This year I’m actually attempting to complete 50,000 words in 30 days and nights of literary abandon. You can find my novel Catalyst, here. See you there!
If you follow me on twitter (which you should. If not go and follow me right now, go on, I’ll wait) you’ll know that I could immediately log on to play the new expansion. Why you may ask? Well since Akabeko from Red Cow Rise spent most of the morning with me on twitter, I dedicate this post and it’s style to her.
Was swamped with homework so I was up till 11pm working on it. When midnight rolled around I thought about logging but I could only imagine what it would be like so I decided to wait until morning, instead I:
I went to sleep. I woke up at 7 the next morning and decided that instead of getting on Anslym I would wait until I can actually dedicate more than a few minutes to playing. Instead I rolled (*snort* see what I did there?) a draenei monk named: Niaal. I got him to level 4, 1 level away from learning “roll” and noticed that it was time to head on out to class:
I make it to campus at around 8:05, grab a coffee, and head over to my calculus class and get seated and pull out twitter. So the tweeting begins:
Anslym: Tell me of your Pandaria experiences! I’m living vicariously through you!
Redcow: @Anslym I’m salivating over MoP while not having logged in since yesterday! *__________*
Keep in mind that before I left for class I contemplated long and hard about skipping my math class. I figured that if I skipped once it would happen again and I want to be a good student so I went. At this point in time now we’re already started the class and it’s all a basic, BASIC I tell you, review of trig.
Anslym: @redcow I’m ready to throw my math book and storm out of this place screaming: “PANDARIA NEEDS MY TOTEMS!”
Redcow: @Anslym I KNOW THAT FEEL “flips every table”
Anslym: @redcow *Every single table. Every one.*
We had just begun talking about graphing trig functions, something I’ve done every year for the past 4 years. I knew this stuff. I shouldn’t have come to class. I was sitting here loathing the prof for not telling me in advance not to come to class because I already knew what he was teaching. If the tables weren’t bolted down:
But we carry on…
Anslym: @redcow What a terrible idea coming to school today was. I’m going to be useless.
I swear this was one of those classes where the clock goes ahead 2 minutes and back 1.
Anslym: @redcow this is what I’m going to be doing very shortly.
Redcow: @Anslym oh lord that is spectacular
Anslym: @redcow The pandas need us, Akabeko, they NEED us!
Redcow: @Anslym *screaming*
The conversation then goes on to talk about writing this post, about naming our inanimate objects, and about adding each other on RealID. Math class FINALLY finishes and I mosey on to wait for my English lecture to start at 11:30. Keep in mind that my math class ends at 9:45. I pull twitter out again and imagine my shock and horror when I read this:
Redcow: Oh I’m pleased to see all these female npcs on shen zin su.
Anslym: @redcow you’re playing T_T
Redcow: @Anslym I….I didn’t want to say anything. But I have to go to bed soon anyways ;-;
My feels on the inside were:
Just trying to get a little sneak peak into Pandaland!
English finishes rather quickly, it’s my only class that requires me to take notes from dictation so my fingers were a’ flyin’ over the keys and I tried to get in everything Prof said. I had a 2 hour break before my physics lecture so I took up refuge in the science building and began dealing with recruitment stuffs. Finally my last class, physics rolled around, and I was almost home free. Two downsides, the class is an 1:30 hours AND it’s physics. Regardless I manage to sit through the lecture on centripetal force and we’re about to be dismissed when the prof. asks “Does anyone have any questions?” horror strikes when a girl raises her hand. I almost:
But I resist. Finally we’re let out and if you’ve ever been at my campus you know that trying to leave a room with 150 people while another 150 people are trying to get into the class makes the whole ordeal a clusterfuck. I missioned on!
I made it to the bus stop and waited for my slow ass bus to arrive:
Finally made it home and got my laptop:
Logged in and experienced Pandaria:
Stay tuned for part 2 where I talk about zoning into Pandaland, with a lot less gifs.
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” –Nelson Mandela
The quote about perfectly articulates how I feel not only about returned to Azeroth but also returning to this blog right here. While the posts, pictures, and comments all remaining the same –well, other than the ones I’m going to change after this post is written- I do feel that some things are different. One of the changes is I feel less introverted, I suppose. A shared topic that finished up recently tasked us with bringing to light all the bloggers of the community we feel star struck by. People listed bloggers such as Rades from Orcish Army Knife, Vidyala from Manalicious, and Ophelie from Bossy Pally as people that they feel star struck by –No one listed me…because they are so star struck by me, yeah that’s it!.- and I too feel star struck by them. Another thing in common they all have is that I have them on my Real ID friends list. I’m pretty sure I snagged Vid and Ophelie because they were advertising for Troll runs, how Rades ended up there I have no idea. Having them there means I could strike up a conversation any time I wanted –other than when they’re raiding, that’s a no-no- but did I? Nope. In a silly way I was terrified that I would say something or make a fool of myself and I would blacklist myself from the community. Which is absurd because those three are some of the nicest people I’ve met in all my journeys across Azeroth. Being away from the game and the blog for so long, it isn’t that I’ve developed an “I don’t care attitude” towards it all but something has changed. I now strike up conversations with them every time the log in –whether they want to chat or are just logging in to see if they’re needed for a raid-. Other changes are guild related, before my break I would have given an arm, a leg, my first-born, and my soul just to become an officer. Now I’m content being where I am and what I do there. But enough about the changes, let’s get to how I’ve spent my two weeks back:
On Anslym I managed to farm up the Cyclone Raiment set (Shaman Tier 4) within the first few days back. I also managed to jump in on a guild Dragon Soul run. We wiped Ultraxion once and on Blackhorn once but in the end we got all the way to spine in just under three hours. I did grab a few nice upgrades, so all-in-all it was a good night. More recently I put together an awesome transmog set for Anslym’s elemental set. As for the day-to-day activities I haven’t really been doing that much on him. Although I did sell all my 34 volatile airs to make a pretty profit.
On Chmelyk, I’ve picked up PvPing. There’s just something satisfying about mind spiking an oncoming horde to death. I changed all of my Valor Points into conquest points and had enough to get the conquest shoulders which got me my “Cataclysmically Epic”. I have a really nice red and gold transmog set planned for him too –you can only wear Tier 6 for so long-. Unfortunately the robe and gloves come from patterns from Sunwell Plateau or I can exchanged the gear dropped from that raid with a sunmote to upgrade it into the design I want. Long story short I tried to solo some trash in there and it didn’t go over well. I’ll be pugging it later today.
On Grygor, I ran a few LFRs with my restoration druid and got myself two-piece T13. On my first down of Madness on him three of the healing maces dropped, and I won one. I also took the off-hand from Ultraxion and I now have myself a nice little healer. I volunteered for an Ulduar run with the guild so I now have my drake on my druid –it’ll carry over to my shaman in Mists anyway– and another piece of Tier 8 for his transmog set. I now have the helm and the gloves, just need the chest, shoulders, and staff from Kologarn and I’ll be done –I don’t really need the leggings because they’re hidden under the robe-.
On my other alts, I’ve leveled my Death Knight to level 82 and run a few randoms as blood. I use his frost off-spec to quest in –I had a few issues with dying really fast when I got to Vashj-ir but I got some help in that area, Thanks Rades!-. My paladin has officially gone Holy and is now healing randoms in the Hellfire area at level 63. My hunter dinged 50 in Alterac Valley. My mage hit level 40 in Thousand Needles, I also transmogged some of her heirloom set into something less Warlock-y. I started a blood elf rogue –to try some horde stuff out, haven’t gotten a horde character past level 30.- He was quickly put on hold when I managed to suck my aunt back into the game –She’s only four years older than me (23 years old) it’s not weird!- We rolled goblin characters, she’s a hunter and I’m a priest we are currently sitting at level 24 and about to tackle the Stonetalon Mountains, can’t wait!
So that’s what I’ve been up to. How about you? What have you been up to as Cataclysm winds down?
I’ll write this post anyway, even thought there hasn’t been any notable SQUEE-ing done on twitter, like I asked.
Once an addict always an addict I suppose. There are days where the urge to play is pretty damn strong, and when I mean strong I mean GET THE FUCK OUTTA MY WAY I NEED TO SLAY SOME INTERNET DRAGONS!!!!!!!!!! The way I usually quell such an urge is I find myself on MMO-Champion going through all the Mists news which doesn’t really help the cause, just makes it stronger. After I’ve gone through all the new on MMO is start reading some of the forum posts on how people think WoW is dead, blah, blah, blah. Finally I find my way onto this here blog and I go through my teenie-tiny blogroll which isn’t enough. I go through all the blogs on it, am outraged that the authors haven’t been bothered to update with a new post since the last two hours I’ve read their posts. By the time I reach the end of my blogroll I curse myself for not having more blogs. I begin whoring myself out on other people’s blogrolls. Windsoar from Jaded Alt, Vidyala from Manalicious and Rades from Orcish Army Knife has a pretty fantastic one. Has TONZZZZ of blogs and they move to the top of the list depending on how recently a new post has been released. AMAZING! I read through those precious lines of font about the journeys in Azeroth as if a crack addict is snorting lines of cocaine. By often times even that isn’t enough! There was one time that the craving got so bad I had to turn on my old lug of a computer (I deleted WoW from my laptop) and play on the free to level 20 account. But it isn’t the same. Is it too much to ask for a person to take a video of them playing WoW? Just doing dailies or something? Preferably as an elemental shaman that happens to be a draenei? No? I didn’t think so. I’d be happy to say that I’ve filled the void with another game but honestly…. I haven’t. I replayed my Pokemon games. I redid Pokemon White and Pokemon Leaf Green (although I’ve only made it to Island Three, Berry Forest). I haven’t even had the slightest interest in picking up D3, I guess that’s because I haven’t played D or D2. Maybe if they make an MMO out of them like they did with Warcraft I would. Long story short, I’m completely better off without WoW………… right.
I should mention that while my life has been spiraling into a downwards turn of WoW-withdrawals and the like I have been productive on other fronts. From my last post you probably know (if you A. read it, or B. remember it) I’m working on rewriting my book. Which I must say is going amazingly. I’m actually proud of this version. The previous version had 30 chapter and was approximately 72,000+ words. I worked my ass of throughout May and I managed to get to chapter 24 thus far. The word count currently is 75,000+ words, I’m expecting to reach 100,000 words by the time I’ve finished. I also plan to start trying to publish fairly soon after completion. Writing has it’s ups and downs (thankfully more ups), it was just the other day that I wrote in a new character (one that wasn’t in the first version) he’s a little boy of the age of four, you know the kind of character. One that is on SPEED!!!!!!!!!!!!! and bounces off the walls, has no societal filter so whatever pops into his brain, pops out of his mouth? When initially wrote little Mateo to mean a tragic end, you know to invoke the readers sympathy yadda yadda. Well it turns out that I liked this little character SO much that not only is he going to live, I’ve decided to write a new chapter (chapter 24.5 if you will) just so this character gets more page time.
That’s it for now I guess, I totally had a good ending for this post I assure you but as I was posting the picture of the piglet, it deleted this post so now I have to remove this post from the trash and rewrite the ending. I think it went something like this: I’ve been thinking about starting a reading/writing blog (the tone/voice of it would be must like this post) so if you’d be interested in following me there I’d love to hear it. To reward you for reading this post I’ll leave you with two presents the first is that bastard but adorable piglet that made me write my ending and the second is a cute elephant-let.