Where does the time go? Some days, it seems like I'm so busy, I don't know which end is up. Let's see, there has been some major goodness in the geek side of life going on.
I have had my first session of, Shadows of a Crimson Dawn, the new steam punk Victorian vampire LARP I recently joined. Henceforth known as Shadows or Dawn or CD. Like it was when I first joined the Palo Alto group, I joined with a friend, Jim, because, I'm a coward when it comes to new social situations. I arrived on time (thus early for a gamer) and spent some time being quietly freaked out until everyone got into a huge discussion over the Laura K. Hamilton novels. After that, things went well and everyone was very friendly. So, I chilled and enjoyed.
The LARP itself was pretty darned good. I'm playing an English gentlewoman adventurer. The first characters I meet are a depraved Frenchman and his cousin/ghoul. That just set the tone for the evening. We had a whole lot of fun bouncing the conversation from topic to topic. I'm not sure if I was one of the centers of conversation because I was new or because I have a talent for making sure uncomfortable silences are filled - especially after something particularly depraved on the Frenchman's part or particular blunt on the part of a Toreador my character did not like very much.. In any case, it was extremely gratifying to hear the entire room respond with "Aww!" and "No!" when I said I had to leave early because I was not feeling well.
So, I'm feeling pretty positive about this new LARP troupe. Positive enough that, since I have been asked to NPC for other monthly vampire LARP, I'm going to do so and check it out. This other LARP, Heirs to the Fall (henceforth known as Heirs), is very different. It is a modern day Gehenna game where only hints of Gehenna are happening and Gehenna itself will never show up in game.
I would like to state for the record, I really hate being sick. Thank goodness for friends (especially Hans) who take pity on me when I make pathetic pleas for medicine and pampering. This is the second time I've been sick in four months. Both times, I have gotten sick from whatever happened to be running around the office at the time. Since I've been sick, I've kept up with my reading schedule when I haven't been sleeping.
I have to say that I haven't really been enjoying what I've been reading though. I just finished _Diamond Age_ by Neal Stephenson. You know what? It was dull to me. And long. Really long. I felt like I was slogging through mud to get to the end of it. Interesting premise for a story but I didn't like the execution much. There were too many cut scenes which made it really hard to be coherent.
Now, I'm reading _Lord Foul's Bane_ by Stephen Donaldson. I have run into a problem that I've never encountered before. This is a very well written book but I absolutely loath the main character, Thomas Covenant. The man has no redeeming qualities at all. He has an anger problem, a victim's complex and he spends a lot of time whining. He rapes the first female who was really nice to him. He refuses to acknowledge the fact that since he is in another world, maybe.... just maybe... his leprosy has been cured. The more I read, the less I like this novel. It surprises me because I loved _A Mirror of Her Dreams_ and _A Man Rides Through_. I never thought I would come to admire someone's writing skill while hating the story they have written.
I think I'm almost finally to the point of really calling this place "home" and meaning it. Today, I got to have one of those "it's your town" chance encounters with Hans and Jeff. I was coming out of Ooba's and heading towards me were the guys. If I hadn't been feeling so crappy and afraid of giving them back this cold, I would have been able to have one of those chance encounter dinners that I used to have on Castro street all the time. It is such a little thing, isn't it. Being able to run into friends while being out and about. But, it means a lot to me. I wish there was more of a "Castro street" around here.
Tarot Card for the Day: Eight of Wands