Wow, it’s really been a whole year since last Blaugust.
Blaugust, for those who don’t know, is an August blogging initiative started by Belghast over at Tales of the Aggronaut. While the big goal has previously been to post a substantive post (or vlog) for each day of August, this year it’s focused on what the point of it all was supposed to be. Building community, and the benefits of regularly posting content on some sort of schedule. You can read his thoughts in more detail on his recent post, A Chill Blaugust.
I participated and…I hate to say “won.” I *completed* my Blaugust 2015 goal of posting each day. Those posts can be found here, under the #Blaugust2015 tag. I’m still rather proud of some of them. Continue Reading
[Pics taken from the CONvergence website, I do not own them.]
*insert joke about how dusty the blog is*
I always underestimate how much energy it takes to start a new job, especially if it’s a management position in a new company. (Means you’re often trying to manage other people while still learning the policies and norms of the company!) I’m very lucky to have a great team, my bosses included, but I suspect my silence here is a pretty good indicator of how tiring the last six months have been. Not necessarily tiring in a bad way…just tiring.
I think I’m at a point now where I can start to remember what I learned last Blaugust – sometimes it’s more important to get your words on the blog than to fret about how perfect they are.
[For those who don’t know, I’ve continued to be active on the Beyond the Veil podcast/livestream. Still talking The Secret World news most Thursday nights. I’ve also managed at least a couple streams with Otterdown, though lagging on my own streams. I’ve got all kinds of backlog on TSW and other games, but that’s not what I wanted to talk about tonight.]
If you follow me on social media, you may have caught me gushing about the scifi/fantasy con I’m going to this weekend. It’s exciting for me, personally, because I’ll be seeing some people I haven’t seen in a long time – some of them for nearly a decade. And because it’s a pretty kick ass four days of assorted geekery. (OMG panel about The Phantom Tollbooth!!! <3)
I would be excited about CONvergence (CVG) for the obvious reasons alone, but I’ve always been proud of our con here for extra reasons. They have been putting real effort, for years, into being a safe place for everyone. I was going to talk about why each of these things are good and important…but you know what? This is an informal blog, writing while tired. Take as truth that the things I list are important to me. (Though if I miss something that doesn’t mean it’s not important.) Continue Reading
(“Fairytale of New York,” always my favorite holiday song. Though I think The Tim Malloys cover it best.)
Holy crap, it’s New Year’s Eve, how did that happen?! I’ve been fighting a nasty headache all day – go fig – so we’ll see how coherent I am.
It’s been a crazy, wonderful, and tiring year for me. I started this blog New Year’s Day 2015, and soon afterwards I successfully auditioned for Beyond the Veil. I never expected so many people to follow my blog, nor to meet so many new friends and fellow bloggers. I didn’t fully realize I’d be meeting devs from The Secret World and so many amazing people in the TSW community through BTV. For someone who can be rather asocial when it comes to gaming, my gaming social circle exploded this year. 🙂
I managed the best year yet for Extra Life, not only in donations but in pure fun while running with Otterdown and other friends in TSW. Thanks to a computer upgrade, I was able host my own livestream – something I’ve been wanting to get back to for a long time, and not just for Extra Life. The stream is up on Youtube, hopefully soon to be one of many. Continue Reading
Just a quick post tonight, partly to show off my awesome Extra Life Top Donor shirt in The Secret World. The TSW team really outdid themselves supporting player-run Extra Life teams this year, and this tshirt is only one of the many ways they reached out to their community.
While I’m here, a quick reminder that I’ll be joining Otterdown for an in-game TSW Extra Life wrapup party this Saturday. I haven’t heard yet if we’ll be streaming or not, but I’ll be announcing on social media if I am.
I’d also like to give a shoutout to Beth Barnes aka DJPsywarrior of Radio Free Gaia fame. Her efforts to raise $10,000 for The Malala Fund from TSW players are paying off big time. We’re only $1,522 away from the goal as I type this, and we’re all hoping to make it by the end of the year. Check out the link if you’d like to help out!
I’d planned on doing an extensive post about this year’s Extra Life event, but even after a 7 hour “nap” my brain is still pretty worn out. I still want to post something, in an attempt to communicate how blown away I am by my friends and online community.
I started streaming at 7am November 7, just hoping to reach a $200 goal. By the end of the 24 hours I’d had to increase my goal twice, with a last-minute donation bringing my total to $400. Team Otterdown as a whole managed to bring in over $5000 in donations to help sick kids. The generosity is astounding, even more so when you realize that as a team, most of our donations came from right within The Secret World community. Continue Reading
And Otterdown and I will start streaming bright and early at 8am EST. To watch us both at once, check out http://multitwitch.tv/jennettsw/darkgryphon42.
I know the blog has been silent the last couple weeks as I adjust to my new schedule. Cramming two jobs together isn’t easy at the best of times, and in this case both places are relatively short-staffed. I have a personal thing against taking extra time off when my job needs me, so I’ve been making do.
…and yet, I still kept this weekend open for Extra Life, because the difference we make in the lives of so many kids is worth taking time off for in a way my other interests aren’t.
The Extra Life tab up top will still give more details to anyone who’s hearing about this charity fundraiser for the first time, and Otterdown has put up a great post with all the different giveaways and goings-on we have planned for the day. If you can’t donate, please still feel free to stop by and cheer us on, or pass the links around.
Oh – also if I make my donation goal I’ll be dying streaks in my hair. The color will be up for a vote between Lumie blue, Templar red, or Dragon green. 😉
Short post so I can get up in the morning. Next month should also be a little less crazy for me, with more updates here. Even with the holidays, my schedules look like they will cooperate better then!
With thanks to Jennet for making me such an awesome banner! 🙂 For more information, check out the Extra Life menu link.
As eager as I am to jump ingame and check out The Secret World’s new hoverboards, I promised to tell you folks the story of our very special TSW party last Thursday. So post first, hoverboard later!
Secret Worlders got a very special treat on Thursday night…
The Secret World had just introduced new RNG bags into the Item Store. These bags, planned to be the first of many, have a military theme and also introduce “Lucky Coins” with which you can purchase some of the bags’ content if you are unlucky with them. The items from the bags are all tradeable until used, and all cosmetic, so I’d say TSW has once again done Cash Shop options right. What matters to this story is a particular emote players can get through these bags or by saving up their Lucky Coins. Continue Reading
Whoohoo, I made it!!! 😀
*does Snoopy happy dance*
This is where I mention I 100% feel anyone who attempted Blaugust should be proud of what they’ve accomplished. Offline life happens, and no matter what you’ve had a chance to experiment and learn. I’ve added a Blaugust Blogroll as a submenu up top there, under the About section. I encourage any of my readers to check out the blogs on the list, we have so many talented writers!
After I signed up, I made a list of topics I’d been meaning to cover. Some of them I never got around to, and some came up organically, but it gave me a base to work from. When I heard gaming news, I took a few minutes to consider whether I had anything to say on it. I also tried to read as much as I could (not nearly as much as I wanted) since that often gave me ideas, or at least got the gears moving. I made use of our writing prompts, though I tried to do so sparingly so as to only pick topics I was sincerely interested in exploring. I had notes for a few that I later scrapped because I wasn’t feeling it. I made sure to allow myself a few out-of-the-norm posts, both for fun and also because some days I just didn’t have anything else in me. I decided to try to alternate my posts, if I’d just done a research-heavy post, I planned an easier one for the next day.
I prefer writing in the evening, which works pretty well since I can spend time during the day mulling my topic over. This also makes it difficult during long work stretches, but I managed. (Though I did sleep through my alarm one morning, eep!) I tried to write any time I was home and had a lot of ideas – this meant sometimes I started an extra post after my required one, but it also helped me take advantage of the times I was super motivated on a topic.
Other than that, I kept an eye on my schedule and tried to plan for days I knew I’d be busy. I knew it would be easier for me to keep going with one a day than to catch up, so I made every effort to do that. The hardest days were when I was sick and the night I posted so late. If I hadn’t written part of my post before the podcast and surprise dungeon run, I don’t think I would have made it. Or I would have had to bow out of the dungeon which would have sucked. I had to be careful planning my Holosuite articles as well, since I try to keep them longer and more complete than I necessarily do for my regular posts. Continue Reading
It’s going to be a short one today, folks! We had a call-in at work and no one was able to cover the shift, so it was just me and the groomers. The groomers are awesome, and we had a volunteer for part of the day, but I’m still super tired now.
In happier news, an 11 month old black lab I’ve been trying to work with (he’s scared of everything, sits in his cage and shakes) not only came up to me for pets today, but got halfway to sitting in my lap. *melted Gryph* This time, I am going to go ahead and show you what he looks like:
As some of you may know, I got a chance to romp through Manufactory Elite for the first time right after last week’s Beyond the Veil stream. OtterDown otternapped me after kindly waiting until the show was over. The picture at the top of this post is the best one I got, I was too busy trying not to die for most of it. ^^ Continue Reading