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I’m In the Desert…

So, when I say that I’m taking a small hiatus? Don’t believe me, friends – just don’t. Life has been a whirlwind this past year! Remember all that talk about moving to Colorado? Well, we did it! I’m near my friends and we are now surrounded by beautiful, mountainy goodness – well at least for Michael and Kahlynne. Phoebs is back in PA with her dad and I am in Phoenix for school. I’m kind of sad to be so far from my friends (especially my bff) – again… but it’s for a good cause, I keep telling myself. Crazy changes, huh? The desert is being pretty good to me so far, though I have found that I have an interesting fear of scorpions. It seems that I suddenly realized that scorpions live in the desert and, OMG, I am now in the desert – so, I’m afraid they are going to attack my feet. ALL OF THEM!

How creepy - with babies even!

Okay, so really I need to thank Apple. Apple, I read your blog today and began to think to myself, “Self? Where the hell are you and why did you stop blogging?” I couldn’t find a good and reasonable answer to my question, so I decided to immediately jump back in. Now that all three of you are excited to see that I plan to continue writing, let me tell you a little bit about what I’m doing in school. I’m really excited.

Firstly, I’m in school for something I LOVE. Graphics. Manipulating them, taking many of them and making new designs, altering them etc. All to convey a message. Okay, so that’s the deep down, raw part of what I love to do. My major is Digital Media and I am looking so forward to stretching the boundaries of what I know into the possibilities of what could be with just a touch of creativity.

This semester my classes are dealing with Photoshop, Math (appreciation), a bit of history, web design, and art. I’m excited about all of them – especially my art class. You all may be thinking, oh yes, art… drawing, painting and the like. No. This is bio art. huh?! Yes, that was my reaction also when I heard of the class. Pulling away from traditional art, bio art is at the intersection of biology, art and technology. I’ve only been to one class, but I am looking forward to learning more of this interesting, obscure emerging field.

Not that this ‘defines’ bio art, but Jon McCormack is an artist I was researching a bit about in preparation for a project. He designed this cool program. I don’t know much about it as I’ve only just begun to read about it, but I think it was designed to evolve dna and he creates art pieces around the results. It’s pretty neat and I encourage you to check him out.

I’m really liking my school also. It’s a fairly tiny school and it’s dedicated to technology. It’s fantastic – I’m surrounded by like minded people who love computers, games or at the very least, appreciate those who do. It seems that two of the most popular majors at the school are Game Art & Animation and Game Design but there are lots of other technology based majors available. The first acronym that I encountered (and on my first day of orientation even) was Net Sec… say that fast without it coming out as nutsack… riiiight.

Have I mentioned I’m in the desert? Here’s my apartment:

Evie's Apartment in the Desert

Cute, right? Just kidding. Phoenix is actually a really nice place. There are lots of palm trees – it kind of reminds me of when I was in California with Michael several years ago. Really, who can beat 65-75 degrees in January? I feel kind of guilty… almost like I’m on a really long vacation where I learn stuff. Just watch out for those scorpions.

Well friends, coffee is done brewing and its time for me to be off to school soon. There will be more as it happens. Thanks for coming by today – I know it’s been a really long loooonnnnggg time… like a year! So, thank you for coming back to visit and I look forward to telling many stories about school and more as they happen  🙂


Gallery of Sorts

So, you know how earlier today I told you I figured out how to do image editing IN photobucket? Well, I have been – all morning – and I thought I’d share. Since we are on the topics of games today, I’ll post the game images I have been working on. In addition to playing World of Warcraft, I also dabble in Aion. It’s much fun. (Specifically, I really would like to show Apple my kitteh form that I have for my asassin… yes, rogues can shapeshift! – I feel a little druish)

I want to note that Eccho’s Ho Uniform™ is a requirment to be in the guild Mystic. (jk?) Teres totally hooked me up! \o/

Autumn Changes Everything

It’s FRIDAY! And still… S T I L L raining. The earth must have been quite thirsty. I’m all about giving it some water, but but… my poor poor basement. Look! there goes another laundry basket floating off! Also, I am Very Excite! \o/ I have (finally) discovered that I can edit images right INSIDE of Photobucket! This means (probably) that I will be poking your eyes with lots of graphics and pictures from today forward. (Or at least when I have images uploaded to photobucket?)

Speaking of druids… (oh, didn’t I?) It was several years ago that I met Michael, and when I met him I was enamored with video games. Yes, video games – I was a consul gamer. You know, Nintendo and the like – specifically of the RPG genre. I was taken with Final Fantasy <all> and endeavored to get each new Sony Playstation system ASAP when it was released so that I could continue to play the series – which will inevitably continue until the death of time itself. Michael was (and still is) also a gamer. However… he played computer games.

Being fond of the RPG genre, I had always imagined how fun it would be to be able to play them multi-player. Then I found EverQuest Online Adventures and was BLOOOOWWWNNN away. Had.To.Have. So, imagine my surprise when Michael skooled me on the invention of mmorpgs…  At first I resisted. Any consul gamer turned computer gamer (or one who just does both) can appreciate the vast differences in play style. I mean, SO MANY BUTTONS! With keyboards vs. consul controlers, the possibilites were endless – and overwhelming. I tried a few free-to-play games that he showed me, and then I asked him what all the racket was about this new game, World of Warcraft. SURELY this game would not top the all-consuming awesomeness of EQOA. I mean, really, none of the other games he had introduced to me had – why would this be any different. In order to give me a taste of the game without spending the money (in case I didn’t like it), he ‘hooked us up’ with a private server. (I have NO idea what goes into that or anything else about it). After a few tutorials on how to use the keyboard, I was hooked. HOOKED, I tell you! So, Michael went out and got me the REAL game – paid for a subscription and everything!

At first I played around with several different classes – well, any that could be Night Elves – until I settled on a druid. It was nice to have the ability to do… well, anything! (If you’re not familiar with the game, druids can take a hit, heal, and do damage to opponents depending on how you specialize them.) I decided that I wanted to heal with her; since my toon on EQOA was a healer, it felt most familiar. Her name was (is) Evanstar – fondly known as Evie to pretty much everyone who know me. Evie and I have been exploring the lands of Azeroth for… oh my goodness… I can’t even remember how long – four or five years, I believe. Before there were expansions to the game, the original level-cap was 60. Evie and I made the slow climp up the level ladder in resto spec (restoration specialization) despite tips, advice, and pleadings that I level as a feral druid. (Feral druids are melee damage dealers.) Apparently this would make me ‘kool’ like everyone else AND get me to level cap much sooner. Still, I refused. After all, this was ‘my’ time and I wanted to enjoy the game ‘my’ way. Amirite? Besides, since I wanted to heal in end-game content, I wanted to learn how to do things gradually rather than get thrown in the fray once I got there.

Anyway… the backstory is to give everyone an idea of how long I’ve played Evanstar as my ‘main’ character on WoW. I’ve never deviated from that until this past year with the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. I decided this time around to play my priest for a change of scenery. I had heard lots about their Bubbles Of Osm™ and wanted to see how well I could do with them. Apparently I do okay. It’s been really fun playing her, but with the new expansion of Cataclysm just around the corner I started getting nervous that she would be left behind. So, I started playing her more often and tried to get her achievements and the like. I also switched one of her specializations to that of a caster aka the Crit Chikun …

Lovely feathers, eh? The lovely lady to my side is Betsi – she’s rather fun, you know. After some wiggling around of group set up, I am able to re-declare my main toon for Cataclysm as my Evanstar. She will go through a bit of overhaul before getting there (i.e. changing from a cow to a troll – how does that even happen anyway?!?!) but I’m really quite excited. It will be good to have her back in action rather than sitting in that cushy room in the Filthy Animal.

Stay dry this weekend, friends! And as always, thanks for coming by for morning coffee ❤