“It looks as though I’m getting nowehere,” yawned Milo, becoming very drowsy and dull. “I hope I haven’t taken a wrong turn.”
mile after mile, and everything became grayer and more monotonous.
Finally the car just stopped altogether, and, hard as he tried, it wouldn’t budge another inch.
“I wonder where I am,” said Milo in a very worried tone.
“You’re . . . in . . . the . . . Dol . . . drums,” wailed a voice that sounded very far away.
He looked around quickly to see who had spoken. No one was there, and it was as quiet and still as one could imagine.
“Yes . . . the . . . Dol . . drums,” yawned another voice, but still he saw no one.
“WHAT ARE THE DOLDRUMS?” he cried loudly, and tried very hard to see who would answer this time.
“The Doldrums, my young friend, are where nothing ever happens and nothing ever changes.”
– Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
Attitude is a funny thing.
I’ve got three active RP characters, plus three that I’m still developing. A freshly 80 Hunter, who’s now finally reaching her gear threshold to be able to hold her own in a 10 man raid. A fully geared ICC25 paladin, with two fantastic sets of gear. A level 70 druid, a level 22 rogue.
By all accounts, I have /lots/ to do in game.
I also have a Cataclysm Beta account. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know that I’m not doing any of the actual quests, just exploring zones (and submitting terrain bug reports and such). My screenshot folder is fat and happy, but I haven’t really felt inclined to log in that often.
Even with all of that, I am, as it were, stuck in the doldrums.
Usually, with WoW, I have an abundance of things to write about. There’s always RP going on and stories to take care of. I’ve got Aftermath going here already – but I can’t seem to force myself to work on it. It’s a bit like pulling teeth really. The whole Arthas thing was, for a number of reasons (and not all of them game related) hugely anti-climactic for me, so even though I know it’s a major issue for the /character/ I have trouble getting the writer invested enough to actually do anything about it.
Yes, that story has a lot of awesomeness potential. I love the idea of the story. I love where it’s going, and how it’s going to end. I just… don’t love writing it.
I guess that’s the story of WoW for me right now – I love the idea of my Rogue, and her personality. I love the potential she has for RP… I just don’t love leveling her, and there’s other stuff going on that keeps me from bringing her to RP night. Not least of which is that just about everyone seems to be hanging out in the Doldrums with me, so RP nights have been thinly attended and forced.
Maybe the Doldrums are contagious. I hear a lot about them lately, and though I usually don’t have trouble keeping myself interested in game (see: lots of alts!), it’s been harder for me with this go around.
Maybe the Doldrums are raid related. TRI is winding down for this expansion, having killed Arthas, gotten a handful of hardmodes, and killed Halion. We’ve “won”, as it were.
Maybe the Doldrums are a symptom of real life stuff. I’ve got lots of other hobbies, and some of them are kicking into full swing (or will be soon, and I’m getting ready for that).
Maybe it’s all three, or some other reason.
Either way, I’m there.
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