15 4 / 2014
I’ll answer all questions that come in my ask box!
14 4 / 2014
IMAGINE WRITING A BOOK THAT GETS PUBLISHED
like hearing thaT THEY’RE GOING TO PUBLISH YOUR BOOK
and then the coVER ART
and having a physical copy of your oWN WRITING IN BOOK FORM IN YOUR HANDS
WOW I WANT TO WRITE A BOOK
Wrote it. Edited it x5. Took 10+ years.
Held the manuscript in my hands. Heard praise.
Painted the cover art.
Had a beta reader get bored and give up.
Got rejected by every agent I submitted queries to.
Have two more books in slow, painful development and can’t stop no matter having to deal with the crushing realization that my book is unpublishable and unsellable and wow I want to hide under my bed and cry now.
13 4 / 2014
A few months ago I was playing World of Warcraft — as is my wont — and was mindlessly listing gemstones in the auction house. Though I usually try to ignore the in-game chat channels, I couldn’t help but notice one shaman asking for help with his gear. Now, if you’ve ever been on the internet before, you may know that asking even reasonable questions to a group of anonymous people will likely result in some or all of the following: insults, incorrect answers, deliberately false answers, and more insults. The shaman was asking what sort of gear he needed to play his character with a particular specialization (shaman can be either healers or they can deal damage via melee attacks or spellcasting). His questions weren’t being answered and people were mocking his spelling. The shaman apologized, saying he was a 79 year old man and didn’t type very well. The people in the chat channel then mocked him for this.
I looked up the shaman’s gear and found he was wearing a hodgepodge of items that weren’t itemized very well for his intended role (a melee damage-dealer). I bought him several pieces of gear off the auction house and mailed it to his character along with a note with a few tips. I also told him if he ever had any questions, he could ask me at any time.
I got an in-game mail back from him later that day. He said that it’s hard for him to play this game since the younger players don’t have patience for him. He never learned to type in school and his reflexes were slower. “I went through Korea and Vietnam and they were good enough then to keep me alive,” he wrote. He thanked me for helping him and for changing his mind about his fellow players.
Now, whenever I get frustrated with a player who isn’t playing well, I just imagine that the character is being played by my own Korean war veteran grandfather, who will be 83 this summer. I keep checking back on my little shaman friend. He only has two more levels before he hits the level-cap. I think I’ll buy him a present for when he does.
This troll warrior salutes you with respect.