Brief Life Update

November 2020 proved to be just as beastly as the rest of the year.

Proof of Life Photo. For posterity?

As evidenced by the photo, I’m still alive and kickin. Somehow I survived Thanksgiving weekend and several trials and tribulations leading up to it. 2020 is the year of surprises and November turned out to be more proof.

I follow Law of Attraction pretty closely. If you know me, November is typically the month I attempt NaNoWriMo or some other writing endeavor and this year was going to be another one of those years. This year’s endeavor was the RPG Writer’s Month, Fall 2020 edition hosted by the great Scribemind herself, Ashley Warren.

Learn more about Ashley and all of her awesomeness here:
She did not put me up to this, I’m merely doing it as a show of extreme gratitude.

RPG Writer’s Workshop. Sigh…

So, true to form, 2020 helped obliterate whatever chance I had of completing my adventure, completing the course, and finally getting myself published on the DM’s Guild. Sigh. But, there were some pretty compelling reasons for said postponement of my hopes and dreams this time.

Hey, for once we avoided the yearly plumbing nightmare. I’m so happy and grateful to have a clean, dry, basement and bathroom floor. Woot!

But, my Father-In-Law’s health took a major downturn and my wife had to make a flying trip down to Alabama for six days to be there for him. Which is a good thing for them. I love Roy. I think he’s a great guy. I got to marry his daughter. I’m truly grateful they got to spend some time together. Truthfully, I think improving his spirits may very well have improved his chances of survival greatly.

My wife being gone for almost a week on top of having two days to get her prepped to go down there and get her on the plane left me lots of time with all four boys. I love my kids, but switching from a night schedule to a day schedule and being a full time single parent the week before a major holiday was sheer insanity. Getting writing time in lost out to sleep. Work often cuts into my writing schedule for much the same reason.

Prior to that, we had hybrid school followed by virtual school for all four boys. Prior to that, (full disclosure from me,) we had work, doctor’s appointments, pain, and a bout of short-lived depression/imposter syndrome/procrastination on my part. I bounced back more quickly this time from the psychological stuff, at least. Not that I had a choice, because chasing four active boys is traumatic enough.

Anyway, that’s the short version of where I went all November. Here’s to December and January being better all around. God bless us, one and all. Stay safe.

Author: Jeff Craigmile

I'm a tabletop role-playing game writer and designer from Des Moines, Iowa. I'm the father of four boys and human to three cats.

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