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Now we're all sons of bitches.

First off, for those in the Manhattan area, as announced, I will be reading at KGB Bar this Wednesday evening (November 19th) at some point between 7 and 9 p.m. (EST). I know I'm reading second, but I have not yet decided what I'm reading. Check out the KGB website for maps, directions, etc. It's a marvelous bar, which I last visited in May 2001. If you can make it, I urge you to do so. Benjamin Parzybok will read before me. KGB is located at 85 E. 4th Street. Sonya (sovay) will be accompanying me and Spooky, as it seems I need at least two handlers these days, if I am to venture out into the wide, wide world. We'll be heading back to Providence shortly after the reading. I think I have meetings with my agent and editor before the reading, but I need to check on that today.

I'm in an especially wicked mood this morning. Which is to say, I find myself wanting to corrupt something. Corruption for the sake of corruption, for whatever satisfaction the act of corruption brings. Just about anything would do. Maybe the writing will satisfy...maybe.

A good writing day yesterday. I'm not sure that I'd claim that "The Collier's Venus (1893)" is now on an even keel. But I did 1,209 words on the story yesterday, and I think I at least see how to get to THE END. As Sonya has pointed out to me, the story retraces some of the territory I covered when I wrote "In the Waterworks (1889)," though the parallel wasn't exactly intentional. It's just sort of worked out that way. Mostly, I was relieved that the writing proceeded with very little resistance yesterday. Four Valium, a Klonopin, coffee, and Red Bull made it all relatively painless. I can only hope it goes as well today, since tomorrow has to be spent pulling myself together for Wednesday. I fear I actually have to visit a mall. Something to wear, a warm hat, new shoes (you should see the state of my old Converse All Stars; we're talking duct-tape time), and, later in the day, I have an appointment to make the grey in my hair go away again.

Last night, we watched the first three episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I was pleasantly surprised. I figured, at the very least, the series would need several eps to build momentum and find it's footing. Nope. It hit the ground running, literally. And, hey, Summer Glau as an android. What the hell more do I need? I had my doubts about Lena Headey, and yeah, she's no Linda Hamilton, but I think she's doing okay. Thomas Dekker is a bit on the bland side, but then I was never very interested in John, and this is a story about Sarah, after all. We're looking forward to the next disc.

WoW has taken a turn for the weird(er). Spooky and I both needed to create "mules," that is, characters who exist primarily to hold loot and provide extra bank slots. I created a blood-elf paladin named Hanifah (another name recycled from the old Dune rp) and a human priest named Celebriän (yes, Celebriän; so sue me). But the lure of quick leveling and a curiosity about other races and classes has led to my turning them both into full-fledged characters. I've played Hanifah to Lvl. 11, already, and Celebriän is at Lvl. 9. And I think I've discovered that blood elf/paladin is my very favorite flavor combination so far. Perfect for soloing. Poor Celebriän, though. I don't know what the people at Blizzard were thinking when they designed the human avatars. Maybe they have the same disdain for humans that I do. The poor girl runs (or, rather, galumphs, while slouching) like Bigfoot in the Patterson-Gimlin film (1967). I mean, really. It's just fucking sad. And "priest" is probably the least playable class I've encountered so far. The whole cloth armor thing is unpardonably silly, so far as I'm concerned. Blizzard could have at least provided a reasonable "in-world" explanation for why priests and mages and warlocks can't wear better armor (if they have, I've missed it), or let them wear something decent. Even Shaharrazad, who has now reached Lvl. 34, is still pretty useless, despite her fancy magick and minions, unless she has Suraa (a paladin) backing her up. Oh, and I've discovered a whole backstory uniting Hanifah and Shah. They're sisters. Shah is the older, and, at an early age, when both were beginning to show magical abilities, Shaharrazad "accidentally" placed a curse on herself and her sister. Having parted company, if they ever again meet face to face, one has to die. Shah is deeply resentful of the "good" sister. I'm sorry. I can't help myself. This stuff just comes.

Okay, a long, long day ahead of me, so...here we go.


Nov. 17th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
I love the priests, my favorite toon is a priest. I soloed my undead shadow priest up to 65, and I'm concentrating on him so I can make him my first character over 70. He's really incredibly powerful. The only problem with playing a shadow priest is that NOBODY wants to group with you until you are over 60. Sure, I get lots of requests to group, but I tell them all "I don't do healing". At 65, shadow priests heal their own groups by doing shadow damage.

The whole cloth armor thing? It's no big deal when I can melt people's faces off instantly.
Nov. 17th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)

The whole cloth armor thing? It's no big deal when I can melt people's faces off instantly.

Hmmmm. So, does it get radically better after 9 or something? If I could just get the poor girl a wand, it would help. I think part of this is my refusal to do anything but solo (except for grouping with Spooky's toons).
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Wands are pretty essential if you have a priest, IMHO. When you are out of mana, just start shooting with the wand.

The class itself doesn't really get radically better until about the mid 30s, really. Badfinger (my shadow priest) finally started being able to hold his own in PVP around 45 to 50. Fear, mind flay, and vampiric touch (heal yourself and the group with the shadow damage you do to others) are pretty awesome. I just got Power Word: Death and I've been walking friends through low level dungeons (for like 30s and 40s) using nothing but that.

I also got enchanting and tailoring for professions, so I could make my own cloth armor and enchant it. I am finally almost at the top of tailoring, I am just not high enough level to use the Frozen Shadowweave set I can make now.

Yes, my shadow priest is my favorite. Be patient and level yours. I certainly hope you aren't trying for a HOLY priest!
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)

I certainly hope you aren't trying for a HOLY priest!

Oh, hell no. She's still a little naïve, but disenchantment is headed her way.

Wands are pretty essential if you have a priest, IMHO. When you are out of mana, just start shooting with the wand.

That's the sense I'm getting. But I nothing's dropped a wand yet, and I was unable to find one in a shop in Stormwind or in the auctions (at least not one that can be used until Lvl 15).
Nov. 17th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
I have a level 28 human Priest on the Kargath server that I've been trying to level. He is tough but I'm working on it. Of course I'm specing Shadow as it's the only way to get anything done, and my tailoring/skinning is doing very well.

Good to hear it gets a little easier once I get into the 30's.
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Also, I HATE grouping with people unless I know them in real life. The children on WoW are really quite annoying.
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)

The children on WoW are really quite annoying.

Jesus fuck, that's the truth. The crowd that infests Goldshire on the Cenerion Circle realm, yikes. I'm guessing the average age is 12, but you never know. They seem to just hang out in the inn and use it as a chat room.
Nov. 17th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
The whole cloth armor thing? It's no big deal when I can melt people's faces off instantly.

oooohhhhh.... nice :)

I made a female gnome warlock, just because it's so absurd.
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
I have an orc warrior that I named RussellCrowe, and he uses no weapons except his bare hands. I'M FIGHTIN' ROUND THE WORLD!

Through him I discovered that just about all characters become really fun to play after about 30 or so -- that was when I could dual-wield brass knuckles. I still like melting faces, but I envy the mages for being able to make water. If I group I try to get a mage with me for the water.
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)

Through him I discovered that just about all characters become really fun to play after about 30 or so

I have this weird affinity for the first fifteen or so levels. So far, to me, they just seem the most fun to play.