Where I’ve Been – 2017 in Review

If you’ve visited my blog’s front page, you might have noticed that it’s been a while since my last post here. If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me wrestling, from time to time, about whether I should even keep my blog going. So far I’ve kept it going because it does get a steady, if small, stream of views. Today I decided to finally sit down and write a new post, one that’s been floating around my head for months.

2017 was an interesting year for me. The first half was fairly unremarkable. I must admit I probably couldn’t tell you much about that first half. Then, in the middle of June, things changed. I tripped and fell, breaking my right arm pretty badly. It’s now supported by a bunch of metal plates, and I have a long scar from my elbow to just past halfway my upper arm (for the curious, I’ve uploaded my x-rays here). Fortunately the scar is on the back of my arm so it mostly goes unnoticed. However, as I’m right handed, I had several months of struggling, of not being able to do most of the things I wanted or needed to do. This put me in a pretty dark place. There were many days where my only goal was to get to the next day, to get that one little step closer to when life would be back to normal.

Fast forward a couple of months, and I was slowly getting back to my hobbies, and trying some new ones. I already struggled with RSI (repetitive strain injury) before I broke my arm. Combined with the reduced strength after the break, I had to take things really slow. A friend bought me some audiobooks, which were a first for me, and a great way to pass the time when just holding a physical book was difficult.

When I eventually had better use of my arm, I took a short course on map making (the image above is what I created during the course!) by Deven Rue. If you haven’t heard of her before, she’s an amazing map artist with a Patreon that gets you access to maps and other illustrations, as well as several great courses on map making and colouring.

Then I gave handlettering a try. It’s something I’d dabbled in before, but I hadn’t really stuck with it long enough to get good. So I dived into the Happy Ever Crafter‘s course, starting with the very basics of modern calligraphy, all the way through to advanced techniques like stylising your lettering. I stuck with it and actually finished the course, and now I’m doing some handlettering for my sister’s wedding! You can check out my progress on my art Instagram account, @triangularroom.art.

In amongst all of this, we extended our little home, giving us a bit more room and a dedicated space for building LEGO sets or taking photos. I got a macro lens for Christmas and have been experimenting with it, as you can see on my main Instagram account, @triangularroom.

Our home game of Pathfinder has continued through all of this, with my husband as GM. We recently said goodbye to one long-time player and welcomed a new party member to our table, and our adventures have continued to be crazy fun. However, since I haven’t been GMing myself, I’ve had to think less about everything Pathfinder, so I haven’t come up with new things to post about in that area. I am pretty interested to see how Pathfinder 2.0 turns out, though. And I was fortunate enough to meet James Sutter last year when he visited South Africa for ICON, one of our local geek conventions. He signed my copy of Inner Sea Gods 🙂

So, with all that said, I’m not sure where this leaves The Triangular Room blog. I’m not ready to retire from blogging just yet, and I’ve got some post ideas swirling around my head. I may expand to a few new topics while retiring others., but I hope to create some content that someone enjoys!

Header image art created by me, parchment background created by Deven Rue.

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