Whoa. Running real late. Shall we unfurl the usual parchment of excuses? It's been a busy week at work. I've been writing fiction again. I've been writing long emails to old friends. I've been participating in a two-man Romance of the Three Kingdoms book club with Jon B. Also I've been . . . well, we'll get to that in a moment.
I intend to follow up on that last post about free will, especially after reading some of y'all's thoughts on the matter. But that will wait until next week.
The ladyfriend is in Indonesia for some reason, so I don't think she's reading the blog. Good. Because I have something to confess, and I am not proud of it.
So. I found out about this job at the Quaker conference center through my friend Jason, a buddy of mine from college. He was also an early and enthusiastic fan of How to Make a Sprite Comic in Eight Easy Bits (which celebrated its tenth birthday last month).
Jason is off the wagon. He's playing Magic: the Gathering again. He talked me into playing a few games with him in the EDH/Commander format. Since then I've built a deck and now I'm off the wagon. AFTER FOURTEEN FUCKING YEARS I'M PLAYING MAGIC AGAIN. I'm not bankrupting myself buying cards just yet (between a pack of cigarettes and a Magic booster, the cards just don't stand a chance), but it might be only a matter of time. (For the record, my general is Spirit of the Night, whom I've wanted to incorporate in a deck since Mirage first came out.)
So Jason and I were tweaking our decks one night, and I remembered the old 8EB-themed Magic cards I made with an old version of Magic Set Editor. This must have been back in 2005; I stopped playing Magic after the Weatherlight set, and at that point hadn't thought much about the game in a while. When I recently went back and looked at the cards I made, I was appalled. As cards, they suck. They're unusable. So then Jason and I started talking about viable 8EB-themed cards, and . . .uh.
Let's get this over with. Here's a bunch of phony Magic: the Gathering cards inspired by an ancient sprite comic, designed by the author of said sprite comic. WHOO HEE. I am proud of where I am in my life. If anyone wants to stage an intervention, do feel free.
(Note: not that it matters, but I didn't bother making an expansion symbol.)
but given who we're dealing with, I'd say it's actually rather apt.
(Looking at her again reminds me of that 8EB spin-off comic I started mapping out a few years ago. It was going to be called "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Burning Man," and it would just star The Author and the, uh, Other Girl. It never happened because I couldn't convince anyone to do the art. Maybe I'll take a shot at soloing it if I ever hit a serious wall with my fiction.)
(I apologize. I have not been sleeping well lately.)
I can wait on that intervention, but don't let me do this to myself for too long.