My illness has kicked into high gear…

I cringe when I have to bring up my chronic illness, because I (a) don’t want to use it as an excuse, and (b) don’t want to complain.  But I’m in a bad flareup.  I’ve tried to get better by working less the past few days… in other words, do some work, rest, do some work, rest again, and so on.

But it’s not working.  I need to take a few days off and just stay in bed.  I know from experience that rest is the only thing that will fix this, and I also know from experience that if I don’t do that, it will just get worse.  I’ve got a lot coming up in June — if the Kickstarter is successful we’ll be filming, and I have to be in good health for that.

So there will not be any blog posts for the rest of this week, and there will not be a Call of Cthulhu game tonight or Friday night.  I won’t be checking email, either.  Leah will do that for me; she’s been a huge help.

But on Saturday night at midnight Eastern, we’ll resume the regular video shows.  So we will have the regular video show on Saturday and Sunday.  If I rest up between now and Saturday night, I’ll be in a lot better shape.

Thanks for your understanding.


62 responses to “My illness has kicked into high gear…

  1. Mike, you are in my prayers. Rest up and get to feeling better. Looking forward to more great stuff after you’ve recovered!

  2. Take what time you need, we’ll all be here when you’re back on your game. Hope you feel better soon.

  3. Get plenty of fhtagn! You’ll soon be back on your feet and will get that Innsmouth look back. 🙂

  4. Listen to your body and get some rest. You’re not alone, Many have similar conditions and empathize with your situation. Here’s to hoping Your Stars are Right… soon!

  5. Your health always has to come first. Do whatever you need to to get better, and don’t let us distract you from that.

  6. Just take care of yourself, Mike. This horde isn’t going anywhere without you! Do what you need to take care of yourself, & thanks again for all you’re providing.

  7. Mike, you do ABSOLUTELY loads of good work pal. If you need time to get back on your feet then you need the time. Hope you feel better soon bwtty.

  8. Don’t stress yourself. I’ve been chronically ill with severe M.E. for 15 years. Nurture yourself. People that matter will understand. ❤

  9. Best wishes Mike. Take all the time you need to get well and rested up. I have cellulitis in my lower legs which wears me out with fatigue, so I can relate to what you’re talking about. Get well and rest up buddy, and thank you for all you do for us Lovecraft fans. you’re eZine is number one with a bullet!

  10. For God’s sake Mike take care of yourself–first and foremost! You give so much to the rest of us with all you do with this site. We’ll survive until you are ready to take the helm again.

  11. While Mike is recovering please go to the kickstarter (link at top of this page) and help make the ezine movies a reality.

  12. I don’t know what your illness is, but I have MS, so I understand how these things go. Take care of yourself.

    I’m new to your blog, but am already enjoying it very much. Thanks for the recent free viewing of Die Farbe.

  13. You do what you need to so that you can feel better Mike! Rest up and know that we are all pulling for you.

  14. Mike, you take care of yourself! We all appreciate everything you do, but we don’t want to make yourself sick(er) getting it all done. Take a break, relax, and heal!

  15. My goodness, Mike, there isn’t a person who knows you who wouldn’t want you to take every second you need to get back to ramming speed! Much love and please know Annie and I send our eldritch love.

  16. Happy late birthday and take good care of yourself. None of us are going to be upset about you taking some much needed rest. Rest well and when you get back all will return to normal (?) We all want you to take all the rest you need. We love ya.

  17. Dear Mike,
    Havim EM myself I know all aboutl this bloody awful spells. Rest. Read if the “brain fog” will allow it. Watch silly movies. Watch the ceiling. Muse. DON’T beat yourself with a stick.
    Get well.

  18. Get well, MIke. These spells are awful, I know them from old. Rest. Read, “brain fogg” permitting. Watch silly movies. Stare at the ceiling (looking for unusual angles, perhaps…?). Muse. You’ll be back. Oh, and happy belated birthday!

  19. Get well, MIke! These spells are awful, I know them from old. Rest. Read, “brain fogg” permitting. Watch silly movies. Stare at the ceiling (looking for unusual angles, perhaps…?). Muse. You’ll be back. Oh, and happy belated birthday.

  20. first off … HAPPY B’DAY .. ok ok a bit late but I just found out today I missed it (blame it on me being a newbie here compared to all of you (LOL)) … and btw I’m sending healing energies your way … hope it helps (my dog thinks it does when I do it for him (grin) …. take care and catch ya when you get back … hugs … (big smile)

  21. As another chronic illness sufferer (to add insult to injury now I have cancer), I can relate. Take what time you need, ’cause if you don’t, we all know what happens – fibro will knock you down whether you want to go down or not. Better to cut it off at the pass. Take care and feel better!

  22. Hang in there Mike. Count me among the chronic illness members. Getting old really does stink!

  23. Just an observation…but it appears that many of us Lovecraft fans are up there in age. Don’t young folks read his work?

    • I believe that a lot of the youngsters don’t read as much as my generation ( born in 1952 ) does. Also, HPL’s writing has a lot of obscure word usage, and I have had at least one younger person tell me that it’s “boring to read”, when asked about The Man From Providence.

      • I guess you are right about them finding HPL boring. He does go a bit far with the adjectives, but it also means you learn a lot of new words too. I was born in 1949 and I like the books and most of the movies. I just finished watching Unnamable and Unnamable II. Pretty fun movies. Haven’t really dug into the post-HPL authors though.

      • Michael and Mike, I think you’re right in that today’s equivalent of the consumers of Weird Tales and such back in HPL’s day might find it boring and turgid, but if television had been around back then, these pop-entertainment readers would probably be watching TV, not reading much for entertainment. Perhaps the equivalent in the ’30s to our present HPL lovers would be those young people who sought out older and less accessible stories which were the precursors to Poe and HPL. Maybe some eldritch stuff in Arabic, Latin, Greek, or French — 1930s nerds and Weird folk, in other words. I think people will be getting into our Gent at different ages for a long time. I “discovered” him in my late 30s!

    • read? rarely for most as I see it .. a lot of tv/movies/videos but a book? … I started reading Lovecraft in m late teens (60’s) and yes I am up there in age lol … I was looking for something different than all the scifi I grew up with … also I had moved to Providence in the late 60’s onto Federal Hill (grin) … I did spend time walking around the old neighborhood thinking of Lovecraft’s stories (grin) … it’s too bad the young ones think his work boring .. the horror stories nowadays are mostly slash/gore …not much for the imagination to latch onto … Lovecraft is so much more (smile)

      • Owl: Agree 100%. HPL is more an “intellectual horror story”. Or for some of us…a wish that the Cthulhu actually WOULD come back and straighten things out! 😀

      • Ah, what would I give for some time living on Federal Hill and walking the streets there. When I first started reading HPL, I was a young Army medic, living in an old 3-story house that had started as a river-front hotel in Montclare, PA. It had lots of atmosphere, with a working steel mill right across the river, and I scared myself silly staying up all night reading those stories. I was responsible for turning on quite a few of my fellow soldiers to Lovecraft’s works; people in general seemed more literate and involved back then.

  24. My “first contact” with HPL was the movie “Re-Animator”. I suspect that is probably true for many folks. I searched out his books and other movies and I was hooked. I am going to join the HPL Historical Society next month as a life member.

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