Reading – Staring into the Void

Man, talk about falling off the wagon. A day or two became a week or two, which then became a couple of months.

In other news, I finally finished the remaining novels from Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. A somewhat bittersweet moment. Considering most of my fantasy reading for the last decade has been Discworld, it feels rather strange to have “finished” them. Of course, considering the 40-something novels involved and the fact that it took me close to a decade to get around to reading them, I could probably start over again at the beginning and find some of them quite new again. I suspect I might even appreciate some of the earlier works more now than I did the first time through.

I find myself reluctant to do so, though. In fact, I’ve been maintaining a healthy distance from fiction since I finished the final book. I took a detour a few months ago and read some novels pretty far off my beaten path, but at the moment don’t feel particularly inclined to read anything.

It’s not an unfamiliar sensation either. Comparable to finishing a reasonably immersive book, but on a larger scale. It’s a strange sense of satisfaction with a note of loss. I’ve noticed it used in advertising streaming services as well. The rather manipulatively named “Show Hole.” The implication being that it’s bad needs to be filled with one of their TV shows.

I personally associate it instead with a decent ending. I enjoyed the series and remain thankful for the ideas and concepts that Sir Terry introduced me to along the way. There’s a high likelihood that I will reread some or all of them, at one point or another. For now, though, I shall simply rest and allow my thoughts to settle. Staring into the void and letting it stare back until I feel adequately reset.

Y’all take care.

September Plans

With August behind me it’s now time to focus on what I’m going to be doing during September.

Monster Hunter World is probably approaching a point where I will have done most of what I want to do. I’m sitting just over 100 hours at the moment, but we’re in the late game stage of tempered monsters at this point, so we will eventually run out of interesting things to do.

Warframe still needs some work as well. I need to finish grinding out faction for the last update and there’s an event running the first two weeks of September that I should probably get in and work on as well.

I have some friends trying Guild Wars 2 at the moment, so when the opportunity arises we may descend upon it as a small group and spend some time there as well. It’s a good game that I would like to spend some more time with.

That’s all I can easily foresee at the moment. Any spare time not devoted to these is probably going to be working on Battletech, which I want to play more of, and I’ve been considering spending some time with Archeage as well.

As far as Something New posts go, I have three in various stages. I intend to do Battletech tomorrow, and Archeage and MU Legend on the next two Saturdays in a yet to be determined order. That leaves two days currently unplanned, so if there’s anything you guys want me to try leave me a comment and I’ll see how feasible it is.

Honestly I think that covers most of the plans I have for gaming at the moment. I do have a few other things I’m slowly working on, but not in such a way as to have definite plans.

I’ve been very slowly reading the Discworld books by the late Sir Terry Pratchett. I’m currently about three quarters of the way through Making Money. I pretty much intend to start over from the beginning when I reach the end. It’s been so long since I started that it’ll be an interesting experience.

I’m also trying to figure out how to fill my Tuesday and Friday podcast slots. Tuesday in particular is a huge hole in my schedule that needs something in it. At the moment I’m not sure what I even want to go there. It’s just an irritating lack of content.

GNU Terry Pratchett