I'm a creature of habit, and I know it. I love my pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich for breakfast, my Mets baseball, and X-Men comic books. In the summer months, this manifests as kicking back with a new Lost Fleet novel by Jack Campbell, an Expanse book by the combined writing team of James S. A. Corey, and a stack of Hellboy/B.P.R.D. novels.
I have a bad habit of saving all of my heavy reading for the summer. Don't get me wrong -- I love my summer reading list, but my brain's happier when I keep reading throughout the year. Starting around Thanksgiving and continuing through to early March, I aimed to do exactly that. I put together a short (well, short for me) reading list.
2015 was a great exercise year for me. Through a combination of running, walking, the occasional game of disc golf, and coaching baseball for a bunch of 8 and 9 year old boys, I lost 15 pounds and hit my summer goal of 210 pounds.
I had a great routine -- get up in the morning, go for a run with the dog, then go to work. Get in another walk or a brief run in the evening, then go out on Saturday or Sunday mornings with the guys for some disc golf. According to my Apple Watch's exercise app, I was regularly hitting my 1,200 active calorie movement goal.
Last year saw an array of family games invade the Geek Tree. This year it's all about the RPGs.
The first two books to hit the Geek Tree's space-and-rockets themed tree skirt were Savage Worlds books that I received for my birthday.
The Geek Tree finally has an angel.
For years, the topper of the geek tree -- my personal ode to speculative fiction in Christmas tree form -- had a Santa Yoda at the tree topper. Yoda was great, and I'm sure he'll return to his place of honor eventually, but this year I had a true angel ... a Weeping Angel from ThinkGeek.
Summer is long over, and the end of the year is looming large. Fortunately I can look back on a summer and know -- despite all the long work days -- that I read a hell of a lot of books.
I ended up reading all but one of the novels on my summer reading list, while adding several additional tomes. I planned to read 12 books and five graphic novels. I succeeded in reading 15 books and nine graphic novels.
It's been a little over a year since my gaming groups started playing D&D 5th Edition. We began with the D&D Basic Rules when they were released in July 2014 and quickly moved to the core rules (Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual) as they released. My Sunday group ran two playtest campaigns during this time: Obsidian Frontier, a sandbox game, and Heart of Darkness is a level-per-session story-driven game.