Still feeling a bit blah about playing as much as I normally do, haven’t played much GuildWars or LOTRO, and I haven’t played the alts at all. My level-fortysomething Draenei priest will probably be moved to my partner’s account so he can play her. I’ll move Ravven to Kit’s account, so I can go down to one account and save some money ( we have four accounts between us right now). I’ll play around on the Hordie alts now and then, I suppose. I think about logging in, think about looking for a pug, and decide to do something else.
My life seems to have been a series of wildly different stages. I tend to be passionate about something for a few months, or several years, and then never go back to it again. It’s like my artwork – after I started concentrating on photography, I never went back to painting. After I started working almost exclusively in digital work, I didn’t do any photography. Will my next passion be 3D work? Perhaps.
These are the different “people” I have been during my life so far:
- Early years: travel and wildness. I once moved to San Francisco on a whim with only $20 to my name. I went to Peru, I went to acting school (Strasberg Institute) for a while in LA, I lived in New York and Florida and New Mexico and Arizona…I was a wild kid.
- Family years, and athletics. Completely opposite to the prior stage, I raised my daughter, worked in a legal field and became totally immersed in fencing (I’d married my fencing coach). That ended when I destroyed my knee in the Nationals, and eventually we parted…it’s strange to think we got divorced because I hurt my knee, but I could no longer share what he did and we grew apart.
- On my own, and the web. This was a huge time of change for me, and is also what led to my current career. I was very involved in my painting and then photography, I learned enough html to put my first portfolio site on the web, and it went from there. Spent some time editing a very good gothic/dark romantic/industrial zine, and made a lot of new friends. Became a web designer for a large ecommerce company.
- Moved to England, and gaming. The last five years saw me move to the UK and begin preparations to give up my American citizenship and become a naturalised Brit. I became passionately involved in gaming, which led to a fascination with virtual worlds, and how our interactions in those worlds change us as people. It’s led to the new project that I’m working on, which should be career-making, and I’ve made a lot of very good friends in WoW and elsewhere.
Will I continue gaming? Who knows? Based on how I’ve lived so far, I would guess that something else is coming fairly soon…and I’m ready for it. I’m thinking travel again, perhaps – I have that wanting-to-be-rootless feeling. But my experiences in game and in virtual worlds will always be a part of who I am.