021

We Walk and We Like It

 Hey folks!

How's your week? Snowy for some of you, sounds like. For us here in the greater Seattle area, rainy. But that means nothing to our dog Tesla. The walk is the highlight of her day. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays her from giving me that guilt-inducing "It's time for my walk now!" look.
(Ok, she has a few other highlights. Breakfast. After-walk dental treat. Supper. Sitting on the couch with humans after dinner. Running like a crazy dog into the back yard when she's spied a squirrel....)
Anyway, this intro was all precursor to me dropping novel chapter seventeen for The Ark of Broken Dreams, but I lost the thread. So expect that next!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Greetings, Earthlings!

Greetings, Earthlings! 

The days are getting lighter earlier, and I have to say, I enjoy that. Getting up while it's still dark outside isn't my groove. Of course, we set up conditions in our room that are optimum for sleeping, not getting up. By which I mean we leave the window open to cool things down, so that it's nice and comfy under the covers.  We also keep the shades drawn to filter out any light so it's like a cave. Great for sleeping, but not so great when you have to get up and it's still cold and dark.



But if the sun is up, our shades can't stop it from leaking in and giving everything that sort of quiet dawn glow that, to me anyway, promises a good day. Maybe because I remember those sorts of mornings when I was little? Anyway, today was like that when I got up. Do you have any similar reactions to morning light, positive (or negative?)

Anyway, on to the next chapter drop, Chapter 16, which I'm preparing in my next patron-only post.

[Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash]

Friday, January 22, 2021

A New Week, A New Era (Hopefully)


Hey everybody!

[Cross-posted from my Patreon]: Like me, I imagine most of you are relieved to be where we are. We've got a brand new (old, heh) president in the White House whose associated officials no longer have to watch their back for sprouting knives when talking about serious issues (Fauci, I'm looking at you).
As I was just remarking in a private message (you know who you are), the "new" norms of open racism, reality denial, and ugly aggression aren't actually norms after all. The cover has been pulled back, revealing that it's ugly all the way down. Here's hoping that makes an impression on a lot of folks at the margin. (I know at least one on who it has, anecdotally.)
Take care, and be kind to your mind if you can. I'm certainly trying to in the face of all the various things that have come my way lately. Peace.
[Photo by Kien Do on Unsplash]

Friday, January 15, 2021

Grading yourself on your response to the Pandeminsurection

Greetings from 2021!

If you're reading this, I just want to let you know that I value you. Your support, yes, but also you as a person. Stay strong, my friend. Find those moments of peace. Try 5 minutes of meditation if it's not something you're already doing. Look at the window at some trees and do some slow breathing. We can't control events, but we can control how we respond to them to some extent.

If I were to grade myself on how well I'm responding, I'd give myself ... well, I suppose it varies by day. I'm going to say 7 out of 10, on average.

I hope you're doing at least as well.

In other news, I've dropped Chapter 15 of my novel here at my Patreon. Take a look!