Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

Date: 7 July 2018

First Session as DM!

D&D shtuff

D&D shtuff.

Well, today was pretty good. I actually woke up sometime after 03:00, but I stayed in bed until I think 05:00 or so. Actually did doze off a few times, and finally got out of bed feeling well-rested.

Spent the morning doing D&D prep. Cut the last floor plan I drew from the roll of paper it was attached to. I also did some spell cards, typing some up for one of my players and finishing up those for my primary NPC. Went over the encounter notes to make sure I had everything I needed for this session. Loaded everything into my backpack and a reusable store bag. Wanted to eat lunch at home, but stomach was too iffy, so I decided to go to Oasis and eat there to see if the walk would help. When I got there, I bought a soda for myself and a muffin for dessert, and actually succeeded in getting everything into my belly despite the continued (though milder) nervous upset.

When I realized the one open room wasn’t being used, I went to go pay my rental on the space and then went in early and set up. Yeah, I was a good hour or so early, but I used that time well. When Greg showed up at 13:15, I was still setting things up. I gave him the set of dice I’d told him I’d give him—I mean, I’ve got five other sets, and that’s not including the app on my Fire tablet for dice rolling, what do I need another set for? LOL

Trish arrived next, and she set up her stuff. Shortly after, the rest arrived—Dan, Dave, and Phil. Once everyone was situated, I took them through the intro process where they met Unara and were offered the job and all. After that, getting them to the dungeon was a simple matter of having them all take a walk outside of town.

Now I’ll be honest here. I kind of led them around the first part of the dungeon. And there are two reasons for that. First, I wanted to make sure I could actually handle being DM. Second, I only had the first third or so of the dungeon finished—encounter notes, loot notes, challenge ratings, and floor plans, all of it. And that was because I dawdled on the work and didn’t get even as much as I managed to finish before this past week. So that’s all on me. I’m owning it.

So now I have a number of things to finish this week for next Saturday’s D&D session: I need to finish up the encounter notes; I need to do challenge rating stuff for the remainder of the dungeon; I need to draw about five or six floor plans of various sizes; and I need to finish up my loot notes. There’s not a lot of loot, but what there is needs to be figured out before my players encounter it all. One of the things I decided a month or two ago when I started outlining the loot was that the place had been pretty much cleaned out by invading forces, so there wouldn’t be much loot aside from what they got off of living creatures who’d brought it in. So, with that in mind, I decided that the Sisters of Sefele are paying each member of the team a (probably more than) reasonable fee to go in and do this job, since none of the Sisters are able to—they’re all healing-centered mages and clerics.

I cut off the 3 hour session a little early because I didn’t think we’d get very much further in the last 15 mins, and I wanted to make sure we cleared out before any other people who may have rented the room wouldn’t be breathing down our necks as we packed up. Either way, it took that time for us (me) to pack up and we all left Oasis at the same time.

And that is all I’ve done today, aside from making tea to sip and calling my mom for a chat and chatting with my friend Anita on the phone.

Catching Up Here

Diane Sawyer Block

Diane Sawyer Block

I didn’t post Thursday ’cause it was a busy day for me and I hit Nope and went to bed without thinking about Thursday’s post. Friday was much the same about the Nope, only earlier and much stronger.

Thursday was a busy day. I had to rise early, around 06:00 or so (usual wakeup time is around 10:00) to get to my primary care appointment. I was originally scheduled for 10:30 that morning, but got a call asking me to come in around 09:30 because my doc had had a couple of cancellations. I agreed to that, so got up at around 05:30 or 06:00 Thursday and hightailed it out of my apartment without breakfast to make the appointment. Grabbed something to eat when I got to the VA, then checked in to my adjusted-time appointment about 50 mins early. Just sat down when my doc’s nurse, Deb, came out to invite me into the clinic area. She took my vitals and left me in a room by myself after telling me that Dr. Milne had 3 interns working with her today and she wasn’t sure what the procedure was going to be.

About 5 mins after I settled in the room, an intern came in and introduced himself as Scott. I don’t think he gave his last name. He spent about 45 or so mins taking me through everything from my medications, to medical history, to giving me an exam so complete that he even looked in my nostrils, which nobody else had ever done before. After that, he went to go pass on all he’d learned to Dr. Milne, and she came back with him and had him give his report in front of me. She checked my lungs and heart again, did a check of the moles on my back, then had Scott do diabetic sensory test for neuropathy on my feet since I’m diabetic. Since my last exam, I’ve lost 5lbs, which she was happy to see, and my A1C levels were good, which I was really happy about. Dr. Milne wants me to walk most days of the week (4) but seemed pretty pleased that I’ve been walking more often than I used to. She told me she wanted to see me in 6 months, and then sent me out to check out.

I then went to building 550 on the VA campus as I’d arranged with Katie, and she came to pick me up as planned. We went to her place to do some quilting, and I mentioned the Block Of The Month Quilt she’d suggested I start as a sort of break from my Kaleidoscope Quilt I’ve been working on, and we did that. This is a quilt she did last year, and we started on Marc’s block because Katie wanted to do her March blocks for it. She taught me how to cut fabric to size, then I stitched the pieces together while she worked on the blocks she wanted to redo, cutting the fabrics for those. Katie got the quilt pattern from a quilt store and they named it the You Go Girl Quilt and the block I did was named after Diane Sawyer. I did that one block and she suggested doing more, but groceries were on my mind, so we packed up the quilting stuff and headed out.

Before we went to Smith’s, Katie took me out to eat since she was hungry. After that, a quick run through the grocery store for my food, and Katie brought me home. I think I may have written a scene on a wip as well. I also did some D&D prep work.

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On Friday, the only thing I really did was go to gaming with Kit’s group. His mother joined us, and we all had great fun. I came home, laid down 3 or 4 times, and gave in and went to bed around 19:30.

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