The Deal(tm)

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Here is the Deal(tm).

I am having a wonderful time writing the "State of..." essays, and I'm not dropping the project. Unfortunately, I've been having major sleeplessness issues of late, to the point where my doctor has prescribed chemicals that cause luminescent butterflies to render me largely unconscious during those times. They remind me of Gossamer from this webcomic I once knew....

...anyway....

While my brain chemicals sort themselves out and I get back on track, writing simply isn't. I don't have the brain for it. I've been pushing myself to get back into gear -- I actually just wrote and posted a couple of Superguy episodes to push my head back into writing space. For whatever reason, I've always been able to write Superguy when my brain is starved for rest and oxygen.

With luck, by the end of the weekend I'll have my sea legs under me again, and will be back to "Stating of," and possibly even Justice Wing and/or Myth writing.

And is it weird that my brain is turning a new RPG idea over my head... one that would require me to have a conversation with, in no particular order, Chad Underkoffler, Shaenon Garrity, Phil and Kaja Foglio, Jeffrey Channing Wells, Darren Gav Bleuel, Howard Tayler, David Willis, Andy Weir, Bruce Baugh, Randy "Action" Milholland and Gary Olson? Or is it just sad and hopeless? I don't know -- my brain is soft and sleep deprived.

(No, the project is not "Credenza: The Role Playing Game.")

Regardless, that is the Deal(tm). In the meantime, please enjoy some jazz.

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Well I hope (not purely for selfish reasons, but those too) that the whole sleep thing straightens out for you soon. That sounds unpleasant.

Not knowing the details of the RPG idea, I can't tell you if it's weird or not, but based on the names I can recognize in that list, I would probably buy it without knowing much more than I do now.

Dude. You have to be careful of those radioactive butterflies. I swear, they're putting people permanently "to sleep" through their radioactive emissions.

Fortunately, I've a butterfly-defense system consisting of small hyperactive felines... though the strange side-effect of using said felines is that they put YOU to sleep when they're resisting sleepiness. Odd that.

When you start writing again, you'll start writing again. No need to rush. Take care, Eric.

Rob H.

If I saw a book with all those names on it I'd buy it out of sheer pavlovian reflex. Even if it was Credenza: The Hand Crafting. The only way it could hit my reward centers harder would be if it was rigged to play the Mario 1UP sound or the Zelda Item GET jingle when you picked it up.

Your health is much more important than getting the State of the Webcomic essays on. Take care of yourself.

Hey. You. Get well soon, yah?

No rush on your writing, get better first. Although I'm still holding you responsible for continuing Gossamer Commons since you felt like mentioning it.

~Vince

You're absolutely sure it's not "Credenza: The Role Playing Game"? Because, man, that would be awesome. It'd be like Battletech, only instead of giant robots, all your characters do is ride around on ambulatory war-converted pieces of furniture. Or at least, your characters THINK they're war-converted. Also, they only THINK they're ambulatory. In reality, they're just sitting on top of normal furniture alone in their own houses, making explodey noises. Look, it's five o' frickin thirty in the morning. You can't expect good ideas out of me at this hour.

I wonder how those people manage to sleep with the damn luminescent butterflies shining all the hell over them. I want to make an ad where the poor annoyed people need a drug to get to sleep because they're always bothered by glowy insects getting right in their faces like that.

Okay, so maybe the role-playing game wouldn't be terribly awesome. But what, I ask you, about the children's anime program?

I thought as much.

I'm with Tyck on this one. Heck, I don't even *play* RPGs and I'd buy a book with those names on it before I even read the title.

And man, now I want something that plays the Zelda item music whenever I pick it up...

...oh, yeah. Feel better, dude. Your health first, then you can get back to long-winded posts about Superhero MMO's.

Channing: Whatever prescription drugs you're on, it ain't Lunesta. That's just disturbingly accurate.

I feel like staying away of any Nebraska Furniture Mart store.

Take care and get some rest. That's more important than anything else. And thanks to the link to KPLU.

I'd say something in regards to this, but my own lack of sleep is catching up to me.

Oh, there was one thing I wanted to mention - Mara wants us to have a beard fight. I think she's imagining you growing out a full Grizzly Adams, while I somehow grow a fist out of my chin.

Yes, a very long and stressful con did precede this conversation, why do you ask?

Thanks for the jazz link.

Ah, brings back memories of "Fairy: The Cobbling" or any number of parody White Wolf games. I personally thought that Fairy was one of the ones that hit it most on the head.

Random drive by comment, but I have been wracking my brain trying to remember the name (and also the URL) of a webcomic that features a post-apocalyptic world where everyones been morphed into sea creatures and the world is underwater. I also distinctly remember oddball discussion in it of politics, and a number of characters revolving around various left wing ideologies (Communist, socialist, etc). I can't remember it for the life of me, and I've been trawling the web for hours trying to find it.

The comic you are looking for is probably Alt. Universe Comix.

It was hosted at tastyhumanmeat.net and tastyhumanmeat.livejournal.com but the original page has been down for over a year, and the livejournal attempts and fails to include the archives by pulling the pictures off the dead website. (The livejournal hasn't updated in 7 months.)

I haven't seen anything from him since his livejournal stopped updating.

"I am having a wonderful time writing the "State of..." essays, and I'm not dropping the project."

I find this statement supremely ironic, almost a month later.

C'mon, don't hassle the man. He's been busy. :D

I hate to be one to bug you, but are things going better as far as luminescent butterflies? Are we going to be getting more tasty, tasty State of the Webcomic reviews?

I too hate to bug you, and coming off of a grueling finals schedule can really understand the need for rest and "real" work, but if it's at all possible I'd really encourage you to start again, or maybe just look in at PvP- I don't think you want to be the webcomic critic who mentioned Cathy's wedding but missed Brent and Jade's. And speaking of weddings, congratulations on your upcoming.

I too hate to bug you, and coming off of a grueling finals schedule can really understand the need for rest and "real" work, but if it's at all possible I'd really encourage you to start again, or maybe just look in at PvP- I don't think you want to be the webcomic critic who mentioned Cathy's wedding but missed Brent and Jade's. And speaking of weddings, congratulations on your upcoming.

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