Thistle (thistle_chaser) wrote,

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WoW, books, politics

It's getting on towards a week since I last posted, which seems odd. I keep writing a post in my head, so I feel like I'm keeping more updated than I am. It's the same post I keep mentally writing. I don't know if I'll ever get it down "on paper" or not, since unfortunately it would be rather pointless. (Political in nature, so everyone on my friends list will either already agree with me or be highly unlikely to change their base beliefs based on my one post.)

I can't believe how stressed I am over election stuff. Never before has it been this bad. In the past did I not know how high the stakes were? Or are things worse now? Whoever the next president is will likely pick new supreme court judges, which scares the poo out of me. With half the country wanting to make women into second class citizens (plenty of them women wanting to take rights away from women!), I just... can't. I just don't understand. If you don't believe in something, don't do it. Where do people get off forcing their beliefs onto others?

People against gay marriage: Doesn't want ANYONE to be able to have one.
People for gay marriage: They are not forcing you to marry someone of the same sex.

People against abortion: Doesn't want ANYONE to be able to have one.
People pro-choice: Not going to force you to have one.

I've gotten so depressed and disappointed with this country. It's so ultra-religious and becoming more so, yet religious folks are crying out that they're bullied and repressed.

ANYWAY! I wasn't going to write that rant.

WoW: Blah and yay. I failed on my Panda Project: I had 40 levels to grant from RAF, so I wanted to get my panda girl to 40 so I could use the levels to bump her up to 80, but I ran out of time and will. I ended up hitting 28 on her last night and tossed the levels onto her. Pre-MoP I could have hit 40 on her without problem, but post? I was using all my time and leveling energy on her when I really wanted to be leveling my mains to 90.

Thistle hit 88 last night. I did nearly every quest in Jade Forest! I never do a whole zone like that. I think I missed one quest (it was still open in my log), but I got the zone achievement and mobs had turned green, so tonight I'll move on.

I tried to read quest text, really I did. It slows things down too much though. But, even without reading most of the stuff, I really liked the storyline. (There were enough cutscenes that I could follow it just fine.) I loved the end of the zone's storyline, I actually almost cried over it. It was silly, I don't know why it hit me so hard, but it did.

It turns out this is quite a good expansion for me. Ever since I started playing WoW, I've been against this whole Horde-Alliance war. Coming from my FFXI background, I'm used to all PCs working together towards a common goal -- I do NOT like PCs working against each other.

Surprisingly, I don't hate pandas anymore. I still think they're silly, I wish they had been some other race (non-animal based or not), but at least I don't hate them. (And my panda girl is cute as a button.)

Even with good storylines and better-than-Cata quests, leveling still feels so so so slow. It's pissing me off that all the things I want to do I can't because I'm not 90. Fly? Expand my farm? Do reps? Get mounts? NONE FOR YOU! BACK TO LEVELING!

Books: I'm having the oddest experience with Gullstruck Island. It seems like it should be the perfect book for me: It has tons of great world building. The characters are realistic and 100% believable. The writing and dialog is great. The story is interesting and there's a mystery.

And yet I'm not enjoying it.

I don't hate it, but I'm not liking it. I don't know how the mystery will be solved, and though it's interesting, I find myself not caring what the answer might be.

I don't understand it at all. This book should be a great match for me. When I'm reading it I'm okay with reading it, but I have no drive to read it. (Does that make sense?) It feels soooo long too. I feel like I've been reading it forever and I'm only halfway done.

The most interesting thing about the book is my reaction to it. It really should be a perfect match for me (fantasy with a great new world, good characters, plotty, well-written). What's missing from that list that anyone would need to love a book? Why isn't it clicking with me? I can't put my finger on one thing that I don't like about it, and there's lots I do like. Odd...
Tags: book:gullstruck island, political, wow
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