I wish I was more organized with my note taking, preparation, and storage of character sheets. I don't believe Matt has forgiven me for losing one of his characters – alas poor Spike X, we barely knew him.
I now have a system for character sheets – it involved purchasing an accordion binder and placing everything in there. But other information…there's a notebook somewhere.
I never picked up good study habits, because I always felt as though things came naturally for me. Most of my notes from class were often doodles. And now, as I balance the reality of full-time job, remarriage, and teenage children, I wish I were better at my note taking and preparation.
I find that my hand written notes are much easier to remember than anything I type. However, this creates a challenge, because I don't always write them in a reasonable notebook and they can inevitably get lost in the shuffle.
I would turn to the computer, but for me, it represents my workspace. And as I said earlier, I know that there are better ways to store the information – I could create an ontology and begin mapping the information for storage and retrieval. But would I rather work on a game? Or work on the meta-game?
Over the past three weeks, I've been in somewhat of a funk. I started a new job, learning from and helping others. I've been mentally drained as I stepped out of the marketing environment of content management and into the library environment of cataloging, archiving, and discoverability – There are similarities, but there are real differences as well. There is a lot to learn.
What I realized today, as I was picking up a birthday present for my daughter, is that I buy a new notebook and pen when I'm ready for a change.
There is some catharsis in choosing a new notebook. A whole new opportunity to record thoughts in a blank book. A book devoted solely to whatever idea is trying to break forth from my skull.
Inevitably, the notebook's original intent, which was likely not very clear, gets muddled. With its initial purpose sullied, the notebook languishes. For some reason my brain abandons this once promising virginal book to undertake a stygian journey of mindlessness.
For now, the notebook is new and fresh. I know there are ideas to come, so now, it is time to sit with pen and paper and capture those thoughts.
And I'm looking forward to reading “Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep.” I'm certain there will be some helpful advice.