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New Year, New Update…

  Welcome to a new year, and a new update to the journal.

  Going forward I will attempt to be a bit more attentive to this decade+ running log of my life…

  Things these days tend to happen in such rapid-fire succession and with such amazing complexity, that I do not stop to write about events as all of my efforts are consumed by resolving said events.

  But, maybe I can work in ye olde journal a bit more – so onward with this update.

  Firstly my efforts in Second Life are back on again as of November.

  For a month or two before this I had started up a region for Avarin – the homeland of my chief villain Ruina and her second in command Metus. But Avarin is very much a dark and dangerous place, and was not a huge hit with the players. They all seem to like dark and dangerous as something to contend with over living there. 🙂

  So I decided to bring back Roanoak…

  When last we saw our heroes, the Changelings had sacked the city of Morning Light and Castle Morgan. A year after these events I re-created the city and the castle in all of their bug-infested, slime-covered glory and the players engaged the Enemy and re-took their homeland.

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  The players then rebuilt their city and life is getting back to normal in good old Roanoak.

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  Morgan Castle was severely damaged in the event and is currently being repaired, and is not currently a setting people can visit.

  If you want the details on what is transpiring within my little world of candy-colored equines, go here: http://www.manelands.com/

  With all of this Second Life stuff going on, which requires me to do a lot of 3D models, textures, and other graphically intensive stuff, I decided it was high time for me to get a new computer.

  So my Christmas present to myself was the fully custom gaming PC that I mentioned last post…

  It's a mind-meltingly fast computer…

  This also meant that I needed to stop enjoying the good life in OSX and move to Windows 8… I really do not like Windows these days – Microsoft is trying too hard to do too many things at the OS level, and is not doing any of them well.

  But if I want a supercomputer on my desk and be able to run things like Photoshop, Z-Brush, and Word as well – Windows it is.

  So that has been taking up precious time too.

  The novel I am writing is progressing at a fair pace once again now that I have the computer thing settled. Being as this is just something I am doing for fun, it often takes a back seat to everything else, but it is always simmering away on the stove of my creative endeavors.