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You can blame Tigerfeet for this!

Go ahead.  I do!

… But be careful!  Ms. Feet seems slightly more feral than usual, today.  Do you hear that maniacal laughter?  No, it isn’t coming from Megan or even sweet little Hydra.  No, sir, it’s coming from over there.

I can’t guarantee she won’t bite.  

/em tosses a Fish Feast on the ground and edges away, murmuring “nice kitty, kitty, kitty” beneath her undying breath


Presenting: Haiku … World of Warcraft style!  The idea originated yesterday with Fimlys of Alseep at the WoW, and is spreading like wildfire (not to be confused with fel fire — which is, after all, green) through the Blogosphere. 


Torn from the Nether
An instrument of my will
The Dark Pact is made


Stalwart, strength of earth
Fury, steel and wind imbued
The Earthmother howls

And finally, my secret side project …


Abandoned by death
Puppet to an ebon hand
Never a hero

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Now that the (bad) poetry is out of the way … how about an analogy? 

It occurred to me as I was writing this that memes are the achievements of the Blogosphere.  Some of us post them in lieu of “real” content (and to be fair, there’s not a lot to write about now that most guilds are done with Tier 7 and pre-patch ennui has set it), and some of us participate because we’re completionists or because we view challenging memes such as this one as akin to “hard modes.” 

I just hope this isn’t part of some kind of meta achievement. 



Participate in the following memes—

– Sixth of Six
– Honest Scrap Award
– What’s in a Name?
– WoW-ku

—and win … what, exactly? 

Personally, I’m hoping for a mount.  I already have a bear to ride.  (<3 Keaton.)  Maybe some kind of moth or firefly?

I could name it Serenity!  Or Colbert.  Everything is named Colbert.

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I’m keeping it in-class this time, because I’m dying to see what my fellow ‘locks can do:

I foresee much mocking-of-mages in our future.

Poetic mocking!, but mocking nonetheless …


April 1, 2009 at 4:46 pm 7 comments

Honest … what?

I don't know eitherI have no idea what an “honest scrap” is — other than an award-styled meme that’s making the rounds of the Blogosphere, of course.  Google wasn’t particularly helpful in solving this mystery … but an Images search did retrieve this colorful picture!  Which I like enough to repost, even though it’s completely random (or maybe because it’s completely random?  I’m in a contrary mood today.)

Whatever these brightly colored somethings are (yarn? baskets? shape-shifting aliens plotting an Easter invasion?), at least we know they’re honest. 

Anyway, I was nominated for this mysteriously-named Honest Scrap Award twice!  First, by the only mage I wouldn’t cheerfully feed to my felhunter — the inimitable Larísa, of The Pink Pigtail Inn — and then again by the Holy Paladin who is also epic loot, Kyrilean of Casual Hardcore.

To quote the meme itself:

This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant. 

Aww, you shouldn’t have.  Really.  It’s enough to make a Succubus blush— …

Oh, wait.  Zigmat reminds me to read the fine print.  (Leave it to the imp to remember the contract!)  Apparently, there are a few conditions …

  • When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to the said person so everyone knows she/he is real.  (I would never presume to call Larísa “misguided.”  Kyrliean … well, he did just join Amber‘s guild, so his sanity was somewhat in doubt to begin with.)
  • Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have seven friends. Show the seven random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog. Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon.  (My epic yarn icon is better.  Just sayin’.)
  • List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself. Then pass it on!  (Honest?   … but, I’m a warlock!  I don’t do honest!)

… But I’ll try. For you.  ❤

  1. CorsairI love animals and have been involved in rescue for most of my adult life.  Both of my cats and one of my (four!) dogs were adopted from the euthanasia list at the county pound, including this little monster — who was scheduled to be put down because he was deemed “too aggressive.”  Corsair was six months-old when I saved him, and is seven years-old now, not to mention the brattiest marshmallow of an attention-whoring cat you’ll ever meet.  He’s also a Sun Devils fan.  (Can you tell?)
  2. I may or may not have had a small crush on Lieutenant-Commander Worf. 
  3. I may or may not have transferred said crush to the myriad of characters that Michael Dorn voiced in Disney’s The Gargoyles.
  4. Speaking of The Gargoyles, my best friend and I dubbed one of our high school classmates Owen, because he looked exactly like The Gargoyles’ character of the same name.  It wasn’t long before the entire sophomore class was calling him Owen instead of Bryce … but to this day, Alexis and I are the only ones who understand why it was absolutely freakin’ hilarious that he landed the role of Puck in our English class’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  5. Continuing the geekgirl theme: I love the X-Men!  Rogue, especially.  Even though it broke my heart, X-Men #45 remains my favorite issue of all time.
  6. I have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, but work as a financial analyst for a major foodservice distributor. 
  7. I hate numbers, which makes #6 so painfully ironic that I want to /cry at least once a day.
  8. On a WoW-related note, I still use my Dreadsteed at level 80.  I’m fiercely proud of my Armani War Bear — but nothing says ‘lock quite like a flaming hellhorse.
  9. My 10-year high school reunion is at the end of May.  I really don’t want to go.  But … Owen might be there?  /waffle
  10. I’ve read Black Beauty fifty million times.  At least.  I never did learn how to ride (in spite of living more or less “in the country” now), but I never quite outgrew that horse-crazy phase that all little girls go through, either.  I wrote a flurry of furious letters to the local newspapers and TV stations the year that the Gila River tribes rounded up their mustangs by helicopter and sold them to slaughter … but no one thought it was a story worth covering.  I will adopt a BLM mustang, someday.

And there you have it!  Ten random but honest (really) things about me. 

I have an unwritten rule against tagging specific bloggers to perpetuate memes, so I’m going to compromise with myself and simply list seven blogs that I really enjoy.  Don’t feel obligated to participate (if you don’t want to, that is; if you want to, go for it!), but know that you are read and appreciated.

  1. Birdfall, of Letters from Birdfall and The Family Business.  She’s a professional writer, and it shows; everything she posts is beautifully written!  Her personal blog is a fun read, with content that ranges from delightfully snarky to insightful to unabashedly girly (“For Pretty Dresses,” anyone?), and her guild blog — a collaborative effort — is unique in that it deals with leading a family-type guild and the specific challenges that engenders. 
  2. Miss Elf of … Miss Elf, of course! … who browses the official forums so we don’t have to.  ❤
  3. Tessy of Reflections from the Pond.  Tessy is one of my weekend reads, since her site is blocked at work and I can only see the first few lines of each post in my feedreader.  Her content is endlessly varied: she writes about a little of everything — all of it interesting, and empathetic.  Definitely one of my favorites (and many thanks to Larísa for promoting her a few weeks back!).
  4. I’m sure she’s been nominated already, but I’ve recently fallen in love with the antics of that feline fatale: Secret Agent Cat (aka Tigerfeet!).  Her humor, honesty and sheer exuberance make her blog an absolute joy to read.
  5. Speaking of druids … Karthis Of Teeth and Claws provides excellent relationship advice.  No, really.  He translates Feral Druid into English Orcish so I can trick my boyfriend into thinking I’m not a complete idiot when he tries to talk tank.  (I’ve heard that Karthis makes a mean hardboiled egg, too, but photographic evidence suggests otherwise. >.>)
  6. Aleathea of Hearthstone is a relatively new addition to my feedreader and blogroll.  I find her roleplay-flavored posts especially inspirational, and she has some great ideas for future topics as well.
  7. Finally, Honorshammer of Honor’s Code is one of those writers who doesn’t just tell you what he’s thinking or doing in-game; he shows you, by letting you right into his head to experience it with him.  I won’t presume to know him, because I don’t — but after following his blog for several months, I feel that I know part of him.  And that part is short, loyal and wields a mean hammer.

Is that seven already?  I have 146 subscriptions in my Feedreader, so limiting the list to seven is hard.  I apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently neglected.  Like I said, I usually don’t name names … but I got a bit of a thrill out of seeing mine come up in two other blogposts, and wanted to pass that on in some small way.

I realize this is a very unwarlocky thing to say, but I think you’re all awesome.


EDIT:  I lied.  (In a meme about honesty, no less!)  I was actually tagged three times — but I almost didn’t notice because the moment I read “Spacegoats are win,” I thought of Anea.  Who is win.

Thanks, Amber.  I almost feel bad about using you to poke at Kyrilean’s sanity now.


March 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm 9 comments

Tagged! What’s in a name?

ElleirasFulguralis is curious about what’s in a name?  (And I was tagged on the ground floor of a new meme!  How cool is that?)

Confession?  Elleiras isn’t actually my main’s name — or, rather, my main alt’s name (since my warlock has been retired from active duty, confusing the living Hellfire out of anyone who stumbles across a shaman’s blog after Googling ‘locky things like Affliction Spec, DoT Rotation or 101 Ways to Make a Gnome Mage Cry.)

No, Elleiras is a level 58 Blood Elf Death Knight who has been permanently parked in the Thrallmar inn.  She exists solely so I could experience the Death Knight starting chain on Live and claim the name I blog under on my home server.  (I guess that would be dually, not solely, but … I’m still crying over Amber’s Tribute For Great Justice.  ;.;  Lemme alone.)

Elleiras is also my warlock’s name, spelled backwards, which is in turn a corruption (get it?) of Sarelle — the name of a minor character in a book I happened to be reading at the time I created her.  I’ll admit, I didn’t put much that thought into it.  I was very hastily rerolling ‘lock, because after all of two quests as an Undead mage, I knew I hated the class.  Besides, I was fiercely jealous of my sister’s imp.  (“You get a pet?  That shoots fireballs?  Your pet is cooler than my character?  No fair!”)

My short-lived mage was Ihlana, a name I made up more or less out of thin air for a character — an ice mage, actually, whose fraternal twin was a fire mage named Caethor — in a text-based, freeform roleplaying game I played once upon a time (i.e., high school).  (Does anyone else remember RhyDin on AOL, back when AOL was still cool and only hardcore geeks used IRC?) 

(How’s that for parenthetical asides, by the way?)

Ihlana has long-since been deleted, but her name lives on in the form of my level 51 feral druid. 

SarielleMy shaman’s name, Liluye, is (supposedly) a Miwok name meaning “singing chicken hawk that soars.”  I tend to scour the Internet for Native American names for my many Tauren alts, since that seems to be the trend in-game.  Case in point: there’s an NPC in Thunderbluff whose name, Kuruk, is Pawnee for “bear.”

My level 70 hunter, Fahalle, was actually named by Asara.  I have no idea how to pronounce it (I tend to refer to her as “Falafel” >.>), but I love the shape of the letters together.  It’s a very pretty name for a very tough Orc.

That encompasses all of my significant characters, I think.  I have a baby shadow priest named Malice (which I couldn’t believe wasn’t taken!),  a tiny hunter named Villanie (if the mohawk fits…), and a bank alt named Mychelle (my name is Michelle; hi! *wave*), but none of them see significant playtime these days and I tend to forget they exist until the server crashes and I’m forced to stare longingly at the character selection screen …

So, that’s it for me!  I’m supposed to tag three more bloggers, but I prefer to leave these things open-ended for anyone who wants to participate.  It’s a cop-out, I know, but it’s one designed to spread the warm-and-fuzzies — so I hope you’ll forgive me. 😉

March 20, 2009 at 1:08 pm 12 comments


I usually don’t participate in memes, but this one brought a smile to my face.  (And since I’m Undead, that’s a rather painful experience in and of itself.  I almost have to do it now, if only to appease that dull ache in the empty space where my jaw used to be.)

The sixth screen shot in my sixth folder iiiiiiiis …


… Concrete and Tyroge!

The boys decided to bounce the Orgrimmar auction house one lazy Saturday afternoon.  Maybe it was one of those “had to be there” moments, but I found the entire thing hilarious — especially when completely random people decided to play along.  (And this on a PvP server that tends to regard roleplayers as somewhere above cave mold and below a Disgusting Oozling on the evolutionary tree …)

Take that little Orc, for example.  We assumed from his uniform that he was just another banker, but he insinuated himself between Concrete (who was between tanking jobs at the time, the poor cow) and Tyroge, and took his self-appointed role as pest control very seriously.


He eventually wandered off to do his own thing, and business got a little hectic. As you can see, at one point, the boys even had a line.


There were also the usual “undesirables” to be dealt with, including this rather fierce-looking Druid.


Ironically, he later joined my guild — and was /gkicked after he decided our Code of Conduct was too “restrictive,” and rebelled against by posting an impassioned defense of the use of the word “rape” (in a gaming context; i.e., “the Alliance absolutely raped us in Arathi Basin”) on our guild forum.  I know this doesn’t bother most people, but we repeatedly asked him not to use it, as there was a woman in our guild at the time who had issues with PTSD related to a sexual assault.  Apparently, his mistook the request for compassion as an attempt at censorship …

But that’s a subject for another post.  For now, suffice it to say I did a mental double-take when I dug this screenshot out of the black depths of my harddrive and realized that I knew this druid.

On a lighter note—


—there’s one in every capital city.  And several in Darnassus.


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In keeping with the spirit of six, I’m supposed to tag six bloggers to share the sixth screen shot in the sixth folder in their Images file.  But I’m the new kid on the block, so I’m not really comfortable with that yet.  I’m still kind of amazed that people are actually reading this drivel; I don’t want to scare them away by giving them {gasp} homework!

But if you haven’t done this one yet, and want to, by all means … consider yourself tagged.


February 19, 2009 at 1:42 am 2 comments


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