November 22, 2011 – 7:51 am
After taking so long away from blogging, it’s been almost a relief to be posting again. It feels a little bit like an old coat that fits – something about it just makes sense, and I’m really enjoying the creative process of writing.
Unfortunately writing fic is just not that easy. While blogging is something that feels pretty natural, writing fic is like pulling teeth for me these days. It’s not that I don’t have ideas, I’m just so very very rusty when it comes to fiction. Dialogue doesn’t flow easily, characters are a little less familiar, things like that.
I’ve done a bit of writing – all of it posted here over the last two weeks – and managed to make it work, but it still doesn’t have the same flow or spark that I had when I was writing fic all the time.
What have I learned from this?
Well, your writing chops are essentially muscles – if you don’t use them, you lose them. While it’s easier to build back than it is to build up the first time, taking 10 months off can definitely leave you feeling rusty.
I’m hoping that if I continue the metaphor, and continue to to try to write little ficlets, the familiarity will come back. Along those same lines, it feels kind of like rebuilding a friendship after a long absence – characters are just easier to write when you work with them all the time. It’s easier to get into their heads.
Along those lines, I’m going to try to post ficlet ideas here again – the return of the Friday Five/Friday Fiction challenges. Yes, I know for a lot of us this week is Thanksgiving, but the wonderful thing about writing fiction is that maybe you won’t write it this week, but a little nugget of an idea might turn into something later!
Oddly enough, talking about writing a Thanksgiving/Pilgrim’s Bounty themed fic has me looking forward to writing it. I’m not sure which character yet (or characters) will be featured, but I’ve got a few ideas rattling around.
Do you have any tricks for getting the writing flowing? What about ficlet ideas that we could all do here, as part of Friday Fiction?
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November 21, 2011 – 7:41 am
Dusting off the Alts…
- Aely!Priest is level 81, specced Discipline and slowly working her way through Hyjal. She may eventually be for healing, but there are a shit ton of buttons on a priest that I don’t remember how to use. Still, it’s shiny.
- Aely!Pally is level 85 and <thisclose> to being geared for heroics. She’s ret. Maybe I will learn pally healing instead of priest healing.
- Annie Mae is all ready to start leveling as a prot warrior, and will start in Vashj’ir before going to Hyjal, since having two characters in Hyjal at the same time might make me crazy.
- Annata is level 63, and will hopefully make an appearance at RP night.
- Annylais is waiting for 4.3 and the drop in XP needed to finish the zones in Northrend. I have no idea how I’ll level her, but if past leveling is any indication, she’ll be feral. Stealth is just too hax.
- Ancelyn is still in the mid 30’s, something I need to remedy. Same with Cuanyin, in his mid 20’s.
I… have a lot of alts.
Also going on with the Annas…
- I’m learning how to PVP again with my hunter. While I’m not any good at killing people, I am definitely good at being an annoying pain in the ass while other people kill things, so I’m having a good time. Also, PVP sucks a lot less with friends. I still don’t much like Arenas though.
- Annorah is finally wearing a full set of MATCHING Firelands gear, and has her 2piece T12 set bonus now. We’re working on Ragnaros, which isn’t such a bad start for a raid that did T11 for a total of about a month.
- I’ve done a little bit of occasional raiding with Angoleth as well, in TRI Hangover (they run Saturday mornings, hence the name). It’s a lot of fun, and a little disconcerting to see my 350 iLevel beastmastery hunter do the same overall DPS as my geared out elemental shaman.
Hope you are all having a great week! Since I work retail and then will be having about 10 people at my house for Thanksgiving, it’s going to be crazy around Chez Anna – not nearly as much gaming as I’d like!
November 18, 2011 – 9:33 am
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault, Suicide. This post is rather upsetting to write and has the potential to be upsetting to read.
The White Ribbon Campaign
It came to my attention today that a fellow WoW blogger has been posting from the hospital after suffering a vicious attack. She is, understandably, shaken and in a lot of mental turmoil, though fortunately physically seems to be doing alright.
As someone with at least a little bit of understanding of how hard the healing process can be, I’m posting here in support of the Gold Queen. She will be in my thoughts, and hopefully the thoughts of the greater community, for as long as she needs that support.
To anyone who thinks “that’s just not right for her to talk about it” – how dare you decide what the proper response is of someone else who has been through an extremely traumatic event. The Gold Queen herself has spoken about how much of a difference “play” can make, and if playing WoW and blogging are things she can do to help cope with and heal through what’s happened, I have nothing but happiness that she’s found those kinds of outlets. There is no “right way” to respond to something horrible, just like there is no right way to grieve the loss of a loved one.
Trauma sucks, and each person heals as best they can. Ultimately, healing is an inside job. It’s up to everyone else to support that. From a healing standpoint, it’s important that Alyzandehas all the support and safe spaces she needs – as her community, that’s our job. (And I’m really impressed with the way the wow gold making community has pulled together for her, especially the White Ribbon campaign. It’s not a segment of wow blogging that I’m particularly part of, but their response has been outstanding.)
I learned about this through the Mental Shaman, the Apple Cider Mage, Matojo, and Misaweha – all of whom have good posts that you should read.
November 17, 2011 – 7:58 am
There’s a discussion over at WTT:RP going on about recruitment in RP, and how it differs from other guild types.
Roleplay guilds, by their very nature, can’t really function in the same way as raiding guilds. I’ve talked about that before, particularly when I got a chance to review the Guild Leader’s Handbook. Actually, that post is a good intro to what makes roleplaying guilds different from other sorts of guilds in general.
On top of all that, these days raiding really is affected if your group is not all from the same guild, thanks to the guild leveling system. But there is no “bonus” for having everyone at a roleplaying event be in the same guild. Chat channels serve exactly the same function as guild chat, and most events are even better set up to use /say and /yell.
I don’t think recruiting has to involve broadcasting in trade “OPEN RP NIGHT!” or “LOOKING FOR MORE FOR RP!” – mostly because that’s a really good way to get griefed/trolled. But posting on the realm forum, RPing in the open, and having open events are all things that show that we’re around, open to roleplay, and willing to interact with others. These things become a form of roleplay specific recruiting.
In that light, I disagree with Bricu that the Wildfire Riders don’t recruit.
While he’s right that we don’t recruit in the traditional manner for guild spots (guild membership can be a long and involved and not overly linear process), we are always open to new roleplayers. When someone whispers me about my guild, I invite them to a Tuesday Pub Night – that’s where we do our “recruiting”. Not necessarily for our actual guild, but for our circle of roleplayers, which is really a much wider net.
The Riders aren’t just the Riders. We’re the Riders and Associates, and I think that’s a good thing. It allows characters like Annorah to be around and roleplay with others, without having to wear a guild tag that she probably wouldn’t intentionally pick up. She fits in with the larger whole, but not necessarily under the direct command of Tarquin and his band of (mostly) neutral aligned players.
As a player (and not an officer) in an RP guild, I like that method of “recruiting” – we’re always open to new people, and our RP is often public enough for others to join in, especially if they show up more than once, but we avoid the awkwardness of a player joining the guild and just not being a good fit – IC or OOC. Given the close knit structure of a lot of roleplay guilds, that’s a really good thing. Guilds become almost like organisms, and it’s hard to recover from a bad trial run when someone is thrown into that already functioning organism and turns out to be a poor fit.
Having a wider net of active roleplay also exposes players to other guilds (a good thing), and helps to reinforce that RP happens WITH you, not TO you – you have to be willing to participate, not just join up and expect the RP to magically happen.