Showing posts with label linkage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label linkage. Show all posts

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

A Story for the Sproutling

This story was inspired by Big Bear Butt's writing challenge. Check his post for all the other offerings!


The calf gurgled and cooed as Leesah wiped the remnants of the juicy berries from around his mouth. She picked him up as she stood, kissed him on the top of his furry head and put him down on the packed earth floor of the house, smiling as he ran outside.

She walked over to the door and leaned against the wooden frame, shielding her eyes from the low sun casting its light across the Mulgore plain. A few children of the village were running around after a dog, trying to pull its tail.

Not for the first time, Leesah wished that her mate Melof could have been here to see how much their son had grown. It was already his first birthday and he was getting so tall - he would surely grow into a strong bull like his father had been. Leesah felt grief building up in her throat again. She glanced at one wall of the house where Melof's polearm hung, several charms hanging from the slender shaft, light winking on the keen blade.

She hadn't been up to Thunder Bluff in a while, but she had heard the rumours - Deathwing lay slain, the Twilight Cult scattered. She swallowed back tears and stood straighter, comforted that her mate's death at the assault on the Bastion had not been in vain, and had been avenged.

There was no use in dwelling on the past, though. Soon, she would have to leave the peace of Bloodhoof Village and rejoin her fellow Druids abroad. She could feel the urge to travel in her bones, the nature magic stirring, ready to heal and nurture the regenerating forests of Hyjal. She would have to leave her calf behind for a little while, but he would be in safe hands with the elders of the village.

As the sun dipped below the line of mountains to the west, one of the Elder bulls came around lighting the torches of the village. She nodded a greeting to him as she walked out across the grass. She called, "Come, little one!"

The calf ran over to her, reaching upwards and saying, "Num num num?"

Leesah laughed as she swung him up over her head and down again. "No, silly, you already had num nums. It's time for a bath and sleepy time." She carried him back inside their home and out to the hidden alcove that served as a bathroom.

Outside, stars began to appear in the evening sky and cast their silver light over the plains.


Yes, it's my Sproutling's first birthday today. It seems like such a long time ago that he was born, but at the same time it feels like just the other day! He's not quite at the running stage, but Tauren calves learn to walk a lot faster than human ones. He does ask me for num nums quite a lot, though.

Like Leesah, I've gone back to work and left Sproutling with the "elders". He's surrounded by an adoring fan club every day so I don't feel too bad about leaving him.

Don't worry, Mr Ang is still here... but he stopped playing Wow just before Sproutling was born so it fit well with the story for his Tauren to have died. I'm sure he won't mind me taking the liberty :)

Thursday, 16 February 2012

The Sixth Meme

I'm a sucker for memes, especially ones involving screenshots. The most awesome Battlemaster Gnomeageddon brought this one back out of the box - cheers Gnome!

The lovely Windsoar tagged me, so I went a-hunting. My screenshots are scattered around quite a few different folders so actually finding the sixth folder was a challenge in itself, but I'm pleased to say that the sixth folder I found contained my screenies for my Burning Steppes post.  The sixth file was this one.

Time to pass the meme along!  Tagging six people means that the meme has spread like wildfire and I'm really late to post my reply. I'm just going to put it out there for anyone who hasn't posted about it yet!

What's the sixth screenshot in your sixth subfolder?

Saturday, 21 January 2012

On Plums

Cynwise posted a very thought-provoking and reassuring Field Note today about Blogging Heroes - how to try not to compare yourself to your favourite bloggers and to find your own writing voice. Of course that's severely reduced to sub-nutshell size, so I recommend you go and read for yourself, but first allow me to share a little note that Cyn's post reminded me of. It doesn't directly relate to the subject matter, but is a nice statement about not trying to change to please everyone and to be true to yourself.

I'm not sure where it originally came from but its usually posted anonymously. I took a copy of it for myself some time ago. I hope it strikes a chord with you as well.

By the way, congrats to Cynwise on your Piggie, and to all the other deserving winners and nominees!


The Plum

You should learn that you cannot be loved by all people. You can be the finest Plum in the world. Ripe, juicy, succulent, a postive delight.

But you must remember there will be people who do not like plums.

You must understand that if you are the World’s Finest Plum, and someone you like does not like plums, you have a choice of becoming a banana. But you must be warned that if you choose to become a banana, you will be a second-rate banana, but you can always be the Best Plum.

You must realise that if you choose to be a second rate banana, you have to remember that there will be people who don’t like bananas. Furthermore, you can spend your life trying to become the best banana (which is impossible if you are a plum).

Or, you can seek again to be the Best Plum.


Saturday, 14 January 2012


The lovely Navimie over at The Daily Frostwolf recently celebrated her second blogoversary, and offered to create poems, pictures or puzzles for all her readers. You many have seen a few of these around already - Navimie has put just as much effort into each one of the presents than she does for her amazing blog each day!

Thanks for your amazing dedication and community spirit, Navimie! I wish you a very happy blogoversary and many more years of brilliant and inspired writing, poetry and pictures, no matter what world you play in <3

I was delighted to find this present for me in my email this morning:

Thursday, 3 March 2011

The World of Blogs

Did it ever occur to you that each time you open your feed reader, you're taking a trip not just around Azeroth (or whichever online world you're currently inhabiting), but also the real world?

Syl and Larísa recently had the idea of plotting bloggers' locations on a world map, as part of an exercise to see who blogs in a language other than their first. MMOmeltingpot took up the task and it seems it's now become a way to see how bloggers are distributed around the world.

You may or may not know, but I'm a huge map nerd and in fact, make them for a living (up until earlier this week, anyway!  *cackle* Ahem.), so naturally I think this is an awesome idea.  If you're a blogger and haven't seen it already, head over to MMOmeltingpot and show them your support. 

Monday, 7 February 2011

Love is in the Air Again

The Lunar Festival is still not yet over and already we're starting another one - Love is in the Air!

The achievements look to be the same as last year, with a few bugs that will be ironed out over the coming days in hotfixes or the looming patch (which, by the way, Keeva has covered quite comprehensively), but the important thing to note is that the holiday boss(es) in Shadowfang Keep now drop iLevel 346 neckpieces.  If you still need your last few items of pre-raid kit like I do, it's worth running a few times to pick up the Winking Eye of Love.

You can queue for the Holiday boss not through LFD this time, but via the Steamwheedle Shyster in Orgrimmar or Stormwind.  The Orgrimmar one is just in front of Grommash Hold.

I haven't been about much this week as it's been stiflingly hot in my computer room so there's not much new to report, but I just had to share this gorgeous bit of Link Lovin' from Qieth - Flight of the Moonkin

Friday, 23 July 2010

Reader Roundup - July

I haven't done a link-love post for a while so the stars were stacking up in my reader! Here's a few of them.
  • Jaedia posted about the way that the LFD tool is not encouraging players to make new friends in the game. Specifically, she says that if LFD had been there all along, she would never have met her current partner. It's kind of sad when you think about all those new on-server friendships we could be missing out on.

  • Gazimoff is gauging interest for a Mage community website. If you play a mage, head over to Mana Obscura and let him know whether you'd be interested in visiting or taking part in it.

  • Ava over at Tales of a Priest has written a very thorough Reflection on Raiding in Wrath, where she covers the good, the bad and the ugly in relation to progression, buffs, heroics and gating. I haven't been in the forefront of raiding in this expansion but I do have to say I found it a bit sad that I restarted raiding after the world was done with Ulduar, so I've never really got to see it.

  • Reversion on Looking For More wrote a really interesting two-part post about improving your Situational Awareness. Part 1 is about learning to use your mouse to move around, and Part 2 is about helping your brain to be more aware.

  • I know, it's silly of me to link this particular post after all other awesomeness on Righteous Orbs, but Tamarind shared with us some of the Worst Dressed NPCs, and I thought it was hilarious.

  • Way back during the RealID wars, Jong posted this internal memo from Michael Morheim that made me giggle.

  • And finally, if you're looking for a good tale, have a peek at She Can't DPS, a RP-focused blog I recently discovered. Amazing writing and screenshots!

Friday, 4 June 2010

Reader Roundup: June 4

It's time for another Reader Roundup!

So, what did I read lately that I enjoyed?
  • *Spoiler alert* At the Fluid Druid, they posted up the changes for Resto and Balance Druids in the latest Alpha build. There's some interesting information about the new Tree of Life form and other talents.  *If you don't want to read spoilers for Cataclysm, don't click the link!*

  • Looking for More had this great article about how to give advice to people who need it. This is a difficult task for anyone who like to help people, but seems to be very easy for those who like to tell others how to play their class.

  • Over at the Shifting Perspectives column at, there are some awesome screenshots of what different classes would look like in Tier 5 Druid armour. If gnome druids were available, I'd be rerolling in a second!

  • Allison Robert at came up with another gem with the Cynic's Guide to World of Warcraft. Brilliant!

  • Kairri the Shaman talked about an article in which a kid uses the skills he learned in WoW to save his sister from a moose.  I know, it's old, but I hadn't seen it before and it made me giggle.

  • Miss Medicina has decared the month of June to be Celebrate Geeky Women month. Here's to all my geek girls out there!

  • Larisa linked a brilliant video called Avatar Days.  You may have already seen it linked around in other places, but if you haven't, do yourself a favour and check it out. The use of 3D models in a real-world film is captivating, even if the commentary is a little dry. 

  • I got some email this week!!! I had an email from the people behind, a new website containing strategies for 2v2 arenas for all classes.  Since I'm not a PvPer by any means, I thought I'd link here anyway and let you guys see for yourselves. The site certainly looks comprehensive, with descriptions of each class's strategies and weaknesses, as well as class combination strategies.  Go look if you're interested in arena!

  • And finally, I'd like to wish Fimlys and Nibuca congratulations on the second anniversary of the Twisted Nether Blogcast! I've been listening since the first episodes, although I did take a break in the middle while I wasn't playing. I've always enjoyed listening to the show though, especially the interviews of different bloggers. It's nice to put a voice to.. a writer, I guess. Anyway, head over to and wish them a happy podcast-aversary, and have a listen to the latest episode.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Reader Roundup - May 15

It's been quite an eventful couple of weeks around the place, what with the start of the Cataclysm Alpha, the subsequent leaking of information and the start of the PTR for 3.3.5. Is it just me or have we not had 3.3.4 yet? Anyway don't forget to log into and opt in for the Beta if you're so inclined.

Just a note:  I will not be posting any information about the Alpha or the Beta when it begins.  I am trying to stay away from the new zone stuff until as late as possible.  I'll still be keeping up with the proposed class changes, but I'll try to make sure I mark any potential spoilers clearly if I decide to post about them. 

Right, now on to the link love.
  • Firstly a moonkin link.  Graylo has written an article about why Nature's Reach is an important part of our Balance spec and the benefits it brings in current raids.
  • Just what is BRK up to?  Bellwether mentioned it first, but between the original site change and his stories on his personal blog, it seems that BRK of legend has been invited to the Cataclysm Alpha. Could he be making a return to WoW?
  • In other news, Zelmaru and Arcane Tinker Tank have revealed the new dungeons and battlegrounds we will find in Cataclysm (no spoilers, honest).  I dunno about you, but I'm looking forward to hitting up a heroic STFU after a raid is over...
  • The gals at Hots & Dots have listed all the 52 raid bosses of Wrath in their perceived order of difficulty.  Gotta kill them all!
  • Mary Varn of NPC Comic started off a bit of a discussion about whether its harder to be a girl gamer or a guy gamer with this week's comic.  Check it out and give your opinion on the poll.
  • Gazimoff of Mana Obscura and his mate Stu have put together their first episode of a new podcast, Obscurecast, in which they chat about WoW stuff.  Check it out, it's a great listen, although a few Cataclysm spoilers may lurk within.
  • Alas is up to Chapter 10 of WoW & P & P in all it's awesomeness.  If you missed a chapter or two you can find all of them under the Pride & Prejudice tag.
  • Kae's brilliant Lich King comic is now complete! Check it out if you need help with LK-10 or not!
  • And finally, Wulfy from Barrens Chat has written about an epic journey, of how he ran, naked, through Stormwind to the Keep, and punched the King in the face.  Completely.  Awesome.
Have a great weekend everyone :)

Friday, 30 April 2010

Reader Roundup: April 30

It's time for another look at what's going on around the blogosphere.  This week it was all about the announced Cataclysm raid changes, but I think we've talked about that to death now, and we'll just have to wait and see how it turns out, for good or bad.

There has been plenty of other good stuff going on though!

Firstly, I'd like to wish Gazimoff of The Mana Obscura and his wife-to-be congratulations, and the very best of luck for their wedding this weekend!

Now to the links:
  • For all you budding (geddit?) Resto Druids out there, Keeva has created a Resto PvE guide. More information for the win!

  • Kae at Dreambound pointed us to the Paragon forums to a post about healing in cooperation with other healers.  Very interesting read... I've added PW:S to my grid indicators and I'm trying to be more aware of the order I heal people in raids this week.

  • Children's Week starts on Sunday May 2nd and runs until the 8th!  There's a few days to get your nose into some battlegrounds to scout out how to complete School of Hard Knocks, and Cynwise has all the advice you need. I forsee many deaths (my own, mainly) and copious swearing.

  • Windsoar wrote this very informative article about the healing addon, Injector. I've been meaning to try Injector out after Windsoar's recommendation but haven't got around to it yet - I don't really have any problems using Grid at the moment but it's always nice to try new things just in case you discover that you really love it.

  • Ambrosine had a bit of a trying time in a pug the other day.  Treepunches ftw!  Honestly, there's no point arguing with some people.

  • Sylly at Rolling Hots has listed the 10 sure signs that Arthas is definately a man, in response to her guild's disparaging remarks about how to tell Sindragosa is a female.

  • Wulfy at Barrens Chat posted all about Sentry Totems and their uses, in an attempt to convince Blizz not to remove them from the game!

  •'s Around Azeroth column has some great images, but this one just made me giggle.

  • And finally, I'll leave you with a song.  Well, Stop at The Stoppable Force will leave us with a song - Raiding in a Yellow Submarine
Happy Reading!