Archive for May 2014

Stay A While And Listen

Overdue for another post, looks like.  Got no real fancy ponderings going on this time, just time to look back at life and decompress.

First, an art update.  That speedpaint ended up with a pose that’s not quite something I would have done(though the thought has crossed my mind a few times) but the end result was, in a word, hot.  And that’s not so much my opinion, but several others have mentioned it, including an artist who’s also working on something of an adult nature for me.  This third piece will probably be the last one for a while, as I’m out of ideas on what other poses to get for the moment.  At this point I’m mostly just getting them to “test” the artist for the refsheet, as that is next on my agenda, besides the few remaining pictures sitting on my “To get” and “In Progress” lists.

At the moment I’m strongly inclined towards FsMaverick, who did the speedpainting, but she’s got a bunch of speedpaintings to knock out first to get caught up, and there’s still a couple other artists I’m eyeing too.  I missed out on a YCH pic would would have been perfect for me and my dragoness though from Natoli and Rastaban, but Natoli should be re-opening around the 6th and then I can get the pic I’ve been waiting on getting from them.  I’ve also got a message out to Sidian about a cute clean pic that I’m waiting to hear back on.

I canceled my WoW sub, and I didn’t miss much… the guild did Cata last two weeks so I was fine with missing it.  I tried Wildstar as it was in Open beta, but it didn’t feel right to me.  I love the ideas behind it but something in it was lacking for me.  Maybe art decisions?

On the other hand, I finally got D3 running properly on my machine and tried out the demo portion, and it was fun!  The gameplay actually felt like Diablo 2, and once I got used to the way the game worked again it felt right, and the demo ended way too soon. I thought about it a bit, and ended up buying the game and xpac.  Originally I was debating Istaria or Wildstar for my WoW-replacement game, but looks like it’s gonna be D3.

I started off with a Wizard, and my next character is going to be a Monk.  I have to say I’m enjoying the way the Wizard plays.  It’s not quite the same as my old D2 Wind Druid, but it’s close enough.  I haven’t looked much into builds or whatnot, but so far for leveling I finally found a combo that works for me where I use all my abilities, at least for leveling.  At the moment I’m using ice missiles combined with Disintegrate for my main attacks, and for my others I’m using Frost Nova, Hydra(Arcane currently), Magic Weapon, and Mirror Image.  It’s working fairly well for me for leveling at this stage, and once I get near the end or I start dying a lot then I may dig further into it.

Work-wise, I need to get around to studying for my Server+.  Unfortunately, the free study materials out there don’t look to be the best.  The crazy part is I’m doing server level work, but it’s all the terminology you gotta remember that’s prolly gonna cause me problems.  But still, I’ve got find time now for that between that, D3, and spending time with my girl.  She has D3, but hasn’t touched it yet… would be nice to play that with her, but she’s got so much other stuff it’s prolly gonna be a case of I’ll be playing it when she’s not around.

I should also start house-hunting again next month, as something I’ve been waiting on should be going through.  Need to wait to make sure, but then it’s looking for places.  I’ve also been doing some thinking and if things keep going as they have, I’m actually a fair bit more mobile than my dragoness is as far as moving.  She’s got her friends and her job down there, most of my friends right now are online or coworkers.  That’s still a ways in the future though, so not gonna worry my tail about it now.

Got nothing else really to talk about, so I’ll leave it there.  Until next time!

Commitments

Been a little while since my last post, but there hasn’t really been anything other than minor life updates that I felt were worth writing about, and I felt like just writing a few sentences would be a waste.  I’ve tried to keep up a blog before that petered out, and when I started this one I told myself I’d make sure that wouldn’t happen with this one.  It’s a commitment I still intend to keep, and actually that’s what the theme of this post will be revolving around.

Before I dive into that though I may as well mention those life updates.

First, in the matter of art. Besides the badge I’ve been waiting on, I’ve got 2 more adult pieces I’m currently waiting on.  One I’m not expecting anytime soon, as the artist both has school issues and issues with his tablet.  He’s done awesome work(both for me and others) so it’s worth waiting.  The other was more of an opportunity thing.

You see, I’ve been considering getting my reference sheet redone as there are a few things that need correcting now, so I’ve been keeping an eye out for artists I might like to do it.  Most of the ones that I feel would do me justice I haven’t gotten art from yet though, and ref sheets seem to typically run between $150-$200.  I’m not about to blow that much on an artist when I don’t know how I’ll look in their style, bits and all.  One of the artists I was eyeing though had an issue come up and opened emergency speedpaint commissions, so I jumped on that to see how it comes out.  One thing interesting is instead of a pose description, we gave them personality traits and reference sheets, and they go from there.  It’s not first-come-first-serve, though I am in the first round, so I’m not sure how soon they’ll get to me.

… And actually, you know what?  I just realized I do have a non-adult picture I can share, that I totally forgot about listing here!  When I was doing my ref sheet searching, I found another artist I liked had a couple commission spots open so I snagged a pic I’d been wanting: a nice flying picture.

Above The Clouds

Just look at that happy dragon!  Such a nice day to fly on~

I’ve got other reasons to be a happy dragon too.  Things are going great between my dragoness and I, and there is most definitely an us now.  Sunday for example we got to hang out together most of the day; playing cheezi, wandering around the Raglan art walk, and other such sundry things.  We were thinking about hitting the Fantasy Faire together this evening, but it’s a Tuesday, and that means Raid Night.

Since 2008, most of my Tuesday nights, Thursday Nights, and Sunday Nights have been spent with 9 other folks in WoW fighting internet demons and greyhawking their bodies.  The guild I was with in Wrath raided up until the xpac changeover, as it took us a long time to get the Lich King down.  Then in Cata I raided up until near the end, but in Heroic at the end, only taking a break about a month before the new expac came out.  Now with WoD not coming out until Fall, unlike previous xpacs I’m feeling pretty done with WoW until new content comes. Most of my current raiding guild feels the same, so as of last week we’re done with progression until nerfs or new content comes.  As a guild we’ll probably faceroll through some old content and faff around still, but I’ll be taking a break from WoW and canceling my sub for the first time since I started in a couple weeks, once my current time runs out.

Now I’ve got no idea who’s going to show up tonight or what we’re going to do, but I’d honestly prefer to wander the Faire with my dragoness, barring a few specific runs which I don’t know if we’ll be doing.  I also feel a bit bad about putting the raid over her suggestion, but I’d basically already committed to showing up, so I’m going to see what my guild’s doing and decide then.

You see, once I commit to something I always do my best to follow through on it.  I’ve long admired the idea of honor and I try my best to live to my word if I give it.  Because of this, I don’t always jump up and volunteer or can waffle on things, because I know what committing to it means.  It also means I sometimes get annoyed when I get voluntold to do something and it’s something I can’t do(which happens sometimes at work) or if other people don’t keep up on their commitments when they should be able to- especially when it affects me too.

Of course there’s times when it’s unavoidable, due to conflicts that come up later, as in the case of tonight.  In those cases, all I can do is prioritize.  In general, Most people say(and I agree) that RL > online. This makes sense, as typically anything RL can have an immediate effect on you, while most online things are either for entertainment or something that is not immediate.  Especially when you’re on-call – after all, work is what keeps the bills paid!

The distinction blurs though in my opinion when real people are involved.  A WoW raid team is more like a sports hobby team than a bunch of guys getting together to shoot the shit.  If you don’t show up, it’s not just you, but 9 or more other people that are affected, that are just as real as you despite their distance.  In the same vein, my dragoness owns my heart fully, and whether she’s by my side or several hundred miles away doesn’t matter in that respect.  I’m still hers, and she still has the same place in my life as any other guy’s girlfriend would have in his.

A second layer though then adds on to this: lost opportunities.  Every moment we live, we’re deciding to do one thing, and losing the opportunity to do something else.  Every tick of the clock, another slice of our time in this world spent.  Tock, a doorway closes and another opens.  When we choose to do something, we’re giving up whatever else we could have done.  So, opportunities that may not come again should have priority, as once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Looking at tonight as an example, while my dragoness is important to me, we could wander the Faire just as easily tomorrow as today, as far as I am aware.  Raid night is every week, but with dropping my sub  I probably won’t be running this stuff with these guys for a while.  On the other hand, if it’s something I’m not interested in running, like Cata content, I’d much rather be with my dragoness instead.  In other words, this time there’s no easy answer, and there won’t always be either.

I don’t really have anything else to add, so I’ll leave it at that, and see how things work tonight.  Tomorrow might be a better night anyways, as we have a couple gigs tonight with maybe an hour between them, but we’ll see!