|Paddington Bear edited into Halloween Kills image by Twitter's @Jaythechou|
All being well, HeroPress is back in business, after the site's most recent prolonged brush with apathy and ill health.
That's not to say my eyes are any better, too much is still blurry and prone to making me feel sick, but I've given the opticians a few weeks' grace to see if my eyes do finally adjust to my new strength varifocals.
When Rachel and I went in the other week, I was told it can take up to a month to adjust, but there isn't really any sign of improvement yet.
Reading has been off the agenda (requiring the combination of clear eyesight and concentration), so I'm building a mountain of comics I need to catch up on, and I've stalled in the middle of the novel I was really enjoying.
On a more positive note, I think I've emerged from my gaming funk and reckon I might have hit upon a campaign idea with legs. Learning from the previous mistakes that triggered my dark mood, I won't be talking too much about the game until my work behind-the-scenes is complete and it's nearer the time for me to launch it on the Tuesday Knights.
It's a setting I have talked about positively before, but with a new iteration of an old rule system, that appears to have patched some of the omissions that had stuck in my craw before.
The other big thing that has helped pull me out of my late-summer depression has been the opportunity to again take part in an October Horror Movie Challenge. This year, I'm tying my horse to Tim Brannan's wagon, and supporting his challenge to watch 31 horror movies in the month.
I'm thinking I'll try and mix things up a bit, but want to throw in some Lovecraft as well as finally watch those Halloween sequels that have eluded me over the years.
So, health willing, this challenge should help propel me through the month, building momentum to carry me through November and December and then into the New Year... and the 15th anniversary of HeroPress on January 16.