First of all, I’m sorry that this is the first blog post I have done in ages. As I’ve mentioned to various people, real life has been kicking my monkey butt since just after Christmas, and at times I’ve barely had time to think, let alone write blog posts and function as a Society member. From sudden flat woes to my GP scaring the stuffing out of me for what turned out to be no reason, it’s been…well, brain frying, spirit destroying chaos! But things are a little calmer and more even now, so I can finally, FINALLY, go back to the things I love: namely, anything that falls under the umbrella (ella, ella, ey, ey, ey…sorry) of ‘IoD things and stuffs’.
First of all: wasn’t that a great National? I said my profuse thanks when I did the stand-up-in-front-of-everybody-and-speak thing (not as scary as I thought it would be), but I want to reiterate here what a great job everyone did to make it such a special and enjoyable event. From Caroline booking the awesome venue in Haworth and doing a great job as ANC Events, to all the STs and volunteers, to everyone that showed up and gave it their best… Good job, one and all! I personally really enjoyed NPCing for Mage, and I was so relieved not to lose any pack members this time in Forsaken! Lost was also brilliant (although…sniff…my dear Wodehouse…), and I played my first ever live Requiem game, which was great fun.
And a big thanks to the people that volunteered to act as ANC Events assistants. It’s very much appreciated, and is a huge load of my mind. I’ve wanted two assistants for Caroline for ages, and to get three is just brilliant. Thanks for stepping up to do what needs to be done.
Still looking for an ANC Recruitment and Retention, though. As we move forward as a Society, increasing our membership is one of our top priorities. It could even be fun – perhaps we could have stalls at relevant events, and perhaps we will gain some really lovely people to add to our numbers. New friends. New characters. New ideas. Sounds good to me! Honestly, if I wasn’t already all volunteered out, I’d probably volunteer for this position myself. I’m going to try and look into it more acutely so that whoever among you kindly decides to stand up and go for this potentially very exciting position has a solid foundation to work with. Hopefully, real life will allow me to do this without interrupting! But in any event, having this post as functionally empty cannot go on indefinitely. Ideally, I want one for the North and one for the South, to break the workload down into two easily manageable chunks, but however the post gets filled, it must get filled. So please, if there’s even a small part of you that’s interested, please get in touch with me.
I’m working my way through outstanding issues (thanks a lot, real life), so please bear with me while I get to you. Sometimes, real life really can get in the way of IoD stuff, can’t it? And it’s ok. RL always has to take priority, much as we may long for better circumstances or more free time. When has real life gotten in the way for you? How did you bounce back?
A big shout out to Fran and Harry for agreeing to run a new Isles of Darkness magazine for us – not only is this a valuable resource for attracting new members, it’s also a really nice perk for us to have as a Society. I heartily encourage you to contribute something – from an article on how you make your awesome props, to character fiction, to essays on why parlour LARPing kicks ass, they want to hear from you! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
OK, that’s enough from me. Except to say that you’re all fab.