So this month has been a bit tough. Time has not been on my side . Not to mention a nasty sinus infection/cold (exerasberated by the NSW bush fires) .
Bodypainting .. I have not even had a chance to work in the studio. Next Monday and Tuesday I'm telling everyone ...No! I am not cleaning house No! I am not picking up groceries .No! I am not doing anything other then painting in the studio.
The card game!
So if you have been reading my other posts you would know that I found an old card game of mine that I would like to publish . I am going to make it free (PDF printout ) with the expansions costing a tiny amount. I'm also considering offering licences to those willing to print and distribute the game.
Currently I have the play testing version out and hope to get feedback soon.
I should make a website for this.
Depression held at bay
Now and then depression sneaks up on me. I started to feel bits of that yesterday. So I got some extra rest , took my vitamins and made sure I hade enough to eat. I am feeling better but still feel a little hopeless. . .
So I am studying 日本語 and I'm starting to make progress.but I am starting to feel learning theory this app is becoming contextual .. As I kick ass at the game. Just can't recall the word that I am trying to use.
So a few years back when I was unemployed I came up with the idea of a card game where the players would have to build "spells" out of component cards.
I had even got to the point of creating the cars in "pages" and printing them out. We had a good friend of ours who owns a game company give some amazing feedback on the game. Well I got a job,, moved continents and two computers later I assumed that those files were lost forever! This last weekend I upgraded my computer with the latest version of OsX .. One of the features uncovered all of the working files for the card game!!
Those who know me know that I tend to dabble in the martial arts. This basically means that I take a few classes but I'm really not all that dangerous. The extent of my martial arts skills are to scare the shit out of a mugger who has never taken a lesson in his life. (But really do you need much more?)
So wanting to be in better shape I ordered a bokken (Wooden practice sword ) from eBay. It arrived today.. I took it out and started to practice. The neighbors are now convinced my last name is Adams.
1 week later
So part of my personal training is to do sword cuts. This sounds easy at first. You hold the sword over your head. Draw all the way back then come down hard till the blade is just about eye level while keeping control repete till your arms and shoulders hurt. So far I can go 130 rounds .
-The "who's underwear is this?" Question becomes less awkward but more confusing,
-Where to put your other arm when you cuddle .... You think it was tough with only two people?
-Having to not kiss your lover when they come to pick you up for a lunch date because the Epic Drama Typhoon from co-workers
-Business trips: lonely = ( total amount of lovers x days away)
-No matter how hard you try you will never convince person "A" that you are not interested in person "B" because they are not poly.
-Insecure people always think you are trying to steal their "Woman" / "Man" (steal ? Really? .... We are not even going to start the possession topic)
-Having to remember phrases like "vanilla" "chocolate" and "Rocky Road "
-Personal time is now on the endangered species list
-Holiday dinners with the family
- Having to tell your lovers coworker that its ok .. No the marrage is not in trouble ... No you don't need anyone to talk to.. No you are not being abused....look it's very nice but I need to get ready for my date
-Having to explain the word "Frubble"
-Sidewalks are designed for two people to walk side by side.
-The strange phenomenon where people find the whole sleeping with someone else's wife is acceptable till they find out you have permission. Then you get labeled a slimeball ..."Because cheating is ok" WTF!!!
-That hottie can't understand that you are just not interested in them because you are "poly starurated"
C: Only reason you are not dead is that this is an online form
D: I don't like weapons
You see an old woman walking in a restricted area in my secret base. What do you do.
A: check it out
B : Report it then check it out
C : Sorry about your mother.. She did not suffer.
D : old woman what harm could she be. I'll put down my gun and see if she is ok
I give you strict instructions for a mission and something is not going according to plan
A: do not deviate
B: call it in
C: I know that you may kill me for bothering you but please kill me later as I need to report this. ........my lord
D: Oh hell no I am not calling in failure
You have captured a hero
A: kick them
B: Put him in a death trap
C: call it in ask if you need information or should I just kill them now
D: taunt them with how brilliant your plan is
I give you a choice of outfit
C: Jeans tshirt that will allow me to get close to your intended victim without suspicion
D: Everyone fears clowns or better yet something tight fitting with a cape!
You have failed me for the last time what do you do
C: show you the detonator to the explosives mounted under your chair reminding you that the only reason why I did not kill you is pure loyalty.
D: Agh chough cough crack .....thump.
The mission you are in has failed what do you do.
B: we can do better boss
C: wait for the guy who keeps answering "D" to fall to the ground then suggest the guy who answered B is learship material
D: Agh chough cough crack .....thump.
I ask you to assassinate someone but can leave no evidence to me how do you do it?
A: wear a ski mask and use a knife
B: dress up as a bodyguard and pretend to protect my target.
C: tell "A" & "B" that's a good idea then hand "B" the explosive as a backup plan then give "D" the detonator. When "B" pretends to protect the target from "A" I call "D" on his cell knowing that dumbass will answer the detonator instead of his phone blowing "A, B and my target " with D holding the bag.
D: Hello? Can you hear me now?
There was an attempt on my life who is responsible?
A: Don't look at me
B: We must find this traitor
C: I had a chance to kill you but did not out of loyalty and you ate still breathing do it was not me. I did notice "D" with a detonator.
D: This is a crappy app all it says is "Armed" and "Detonate" I want angry birds!!! Oh Hi guys what's with the pointing guns at me.
Studio night is where I get a chance to paint .. Not always with my body painting but my other projects. I find that to be an artist you must always try to improve ones skills. And the best part of being an artist is that it's all connected.
Example : working on sculpture does help your painting when it comes to understanding how a 3d object should look.
So tonight I am going to be working on some video editing and perhaps work on learning how to speak Japanese.
I am just hoping that something does not try to pull me away from my work as I am looking forward to painting.
So I got this chance to put on the headset again and do tech support over the phone. I love doing tech support and working from home will save me 2 hours of commuting every day. Not to mention the cost of having to have a ticket every day. All around it sounds like a good idea .
Still working on time to paint. Problem with all my hobbies is that they all take up time.
Gaming and RPGs don't take up as much time as people think its just that they can take up all your time if you let them. I'm finding that if I have one night a week to game this works nicely.
Digital time sinks
I limit my gaming to when I am on the train and only on my phone. As for Facebook and other social networks I have to limit what I do to only 30 min a day (unless I am actively promoting something )
As you can imagine being poly does take up time. Being a husband and a father I try very hard to balance my time accordingly. Most good parents error on the side of "not going out" .. However this can stil be a problem
. I am currently trying to find time to visit my girlfriend when we are not surrounded by friends and family. It's going to get to the point where my wife and her my have to conspire to find time.. They are good at that . At this point I have a "no new relationships" rule. Feeling that I must take care of the relationships that are currently on my plate before starting something new.
Now for the body painting .. I'm happy that I have a weekly gig. It's really making me think. I have to come up with something new every week. I love the challenge. And to be honest as long as I keep my brushes moving I am happy.