TTRPG writeups: Madcap Redcap Recap #1
January ProgBlog #1: mediocre starts
I was intending on trying to get back into the swing of things in the first week of January (including my blogging schedule) with the intention of seeing what in the work schedule that I'd done up (and been vaguely reworking on the fly) needed changing up.
I didn't end up doing the progblog and the work schedule really does need changing up.
Though most of what I suffer from is the complete inability to keep to anything resembling time, and the fact that I have to be interruptable because JJ is the one with the full time job with defined hours. So what I had was just stuff that needed to get done on what day, and just doing what I could when I could.
And as you feel the notes build you will see
Happy New Year!
Listen to the song XD
I really should have finished this piece hours and hours ago, but I got distracted reading Chronicles of Darkness books and suggesting to the kids that we try a short run to test the system out and see if we like it enough to switch. And so I don't have a story for this one because it's 1am.
December ProgBlog #3: "Christmas holidays"
Yeh right like I ever take them.
I have seriously been moving like molasses and I really do need to actually change something, but because I'm me I'll probably just burnout again, have to recover for a few days again during which I'll relentlessly beat myself up over being an idiot again and that I really should have fixed it before it became this bad again, only to do exactly the same thing down the line again.
Neither of my main projects have advanced too much further since the last progblog. I've kind of started working on Gundry's hands
and Zara's tattoo is still going.
November Homeschool Miscellany
I don't know what happened to October either, aside from the roleplaying games continued (I have this vague idea that I will write about how roleplaying games are good for maths, drama and general language development one day). I think we may have also started more hardcore development of my dice system. 12yo has been making suggestions and helping test mechanics. October may have also been the month where I found out that 16yo was doing more algebra, because apparently he thinks he needs algebra for the TAFE course he's thinking of enrolling in. Not sure how much he's done as I think he's gotten himself a new Khan Academy account instead of resetting the password for his existing one so I'll have to try to remember to check that up when I'm compiling the report for the moderator meeting.
December ProgBlog #2: less ramp, more ramp, less prog
The last major gymnastics event for the year is over, which took a lot of pressure off.
I finished the photobooks, more pressure off.
Then stuff happened with made things ramp up again, and it got so bad that I deliberately didn't do some mental health stuff that would have helped the frame of mind I fell into because there is literally absolutely no point whatsoever, because I'm wrong and everyone else is right and that's all there is to it no matter what.
And after I got over the thing that put me into the depressive spiral in the first place (spoiler: not actually over it) I felt really annoyed about not having progressed any of my projects so I stayed up late once more ostensibly to try to get some prog for the blog (I really need to stop staying up late and waking up early, apparently lack of sleep is pretty bad).
TTRPG writeups: WoD Modern 2 - Vampires #1
When the kids expressed interest in playing Vampire, I told them that I hated the subsystem. Mechanically it's not any different from Changeling, it's the lore that I don't like (there's nothing wrong with it per se, just not my style), and while you can be combat heavy with it (which given the insane strength and speed vampires have can be quite entertaining and occasionally interesting to manage), it's generally geared towards more political intrigue which I am absolutely terrible at because I'm lucky if I have Wits 1.
December ProgBlog #1: ramp
Stuff is ramping up.
I've been mostly working on photobooks trying to get them done in time for printing and shipping back to the island in the vain hopes it might not get there too late. I've also been working on my dice system (it has undergone two major overhauls in about as many days) and roleplaying notes (gained a bit of extra time as the kids didn't feel like playing the weekend just gone, I brought the stuff over anyway just in case I actually needed it but got to just hang with my friend the entire time).
And I need to try harder to catch up with the homeschool miscellanies and ttrpg writeups. I don't seem to have taken any photos at all in October (not even normal ones) so there's just November and December to do. And I'm apparently getting a new moderator next year and am probably going to make a great first impression with the nonsense this year has been.
November ProgBlog #5: kinda rage
I should probably start going to bed earlier as I'm constantly tired and staying up late trying to cram more work in doesn't seem to be working. But I keep doing it because I feel bad about not getting a lot done. It's a vicious perpetual cycle.
September Homeschool Miscellany
September was States month and it felt unusually close to Regionals because it was (we had the slightly awkward situation of that we needed to put people forward for states before we had the results from regionals to make sure they'd actually qualified, and to add chaos to the confusion, because it had been another unprecedented year, people were allowed to apply for states if they hadn't done regionals (there were a number of people that missed out due to being sick or having to quarantine).
I forgot to mention, over badge test and regionals, 16yo learned how to make chips in a commercial deep fryer from one of the people he would accept chips from and helped out on regionals and states weekends. He makes a great bucket of chips. Below is one he handed me during a break. We hung out at the door I guard before he headed back to the canteen to get ready for the between-round rush.