Serving Beer Makes Me Feel Oddly Creative.

When I was a teenager I loved to draw. I spent most of my lunch breaks at school drawing, mostly copying pictures from anime and comics, but that helped me get a basic knowledge of what to do and I did my own stuff too. I also used to write stories, though no one was EVER allowed to read them. Then between the ages of 17 and 20 something happened I’d rather not talk about and I pretty much stopped all that. I guess I got out of practice, and was far too critical of myself and found the antidepressants I was on made my hands tremble, so I stopped drawing all together. And that’s kind of been a theme. Same with the digital photo manipulation, my life went haywire for a while and I’ve found it hard to get started again.

Then I started working behind the bar at work. It’s amazing what serving beer can do for you! For the first time in years I feel creative.

Firstly I have found a new self confidence. I never would have seen myself in a job so closely interacting with people a few years back. I haven’t mastered the art of small talk yet, but I find myself chatting to strangers, something that used to terrify me. Finally people are not scary! Well, yes, they are but I can ignore it and deal with them anyway.

And I’m guessing the new self confidence has awakened the creative part of me again. I have an idea for a story bouncing round my head, that I came up with on a very slow shift whilst washing glasses. It revolves around a pub, and is probably a bit Ashes to Ashes meets Neil Gaiman, but I may just write it. I’d go into details but I’m always worried if it IS a good idea someone will pinch it before I do something with it :)

And I want to draw! And photomanip! And oh my gosh I’ve not felt like this in years…

Now I just have to find the time.

No Invite? No Problem

When I signed up for the World of Warcraft annual pass it was the free Diablo 3 and the shiny in game mount that attracted me. I figured I would be playing WoW anyway and paying the subscription so I signed up. The guaranteed Mists of Pandaria access really wasn’t a big draw for me.

So it feels like I’m the only person in this game who isn’t QQ’ing over the fact I didn’t get a beta invite the day it opened. I’ve seen so much rage it baffles me. I’ve still not decided if I’m going to even join in when I do get my invite. Levelling Pinkamena has made me realise that I’m bored of old and current content, even the Cataclysm areas. So I want to MoP to remain fresh as long as possible (by the time it comes out I’ll have at least 6 lvl 85′s to get to 90). Even the Pandaren starting areas. So I’m quite happy to read about the new content without playing in the beta.

If I change my mind then I’m sure I’ll get my invite eventually. So all you impatient people

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Just When You Thought Spam Couldn’t Get More Annoying.

I’ve been around blogs enough to know all about the lovely spambots that leave comments in the hopes of it slipping through the net and actually getting published.  Usually I get inane waffle written by someone who obviously doesn’t speak english as a first language, and the user info links to something like impotency tablets or something.

Then today I had a spambot do something even more annoying than usual.

It just totally spoilered the end of Mass Effect 3.

I have been kind of busy and haven’t managed to get massively far in ME3, and I’ve been avoiding spoliers like the plague.  It’s bad enough that people are whining about the crap end to the game all over the place, but I managed to avoid details.

But nooooooo, Mr Spambot just had to go and leave a massive big spoilerbomb in my spam filter that I ended up reading whilst checking.