Productivity, coupled with World of Warcraft

The last bit I needed for Thunderfury. Finally.

The last bit I needed for Thunderfury. Finally.

As I’ve stated a number of times before, I’m quite a fan of World of Warcraft. I’m not necessarily the best player by any stretch of the imagination, but I couldn’t help but return for some sad, twisted reason or another. The pre-patch to Warlords of Draenor dropped today, and I figured I should get moving on things I’ve been wanting to try but couldn’t quite work up the nerve to actually…er, well, try. Plus, I heard there would be a higher likelihood of being able to solo more recent old content, such as Cataclysm raids, and so I couldn’t pass up a chance to die magnificently in content I barely managed to enjoy when it was current. However, there’s more to my day than just staring at a computer screen (thankfully for both my need to be at least a little productive as well as the health of my eyeballs).

I ended up taking a couple vacation days this week (and next week) to tend to unpacking, organizing, and so on. This should be a bit shocking, I know. My desk migrated into what will eventually transform into the office/study/whatever, and I put a pretty decent dent in making the living room a liveable space. However, with a new patch comes the need to screw around in Azeroth, and so I found myself moving through the pre-expansion quests as quickly as I could. Once I’d done that, I decided I wanted to try my hand at getting Garr’s Binding of the Windseeker. It’s a prize that has eluded me for quite some time. However, as pictured above…luck was on my side today. So much so, in fact, that I decided to see how well this squishing went in terms of old content. As I type this, I’ve completed both Blackwing Descent and Firelands (finally killing Ragnaros) on my Warlock. I’m screwing around in Heroic ICC before trying anything else, and generally speaking I love how accessible old content has become.

Any other WoW players enjoying these new changes so far?

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Slight Hunter-related delay

Thanks to a number of people suggesting it, I decided to say “What the hell, why not?” and boost my Hunter to level 90. Naturally, this meant I needed to do some serious pet-taming. After about forty-five minutes of screwing around, murdering pretty much all the trash in the area, I found Bombyx. Much swearing later (it shouldn’t have been as hard as it was, but luck was not on my side), this happened:

Bombyx. Now better known, thanks to my friend Ashley, as Persephone.

Bombyx. Now better known, thanks to my friend Ashley, as Persephone.

I may be a little late in posting, but I’m going to ignore that since it’s still Saturday on the west coast. I know. Cheating. I make the rules here, damn it.

On another topic: I’m starting to get whatever cold-bug is traveling around, so naturally I stayed up far later than I should in order to tame pets for my new-ish Hunter. I’m so smart.

A necessary break

I moved about ten or so boxes of stuff into the new place, but I still have plenty more to go before this month is over. I’d say that’s a pretty powerful reminder that Brianne and I have a lot of stuff, that moving is quite difficult, and that time goes far more quickly when there’s a limited amount of it to accomplish things. Says the guy who is playing WoW while he writes this.

What I’ve discovered is this: all the good intentions and changes to my schedule can’t actually make balancing this move with writing any easier. I know, I know. That sounds an awful lot like an excuse. It probably isn’t much more than just that, but here are my thoughts on the matter.

My next novel project, which remains unnamed as of now, and any short stories I want to get to writing aren’t going to receive the attention they need, for the lengths of time they need it, while I’m busy finding time to move stuff from current dwelling to new dwelling. The only way I could really give any creative writing the attention it deserves is by using the time I normally set aside for sleeping, eating, and personal grooming. None of those things can actually be cut out of my day-to-day without a risk of serious harm to myself or others. There’s also the not-so-small-matter of me being quite behind on proofreading, so I’d feel quite guilty about doing my own writing before tending to that.

You might say, “But Phil, you found time for video games. Why not time for writing?” This is a fair question, I’ll admit. However, it’s pretty easy to counter with “I moved over half a dozen large, heavy boxes full of miscellaneous personal belongings from my current house, which requires travel up and down stairs and an awkward hill, to my new apartment”. It means I’m made of sleepiness and laziness right now. I know I’ll be like this up until the move’s complete.

Yet here I am, still churning along with the hundred days of blogging. At some point I should check what day I’m on, probably.

For now, however, I’m okay with taking a short break from creative writing. Maybe I’ll return super-charged and ready to go? Related to that super-charged comment: I’m still debating what to use my Warlords of Draenor 90 Boost on.

And dreading how badly my current graphics card will handle the new expansion.

A World of Warcraft sort of day

Today was partially dedicated to making progress on moving things into the new apartment, which meant getting some packing done, and partially dedicated to work-on-my-day-off (it happens, and I’m happy to have the job I have, so I embrace such days). There was even a little bit of time spent swearing as I lugged a pretty decent-sized shelving unit down (and then back up) the steps to my car. Spoilers: it didn’t fit anywhere in my car, though I came damn close to cramming it in the back seat. Note to self: move the seats back so as to not drive with my knees pressed into my chest.

Above many other things, a fair bit of my time went towards enjoying some World of Warcraft. It was a day off, after all, and so I decided to treat it as such. Warning: things are about to get terribly nerdy. I’m not even a little sorry. Continue reading

One Hundred Days of Blogging – Day Twenty-Four

There has to be some universal threshold for too much bad news in a day, and today crossed it. I acknowledge that it’s pretty easy to argue that I don’t handle bad news very well. I’m willing to accept that. It was a lot of work woes, none of which will be mentioned here.

One of my stories I sent out yesterday was already rejected. It’s a little disheartening, especially on top of bad news, but these things happen. On top of the rest of my day, it was more of a blow to my mood than I care to admit.

After work, I could have written stories or worked on other projects, or a number of other things. I didn’t. Today’s post is about why I’m okay with Continue reading

One Hundred Days of Blogging – Day Thirteen

“Happy Monday!” – said no sane person in the history of the planet. What is it about Mondays that make me want to apply a cattle prod to people’s eyeballs? I mean, sure, most people approach Monday with all the charm and cheer of Garfield (or, if you’re feeling a bit surreal, Garfield Without Garfield). That’s probably not helping anyone.

Maybe it’s because a weekly adventure at The Wacky Shack may involve watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, if only because Brianne watches it while chatting with her friends about how bad it is (and other things that actually matter). These shows are a special kind of Hell, and they certainly only contribute to the Monday miasma of shittiness. No, WordPress, I don’t mean skittishness back there. I can’t judge them for their Monday night television choices, because I’ve got plenty of guilty pleasures, too (arguably not nearly as bad as watching The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, but I suppose that’s a bit subjective).

This post has been lurking around in the back of my thoughts for a while, and so I’m going to put it to work. Shameless geekery ahead. Continue reading

So I decided, after how work went today (in a word: horribly), to take the night off to enjoy a little WoW and watch Elementary.  And then I find out we’re killing the Sha of Anger.  Nerding it up pretty hardcore.  Apologies for the deviation from writing-related stuff, but this had to be shared because, frankly, my mood is a billion times better, which means my writing tomorrow will go a billion times better.  Hell yes.

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