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World of Warcraft Isn’t Real, And My Name Isn’t Ambermist

Heads up, this one’s long, personal, and maybe sort of pointless, but it’s been swimming around in my head for a long time, and since I did just ask everyone to tell me about themselves, it seems relevant.

This post has been in my head for months–as a matter of fact, I started writing it there the day I came back to this blog, but I kept coming up with reasons not to flesh it out and post it.  When I came up with the July Challenge, it was on my mind, and then I read this post at Tree Heals Go Woosh (which is, by the way, the best blog name ever). It got me thinking about all of that stuff again since the end of Wrath/beginning of Cataclysm brought a lot of this to the forefront for me.

Over the course of Wrath, I learned so much about WoW. I’d been playing half-blind for a couple of years, I realized, and with the leap into blogging, I suddenly had a world of information and experiences at my fingertips. As an expansion, Wrath encouraged that exploration, and I honed a lot of my skills there.

See, I knew my stuff. >.>

I had a lot going on in my life during that expansion, too; a lot of change: my father-in-law passed away from cancer, my brother-in-law had a heart attack and a stroke, my daughter started kindergarten, and my son was diagnosed with autism. I was stressed out, at my highest weight ever, dealing with my own issues on top of everything else, and profoundly insecure.

I started using WoW and its many, many things to do as an escape, but more than that, I started to find my identity there. Continue reading

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Casting Revive

Fair warning, this is a personal-ish post, but the game posts will be coming back, I promise!

Not quite a year ago, I walked away from this blog for really good reasons. I needed to focus on my son and my family. I also needed to focus on myself, although I didn’t realize it at the time.

During last summer, with WoW, blogging, Twitter, and everything internet-oriented except writing pushed to the side, I was able to focus on things I really needed: time with my family and my health. In the past year, I’ve lost 78 pounds. My relationship with my son has grown more meaningful, my daughter and I have spent a lot more time together, and my husband and I have discovered that we’re a heck of a support system.

When my kids went back to school, I came back to WoW. With school-year bedtimes, I can play once they’re both tucked away and not feel like I’m shortchanging them–or myself. I came back with my priorities straight, and a new understanding of the good things I’m capable of outside of virtual space.

I come back to TLBC with that same understanding. I’m not worried about views, comments, or even being right (okay, I might still worry about that a little). I return because I like to play WoW and I like to write about playing WoW. I return because the Warcraft blogosphere is an incredible community, the biggest, most diverse guild ever.

It’s good to be back.

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