Saturday, April 12, 2014
On A Personal Note
Things have kinda stalled for me as much of my day-to-day routine got upset with some personal stuff. I'm trying to get back in the saddle though and you should be seeing a few posts in the next few days. Some of these will be posts I've started weeks ago which I need to finish, like a Stat-Block comparison between Ballista, Castles & Crusades, and Swords & Wizardry. This piece should give my readers an idea what to expect with the new line I am starting up.
I also am excited to be releasing my review of the Codex Nordica book for C&C later this weekend!
There is a myriad of little things I want to update my readers on as well.
That said, I wanted to take a bit of time and touch upon the personal a bit. I don't delve into details of my personal life all that often but since I am on the verge of moving forward on a couple of big projects, I felt I needed to share a bit so that my readers had a better idea where I'm coming from with all of this.
While I don't talk about it much, a few years ago, I have been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. This isn't a huge issue but certainly an inconvenience on many levels. I try to maintain a decent diet which, ironically, I was on the path of doing before my diagnosis. I am followed by medical professionals but, in the end, everyone is human and mistakes can happen. As a result of something that was overlooked and a wrong assumption, I rapidly developed an ulcer in my foot. This situation resulted in a few things -- a trip to the emergency for one as well as a host of tests, examinations, with a bunch more to come. In some ways, it is bad, but it could have been far worse and I'm getting treatment now. I'm still waiting for some results and a few more appointments to take care of the situation once and for all. But it completely sucks.
For the past few weeks, the amount of pain I have been in (on and off) have been very high. The doctors and nurses have frankly been amazed that I have been functioning the way I had been doing which, apparently, means my threshold of pain (or rather tolerance of it) is high. Sadly, not high enough to be able to go to my Black Sabbath concert early this week. The distraction brought upon by the pain has also been what has led me to slow down the work I had been doing with my projects and this blog. Well, pain *and* stress to be honest.
Why do I mention any of this?
Well, since I do intend to help launch my Ballista line with a crowd-funding campaign, I have seen many successful campaigns completely stall out because of a variety of issues. I, like many of my readers, have been burned by various Kickstarters. When I finally launch (probably in Indiegogo), I didn't want my readers to think I was going to be another one of 'those'. My intent (as I've stated before) was to launch ONLY when I was ready to along with the material and will hold back until the material is ready and well on its way to be completed.
So, in some ways, no news is good news and, at present, my INTENT to launch (funding) is within a month.