I have moved into my new place.
It has been a pretty crazy week, ending a pretty crazy month, and generally speaking, it has finished on a positive note.
For the past two years I've been living in a pretty crumby neighborhood, on the sixth floor of a steep staircase walk up. Every day, several times times a day, for the past 730 days, I've had to walk up and down six flights of stairs. It sucked, and not just because I walk all day for a living as a professional dog walker.
The building was often dirty due to neighbors who didn't care. The streets around the building were the same way. The supermarkets all had crappy selections unless I walked really far from my apartment. At the same time, they were more expensive than similar grocery stores in other parts of the city.
I tried very hard to see the positives, but after two years I just hated it.
It's been tough on my self-esteem, my drive, and my peace of mind.
Things have greatly improved.
I am now in a much nicer neighborhood, in a much nicer apartment, with better shopping, cleaner hallways, and people who say hi, and tell me how beautiful my dog is when they walk by. I am closer to my clients, and get to walk my own dog more often.
Best part so far? I'm on the third floor, and there is an elevator.
I don't tell you, I'm pretty happy.
Somehow, in the last two weeks, I've run a Dungeons and Dragons 5E game, two sessions of Mobile Suit Gundam/Japanese Anime-Style Giant Robots, had a session zero for an upcoming Ars Magica mini-campaign, and discussed with my buddy Dave a possible new Superhero campaign (likely Champions 4E).
Lastly, I am a day or so away from releasing my first professional RPG product on DriveThruRPG. I think it has turned out pretty good, maybe even damn good, and I really hope you will all give it a look see (I won't lie - I need the money - the new place set me back a ways).
Well, that's where I've been, and where I am. Further updates will be forthcoming, and of course I will announce my game's official release when it happens.
Thanks for checking in.
More to come.
Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans, and Happy Canada Day to my friends in the North.