I'm sorry to say that this blog hasn't been very active recently. That's because May seems to be "real life kicking me in the teeth" month. It started out with my wife getting threatened with a lawsuit (along with all the other unpaid volunteers) at an animal shelter she does volunteer work for. this threat from another volunteer who did not like what the shelter was doing. This stresses out my wife and causes all sorts of sores to appear on her month and tongue. At least that's what we hoped was the cause of it. However, with her tongue cancer history we had to get her in to see her doctor. We finally got in to see her doctor Monday and thankfully he does not think that these month sores are connected with her cancer. Three weeks of stress and a couple of hundred in doctor bills because some lawyer goes overboard and fires off a cease-and-desist or I'll sue letter to everyone connected to a shelter. There are times that killing all the lawyers -- even ones I consider friends -- really does sound like an excellent idea that would improve the world tremendously. Second week of May, my mother-in-law ends up in the hospital with a severe bladder infection that is spreading to other organs in her body. This stresses out my wife even more. My mother-in-law is finally out of the hospital and into a rehab facility to get her strength back. She's in her 70s and has Medicare so she can get treatment -- unlike my wife who can't get insurance unless she could pay more than we make a month for it because of all her pre-existing conditions. As for the shelter, my wife is no longer volunteering there. They seem to have lost a number of their volunteers. What a surprise.
Needless to say, I haven't had a lot of interest in gaming or anything else this month. My apologies as I had several interesting (well, hopefully interesting) blog posts planned and wanted to get a lot more work on Microlite74 Swords & Sorcery done. I few blog posts did appear, but none of the ones I was really excited about and I have made no real progress on M74 this month. I've been exhausted by worry to care. Our cancer fund drive ended yesterday. However, because I wasn't posting to keep it front and center in people's minds, we did not raise the full $1000. However, I'm trying to talk Alexi into giving both items away anyway as we did come fairly close -- and I just want it over and done with. I'm happy to say that we raised almost $600 for Karen's house fund -- a huge success that has really helped her. Combined with other fundraisers, I believe Karen is within a few hundred dollars of the $2500 goal. I'd like to thank everyone who donated to these causes.
On another front, I've closed the RetroRoleplaying forum for non-use. It was open for nine months, had 21 non-spammer members (and over 3000 spammers attempting to register -- a few managed to do so despite registration checks on spammer databases) and a whopping 112 posts -- 52 of them from me. Keeping the software up to date just did not seem worth the effort. Fighting the spammers certainly wasn't worth the effort. If Microlite74 really needs a message area (and given the response I'm not really convinced it does) we might be better off with a "Microlite74 forum" on some larger board.
I hope to be back with some actually interesting blog posts in the next few days -- and perhaps even a new beta of Microlite74 Swords & Sorcery in a week or two. That will probably be the last beta before I start doing "release candidates". Egads, I hope I did not jinx anything by saying that. June can't get here soon enough for me.