Well, been a busy Christmas season. Lots of good food, excellent company, brilliant presents … just not much in the way of spare time. I ran out of pre-written blog posts so sat down on Saturday and scribbled out a couple more reports.
The cold weather finally came through and temperatures have dropped to about -10°C, with a nice layer of snow over everything – white Christmas and at this point it looks like a white new year’s eve too, which is the first one we’ve had in a while.
And we went sledding, after I put together the sled (or “stiga”). I was a legit Christmas Dad this year, with the assembling Christmas presents for the kids.
Yesterday we hosted a Warhammer tournament in Bar Äijä’s, which was fun to watch although I didn’t participate myself. There was a beautiful fully-painted Skaven army involved, which made me all admiring and envious. Said Skaven army included non-Skaven elements as well as two Hell Pit Abominations, which must have been nice. And I’ve since learned that the Skaven player managed to win, resoundingly. So I guess it’s just me who sucks. Doesn’t exactly encourage me to start playing again. Oh well.
 I’ve been thinking pretty deeply about this whole discouragement, but it will wait for another blog post. Suffice it to say that sure, a lot of it is about me sulking over losing – losing badly, every time I play, 100% of the time, for fifteen years, so until you’ve been there you can shut your bitch mouth – but there’s more than that.
On the same day, we had a little visit to my lanttumies’s mum’s place for Christmas greetings, and then a visit to Saila’s place for the now-traditional drinks, snacks, games and Jingle All the Way viewing. Which was fun, although God damn Jingle All the Way. Yeesh. Yeah, much fun was had, some Trivial Pursuit was played and some Munchkin was enjoyed, and that was that.
That’s about it for now. I have a very short evening off tonight as the ladies head out to a Christmas sauna, so I will spend it trying to get my head into the writing-sphere once again.
Not going to start book 3 quite yet, because I know how madly busy my January, February and March are going to be, even if I have a bit of spare time leading up to the end of the year. In a way, I guess it’s good that I didn’t have any writing-time during the long Christmas weekend. I would have gotten started and then have to stop, and I would not have stopped. And I got to have all this fun with the family, and to be honest I didn’t really miss the keyboard.
On the other hand, it may just be a case of “who am I kidding?” – I’ll have to start sooner or later and I really, really want to start. Something tells me that it’s going to start, whether it’s a good idea or not. If I can do it in a controlled manner, turn off the rig and actually do my day-job work for solid periods, I should be able to get both done.
But shit, I have so much day-job work ahead.
Seems I’ve been talking about this for a long time. But it’s still a big job, despite the progress I’ve made. Just need to keep chipping away.