Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

Tag: sleep or lack thereof

16Aug18: Some New Arrangements

My shelves for Gaming Stuff!

After Daz left around 02:30 or 03:00, I went to bed too. Didn’t sleep much or well, but I do recall an interesting dream of me going into an underground realm of giants to rescue people. I wish I could remember more, just on the off chance it would have made a good story. That’s a writer for you.

Sometime around 07:30, Daz texted me. I’d forgotten to turn sound off on my phone, but I went ahead and carried on a conversation about his character, mostly because I’d panned to get up around 08:00 anyway. We texted back and forth for about twenty minutes, and I got out of bed when we seemed to be done. Came out to living room, did morning routine, and settled in to work on the new encounters I wanted to make for my players. Worked on that for a couple hours or so.

By 10:00, I knew Greg wouldn’t be able to make it to game, so when Trish contacted me about gaming, I said just to cancel it ’cause Greg couldn’t make it and I was too exhausted. I told her I’d have been willing to tough it out if we’d been able to do D&D, but I didn’t have the drive to do anything else if we couldn’t do the D&D. The impression I got from her reply was that nobody on her end was broken up about canceling game completely.

Daz came up with his character sheet after that and we hammered out more of his character’s backstory and the plans for how they’re going to join the group. I gave him one of my last two binders and he departed to prepare for GMing his Thursday evening session of Pathfinder.

I did a few things after that. Organized my shelves so all my gaming stuff is on two of them; emailed various players in my group about backstory stuff they need to turn in if they haven’t already (as well as replacement stuff that I’ve lost somehow); tried to work on my Pathfinder character’s backstory but made no progress; tried to write with again no progress; and then engaged in an hours-long chat with Kit on MeWe.

Not a Thing

Not a thing got done today. Kit canceled our painting session ’cause he wasn’t feeling well, and I spent the afternoon napping. Still really tired, so heading to bed soon.

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.

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