I was talking to somebody about writing. And telling them about how I don’t really want to write about affliction things you can find elsewhere, like talents & glyphs & spells & stuff.
How I want to write about affliction the way I like how-to-write-better books.
I don’t like the ones that say “do this” or “don’t do this” or “this is for that.”
I far prefer the ones that just tell “so this is me when I began writing and this was me two days later and this was me three years later and this is me decades now.” The ones that just really talk about the writing itself, or the circumstances that prompted the writing, but not really saying why. Maybe a personal why, so I can take that personal lesson with me, but also so I can take my own personal lesson with me.
It’s a bit like pornography. I know I like a how-to-write-better book when I like it.
I don’t like being told what to do, and I don’t really like telling others what to do. I’m all for that whole figuring it out yourself process.
But even now, that stupid gear list I did for heroics gear? THAT gets me the most pageviews. Posts I really enjoyed writing, and even now, still enjoy reading? Not much beyond their dawning week.
So this friend I was talking to then said, “Do you have to write for them, or for you?”
Pageviews are nice highs to have.
When I don’t like how-to-write-better books, I think it’s because I detect a bit too much For Them and a bit too little For You.
So, that answers that.
I’d leave it there, but while raiding, I’ve been doing a bunch of PvP (both BGs and a tiny bit of 2v2 Arena) and, more recently, going back to Outland to grind BC rep and solo/<5-man BC dungeons. While doing a Kael’thas Sunstrider attempt (The Eye) on Twitter, someone sent me a link of them doing a 3-man of it.
In the process, I found 2 new blogs to read: Glow’s Branches & The Other Tank. To start: for soloing old dungeons (a favorite relaxation/anger-purge of mine) and for taking screenshots (for sharing those things I’ve been doing). I’ll read on from there.
Technically my Hello World post was on December 23rd, 2009.
But I think something like 100 posts would be a better milestone to celebrate. Particularly since I tend to have a couple weeks’ lag in between spurts of posting rather than a solid year of posting on a regular schedule. This makes #94. Here’s a year’s worth of babble.
The A is important. I don’t know if it’s my groove yet or not, but I’ve got a few itches to write some stuff down. More than a few.
It was the writer’s block that is no ideas.
Now it is the writer’s block that is too many ideas. And they’re flying around at super fast speed in my head, all clamoring for attention.
I start sentences with “And” way way way too much. Stream of consciousness, kay?
The World Cup is Over
Now, I have absolutely no good reason to wake up in the morning. Except maybe to get on Xeny or Nooky.
I played soccer for years when I was younger. I really should find some intramural team in college that I can play on. I’m starting to really miss it. Especially goalkeeping and midfield, because those were my two big positions.
For the interested: my progression of positions: defense –> GK (big foot + agggressive defense) –> forward (big foot + better GK than me) –> midfield (not so aggressive forward + more endurance than my teammates) –> referee (mother/daughter reffing FTW). Obviously, I’m destined to become a soccer mom and coach my kids’ soccer teams.
So uh, yeah. The World Cup is pretty much why there has been no blog for a month. And dealing with depres–nyahhhh it was mostly the World Cup.
Although I was rooting for Netherlands during the final, I’m still glad Spain won. (The octopus wins!) It made me smile to finally see Casillas — one of, if not the best GK in the world atm — get to lift the trophy first. I mean, this is only his third Cup, and he’s one of my favorite players. So I was happy. And I thought it was hilarious that the crowd would stop the vuvuzelas to boo at Suarez (Uruguay) whenever he got the ball during the third-place game.
The only thing sad about the World Cup is when Americans get so excited when we’re in it, and then we go out in the round of 16, and it’s like who fucking cares about soccer, again. And there are few people I can talk to and gush about this goal or that foul or this set piece or this save. And then they tell me they just can’t get into it, or they don’t have someone to explain the terminology and rules to them. But, if you want to get into soccer, and you haven’t yet, I’d advise you to listen to commentators, at least, especially the Europeans, because the Euros are serious about their soccer, errr, football.
Especially the Brits. Because a) BRITISH ACCENTS <3 and b) they’re so funny when they’re completely harsh about some play or another. Like, every bad remark isn’t some PC remark you’d get off an American commentator, your reaction after it is something along the lines of “ooooooooo BURRRRRRRRRRRRRNNN!”
But there is one non-Brit commentator whom I absolutely love. If you ever hear on ESPN (for Americans, I don’t know if ESPN reaches other parts of the world) the name Tommy Smyth (“Sm-eye-th”), an Irish guy…he’s the best, I think. He’s absolutely brutal. :) He wasn’t one of the TV commentators (my favorite of the TV ones was the Netherlands guy, Ruud Gullit!), but he was on the ESPN radio than my dad and I listened to on my dad’s Sirius XM radio in the car on the 4th of July trip. And when we were late getting back from morning errands.
Why all the brutality that I like about soccer? I don’t really know, but I am against replays. I mean, goal-line replays, for goals only, that I’ll allow, but I really really don’t want replays in soccer. Otherwise I’m afraid it’ll end up like American football where it takes half an hour to play 10 game-minutes, because people are wasting time and objecting to shit all over the place. I mean, soccer games are long enough. But it’s not really making the game longer that bothers me. The part that really gives me the thrill in playing or reffing soccer is that I can lose. I’m mortal, in a sports sense. Knowing the ref is human, you can use that to your advantage (the Brazilians were SNEAKY in their pushing!), but having him as the sole judge — and the center ref has seconds to judge things — in what happens just…energizes me. Knowing the players are human, both your own team and the opposing team, gives me power because I know it’s possible to beat somebody.
It’s like in practice, I could never be the fastest player. Even the sprinting practices, I just couldn’t do it. But in a game, there’s all that adrenaline pumping, because THE GAME IS ON THE LINE, GURLZ, and suddenly I can voom so fast down the field, I could rez Norweigan Blues. Knowing it’s not the end of the world, that I get another go at it, that just ruins most of the thrill and spirit of the game for me. So I’m really against introducing replay technogology to soccer.
But that’s my view. I like my soccer as raw as possible. What about you?
World Cup of Warcraft
Okay, I, uh, I…I brainstormed this whole thing out, and wrote pieces of it. I don’t know if anyone would really want to read commentator-like style on soccer played Azeroth-style. Considering how many people read this blog, and then how many of you actually follow soccer and like it? It’d be something I’d totally enjoy writing, I think I could actually get lost in it, since I love both soccer and WoW, but I don’t know that I should post it if none of you would like it.
Wanting to Redo My Toon Bios
It’s like my UI funk. Every month or so, I want to tweak things aesthetically for no reason other than to tweak them in another way. It’s like alt-ing for UIs, I guess.
Anyway, I did these long Toon Bios for my main toons over in the sidebar, including some playing in WoW Model Viewer, and now I’m not really loving them, so I want to switch them around again.
Whatever, I’m weird, move on.
I don’t really like the iTunes interface for browsing podcasts on iTunes, but I use an iPod, so iTunes is what I have. But I want to BROWSE, damnit, because I don’t know of any really. I’m a podcast newb. But I’ve found some! (If you have any other suggestions, I’ll try some!)
All Things Azeroth: I listened in on one (12 July 2010), in the middle of it. The trivia question was which eternal was once a mortal? And I’m proud to say that though I’m a bit of a WoW-lore noob, I got it right away. Medivh! I didn’t put it in the chat room, though. I’m such a lurker.
Obscurecast: it’s hosted by Brits, I mean, that’s, like, justification enough, right? Seriously, British & Australian accents generally hook me anyway. But it’s also the British way of insulting things and British humor (“humour”) that I love so much. I just get a fuzzy ooo-so-creative feeling inside.
The Football Ramble: It’s about soccer. It’s hosted by Brits. Need I say more about why I love it?
Zooming on Alts
Xeny hit Northrend (& 70!). I’m having so much fun as a moonkin since I got Starfall. It’s just…ridiculous…how many mobs I can kill at one time. Granted, sometimes I have to pull out the treants and then Typhoon the place, and then pop Nature’s Grasp, and then Innervate AND pot, and then maybe almost survive. And sometimes I die, and think, “Well, if it weren’t for that pat, I’d'a had it.”
I feel bad about the alting when I, y’know, a few months ago applied and got accepted into a raiding guild. Okay, Conspiracy isn’t hardmodes or anything high pressure, but I do feel terribly bad for basically dropping out for the summer. Because currently my time is not totally under my control, and people like parents just don’t understand that online people are real people. But I feel bad anyway.
Especially since Xeny is a “traditional” alt for me, on Elune. That is, no heirlooms, no money from the mains, totally starting fresh as if it’s my first toon on the server…and unguilded. So I haven’t logged onto Pone or Ama in ages, but I’ve totally been on Elune almost every day now.
Okay, maybe every day. But most of that time is spent AFK reading blogs or doing chores or watching the World Cup. Interruptions for which leveling solo is perfect.
Northrend is still exciting. But I did feel the excitement start to fade. Burn out, you might say. I’ve been Alliance. I have 3 80s, a 70, and a couple of 60 DKs, and they’re all Alliance. I’ve done the Alliance quest chains in pretty much every zone. I have leveling Alliance down, I think.
I’m wondering if Horde is much different.
So I started the 3rd version of Panoukla (NOOKY!) the DK. She’s on a totally different server, and she’s Forsaken. I started with a Troll, but then I thought about the Northrend Forsaken questlines, and I totally caved and rerolled her as Undead. Aside from the crap hairstyles, I love the Forsaken. (Seriously, the girl hairstyles, wtf mate? Laaaaaaaaame.) Emotes and everything.
Nooky is out of the DK starting area and in Hellfire Peninsula. I’m too poor to buy flying skill, but I got myself a Green Wind Rider for when I do get enough money. Who knows when I will. But, um, yeah, Thrallmar is …different… Okay, yeah, about half the quests are the same damn thing: go kill the same guys at Expedition Armory, e.g. But the others, they’re different. And, holy crap, I actually have to read the quest and open up the map to figure out where I need to go.
Can’t wait till Northrend, though. Especially since I just finished Outland with Xeny. Ick. But, once I get out of Hellfire, it’s ZANGARMARSH TIME!
Zangarmarsh is my favorite zone ever. I look forward to it every time, and then once I finish it the Loremaster part of that zone (54 quests is cake on Alliance, anyway), it’s rather boring. I mean, I have the epic Northrend story quest chains to look forward to, but considering this will be my 4th or 5th time through them…maybe not so exciting.
Which is why I’m hoping Horde Northrend questlines are somewhat different lore-wise than Alliance Northrend questlines. Don’t spoil anything for me, though!
My Computer is Full of Win(7)
The engineering SWAT team (“My comp is b0rkd plz fix!” people) couldn’t figure out what was wrong with my computer, either, so they offered a reinstall of whatever OS I wanted. Yay, Windows 7! It’s so shiny, and yes, I recommend it over XP (which is what I was using). I never used Vista, so I can’t recommend any advice for that.
My Major is Full of Win
I recently decided to switch my engineering major from Engineering Science & Mechanics (theory-mechanical engineers, essentially) to Computer Science. ESM was kicking my ass and I felt more or less annoyed by the snootiness of the major. Yes, they are very nice & awesome people, but only if you understand it like they do. The dynamics class, for example, starts out with “Hi, this is the hardest class you will take in your undergraduate career.” And they leave it at that. No “But we’ll help you, so don’t be afraid!” but more the feeling of “How can you be so slow as to not get this by reading our not-very-good textbook, which we wrote ourselves?” I was unhappy. My grades sank. It sucked.
So I switched to Computer Science, which was my second choice to go into. Not to mention I love coding. I can’t really remember the last time I was angry while coding. They were very awesome to help add me into the classes I needed on the last add day. The only bump in the road was the ENGE class I needed to switch from a MechE-like major to a Computer-like major. But, as every freshman engineer finds out, the Engineering Education dept is lacking in either one or both of its title areas, because they rather suck at cultivating learning environments through their classes.
But yeah, first day of CS classes…I felt happy and full of win. Someone asked an intelligent question in lecture and it was one of those, “Damn, that’s good!” questions. Then someone asked one of those basic coding 101 questions, and in ESM I fully expected to see half the class roll their eyes and the professor to sigh and then try to explain it. CS? “Good question, here, [explanation],” and it even reviews the concept being discussed. The professor also stops and asks if we’ve understood. It feels like being a healer with an excellent tank who stops and asks if you need to drink now. Not the tanks who ask that for the sake of asking it and then keep pulling, but tanks who are cordial to you and work with you.
It felt AMAZING. First day, I don’t know anybody and I hardly know anything, yet I’m at home in my new major. Awesomesauce. Also, I realized my majors are now (CS)^2. Computer Science & Classical Studies. Eh, eh, eh, how awesome is that?!!! =P
I Feel Full of Win
And I’d like it to stay that way. Especially since I was a dumbass over winter break and forgot to refill my anxiety/depression meds. I guess that’s what the phone was invented for?
So I won’t post the Spitfire post like I originally wanted to. Why? Well, for one, I babble & ramble on and on and on, and other people simply said it better & in more succinct ways that I can. For two, because my inner warlock gets all heated and defensive about why DPS aren’t just meat in the room. While my inner tree & bear know how stressed out they get sometimes, there are times when my warlock is uberstressed to. The point I would have made? All I ask for as a healer/tank/dps is a little respect and friendliness. WoW is an MMO, which means it’s got a great deal of socializing in it. In real life I really don’t care what you give me for my birthday or really if you give anything at all, so long as you’re willing to hang out with me and have some good times. Just as I consider my friends and guildies in WoW to be as good friends as those whose doors I can physically knock on, I expect the same out of WoW. Friends & feel-goodiness are all that matter in the long run, even if specific pieces of loot are “teh shinies and I wants them” for myself.
I’m thoroughly enjoying the new Classifieds on WoW.com–y’know, the column that replaced the drama column Guildwatch? I won’t even scroll down to the comments any more because it’s full of people whining for the nasty drama to come back. Yeah, okay, I did like to read Guildwatch back when it was nasty. Yeah, okay, it’s cathartic to read about other people’s mishaps. But…I find myself feeling more satisfied and definitely happier when I finish reading about the goodness in the Classifieds than I EVER did reading Guildwatch. Especially the Kudos/Random Acts of Uberness section at the bottom. I wish that section were longer.
Bit of a double-post day–I wanted to bust out some kudos to an awesome awesome PuG group I had on my belf priest yesterday. Honestly, halfway through it I was thinking about sending in the name of the tank to WoW.com for the Classified column Kudos section. Then I thought about it…y’know what? THE WHOLE GROUP WAS AWESOME. Also, no frickin way I could do it in 50 words or less. So I wrote a post about it. However, I’m on campus at the moment and don’t have the index card with the names I wrote down, so you’ll get that post later this evening.
It exploded in the WoW blogosphere, I think. It seems to have subsided a little, so probably after compiling all my thoughts and ponderings on the subject, I’ll be too late and too repetitive. I still feel like it would be a good exercise: for thinking, for writing, for perspective, for blogging, for whatever.
My core perspective is my two mains: an affliction warlock and a beartree druid. My absolute “main” is my warlock — a DPS. Moreover, a class whose three talent trees are all designed for the DPS role, so I play a pure DPS class, to be specific. But I also have devoted a great deal of time and effort into being a great bear TANK and tree HEALER. My tree is currently decked out in 4pc t9, bear is after warlock, and warlock is in progress through the Triumph handouts. At first I was outraged by the post — because I swear, I’m a warlock at heart, a pure DPS. Then I got to thinking…
And I’m still thinking. Mostly reading other people’s perspectives and opinions and blog posts on the subject and then thinking some more through my own opinions and perspectives.
Would posting my thoughts be too late and/or too repetitive of others’ before?
I know, probably not a very awesome blog post, but I’ve got ideas running in my head, and I don’t know if I’m awesome enough to write them down here and not be laughed or pfft’d at. Assuming people read this.
User Interface Theories and Addon Reviews
I like addon reviews. I like messing with my addons. I have alts specifically for messing with my user interface. I also like reading articles by others on how your UI should be set up for raiding or whatever. Clutter is not good, etc. I want to explore UI tweaking, but I need more than my opinion.
Loot List for the LFG/Badge Whore
I see lots of loot lists pop up every patch, but they always show what’s in the newest raid instance or BiS. But I’m a 5man’r, a casual 10man’r. I usually end up going through WowHead/MMO-Champion with twenty tabs in Firefox, and then ten more tabs comparing the gear I find in the various dungeons. The BiS/Raid25 lists do nothing for me. Even Raid10, because my guild is about a raid/tier behind everything.
What’s out there for people who cruise LFG or get our purple pixels largely by emblems and not by drops? Or what professional stuff can you use? Or how can the new 80-dings efficiently catch up to the 3.3 raiders? Also questions of how can a toon who’s solo’d 1-80 by questing transition smoothly into the hostile LFG environment without too many L2P comments thrown their way. I want to explore the band of experience of good players with good gear looking for more, but who aren’t necessarily in a progression guild because of playtime or scheduling.
Theorycrafting & Gear Scales
Obvious explanation by itself. Though I’m more intrigued on how to build my own gear scoring template, or if I even need one, and how tweaking stats by only so much really will or won’t matter. There’s lots of links to gear score templates, but not many to how those are actually built.
Like trackbacks–I’m still trying to figure out how to do that whole “I linked to your blog” deal.
BlogAzeroth has a slew of them popping up. But, c’mon, what would I going to put for the blogging one? “How long have you been blogging?” “Oh, barely a week. Unless you count Xanga in high school.” Seriously, not interesting at all. But I feel leechlike just chilling on the forums with my one intro post.
How To LFG
With all the FailPug hate going on due to, well, jerks in LFG, I’m wondering about exploring how to be a better pug, even on your bad days. Yes, some FailPug jerks are just that, jerks. But some of it is people just not knowing how different classes do the same job. Like bears & pallies. Maybe I can take what I learn in raid by healing or tanking or dps’ing with other classes and apply it to a 5man. Also not just covering interclass mechanics, but interpersonal. Like saying “hello” when you join a group rather than mowing through in silence.
What do you guys want to know? The few who come reading, anyway?