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I have a plan.

Simply put, this time next year I plan to be living in Melbourne.

It's very simple to express, but very complicated to put into practice. I have a lot of work ahead of me to be where I want to be.

Part of that complicated process involves cutting back on things, and unfortunately that means I will not be going to Pheno as I was originally wanting to. The thing is, it's not really the money that's stopping me from going to Pheno. The actual cost involved wouldn't be that great, just the airfares down and back, since I have had a number of offers of accommodation. The biggest restriction is my stress levels.

Pheno is Friday evening till Monday (public holiday) night, so the bare minimum would be leave work early on the Friday to get down for first session, and then leave straight after prize giving and the post con party on Monday night so I could get home for work the next day. I'd be rushed, and wouldn't enjoy things as much with that sort of timetable hanging over my head.

The other option would be take Friday and Tuesday off work so I have a much easier (and less rushed) time travelling, but then lose three days off work (including the public holiday) which would increase my stress levels.

You see, I'm a contractor, so I only get paid for the time I work. Public holidays mean I don't work, so I don't get paid as much as I would if I worked. Holidays means that I get paid less accordingly as well. One day off amounts to about two days of financial stress as I recover so three days off would be a weeks worth of stress for me. Not good this close to my last lot of financial stress (two weeks holidays followed by two weeks of only four days each).

If I was running something down there, then yes I would come down, but as I'm not I unfortunately can't justify the stress it would create. Oh well.

That means that if I can help it, all my travelling for the rest of the year will be weekend trips only. Of course, I have said that I will run something at Unicon, so I will do so, and that would mean taking more time off around that weekend. However, that's not until end of September, so I should be able to manage that no worries.

That said, I am already planning a reasonable amount of travelling on the weekends. Next weekend (26th to the 28th) I will be down in Sydney for the weekend running a Shadowrun game! Yes, you heard correctly, I am flying down to Sydney to run a Shadowrun game. I'm nuts, I know this.

ozisim is organising things, and I think currently we have 5 or 6 players. I want up to 8 players so if you think you can handle a Shadowrun game in Sydney once every month or two (I've already booked the flights for the end of June) let her know. Amaya, if you are interested you can join in after you come back. I'll put the details in a separate post for those of you who are interested.

So, plans for the next year:

Flying down to Sydney once a month or once every second month or so, assuming this Shadowrun game gets off the ground. I will probably schedule a weekend visit to Melbourne somewhere in there as I don't want to wait four months until Unicon.

Unicon is end of September, so it will be down to Melbourne for a week or so.

Arcanacon is January next year, so it will be down to Melbourne for a week or so as well.

Conquest is early April next year, and that's when it starts to get messy.

My current lease expires October 31 this year. I don't think I'm going to be in a movable state by then, so I will probably extend it another 6 months, meaning it ends at the end of April next year, just after Conquest. If I get things sorted correctly I will be coming down for Conquest and not coming back, or coming down for Conquest and coming back for visits to get the last of the move sorted. Something like that.

So, that's my plan. Wish be the best of luck. I'm going to need it.

Comments

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ingysledge
May. 17th, 2006 08:50 am (UTC)
We'll miss you at Pheno then ;(
But I do understand your reasoning.
halloranelder
May. 17th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
Thank you.

I was looking forward to Pheno, but it seems it's not meant to be.

However, I intend to submit a couple of games to next years to make sure I get there! Plus I will be coming from Melbourne, not Brisbane, making it an easier trip.
illdrinn
May. 17th, 2006 11:06 am (UTC)
Duh and that's what happens when I read entries back to front. Yes I want to join, let me know what character classes are still appropriate. I tend to play socio-political characters rather than combat but let me know what voids you need filled.

Incidentally I am a Cyberpunk player not a Shadowrun one and haven't looked over the system in a very long time, I read the novels a number of times enough to know the campaign setting quite well but may need to be treated like a moron in parts.
halloranelder
May. 17th, 2006 11:26 am (UTC)
Cool. Will let you know once characters and the like are sorted out.
halloranelder
Jun. 15th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
You still interested in the Shadowrun game? I've put some details of who/what we got here for you to look at.

Currently everyone has gone for mage or adept, so there's no Technomancer yet, something that I figured you would enjoy. Do you know anything about the Shadowrun otaku?

Let me know when you get a chance in that busy schedule of yours! :) Enjoy
illdrinn
May. 17th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
Incidentally I obviously have some experience in moving interstate now, let me know if you want hints/tips/horror stories.
halloranelder
May. 17th, 2006 11:27 am (UTC)
That would probably be good. I have a hell of a lot of stuff (some of which I am intending to divest myself of before I move) so costs of moving all of this stuff is the first thing on my mind.
greenglowgrrl
May. 17th, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)
OH NO, NOT ANOTHER ONE!
rantinan
May. 17th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
*chanting* One of us, one of us, one of us!
littik
May. 18th, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
*nods* All us cool kids are moving to Melbourne. yesiree.
draquin
May. 19th, 2006 10:40 am (UTC)
As much as I love you sweetheart, I am not helping anyone move ever again.

Well... maybe the kids when they turn 18, but if we're not biologically related... fergettit.

xxx.
halloranelder
May. 19th, 2006 10:45 am (UTC)
Moral support will be enough.

*hugs*
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