Friday, November 18, 2011

It's not dead, it's restin'!

I've been getting quite a bit of new traffic lately. Allegorical Dullness has long been read by one to four other people, due to my utter lack of caring for self-promotion, so it's neat to see more trickling in. Hello, awesome people! This post is not about Sim Survivor or the continuing misadventures of all my other rejects, but it does concern them so I hope you'll pull up a chair and bear with me anyway.

On the first of November--the very first day of NaNoWriMo, and days from Skyrim's release--the motherboard on my gaming laptop decided that it was time to shuffle off the mortal coil and fried itself to a crisp. The week-and-some-days that followed were an agonizing scramble of handwritten pages, averaging between 250 to 450 words per day, because starting on the first I was also traveling across the country and had, fortunately, decided to bring my pen-and-paper notebook along in case I had to jot something down in a stupor at three in the morning.

("But what does this have to do with the blog?" you ask. Absolutely nothing. I just like exposition. No, don't go, I'm getting to the blog stuff!)

By the time that I acquired a new computer, I was just so grateful to have a $200 word processor to try and catch up on NaNo with that I didn't even consider the lack of an optical drive. Or the lack of a processor better than an AMD C60. Or the lack of a graphics card beefy enough to handle anything more intensive than Spider Solitaire. Or, for that matter, the lack of all my files.

You see, when I finally turned my attention to Allegorical Dullness and my inability to play The Sims 3 on this thing, my first thought was, "Well, it's okay. I have at least four gigabytes of unused screenshots that I can make new posts with for now." Then I realized that, yes, I had four gigabytes of unused screenshots on my dead computer, and that I hadn't got an external drive enclosure or the screwdrivers necessary to get at the hard drive even if I had.

Then I tried to hit my head against my desk, but because my desk is currently my lap and I'm not that flexible it didn't end well.

The long and short of what I'm trying to say is that I haven't abandoned Sim Survivor or Sim-Me's lean-to or all the other things that I've been planning for months; I am flat-out unable to get at them. And that's saddening, because no updates means I likely won't be able to keep potential new readers.

Allegorical Dullness will be returning at some point, whenever it's possible. Until then I have another blog, if you are interested, called Water is for Drinking. All my non-Sims 3 stuff lives there, including screenshots from other games and stories and rants about miscellaneous topics, and David Hasselhoff. (Be careful, he has a tendency to appear out of nowhere.) I've recently been uploading some photography, too. (Believe it or not, my budding interest in photography stemmed from my inability to take video game screenshots.) It won't tell you who wins Sim Survivor, or whether or not Stanley ever becomes a master horse rider--okay, spoiler: he doesn't--but it has got Ezio Auditore throwing priests into fountains and other random things.

Thank you for sticking with me. If you don't stick with me, might I recommend one of the websites linked in my sidebar? They are all worthy investments of an afternoon or two or more.