Writerly Musings + Guild Wars Fanboyism

Writerly musings:

Word writin'sAmidst all the Warcraft and general nerdery, it occurred to me I had not given any real attention on this blog to my life as a freelancer in some time. Considering that was supposed to be roughly 50% of the blog’s purpose, I suppose I should rectify that.

I have been getting more work as of late. It’s still not as much as I’d like, and being a freelancer, I expect it all to evaporate at any moment, but for now, things are looking a bit better than they did a few months ago.

You’d think I’d be happy about this, but I’ve always been the sort of person who feels the sting of defeat much more strongly than the pleasure of success, so the whole business leaves me feeling rather empty.

Even working for an environmental lawyer, furthering a cause I strongly believe in, doesn’t help. I’m fighting the good fight, and I still feel no sense of accomplishment.

And then there’s the fiction side of my writing life. I largely gave up on that a few months ago, but I’m feeling like I may want to try publishing again. Of all things, recreating my characters in Aion got me thinking of it.A character from my writing recreated via Aion's amazing character customization

Ah, Seesha. I never even started your book.

Of course, I’m still worried about the topsy-turvy state of the publishing industry right now. I could self-publish, but then I’d have to do all my own marketing, which is not an area where I have a lot of experience or expertise.

And then there’s the question of whether my books are actually good enough to be a hit. I realize it takes a while to get published, but my rejection stack is getting pretty massive, and I have no empirical indication that my writing is any good aside from being a finalist in Blizzard’s contest, which hardly counts.

This post seemed longer and more interesting in my head. Being a freelance writer sounds exciting and romantic, but all I do is write silly lists, spam Craigslist ads, and write angry emails to the people who think paying your writers is an optional step.

Guild Wars Fanboyism:

Since I’ve got some extra space in this post, I might as well share a video of Guild Wars 2 gameplay footage I saw on another blog the other day. This isn’t new, and if you’ve been following GW2’s development closely, you may have seen it before, but I’m a newcomer to the Guild Wars 2 bandwagon, so it was news to me.

A few things come to mind immediately upon viewing this:


2: This is absurdly similar to the Vrykul and the Howling Fjord. Am I crazy, or does even the music smack of Wrath of the Lich King? Not that I’m complaining, mind you.

3: I love the emphasis on your character’s personal story. I have always hated the facelessness of player characters in World of Warcraft, and frankly any game where your character is given no personality or development

4: Those graphics are amazing. I hope my feeble computer will be able to run this game.


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