A vast majority of my creativity stems from being in a state of relaxation. It’s an insanely important part of my writing, my game creating and my overall well being in relation to other people. For those who don’t know me, I’m a very friendly guy, but I can also turn on a dime in the other direction if I’m fatigued or simply worn out. Being around people and interacting is great, I love it. But on the other hand, alone time is probably the most important time for me to have, and honestly I don’t see enough of it.

Creature of contradictions, that’s how I refer to myself. But that aside, I find a lot of relaxation through hobbies rather than just sitting around. I love smoking pipes, smoking cigars, drinking scotch, drinking tea and (obviously) writing. Usually those activities are done when I’m attempting to relax, and for the most part it’s fool proof. Recently I purchased a new pipe from MacQueen Pipes and I gotta say, it is freaking beautiful. I’m excited to find some time to take it out for a spin and see what I think of it. Figuring to stick with the Lord of the Rings Theme with that, I picked up some Lord of the Rings inspired tobacco blends as well. These guys came from Just For Him, a gift website. Who better to buy gifts for than yourself, right? The blends that they put out as part of their Middle Earth series are Longbottom Leaf, Treebeard, Ruins of Isengard, Shortcut to Mushrooms and Old Toby. I gave the Longbottom Leaf a try the other day in a corn cob I have, but the taste of Cornell & Diehl’s Autumn Evening blend was screaming over the Longbottom. Sad really, but the notes that did manage to push their way through the veil were very enjoyable.

Usually those kinds of things are segues to further lounging, such as reading a book or writing something. With the start up of this blog, I’ve certainly had less time for reading and writing demands my attention. Not a bad thing, just something different, really. Almost a shame though, I got George R. R. Martin’s Knight of the Seven Kingdoms for Christmas and haven’t had a chance to touch it. To tell it true, 13th Age is cranking out content so fast that it’s difficult for me to read anything else! Again, not a bad thing, just different. To touch on that, all of the stuff they’ve been putting out in Monthly has been amazingly interesting. Makes me wish I could drop the money on Eyes of the Stone Thief, especially considering I’ve heard nothing but good about it. Procrastination seems to be one of my strong suits, because I haven’t bought Shadows of Eldolan either. Running my own campaign that I’m creating leaves less room for written content, I suppose. It has it’s pros and cons. The post I recently put up kind of brushes on how in depth my game can be, most of it coming in reaction to player decisions in that moment. I try to run it as more of a sandbox, which sometimes I think my players hate. As a GM, my improvisation skills have vastly increased, actually something I’m very proud of.

Being a GM is a difficult job, you always have to keep improving. If you don’t things become stale and I am scared to DEATH of that. These stories that are created with friends are a shining star in the night sky that is my life, and without that I’m not exactly sure what I would do to pass the time. Video games and writing do fill that void to a degree but it’s just not the same as working with people. That social aspect of everything really hammers it home and makes it amazing. Actually, it’s not a point that was realized until earlier today, while listening to Jim McClure’s Talking Tabletop podcast at work, the episode where he was talking with Ro from Gamersplane. If you two are reading this, I really related to that episode on some sort of spiritual level. It was insane, to be honest. That subject alone could be made into a three year long podcast. Okay, maybe not that long, but you get what I’m trying to say here.

Now that I think of it, listening to podcasts at work has kind of been a way for me to relax while being dutiful this week. Heh, kind of cool to bring that full circle. The life of a technician is often overlooked since we don’t really deal with the customer. We’re just people behind the counter that does some wand waving to make the cars work again. To many cooks in the kitchen, I think. But honestly there is no good way to simplify the process, which is probably why it hasn’t been changed since car’s were basically invented. Then when you throw making your hours into the mix, it just becomes this one gigantic ball of stress and misunderstanding between people. Europe’s doing it right, I think, sticking with the hourly system instead of flat rate wages. Oh well, thanks Henry Ford. Jerk. Welp. In an effort to not make this excruciatingly long, we’ll end the ramble here.

Stay Metal \m/