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2/16/24 Friday Update

This week I got back on the normal schedule. That involved a couple of days off after the conference in Colorado, followed by slowly ramping back up into new words on Fated to the Wolf. I’ve been practicing dictating the story while I go for walks in the neighborhood, both to get more steps in each day, but also to see if I can increase my wordcount without putting more labor on my fingers. I don’t have carpel tunnel yet and I’d love to keep it that way.

Work this week also included reviewing and typing up notes from the talks I attended at Superstars. There are several talks I took handwritten notes for, others I have photographs of the slides that I need to incorporate, still others I have typed notes but I need to download the handouts the speakers provided. It’s a lot of paperwork, but it’ll be nicely organized for future reference whenever I need it.

Finally, I’m going to incorporate my goals tracking here on the Friday update rather than a separate Monday post. Monday is an odd day for me to review the previous week and I don’t think the goals need a whole other post to themselves. So!

1k words/day – Took a break on Monday/Tuesday, started ramping up words this week. Didn’t get up to 1k until Friday. All as expected.

10k steps/day – I didn’t reach my step goals during the conference, which I expected, nor the day I drove home, but things ramped back up quickly once I was home again with over 10k on Wednesday. Very pleased with this!

1 completed art/week – Believe it or not, I actually drew something during the conference week, which I didn’t expect. Since this update is before my weekend I don’t have a piece to share this week, but that’ll correct next week.

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A Brand New Day – A Scifi/Horror Short Story

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This short story isr releasing indie on March 5th, but is available here for Members to read early.

Monica doesn’t remember yesterday or last week or even last year. She wakes up every morning in the company of 19 other women all without memories. And every day, Monica grows more certain that there are secrets being kept from everyone.

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Game Night

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Thursdays here in town are open Table Top Game Night at the local game shop. I’ve been the store a few times to browse the latest offerings, but the last time I went, just before the end of the year, I saw a sign for TT Game Night and asked about it.
Because, you see, I love table top games, but they just arn’t Mr. V’s thing, which means even though I have a small collection to play, I have no one to play them with!

Currently my collection includes: Mantis (by the Oatmeal), Munchkin, Photosynthesis, Ouch!, Arboretum, Here to Slay, and Unstable Unicorns. There are a few others, but that gives you a good feel for the group. And if Mr V was into this type of gaming, I’d have a much larger stack of boxes, let me tell you.

So when I saw that sign I realized there are a batch of people who enjoy these games like I do and here was the perfect excuse to go meet them all! Meeting new people is terrifying without my emotional support husband, but I DID IT.

I played two new-to-me games. The Princess Bride (a Battle of Wits), and 7 Wonders.

The first game is card-based and is all about that moment in the movie where Westly (the swordsman in black) faces off against Vizzini (the Cicealian who finds things Inconceivable!) The players are presented with a row of cups and a hand of cards representing wine or poison. You place wine or poison in the cups secretly, and bid for the cup of your choice hoping you’ll win the right cup that’s not full of poison! Or perhaps you’ve spent the last several years building up a tolerance to iocane poison because the trump card that makes you immune to your own poison is in your hand. Playtime was about 15 minutes, and a chunk of that was rules. I can see this going quickly with a group who’s familiar with it.

I, sadly, drank a cup of poison.

7 Wonders is a card game of supply and demand. You are provided with a world-wonder to build and you have 3 ages of your civilization to build it. There are 5 or 6 points-winning categories in this game, which means there are a lot of ways to win and building your wonder isn’t strictly necessary. There are also trade and war mechanics that are based on what your neighbors around the table have done with their civilizations, which makes for a lot of moving pieces to track.

With seven players (and the rules) this took about 45 minutes to play all the way through, but the sequence you’re playing repeats, so the first couple of rounds are slower than the last as you figure out the cards. This game comes with an alternate, harder difficulty for groups familiar with the play.

I built my wonder, traded with my neighbors, won ALL my military battles, and still only placed in the middle of the pack when the points were tallied at the end. Next time I’ll go for the science win!

Game night was, in short, a success. I met quite a few people and I’m definitely going back next Thursday to play again. I’m going to bring Mantis with me, since no one seemed familiar with that game, it plays fast, and you can include a lot of people.

I’m excited to explore more games and hopefully make a few local friends.

Do you play table top games? Which ones are your favorite? I have access to an entire store of games and I want to play the best ones!