Whoa, hey, what?

Things going on in the life of Amber:

  • More Guild Wars 2. (all the alts, forever)
  • Feeling like an utter failure as an adult (my job is meh but I don’t see anything better than I qualify for; house hunting may be postponed AGAIN)
  • WRITANS (novel number 3, draft 2–the other two novels have been tossed into a drawer because…reasons)
  • More feeling like a failure as an adult (QQ, I turn 29 in March, shouldn’t I have accomplished something by now?)
  • Being weirded out by the fact that I turn 29 soon
  • seriously, what the fuck is with the passage of time, I don’t understand

And so I return, with a rant.

Reins. To steer a horse with, in theory.

Those are REINS. When someone hands over the control of something, they are handing over the REINS. Reins are used to steer/control a horse (in part, but let’s not go there). You “rein in” someone, or give them “free rein”. Kings and Queens REIGN as long as they are monarchs. Water falling from the sky is fucking RAIN and don’t you dare misuse that version because I just don’t even. This post has been brought to you by Amber’s Pet Peeves and the NaNoWriMo crazy train.


GW2: Character Mugshots

Yes, it is entirely possible to have an alt problem before the game even launches.


Being An Adult: The Actuality

Being an adult is basically doing a lot of things I wanted to do as a kid, without getting yelled at:

  • eating a pizza lunchable for dinner
  • or maybe cereal
  • …or spagettios!
  • only cleaning when guests are coming over
  • never taking clean laundry out of the hamper
  • never taking clean dishes out of the dish washer, either

…C’mon, I know I’m not alone here.


D3: Conversations (That You May Have Rather Missed)

If Kormac keeps going on about my barbarian’s “noble spirit burning within him” I *swear* he’s going to pop the question.

@Achloryn He wants some of that spirit burning within HIM, if you know what I mean.

@ILikeBubbles D:

@Achloryn Hey, you brought up the proposal. I just took it straight to the wedding night.

@Achloryn @ILikeBubbles Oh God no, no Diablo slash please :o

@ILikeBubbles @Achloryn And you guys wonder why I play female characters. It’s so that stuff DOESN’T HAPPEN, and Amber doesn’t get any ammo.

@PixelExecution @Achloryn Then I get just lesbian ammo…

@Achloryn @ILikeBubbles Plus, I know how companies do companion dialogue. At least my Templar got all bothered by the enchantress.

@Achloryn @ILikeBubbles Yours just wants you to bend him over a piano bench.

@PixelExecution @ILikeBubbles chokes on mtn dew

@SergioSirsay @ILikeBubbles @Achloryn @PixelExecution i love the templar. he is such a bro. come at me and all that

@rhuanious @SergioSirsay @ILikeBubbles @PixelExecution oh he’s DEFINITELY a bro. And if you play a male character? MAD BROMANCE



Creating a New RP Character: Tove

Several friends of mine from Earthen Ring are going to be playing Guild Wars 2 together. My “main” character is going to be Tove, a Norn Ranger. I decided to not recycle any of my old character concepts and start from scratch.

Starting from scratch is HARD, guys.

Since I’m new to Guild Wars lore, I’m going to play it safe and make Tove a fairly “typical” Norn. She also has to have leadership traits, as I’m going to taking charge of the RP guild we’ll be forming. The character that’s emerging so far is a boisterous lover of adventure. She’s a storyteller as well as a ranger, so I plan for her making exagerated retellings of their adventures “a thing”.

On the way to work today, I realized that Tove–as I’ve been playing her in forum RP–reminds me of someone.

Well. An archtype is an archtype, I suppose. VIKING, HO.

…also I stopped to stare at the picture and lost my train of thought. I’d bone ALL of the Avengers, guys. All of them. I…okay, I need to find where my ideas went. Hold on. Okay. Let’s move on. As long as I don’t glance up at the photo, I’m fine.

There’s nothing wrong with playing around with archtypes!  I love archtypes! The trick is to give them depth, and perhaps a twist. In this case, Tove’s storytelling provides a unique addition, as does…her family!

Tove is often seen in the company of her younger brother, a surprisingly slight Norn–he is, in fact, a good bit shorter than his sister, and better known for his wits than his strength. Together they’ve embraced the Wolfish ideal of teamwork and strength in numbers–nice groundwork for a guild leader.  I still have to work out some details of the brother/sister relationship with my friend, but I see a lot of good-natured teasing in Tove’s future. I’m really excited about having someone else play a family memeber–it’s an idea I’ve often wanted to persue, but I never had the chance before.

In additon to her brother, there’s also her wolf companion, who will definitely have a personality of his own.

The scary thing about starting a new character is not knowing if they’ll stick–a problem in this case, when I’ll have the guild to deal with. Still, I’m fairly confident that my beer loving, head smashing, jovial ranger will provide plenty of entertainment.

One amusing note: she’s already been referred to as “masculine” by someone else in passing. I almost wish it had been said aloud, because she would have merely clapped her hands to her chest and said “I dare you to show me a man with tits like these!”

I have no good way to end this post, so have another picture.

I'd bone all of the Avengers, but Thor would be first.  Mmm.