So when I made my decision to not buy any new comics, I was obviously left with a little void in my life.
Over Christmas, Jennifer and I talked a little over what I could do to fill that in. Over a day's time, the time isn't that much; we though maybe half an hour's time. So I thought to keep it in a similar vein, I should try to do something creative for that block of time.
Delineating that block of has been the next difficult step. I've tried to write here more, but that hasn't been happening as much as I'd like.
A decided boost has been the fact that I've taken the reins of the fantasy role-playing game for the near future. we're presently in one of my countries, and eventually we'll be on a sailing ship where despite everyone's fears, we'll be traveling to yet another of my countries. Then assuming the world doesn't end (no really, if the heroes fail the world will end for "Evil Shall Be Unleashed." Oops.), we'll take a quick jaunt to the island of the Sea Elves, and after finally after a short hop to the mainland John will take over again.
So since the first weekend of January, little slices of my day have been taken up with everything that goes on in-between the adventures. Exploring the city they are in. Making plans. Buying things. And just playing some of the little motivational sides of the characters that come out so much better in writing than in person.
Some, but not all.
So I'm fielding and returning emails from up to four people. I could be filling in information for a conversation with the NPCs where all of the player characters are present. Or perhaps they have... split the party (that's an inside joke for a small group, and not very helpful to people like Mom. Mom and family: go here and here.). When they split up, that means, I've got multiple areas of a city, or keep, or an event to describe.
Additional outlets have been map making. I've tried several times to use computer programs, but I'm never as happy with them as I am with my own pen and paper creations. I like to use my geology knowledge to shape the coastlines (and yes it's true, fjords are not really equatorial enough.), and lately I'm been mapping cities. What's been fun is to give each city it's own personality.
Try to imagine the organicness of some cities versus those that maybe were "planned". Perhaps there are sweeping roads, or perhaps the city grew up around a keep. Or maybe the city just has that fractal feeling where each block gets cut just a little smaller with an inverted shape of the larger streets.