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I'm so pleased and proud that we're finally getting this off the ground, and I'm very grateful for +Michelle Lyons-McFarland's help. Please share this and hit Michelle or me up if you'd like to schedule your downtime by working as a monitor!
 
#GenCon  Quiet Room -- call for volunteers

This year, 2015, GenCon is going to have its first-ever quiet room available to attendees who need a break from everything. With dim lighting, noise rules, and no pick-up games allowed, the room is designed to be a respite for those who need a break and are overwhelmed by all the awesome sensory and social crush that is GenCon. The room needs monitors, though, and I'm looking for volunteers. If you are going to be attending and are willing to give up some of your time in blocks of an hour or two in a pleasantly quiet space, please let me know. Monitors will be responsible for taking head counts and dissuading groups looking to set up pick-up games, as well as letting people know if they're being too loud. Please contact me if you're available and willing, and I'll get you on the schedule. Thanks! 

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I'm the same. I would be gone awhile. In previous years i would commandeer a stall in the bathroom just to be able to decompress. It's not as glamorous as it sounds 
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I was diagnosed at 23, and I totally agree with how rough it is. You can't control a lot of those external factors, but one thing you can do for sure is insist on self-care. Make sure your GMs know that you may have to take a break to walk or stretch or take meds, so your character should be easily "put in the backpack" for a few scenes. Let other folks help you with things that can't be avoided, like getting food, and insist on disability services for the stuff that can--you DO deserve to walk up to the "VIP" window and ask for a registration process that doesn't wreck you physically.

I've been working on this for 16 years now, so if I can give you support or any other insights for work-arounds, just let me know. And keep doing what you love--it makes the pain worth it, sometimes.
A little background: I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when I was 12. It was a lousy diagnosis to get at such a young age, but the symptoms were pretty clear and they’ve only gotten worse since then. If you want to know more about fibromyalgia, a quick internet search should answer any questions you have. I started tabletop gaming around age ...
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Thanks Jessica! It has been a tough road, but I'm learning. I have trouble getting over the embarrassment that can come with asking for help or breaks, and feel guilt over using the VIP lines because I'm not disabled "enough." 

Any suggestions you have are always welcome! You can find me on G+ as +Brianna Sheldon and twitter @briecs. 
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Tonight, we're celebrating the winter solstice with two folk tales: How Raven Steals the Light (Inuit) and How Maui Stole the Sun (Oceania)
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A circle of people from our solstice party have gathered around the warm glow of the computer to listen to you tell this live.
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Tonight's book is "Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose" by Dr. Seuss.
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My favorite is One Fish, Two Fish.
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Tonight's book is "Bridget and the Grey Wolves" by Pija Lindenbaum.
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i love these
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Tonight's story is "Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile."
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Watch live or afterward to see what all the #IronEdda hype is about!
 
Going to be running a public demo of #IronEdda: War of Metal and Bone here on G+ on Sunday at 8pm EST. As of this posting I've got two slots still open. If you are in for sure, let me know! So far, +Jessica Banks +Aidan Sullivan and +Matt Jackson are playing. We'll be broadcasting live via Hangouts On-Air, so if you can't play, you'll at least be able to watch.
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Tonight we're putting the Thor back in Thursday with some Norse folktales!
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Tonight's book is "Coyote Steals The Blanket" by Janet Stevens
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Hangouts stopped allowing me to do this event without scheduling it on-air, which is seriously annoying to me too. Sorry.
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Tonight's story is "The Dark" by Lemony Snicket, with illustrations by Jon Klassen.
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