I realized the moment I fell into the fissure that the Book would not be destroyed as I had planned. It continued falling into that starry expanse, of which I had only a fleeting glimpse. I have tried to speculate where it might have landed, but I must admit that such conjecture is futile. Still, questions about whose hands might one day hold my Myst book are unsettling to me. I know my apprehensions might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written. -- Atrus

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Myst Maps

Earlier I published a post wherein I bragged about my Myst collection.  I've been a touch more obsessed with Myst while waiting for Obduction.  And by a touch I mean a lot!

I replayed all the games and showed my finished Myst journal (188 pages hardy har har) to a friend of mine, also working for her PhD in early Christian and Islamic art.  She was duly impressed, if a bit uncomfortable with my geekiness.  She told her husband I'd written a dissertation, and also told me the journal would end up in a museum a hundred years from now.  Yes, I can see it.  Museums around the world exhibiting stunning collections of unusual notebooks found the world over detailing every Myst fan's long history with some man called Atrus.  The phenomenon will be fodder for others' dissertations hundreds of years from now!  Actually someone could write a dissertation now on the effects of Myst on its obsessed fans.

Recently I was thinking I should pop open the Book of Atrus again, since it has been so long, but I worry that would get me to read the rest of the trilogy again.  I just can't handle Veovis's downfall again.

Anyway, I was looking up the specs for Obduction and found, to my grief, that my graphics card doesn't even meet minimum requirements.  I've got Nvidia GeForce GT 650.  This means the worst! I won't be able to play!  Of course, I will try anyway, just to be sure.  But this machine is 3.5 years old and I think she won't be able to do it.  Poor Hathor.  I was drooling over a new gaming laptop, which I was prepared to name Wadjyt, but I just have no money for a new computer.  Baladria is very sad.  When will I get to play Obduction?!

I posted on Facebook "If I sawed off an arm and a leg and put them under my pillow, would the computer fairy leave me a new computer?"

And yes, I name my electronics after ancient Egyptian stuff.  My devices I plug into my computers are boys, so I've got Merit (beloved) and Thoth (god of wisdom, writing, etc.) for my external hard drives.  And my computers are girls.  Hathor is my main baby (goddess of the sun, love, sexuality, sometimes war), Ketet (means little girl) for my little laptop, and Kiya (a minor wife of Alhenaten) for my tablet.  Hehehe!  It's the little things in life that bring us joy when we are down.

And joy has most definitely reached me.  It was my birthday on the 15th, turned the big three-zero, and my mom gave me the best thing ever!

I'd been hovering like a vulture over two glorious finds on eBay, but couldn't buy them just yet--had to wait till September. Then they were removed from listings because they were undold by the deadline.  I was thrown into despair, but I contacted the sellers to see if they would repost and they said yes!  And that they'd let me know when they did so.

You see, they were selling Myst and Riven...both of which came with the rare MAPS of Myst Island and the islands of Riven.

When I told my mom about this, she gave me money to buy them, saying it was her birthday present to me.  Isn't she the best mom ever?!  I went berserk.  I've never purchased something so quickly in my life...well, stuff on eBay is time sensitive after all.

Now, I have a problem with my mail carriers.  They are lazy and simply do not deliver packages and then lie about attempting delivery and leaving a notice.  Thus, I have to write the tracking number on a piece of paper, walk half a mile to the post office, and stand in line for an hour to get my package.  Seriously, that branch is a mess and it would all go more efficiently if the mail carrier just delivered the packages!  So this is what I had to do both times I received my long-awaited MAPS.  But they are HERE!

This is the reverse of the Riven map.

And now I have completed the "map collection" which of course also included the D'ni map.  I'd love to frame these now, but we will have to see.  I'm waiting to hear back about a thing in Vienna (which I'm sure will not happen).

I've told people there is no greater joy in life than when you complete a section of your collection.  And yes, I'm purposely hyperbolic.  I may not have Obduction but I do have my maps.  Yay!


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