For everyone: What class do you usually pick in fantasy-genre games and why?
I usually play some form of a healer be it cleric, priest, druid, mystic, shaman, whatever name the game has for it. I like healing, it forces me to stay awake and to think on my feet rather than memorizing a set rotation.
Hey, thanks for following me. :) I loved your On Culture and Pride post. I'm Claudia, btw and Mexican as well.
Hi there and thanks for the follow back! I’m glad you liked the post :) Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you, my schedule’s got me crazy busy lately. I’m Renee, though more often than not you’ll see me referred to as Tart around here.
So, after a long conversation with the boy, it was decided that the Big Move will be pushed out a few weeks. Neither of us really wants to wait, but moving cross country is turning out to be more of a challenge than either of us anticipated apparently.
If I kept with my original plans, it meant that my last day at work would be the 8th, I would be driving out to Buffalo the 14th, get there the 17th and be flying out to California the 21st and back to Buffalo the 26th. It means I would have to go with a more expensive apartment to be able to move in mid-month and it would be a huge stress on puppy to be that long of a drive, be in a new home and then have to be kenneled for almost a week while I am at Blizzcon.
By pushing it out, my last day at work will be the 20th, I’ll fly to California the 21st and home to Seattle the 26th, have 2 days to pack and drive to Buffalo the 28th getting there on the 31st. I gain almost 3 full extra paychecks and my puppy can stay with my current roomie while I am out of town. It also means that the extra money will cover me for at least 1 months rent, buying me extra time to find a job. And I’ll have longer to look for a better deal on an apartment.
The sucky thing is that it means the cali trip will be my only time with the boy after not seeing him for 6 months and we’ll constantly be surrounded by people. And I’ll have to leave him again (even if only for a few more days) it’s smarter all around to wait, but dammit I dunwana!
For those of you who don’t know, I am half Mexican and half Irish and fiercely proud of both. I have studied both histories and speak both languages, though as Gaelic is a semi-dead language I’m by no means fluent and tend to have to stare blankly at words when I come across them before recognition hits. This does not stop me from flaunting my red hair (yes it is dyed a different shade of red now, but it’s always been a deep red.) and pale skin. I have a deep love of the music as well from traditional bands like The Dubliners and their pub anthems, to folk bands to The Pogues and Flogging Molly and their Irish Punk. My only wish is that I could actually jig.
However, growing up where I did, there was not a huge Irish community, so more often than not I associate more with my other half. Most of my family is from Guadalajara and some from Mexico City. I speak Spanish as well as reading and writing it and I can tell a Cuban from a Mexican from a Puerto Rican from a Dominican just from hearing them talk. I watch futbol and the World Cup will always be more important to me than the Superbowl or the World Series. I cheer for El Tri even when they play horrible, though Brasil will forever be my favorite. (Though I will die of joy if Ireland ever qualifies for the Cup) I love the music from Mariachi to Banda to Salsa and Merengue to Rock en Espanol. I did Folklórico dancing until I was 12 and I miss it dearly sometimes. If I ever have a daughter she will have a Quince and that shit will be bangin’.
So why do I bring this up? Today (September 16) is Día de independencia! Contrary to popular belief Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico’s independence day. That was the day they bested the French. Even more special is this year’s celebration as this year is their Bicentennial. As such, the party in la Ciudad was massive and channels like Univision and Telemundo were broadcasting the festivities live. And you can bet your ass I was watching. I had a million emotions running through me watching the speeches and the fireworks and seeing the dancers and the crowds, yet it got me thinking, why is it not like that here? There is no gigantic 4th of July special aired that the whole nation clings to and cries with. Does America really lack that much cultural pride? Why? My roommate totally didn’t understand why I was so excited watching el concierto de las flamas or seeing the Folklorico dancers and it made me a little sad. There’s just a magic to it. The culture has been a huge part of my life, and yes I will celebrate it, tiny beaner flag on my shirt and all. Viva Hidalgo, Viva El Tri and Viva Mexico. Felicidades Mexico para dos cien anos!
Ok that is probably a horrible lie. But if I can help it, I’m not moving for quite some time. The stress of planning this move is killing me, even if the end result will be so very worth it. If things don’t start coming together by the end of the week I might have to push it out one more month and I reaaaallllyyyy don’t want to do that. I want to be near him and not waiting and waiting and only getting to see him for a few days at the convention and having to leave. Again.
Tonight was just way too awesome for words. Took the bus to downtown Seattle and attended the TERA Online community event. It was a blast. I got to learn how the writers develop the NPCs and the quests for the game, and if I wasn’t already dying of excitement over the game, hearing the utter love they have for this game would have made me excited. There was tons of audience participation and the entire room was supportive and just really interested in everything the writers had to say. We even got to name an NPC!
But I won’t get too into detail here since all the technical stuff will be in the article I’ll be writing for Bow Down To Us tomorrow. I knew my night was off to a good start when I gave my name at the door and the community manager immediately was like “oh we were hoping you would come, we were all curious as to if you were a guy or a girl from your handle” XD Then, later on while I was roaming around poking at the writing staff the infamous Scapes walked up to me and was like “I had to come over and say hi since I recognized you from our talks on twitter. LE GASP! Me! Recognized! He even said he’d have recognized me sooner if I’d been wearing my bear hat. I could have died from happiness right then. To round off the night, I got to get my picture taken with David Noonan, whose work I respect greatly, and who I may or may not have had a fangirl crush on for a bit now. He actually said he was looking forward to being on the show for an interview again. Squeeeeeeee. All in all it was a good night and just makes my head swim with how much I really want this to be my career, and how much passion and love I have for this industry. And even more so with how incredibly lucky I am.
What do you do when your dreams start coming true?
If you are anything like me, FLAIL. MASS FLAIL. Unbeknownst to most it has been a long time dream of mine to work for a gaming site. Be it G4, 1up, Kotaku, it didn’t matter. Just something where I could preview, review and just write about gaming in general. Well, today was the first real step in that direction. Http://www.bowdowntous.com launched today with me on its staff writer list. I could not be happier. It may be a fledgling site, but so far the community is unbelievably supportive and I’ve never been more honored. I’m finally getting the chance to do something I’ve always wanted to do, and better yet the chance to do it from the site’s launch. Games have always been a passion of mine, and writing is something that I love more than I can express.
On top of this, the rest on my life seems to finally be clicking into place. I have a boyfriend whom I love and adore. Things are being set into motion for me to move across the country to be with him and that makes me so very happy. Getting on the plane to leave him the last time was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, and I don’t really fancy ever doing that again. Hopefully I won’t have to. After my last relationship, it just feels so amazing to be loved. I could be fresh out of the shower, with a face mask on in sweatpants and a hoodie and the boy would still think the sun shone out of my ass. And I’m quite ok with that because I feel the same way about him. One more month til I see him again and I cannot wait.