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Wow. Only three entries in a whole month. That may be an all time low.

We're all out of sorts, Journal-wise. Bill's journal last updated three days after mine, and a good number of the others are barely updating. Summers don't seem to be good for Journalling, even though we're mostly not in school.

Perhaps it's a mental thing. We've all grown accustomed to the summertime being a mental break, and it is the time of year when there's more to do outside, and more to see, and vacations rising.

So what's up with me, you're wondering, and why not? After all this time, it's understandable if you're a little curious about the little kid in the big wilderness with the dream of a better place, a better world, and a better life for us all. <cue music>

I don't know, really. I'm not sure what's up.

Let me give you the basics -- medically I'm doing pretty well, though weight's not coming off fast enough. So, I'm going to see my doctor today and we're going to talk about Draconian Measures. Something will work....

Otherwise? Well, the In Nomine supplement still isn't out (September, they say) and we're not too sure about the future of In Nomine. After Superiors 4, which is the one I'm in, there's no other announced products. I know they've written at least one other thing, but it hasn't even been playtested yet. I'm thinking the game's gasping for air at this point.

And the politics around it, among the faithful, are beginning to get thick. It's becoming... well, not fun. And what precisely is the point of a game that isn't fun?

I'm thinking of other Religious Themed stuff now. There's a lot of potential there, especially in fiction. I guess I have to wonder if I want to sit around, waiting for some opportunity to perk up in a near-dead game system, or for the Fiction License to get picked up, all in the hope against hope that I might one day actually get to be paid a very small amount of money to sell all rights for what I produce to a game company that I might never hear from again.

Me? Bitter?

Not really, actually. I've had a ball doing this stuff. But there does reach a point where you wonder how easily you could develop something that doesn't need a license or other people's permission to play in.

That answer, at least in a personal sense, is "a weekend." I spent a while chatting with friends and built a foundation that has a huge amount of fiction (and role-play, honestly) potential, with some of the best themes of In Nomine but no reference to a thing that's legally or honorably another company's. This might have something to do with all the source material being our communal religious and cultural heritage more than anything, but if someone read the notes, they'd never think it was knockoff In Nomine.

Knockoff Vampire: The Masquerade? Maybe.

But let's step aside from role playing for a moment, and discuss what else is up.

Well, in a few days I'm off. Flying down to Baltimore/D.C. for a convention and good times. We have a trip to the Smithsonian planned as well and I'm really looking forward to that. I've never been to the Smithsonian. I'm due. Then next week, I'm on honest vacation. I may spend a good amount of it in Maine. I'm not positive about that, but we'll see. It depends on my sister and her family to a certain degree, and coordinating schedules.

I've seen a bit of said sister, said family, and the implied parents of us both, lately. We have a darned good family, and they're a lot of fun to be around. If the draconian diet measures go into effect, I'll be seeing a lot more of them (the parents especially) too, as they'll be acting as kind of buddies and monitors.

It's raining today. It's rained quite a bit this summer, and it's colder than normal. I don't mind that a bit, actually. I prefer cool or even cold weather to hot. Springtime and Autumn are my favorite times of year, but a nice, cool Summertime doesn't hurt at all either. The rain smells good, and doesn't get you too wet if you walk through it. It's nice -- almost a Seattle rain, which could be quite pleasant unless the rain'd been coming for the last two months. Which sadly is often the case in Seattle in the wintertime.

And that's all. I'll try to update more often.

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