First order of business: I love and miss all of you.
Second order of business: as I cannot tell short stories, I'll spare you the saga of how I came to quit the job I'd had that most of you had probably heard me bitch about. I quite literally walked one day, absolutely sick of the hypocrisy and my boss' inability to commit to a story and stick with it.
Fortunately, since the end of April I'd been working part time in a call center that captions telephone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing. Once I'd left the shitty job and was only working 28 hours a week at the call center I figured I'd have a ton of time for gaming, which was almost true.
About two weeks ago I was offered a full-time position. I now work 1:30pm to 10pm, Monday through Thursday, Arizona time. Which is currently Pacific time. Also, I've got about a 45-60 minute commute to and from work.
What this means is, I don't get home until 11:00pm, at the earliest. I don't usually have the ability to log into any game until at least midnight. (This is, for now, roughly equivalent to 2am Central, 3am Eastern.) As an example, I logged in tonight between midnight and 12:30am my time, and was the only person logged in.
I love my new schedule. Despite the occasional gripe, I love my job. I'm providing a service to disabled persons while at the same time doing a job that doesn't cause my anxiety to flare at the slightest poke -- I quite literally have zero direct contact with any of my customers and haven't had a single anxiety or panic attack in the two months I've been working there. (Any of you in the AZ / NV / UT / Idaho area, if you're interested, get in touch with me.)
The downside is that I'm not really in a position to interact with people except on Fridays and Saturdays, and as I literally see my family.. let's see.. NEVER during the week, I've actually been spending that time with my few friends and some family.
I wish I had more spare time for others. But I've given it some serious thought, and I'm not sure it's something that I'm able to handle at this time. While I may not directly interact with anyone at work, I AM still talking virtually non-stop for roughly 6.5 of my 8.5 hour shift. After that, all I want is some quiet time.
I apologize to anyone I interacted with roughly a month ago, thinking I'd have plenty of time for RP and in-game activities. It was never my intention to leave you hanging. I'd even re-subbed with the intent to be more active. I didn't expect to be offered a promotion so quickly -- and frankly, since this has taken the place of my schooling for the next year or so, I don't intend to stop here. I've let my manager know that the next time a higher position opens up I'm interested.
With any luck, this website won't be blocked at work. I can access the 'net between calls, and the two hours or so between 8:00 and 10:00 are usually slower and more chill. I hope to be able to stay in touch with you all through here, and through Skype if you have it. Unfortunately my workplace is regulated by the FCC, so I cannot access most social media or chat programs while I'me at work -- that means no Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, Tumblr,
Skype, MSN, etc. I don't think it likely that these forums will be blocked, though.
Anyway. I miss you guys. I miss RP. I love my Invicta, and I sincerely hope to return some day when things are better situated. But at this time, my work schedule accommodates my mental illness and chronic illness symptoms, and while I wish I could do otherwise, I have to prioritize myself first.
If I don't have you on Skype, FB, text or tumblr and you want to be able to reach me via one of these platforms, please let me know and I'll get you added. I'd love to be able to chat with more of you than I currently have access to.
Ad Victoriam, Invicta. I love you all.