Another Life-changing event

November 24, 2020

Please forgive me for not updating this blog as much as I’d like. I hadn’t had time. Well, now I might have more time than I would like.

My eye started hemorrhaging Friday morning, and it got so bad that by Friday afternoon I couldn’t see anything but squiggly lines, black dots, and cloudy vision. At the same time (literally), the boss called me to read me the riot act, that I wasn’t pulling my weight at work, that I needed to be there full time, and I needed to find another position. Before I could log off to go to the doctor’s, I had to sign a “corrective action form”–basically, a write-up. I signed it, reading the writing on the wall.

Went to the eye doctor, a harrowing drive there and a worse drive back because it was twilight, and I couldn’t see anything until it was on top of me. The doctor gave me an injection, and although it cleared up the cloudy vision, it didn’t get rid of the squiggly lines and dots. I figured it would clear up by Monday, because sometimes it takes a couple of days for the injections to work. It didn’t.

I requested a doctor’s note, knowing this was the final nail in the coffin at work. I started planning.

Assuming this vision thing is temporary, I applied for temporary disability. I also applied for permanent disability.

So this is the end of the line for me.

Times, they are a-changing

January 19, 2020

“Hello?” Bomber called in the cavernous and open area.

“Over here,” said a man’s gruff voice.

I’m not nervous, said Bomber to himself as he smoothed his hands over his jeans. What can this guy do to me, anyway? It was like going to see the Boss, when he had to explain why he was caught with one of the pledges in the back alley, the guy on his knees and Bomber standing over him, his junk hanging out for all to see. You didn’t get your ass kicked before, and you won’t now. We’re all adults here.

Bomber followed the voice into the next cavernous room. A well-built blond man wearing a purple tank top stood in the center of it. He had his hands on his hips, and seemed to be surveying two artifacts in the room, as if trying to figure out what to do with them.

“Hey,” Bomber said, and smiled. The man turned to him. The man stiffened for a moment, as if getting ready to hit him. Bomber forced himself to keep the same neutral stance. If this guy’s going to smack me around, I’ll defend myself.

“Son of a bitch, you look just like him.”

“That’s what your husband said. But the other guy was a vampire. Dude, I like my steaks well-done.”

The blond man relaxed, though Bomber could tell it was being forced. “I’m Grimaulkin,” he said.

Bomber nodded, thinking, Top all the way. He crossed him off the fuckit list.

“I’m the leader of this rag-tag group. You’re one of the few adults in the room. I expect you to respect the kids.”

“Sure,” Bomber said. Were the kids off-limits? Because that Ultraboi… “But I have something to point out.”

“Yeah?” Again, he tensed.

“I don’t think I work well with my partner. Not that I don’t like him–” Bomber raised his hands. “We both do the same thing. What he needs, out there, is support or something to control the environment.”

“Are you a tactician?” Did Grimaulkin snap at him?

“I was a grunt in the Marines. My tactics go only as far as my lieutenant.”

“Because if you were, I’d hire you for that. It’s the first time I’ve put together teams.”

You suck at it, Bomber thought, hoping Grimaulkin didn’t take his smile for a smirk. “Well, I can take a look at who you’ve got on the team and group them up.”

Grimaulkin motioned with his head to the other room. “Let’s take a look at the computer.” They walked over to the other room, to a desktop computer. “Let’s see.”

“Got a chair?”

“You need a chair?”

“It would be easier.”

“Jesus.” Grimaulkin pulled out a marker from his pocket. He drew a circle on the floor, and then a symbol. A small wheeled desk chair shimmered into existence.

“Wow,” Bomber said.

“There’s your chair. Someone isn’t going to be happy Monday morning.”

Bomber tentatively touched it. Solid. He wheeled it over to the desk. He fired up the computer and Grimaulkin signed him in. Bomber stroked his goatee while he looked over the files. “You don’t have much in the way of support.”

“We take who comes.”

“How about this Analogue kid?”

“I haven’t had a chance to talk to him…”

“He can hold time, and he uses holograms to distract. I think he would work with Ultraboi.”

“You’re hired.”

“Hired?”

“You’re our analyst.”

“Oh, no, I don’t want that job.” However, Bomber could see other pairs. Obsidian Son and Jewelfist. Snowling and Brainslam. Kid Siren and No Quarter.

“You sure?” Grimaulkin rocked on his heels. “You look like you’re interested.”

“I’ll try it out. Here,” He pointed out the pairs that he noted.

Grimaulkin leaned over and did a click-and-drag, placing them next to each other. “I’ll notify them. Can you set up a schedule? And grades?”

“Grades? How about just feedback?”

“Feedback is good. Is that what they’re calling it these days?”

“The military does.”

“All right, feedback.”

“It’s a nice, neutral term.”

Grimaulkin shrugged. “Whatever works.”

“I’ll set up a report template.”

“I’ll leave you to it.”

“Is this part of my community hours?”

“Sure. You want overtime pay?”

“If you’re offering.”

Grimaulkin snorted and walked away.

Maximillian (Max)

December 27, 2019

AT: Mastermind (Thugs/Kinetics)
Level: 40 (out of 50)
Primary haunts: Rogue Islands (Rogue, so he can go to Paragon to join teams but can’t get any contacts there)

Max looks a little too old to be a gang leader. He has prematurely silver hair, and is of a heavy, well-endowed build. His gang, Maximum Ride, consists of:
Muscle: Tiny
Grifter: Tex
Offense: Big Al
A Gadgeteer
Safe cracker: Jimmy
All-around “helper”: Lil’ Joe

Max’s boys call him “The Ol’ Man” when they’re feeling rambunctious.

I have no explanation for the kinetics. It’s a fun set to play, regardless.

 

 

City of Heroes returns from the dead!

December 25, 2019

NO MORE CHAMPIONS (THANK GOD).

CITY OF HEROES IS BACK!

The original superhero game that got me into this whole thing is back. City of Heroes and City of Villains. (Going Rogue, not so much.)

Of course I put up Grimaulkin and got him to 50 as soon as I could. But because of LIFE I haven’t had a chance to RP or come up with storylines for many of these other characters.  My New Year’s resolution is to write more books and stories, either here or somewhere else. Probably mostly here.

Grimaulkin is put aside. I role played a character called Guttersnipe, a pain defender. Guttersnipe was abused and beat up by his father, and his mother was a mermaid who escaped from the clutches of the father. Guttersnipe learned to deal with pain, to take it away and put it on himself. He’s slightly masochistic. He hit 50 last week.

Maximillian is a character on CoV. His gang, Maximum Ride, causes rough mayhem throughout the Isles. He just hit 40 and is a blast to play. He meets up with Scott sometimes for a little rendezvous, but I’m not on that often to ERP. I end up gaming a lot with him. I’m playing him as a Rogue so he can go Blueside (Paragon City) but he picks the villain storylines. They’re so much fun.

Here is a list of my characters right now. I’ll develop story lines as I go along, but I’m mostly playing them for the sake of playing.

Name AT Prime Second Level RP? Alignment
Stable Sentinel Beam Rifle Energy 12 n Blue
Hard Gravity Dominator Gravity Earth 16 Vigilante
Swordsmaster Scrapper Katana Ninja 16 n Blue
Obsidian Son Brute Dark Willpower 17 n Blue
Snowling Dominator ice ice 17 maybe Blue
Clockwork Blue MM Bots Sonic 18 n Blue
Stick and Stone Tank Earth Staff 19 n Blue
Toxicon Sentinel Radiation Radiation 19 n Blue
Luther Archer Blaster Archery Archery 21 n Blue
Sable Duloch Controller Dark poison 23 y Vigilante Helpless
Syvolt Sentinel Psychic Electric 24 n Blue
Blackfox MM Beast Nature 30 y Blue
Gaia Storm Controller Earth Storm 32 n Blue
Analogue Controller Illusion Time 32 y Blue
Ampiere Dominator Electric Electric 35 n Blue
Pistolero Corruptor Pistols Traps 36 maybe Vigilante
No Quarter Soldier Wolf Soldier xx 38 y Vigilante FF
Maximillian MM Thugs Kinetic 40 y Rogue Grandville Basse Croupier arc

 

A bit of housekeeping

January 24, 2019

Deleted:
Sykinetic (got boring after a while)
Blumme (died way too often)
Turbo (boring)
Astramancer (No RP)
Chillblaine (no RP)
Raine (no RP)
Quill (no RP and had no story)

Looking for new story ideas. Mostly teenagers…