The monster is never really dead.
It's funny how things can change in a single day. I was looking forward to getting back to the business of drawing now that Gen Con has passed (more on that later) and my big annoying project is out of the way...until my phone rang, with fresh requests that came very close to causing a bit of an outburst. Fortunately I was able to avoid saying anything that would cause more harm than good...but I must admit that it's been a long time since the wind was so briskly tugged from my sails. So it's back to work for me, which means that the ending of my vacation is likely going to be a thing of tremendous annoyance rather than relaxation, to say nothing of delaying my original plans of doing some more artwork.
As annoying as the situation is, though, it would be remiss of me not to mention that Gen Con was a lot of fun this year. I got to meet some new people, try out some new games (the Pathfinder Card Game, Kings of War, and the new Lord of the Rings Card Game, among others), and even got a chance to participate in a very entertaining game of Space Hulk. I may have to pick up a copy of the LotR game someday, as I really liked the design. We also found enough time to get together for a game of Saga Edition Star Wars, which was very entertaining both in terms of the players decisions going right and their decisions going very wrong - victory was claimed in the end, but not before a group of lawkeepers was accidentally sacrificed, and a Jedi managed to destroy the bridge both he and his opponent were standing on, due to an ill-timed fumble. During my time back I also got to see Ant Man, which I enjoyed almost entirely - my sole (very small) complaint was that the villain had little more character than "evil businessman" - but that didn't effect my enjoyment in the slightest.
Now I'm off to bang my head against these new issues. Hopefully I won't be at it for too long.
Reading: Knights of the Dinner Table
Watching: History Channel
Eating: French Fries
Drinking: Mountain Dew