My my, it does seem like a while since I've dipped my toes into the Livejournal surf, however it seemed only fair to give an update, more excuses, a bit of emo and, y'know, stuff.
First off, mum came out of hospital a while ago having been treated for a urinary (she accidentally called it a "urinal" ... there was some mirth when she realised what she'd done) infection and a lung infection, both of which I hope we've seen the back of. Unfortunately, on her last day in hospital, two women on her ward died and she's been badly traumatised by that experience. In fact, it would be fair to say that mum is currently suffering from a pretty severe bout of depression. She's very anxious when left on her own, I popped out to see Watchmen
the other week, and came out to find four voicemail messages with mum in tears begging me to come home. Now we'd spoken about me going to see the film and she seemed alright with it before I left, clearly she had an 'episode' while I was away and that triggered the whole thing off again. Her memory is also pretty bad at the moment, which is a little worrying given my particualr deficiencies in that regard. Anyway, the consequence of this to you is that I shan't be able to spend any significant time out of the house until she feels secure enough for that to happen. So the forthcoming Maelstrom
is in some doubt at the moment, as are any overnight visits to friends. This also means that the now-annual trip to the British Museum in honour of my birthday will have to be put on hold indefinately. Needless to say, I am chafing somewhat at this but you only get one mum and there will, I trust, be other years in which I can do stuff again.
In better news, the people at Chichester University have asked me to write a short piece for them on a well-known novel, short story or poem (I've chosen Ted Hughes' Hawk Roosting
) which is a very promising move. They've obviously decided that the portfolio I submitted has promise and so are checking to see how deep my academic approach to literature is. Given that I have no academic experience to support my application, this move seems only reasonable and suggests that I may have cleared the first hurdle.
<emo>I find that I'm missing the presence of the (surprisingly aptly named if you're a fan of The Little Prince
) Fox through all this. Not for his physical presence, though I miss that too, but for having someone with whom to share these triumphs, woes and events. There is a quality of sharing that, I realise, one may have with a partner that one does not with a friend, however close that friend may be. Still, no use crying over spilt dairy products, I'll just have to play the cards I have, not the ones I wish I had.</emo>WoW
-wise, I've given up, for the moment, on my Undead Mage, Flosoris, who I'm failing to play competently. Despite many generous donations of gear and time boosting him through instances, I just can't seem to get him over the hurdle of 59. Well, doubtless I could but I'm just not having any fun doing it ... and fun is the point of the game neh? So I've gone back to Invidius the Blood Elf Paladin who is currently steaming through the fifties and is well on the way to Outland. It seems that mail and plate are my comfort zones, leather and cloth not so much. The recent(ish) changes to the Paladin class have completely changed the game play; for the most part this is an improvement but the seal/judgement mechanic has lost some of its flexibility for me, although it is now much easier to manage. I know the Bad Eggs
don't need another tank but I'm happy to level as Protection and then work up either Retribution or Holy as secondary trees once the dual-spec mechanic is introduced. On the Alliance side, Melqart (my Night Elf Death Knight) has hit 80 and is now geared sufficiently to be able to tank pretty competently in heroic instances ... I'm not sure he's quite up to being a raid tank just yet, but he's on the way. Typical of me to pick the least obvious spec (Blood) to try to tank in, but it seems to work well enough for the moment ... I'm eager to see how it will scale. Tarranis is pretty much on hold at the moment, mostly as I wait for dual-spec to reach us so I can heal in instances without shooting myself in the foot solo-wise. The Shattered Ravens
seem more in need of healers rather than DPS
at the moment, so hopefully Tarranis can help meet that need. Try as I might I just can't seem to get his DPS higher than 1650, which is really too low for the level he's shooting at. Certainly gear upgrades could improve his situation but I think he's already pretty well geared for where he's at, and I have his general rotations down pretty well so I suspect it's just a case of gameplay (or my lack of competence therein) that's letting him down ... we shall doubtless see in the future.
Also refereeing a tabletop RPG
at the moment, in which the players have discovered the medieval zombies and are, I suspect, about to stumble onto the apocalypse bit; they really shouldn't have let two of them get away ... not with a nice, tasty village so close by. I think they've pretty much cracked the plot, which is good; I just don't think they've considered some of the implications of it yet. Things could get messy.
In closing I shall return to WoW and share this short film with you. Even if you hate/don't know the game I urge you to watch, it's a very well-crafted piece in my opinion.The Craft of War: BLIND