Yeah, I know, almost totally pointless title up there huh? This needed to be done though, as I know not everyone who reads this thing is on Facebook and has liked the page I have for it. It’s that page that I use for little news bits, both about the blog and on other geeky gaming related things that interest me, and I used to make a wee announcement last week. This is a bit more detail, and a catch up for everyone.
Some of my more regular fans will have noticed that I have been far from usual active self recently. This is both on the blog, and with regard to a few other projects too. My column has had to go on hold, and the game I’m designing is very much on the back burner. I’ve been unable to devote the time I’d like to spend trawling the RPG blogosphere – is that still a word people even use? – and even having the time to get into conversations with people on G+.
The reason for all this is that I’ve been devoting almost all my spare time to a rather large project. You see, since graduating university I have been struggling on the same part time wage I had to supplement my income while I studied. This is a pitifully small amount of money, and it’s been a horrible couple of years. The only way I’ve been able to survive is because of the kindness of my darling girlfriend, ebaying some unwanted items, some rare overtime and the extra bit of money I managed to bring in with little writing gigs here and there. It was very much not enough though, so a few months back I made a big decision.
I was getting quite depressed about the lack of opportunities, and each rejection for a job I applied for dragged me further down. I needed to do something to take control of my life again. Since starting the blog, it was one of the few things that made me happy and that was mainly down to doing my own thing at my own pace for a change. So, after conferring with the missus I started putting plans in motion to go into business for myself.
I have spent almost every spare moment since then doing everything I could to make this happen, and it is now getting pretty damned close to becoming a reality. I have all but secured full funding for my idea, and am just waiting to hear back from a couple of people about some final touches. As long as nothing goes awry though, I should be opening my own comic book store early in the new year.
This will still be a whole bunch of work, but most of it will happen during working hours and I should end up getting some evenings back, once I get my head around book keeping and the like. Until then, I’m afraid that the way I use this blog will have to change. Instead of writing a weekly column on whatever role playing topic crosses my mind, I will be keeping up the Orbis player diary that I’ve been writing. This is simply down to the fun of doing some creative writing that doesn’t take as much out of me, but means I still get a creative output. Due to my strange schedule at present, I won’t be able to release it on any given day however, so either keep checking back or follow me on some social media thingy. Like Twitter.
Other than that, thanks for the support everyone, and if you live anywhere near me, I expect to see you in my store as soon as it’s open.