Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

Date: 10 June 2018

So Tired

D&D Dice!

My favorite set of dice.

It’s been a really long day for me today. Was up past midnight working on D&D stuff last night, and I didn’t get to bed until almost 04:30. Night meds didn’t actually kick in at all, which led to four restless hours in bed. I slept a bit, but it wasn’t deeply. After a fantastic dream involving the player characters from Lynn’s group and a bunch of random extras, I woke up for the last time and decided just to get out of bed since the quality of my wakefulness was such that I knew I wouldn’t get any more sleep no matter how long I stayed in bed. That was around 07:55 this morning.

Did mu usual Sunday morning routine—fed and watered cat like every day, then did pill sort. Finished setting up my new binder to take with me. Tucked the 5e Player’s Handbook and the DM’s Guide into it with my dice. Finished preparing the tea I wanted to take with me, then headed out.

When I got to Oasis Games, I read the DM’s guide a little, until Kit and Cayden arrived. Kit had meant to bring my Xylorian mini, but forgot and apologized. Lynn was late and texted that it was his fault, but not by much. Phil and Dan came with him, as he’s kindly driving them to and from the gaming. We commenced play at about 10 after 12:00. We played until about 15:45, so we’d have time to do XP and level up stuff—we’re all Level 2 now!

During a break, I’d purchased a package of 2 unpainted minis. Male Human Wizard minis. As we did our leveling up stuff, Kit, Cayden, and I arranged to meet tomorrow (Monday) to paint our minis as Cayden’s custom mini is due to arrive tomorrow morning. The moment their leveling up was done, Cayden packed it in and headed out. The rest of us chatted for a while, and Lynn gave us a sneak peek at the map of the region where our characters now are—he’s not providing them in-game to make things more interesting for us players. Then Lynn packed up and he, Phil, and Dan departed.

I stayed and chatted with Kit until his ride came to pick him up. Came home, fed Hendrix, then settled in at my desk. Idled for a while trying to tease out ideas to write on. Wrote a scene, then did some searching online for Dragonborn Druid minis, which apparently don’t exist outside of HeroForge’s custom offerings. Wrote another scene.

So, a pretty full day! And now I’m going to take my night meds and put myself to bed.

Doozy of a Day

Gaming Stuff!

Stuff for D&D

I got a lot of good sleep last night, and I woke up feeling refreshed and well-rested for the first time in probably weeks. Woke up naturally too, without an alarm. And then stayed in bed until I felt like getting up. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to do that on a day I’ve got something scheduled.

Did my usual morning routine, including making some tea to take with me to gaming with MLTGF. We were set to play Magic, and I wanted to make sure I was all prepared for it. Then, when I left, I forgot my tea! LOL

Met my friends and we played for an hour or so. It was Phil, Trish, and Dave today; Dan chose not to come. No big deal. Missed him though. At about 15:10, when our first round wrapped up with Trish winning, I decided to head out. Trish had a headache and was going home, and there were some things I needed to do. My friend Anita, to whom I had an Amazon order sent, had texted me asking if I’d be home when she was downtown, and while I told her I’d be home around six, I had things I needed to get done anyway, and, to be honest, this was a day when I’d kinda not wanted to game at all. I’d wanted to hole up and write, even though I suspected I wouldn’t do so anyway as ideas weren’t flowing.

So I departed Oasis Games to head home. About a block away—I’d just crossed the street heading west, when someone on the street honked. I ignored it, thinking it was meant for someone else. They honked again, and this time I looked to discover Anita waiting in the turn lane. Since Dunkin’ was back the way I’d come from, I promptly turned around and crossed the street to go to their parking lot on the corner. This resulted in me hopping into Anita’s car. She had Greg with her.

After dropping some donations off at DI, we stopped at Sprouts I think and Smith’s to get some food for supper, then went to Anita’s place. There, we chatted while Greg and I crocheted, then we had supper and watched a couple of interviews on David Letterman’s Netflix show (I think he looks good with that beard); we watched the Howard Stern and Malala Yousafzai interviews.

It was a little after ten when we finally left Anita’s. She drove Greg home, then she and I went to Baskin Robbins for some ice cream and we had a nice chat while sitting in the parking lot in front of Trader Joe’s sipping our milkshakes. Then she drove me home, and I fed my cat, and here I am writing today’s blog post!

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