Life sucks sometimes.
Thanks to Propnomicon getting some very nice attention, both on the internet and the conventional media, the last two weeks have been a real adventure. I'm getting more traffic and downloads than ever before, and that's something that I find immensely rewarding. The blog now gets more visitors every hour than it received during the entire last quarter of 2007.
So, of course, something has to go horribly wrong.
I've been suffering from horrific back and shoulder pain that hasn't responded to physical therapy or pain management for a few months. I've mentioned it when the discomfort prevented me from posting, but for the most part I've been able to work around it by staying off my feet and using a cane when I had to walk long distances. That isn't cutting it anymore.
Later this week I'm going to, hopefully, get the problem fixed once and for all by having the damage that's causing the pain surgically repaired. For the most part you won't notice any real changes- I've pre-scheduled posts and I'll be able to keep things updated regularly once I get back home. Unfortunately, the realities of recuperation force me to push back any major projects till late December or early January. That means the Antarctica map and the Innsmouth project won't be happening till then at the earliest. I sincerely apologize for the delay, but I'm already making some hefty demands on my family and can't ask them to pick up the slack on something that can be put off until I can handle it myself.
On the bright side, I'll be able to work at the computer during my convalescence, so that should translate into some more paper props being available for download.
Update: My thanks to everyone for the well wishes, they're most appreciated. In the spirit of "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade", a kind emailer also pointed out that this would be a golden opportunity to sculpt a Cthulhu cane handle. Just because my back is all wonky doesn't mean I can't have a little style while I hobble around. Heh.