It’s been several weeks since I’ve played Rift. I didn’t stop playing because I like the game any less. I initially stopped because gaming ceased being enough to hold my attention. I was sick, worried and stressed to a point that not even my love of fantasy could hold me. I had a distinct craving to create. I tried working on a few of my stories but my writing felt flat and uninspired. I toyed with the idea of returning to EQ2X and my furniture and design shop, which remains one of the highlights of my gaming adventures. I was close to re-subscribing until I decided that I should create something in real life – at least give it a try. I wanted to make something that would exist even after I’m gone. Yes, my thoughts had turned rather morbid at the time.