I’ve always envied you Emily. You have maintained a focus on yourself and your goals your entire life. You’ve been falling down holes for years. And luckily its usually the same hole!
My hobbies shift with the times. I get really into various things for like a year or two and then I move to something else. Well recently I sold off the majority of my Magic cards. I also traded in a huge portion of my Batman comics because I just couldn’t keep up. Last year I was in an in between phase when I decided to run a Rogue Trader RPG campaign.
Its probably my only solid hobby right now. I am reading for entertainment less, I’m not getting through my video game backlog, and I have essentially stopped watching shows. I fancy myself an ‘immersive GM,’ so I spend my time writing what I hope are interesting settings, quests, and enemies.
I bring all of this up not to brag but to emphasize how much time I spend on this. I’m always thinking about it, planning for it, and writing down ideas and quest lines. Most evenings after work I probably sit down and write at least a little bit. I agonize over it, but I really love it. It’s fun and satisfying!
But Emily, I back-flip down holes. I throw myself into whatever my current hobby is hard.
So I decided I’m going to run a Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition campaign for my work. Some of my coworkers will get to be players in their very first campaign. I’m going to have to write a campaign that’s not only exciting, but introduces these people to the campaign setting. On top of all of that, the quest line needs to slowly teach them how to play the game.
One campaign was sucking up a huge portion of my time. Now I’ve agreed to two! I’m going the distance.
Did I mention I’ve never officially run a Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition campaign before? So I need to learn how to GM it like a boss.
But fuck it, ya know? I’m enjoying writing. So much so that I am considering writing an official book. So to keep my writing muscle flexing and getting swole, you and I are starting a brand new blog in which we will write a story back and forth, 500-ish words at a time! Starting next Friday?!
BUT FUCK IT, YA KNOW? I’m going to start my own writing project on my own goddamn blog. I have been playing with the idea of writing a motherfucking prequel story to the Killian Rage from my goddamn Rogue Trader campaign. It would be my first semi-serious online novella series. Just to see how it goes, fuck it.
You may occasionally trip and fall into a hole Emily. And its refreshing to see someone so dedicated to their self and their hobbies. But I’ve never been known to trip. My hobbies go too fast and hard for me to nurture them appropriately over the course of years. So if I’m going to full enjoy a hobby, the only way I know how is to overload the machine and shove the whole damn thing into a hole.
And then I’m falling; surrounded by the elements of my work. Running two campaigns, and potentially three blogs at one time? Sometimes you see the the ground rushing up to meet you and all you can do is point and scream: