April 9 through April 15
And everything else since my last update
Notes from Lohengrin Part 3: A recap of our Pathfinder game, session 3, written in character from the perspective of Lohengrin Sherrinford Mildred Corriander Van Asche VII. These have been fun to write.
I’ve decided to move forward with The Suck Less Society. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned the idea here before; you know, because of the memory issues; so I’ll mentioned it now… or, again.
A while ago I was depressed and wanted to do something interesting and potentially bigger than myself. I came up with the Idea for the Suck Less Society, because “Life Sucks, Lets Make It Suck Less.” I had the idea, and then did nothing with it. I think I created a Facebook group, but I kept it private and to myself. I had some ideas and plans, but it ended there.
Recently I’ve gained a lot of interest in book binding and creating layouts and spreads for character booklets, journals, calendars, and whatnot. So, I decided to resurrect my Suck Less Society idea and created the Suck Less Journal! Right now, it’s just a basic calendar and a book list to track what I’ve read and what I intend to read… But, I have a few ideas to expand upon it to add Hobby and Life goals and make it into something of a self-improvement journal; or, at least, a self-awareness journal.
I’ve hit 17 books this year. I’m really beginning to think that my 25 books was a very low goal.
I started, and completed, a series called The Stonehaven League, by Carrie Summers. It is of a new genre that has become popular lately, called LitRPG. Basically, it’s what happens when the Dungeon Master decides they want to DM AND play all the characters. From what I can tell of the few LitRPG books I have read, they generally feature characters either playing, or trapped inside, a game of whatever theme fits the genre. Sometimes it’s a fantasy game world, sometimes it’s an apocalyptic city game. They often give the character’s numeric attributes, levels, and skills and abilities based on a character class.
It’s literally a Roleplaying session in Literary form.
The Stonehaven League focuses on a young woman named Devon, who is kind of a big deal in the gaming world. She is hired to test the A.I. of a new Virtual Reality game world and spends much of her time in this game building a city instead of exploring, dungeon diving, or leveling. Things get tough when one of the A.I.s controlling the world goes awol and starts trapping the minds of players inside the game. It comes down to Devon and a few trustworthy friends to find a way to battle the A.I. from inside the game and save everyone.
After I finished Stonehaven, I tried a few other books but I couldn’t get into them. I started A Cat and his Human, but couldn’t get into it. My mind was still in Stonehaven. I’m sure if I give it another shot later on I’ll have the mental capacity for it. I also started, and couldn’t get into, another book that must have been so un-get-into-able that I don’t remember the title, the author, or much of anything about it. I got myself several chapters into it, then quit to catch up on Podcasts again.
Right now, I’m on book two of Space Team… which is probably exactly what it sounds like. Space Team, by Barry J Hutchison, is about an Earthling abducted by an Alien president, tossed into a team with a Cyborg, an Anthropomorphic dog, a blue lady, and a ball of slime, and told to go take care of an issue involving Blackmail, a Zombie virus of sorts, and the Space President. It’s main character is a fast talking con-man who who has a wise-crack for every moment.
Book two of the series begins right where the first one left off as the team now has to deal with the aftermath of their involvement in the President’s problems, and with the Dog person’s family responsibilities.
It’s funny, and entertaining. Worth reading if you enjoy Sci-Fi and need something to read.