So, I bought new shelving, unboxed all the books, and put them on the shelves, where I can access them, and where they can either stand up straight or lie flat.
After I took a picture of this and put it up on Facebook, I decided to photograph the rest of my accumulated library:
|My Main Bookshelf|
|Main Bookshelf Detail - Left|
|Main Bookshelf Detail - Right|
|Auxiliary Shelf #1|
|Auxiliary Shelf #2|
For a few moments, I felt a sense of pride in it. But right now, I'm actually feeling kind of disappointed in myself. Those shelves represent the investment of thousands of dollars over the course of decades. But mostly, they're full of untapped potential. There are hundreds of books on those shelves I never used for gaming. There are scores I've read once, or possibly never read at all. Not to mention boardgames unplayed, software unused, and Gigabytes of PDFs purchased over the years.
I consider myself lucky that I get to game regularly once a week for three hours, and for four or five hours on a less regular basis. But I want more. I want to feel that sense of wonder, that spark of creation, something I rarely feel at the gaming table anymore. I want to run games and have people in my home to enjoy them, something that just isn't feasible at the moment. I'm worried that I just buy gaming stuff to try and fill that need and it's been going on for a very long time.
On the other hand, this may just be a consequence of having a week's vacation and the house all to myself.