November 13th, 2006

No Drama Zone

Now, Horace, I Warned You About THINKIN'!

Every once in a while I get this peculiar sensation that some part of my brain is chugging along at full power, thinking up a storm about something, but that it won't tell the rest of my brain (including my consciousness) just what it is.

This always bears watching out for, because there have been times in the past when it indicated that my brain was trying to deal with "issues" that my conscious mind just couldn't face at the time and it sent me off into depression. Most of the time, however, it's not really a problem.

Sometimes, in fact, it comes just before a giant spurt of creative activity. The novels I've written were preceded by a lot of subconscious composition, which then translated into a couple of weeks of frenzied writing.

And then occasionally, it's like a hard drive randomly churning like mad, slowing down the system, and then it mysteriously goes away and you find yourself asking your monitor, "What the heck was THAT about?" I think that scenario is the most frustrating, because I always find myself wondering if there isn't some ticking bomb in my subconscious that's going to jump out and yell "Boo!" when I'm trying to deal with something else.

So here's a list of what's on my mind right now, for my own reference, in no particular order. Any or all of these could be what my brain is stewing on, or it might be something else entirely. But at least putting 'em down will give them some structure:

  • SJ is coming up on a big crossroads, which requires a lot of attention to do it properly.

  • A member of the family is having serious health issues, and it's got Laurie stressed. But there's not much I can do to help.

  • MFF is this weekend, and I would like to have gone, but it just wasn't feasible this year. Too much other stuff going on, and I've been to at least one con too many this year.

  • We're looking with serious intent at buying a house, which we've never done before and don't know how it will impact our finances.

  • I'm having a little creative block on the next NN storyline.

  • Work is being all up in my face the past week.

  • I need to exercise.

  • Gaming is so sporadic as to be all but nonexistent at the moment.

  • Ditto art, not including the regular SJ strips.

  • Ditto writing.

  • Holiday season is approaching like a runaway train, and needs attending to.

...I think that's everything that makes the meter move. There's lots of other little things that I don't really care about ('my desk is a mess'), but they're not on the same scale. Hopefully putting them all down like this will help me tackle them in small chunks and start to make progress.

-The Gneech
  • Current Mood
    busy busy
Party Guy

Happy Birthday, wielder13!

And happy belated birthday to neverwench!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English!

Pertaining or relating to, or consisting of, satellites.
-T. Ellwood Zell's Popular Encyclopedia of Knowledge and Language, 1871

Night of the Falling Stars
The falling stars of the November showers generally radiate in all directions from a point in the constellation Leo, and those of August from a point in the constellation Perseus. It is held by astronomers that myriad of these [often pea-sized] bodies are collected in several rings around the sun, around which they circulate like the larger planets, and that when the earth passes through or near one of these rings, her attraction causes them either to revolve around her as permanent satellites, or to be arrested by her atmosphere and, converted into heat, and light, they became visible to us, and perhaps fall to the ground as meteoric stones, or aërolites.
-T. Ellwood Zell's Popular Encyclopedia of Knowledge and Language, 1871

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket -- AAAAAUUUUGHGGHH!!!

-The Gneech
  • Current Mood
    busy busy
Conan Civilization Sucks

Well Crap!

Care of ENWorld and Code Monkey Publishing...

Without preamble or holding anything back it's pretty simple:

Effective November 30th, we will no longer hold license with Wizards of the Coast to produce data sets of any kind for any program.

Wizards of the Coast has declined to extend our agreement, initially citing no reason. Then, after speaking with our contact at-length, we got this explanation: "Because of Future Product Considerations."

Whether this means 4th Edition is looming, they're doing things in house, or they've decided to give a license to someone else, we simply don't know.

What this means in simple terms is that as of December 1st there will be no Wizards of the Coast products available for sale from us. No data sets for e-Tools, PCGen or RPG Foundry. No Interactive Adventures or Atlases. No Fantasy Grounds Data Sets. Nothing. (And, yes, that does mean that all RPG Foundry data set pre-orders will be canceled and refunded.)

That does not mean that we're going out of business. We're not! This has no impact on our other publishers. We will still be producing data sets for them, and in fact we're working on adding a few other publishers to the list of those we do business with in order to bring even more data sets to you guys and gals.

This does, however, also mean no more e-Tools program sales. Which is not as big an issue as e-Tools was at the end of its life cycle, anyway. We had three new data sets for release this month, but that's not happening now as Wizards won't approve them at this stage. And we were basically done with e-Tools, anyhow. ;)

So for a couple months we'll be producing and selling data sets for PCGen, only, until RPG Foundry is out.

Dammit, WotC! >:E

-The Gneech
  • Current Mood
    annoyed annoyed
Kero asleep


Okay, maybe I shouldn't have had a shot of Bailey's after a hard day of work when I still have a night of drawing ahead of me.

*THUD* zzzzzzzzz...

On the other hand, I won't angst as much over every little line as I usually do. ;P

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    Aqua -- "Cuba Libre"
Alex Spaz

Local News: Flavor Explosion Rocks Neighborhood; Sends Cartoonist to Emergency Room

FAIRFAX, VA, 11/13/2006 -- Local cartoonist and celebrated weirdo John "The Gneech" Robey
was sent to the emergency room after there was an explosion of flavorTM from the
packet of Gummy Yummies he was eating. "I was totally unprepared for it," Gneech was
quoted as saying to hospital personnel. "I am used to getting a burst of fruit flavor from
Starblast Fruit Chews, but this was on a whole other scale!"

No other people were injured in the explosion, but several windows were broken and at least one
toy Dalek was knocked off a desk. Neighborhood dogs are reportedly still barking, but that
may be due to the fact that several car alarms have still not been turned off by idiot owners.

Reportedly, this is not the first time The Gneech has suffered from food-related
institutionalization. Records indicate that he spent three months incarcerated at the
Northern Virginia Institute for the Very, Very Nervous in 1983 after having gone
cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.