Honest Scrap

March 31, 2009

Honest Scrap
As much as I say that I write for me and it doesn’t matter what anyone else says or thinks, the truth is it does matter.  I get a little twinge of excitement every time I see a new comment pop up.  My heart beats a little faster every time I see a trackback to something I’ve written.  My smile gets a little bit brighter each time someone mentions my blog.  So, I was delighted this weekend when Elleiras of Fel Fire and Tessy of Reflections From the Pond both nominated me for the Honest Scrap  award.

Most of you already know the rules, but there are a few non-bloggers who frequent my site so I’ll touch on them briefly.

Upon accepting the award you are to write a post bragging about it.

This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant.  The fact that two of my favorite bloggers would consider me for this award is enough to make me blush.

Include a link back to the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim so everyone knows he/she is real.

Links provided above. Both are real, although Elleiras of Fel Fire  is a warlock so take anything she says with a grain of deeprock salt.

Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design.

I’m not going to actually tag anyone as most who are inclined to do so have already participated.  Instead, I will take this opportunity to highlight a few of my favorite blogs.

Through the Eyes of Death.  I discovered this blog quite by accident.  Intrigued by the title, I started reading and spent the better part of an afternoon glued to my screen following the adventures of Arrens Caltrains, the Forsaken Rogue.  In addition to his fascinating stories, he offers a series of posts on Role Play delivering practical advice with wit and humor.  My recent foray into the world of RP is due largely to his influence and he serves as a daily source of inspiration and encouragement.

LoreCrafted by Tharion Greyseer.  If you have a question about lore, he knows the answer.  One of the best resources anywhere for those interested in lore, he is also a fantastic story teller.  His writing comes alive on the web page and you feel as if you are actually present observing the events unfold.

Tankingtips.com by Veneretio.  An absolutely essential blog for a tank.  I have an entire notebook full of information I have gathered reading his blog entries and my monitor is covered in post-it notes with quotes from his podcasts.  More than any other writer, he has shaped the player that I am today and I owe him a great debt of gratitude.

Beneath Two Skies.  I have followed Rhoelyn since her first post.  She offers brilliant writing, aesthetic design and extremely practical content.  Although real life has prevented her from being active recently, her blog retains a place on my blogroll and remains one of my all time favorites.

Artisan Level.  Another blog that I have followed from its beginning.  I love the honesty with which she expresses herself and her practical and creative ideas for dealing with guild and raid leadership are a constant source of inspiration.

Voodoo Ventures.  Creative and engaging, her RP stories are a pleasure to read and her lovely screenshots and creative captions always delight the eye.   She has also written a fantastic guide detailing her daily quest route.

The Pink Pigtail Inn.  One of the best writers I have ever had the pleasure to encounter.  She somehow puts into words the things I feel but can’t express.  Her thoughtful commentary on WoW and real life always inspire reflection and I often find myself still considering her words days later.

List at least 10 honest things about yourself.

1.) I am terrified of dogs.  And spiders.  And dead people … which is ironic since I play a Forsaken.

2.) Upon completing my first degree I swore I was done with school forever.  Five years later, I am working on a second degree.  The first is in music.  The second, Medical Coding and Billing.

3.) When I was fourteen I spent six months immobilized in a full body cast.  During that time, I watched Return of the Jedi no less than one hundred times.  To this day, I can quote the entire movie … much to the annoyance of my family.

4.) I hate warlocks with a passion. I rolled a warrior just so I could learn spell reflect and watch them incinerate themselves. (Sorry, Elleiras, nothing personal.)

5.) I freeze up when it comes to anything math related.  Seriously.  My brain just shuts down and goes numb.  This is why you will never find theorycrafting on my site.

6.) I refuse to do the escort quest involving the robotic chicken in Tanaris.  Some creatures don’t deserve to be rescued.

7.) I love Japanese anime music.   Especially those songs performed by Yuki Kajiura.

8.) I am addicted to Goldfish.  The snack food. The cinnamon graham ones are my favorite.

9.) I have no pets.  No plants either.  I had a Beta fish once but I gave it away because it was too needy.  Darn thing actually expected me to feed it once in awhile.

10.) Early in our friendship, I  promised my husband I would never fall in love with him.  We have been best friends for ten years and that is the only promise to him I have ever broken.



  1. You’re far too kind, but I’m glad that I’ve been helpful 🙂

    That’s crazy being stuck in a full body cast for 6 months, but I gotta ask… what other movies did you watch? I mean you couldn’t have just watched Star Wars… could you? (You didn’t mention how you actually ended up in the cast either)

  2. I’m rather curious myself now. I mean, I enjoyed Star Wars as much as the next person, but watching it straight for 6 months? Had you said The Godfather Parts 1 and/or 2, I’d have understood. But Return of the Jedi???

    And I’m really glad I was able to get you into the RP world.

  3. Vene, I was born with a rare spinal condition (spondylolisthesis) that required multiple surgeries in my youth. The body cast was followed by a body brace that I wore for two years. Due to the forced inactivity required for healing, I spent a lot of time reading and watching movies. Return of the Jedi was my favorite, but I watched others including The Mighty Ducks I and II, all of the Star Trek movies and TV shows and the Not Quite Human films.

    Arrens, I actually watched The Godfather for the first time a few weeks ago! As for Return of the Jedi, I was madly in love with Luke Skywalker. I was a strange child, what can I say. 🙂

  4. I would be counted among those “few non-bloggers who frequent my site” so while I knew nothing about this award until now, I’m still happy to congratulate you, Aleathea! Come to think of it, I don’t know anything about the “Academy” that picks those Oscar winners either, but I know it’s a pretty big deal!

    It’s said (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_and_mathematics) that music and math have much in common. As an engineer and bass guitar player, I agree. Interesting to read you studied one but shun the other. Perhaps using music to approach the subject might help you avoid the brain freeze.

    Oh, and you’re SO right about those Warlocks! “I also thought he could be turned back to the good side. It couldn’t be done. He is…twisted and evil.” (Ben Kenobi to Luke Skywalker–RotJ)

  5. I never knew you played the bass guitar, Waldo!

    You are right about the similarities between music and math. My hardest course in college was Music Theory. Fortunately, Romer has a masters degree in education and his specialty is math. He tutored me through all four semesters and got me through. These days I go to him with any math related questions.

    I know you understand my feelings on Warlocks, especially that evil Deadsong. Not only did she push poor Bubblz off the Deeprun Tram, but she also turned sweet holy Kess to the dark side. I hope she dies in her own fire.

  6. I don’t usually fall for that mushy stuff but your “…and that is the only promise…” line got me kind of misty!! He’s a lucky guy. Best friends are the best kind of husband/wives to have.

  7. Aw, thank you for the kind comment, Bristal. I am a very lucky lady indeed.

  8. Oh thank you so much for the extremely kind words!
    I must check out the other blogs. A couple of them are already on my roll, but there are some I haven’t heard of before.

  9. Larisa! I’ve enjoyed the comfort of your Inn many times and am delighted you stopped by my little corner of the internet. *passes Larisa a plate of cookies and a glass of milk.*

  10. “I hope she dies in her own fire.”

    ouch. that hurts me in the emotions.

    (p.s. your guild is chock full of bass players.)

  11. Deadsong! *glances around nervously* So, about the whole die in a fire thing. I meant it, er … figuratively. You know, ’cause you’re always hellfiring yourself. So, um, nothing personal. No reason to be angry or … you know…throw me off the Deeprun Tram or anything. *backs away quickly*

  12. All this time I was thinking you were one of the coolest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing with, then I find out you’re terrified of dogs! I joke of course, you’re still the bees knees! Any particular reason as to why you’re afraid of them? Dogs are one of the most amazing, loyal, and friendly things on the face of this earth as long as they are raised with love. I can’t imagine my life without dogs, and honestly, I’m now almost in tears thinking about P.J., my golden retriever that I had to put down after 14 love filled years due to a type of blood cancer. I think some day you should give dogs a chance. But enough of my emo-ness dog lovingness. lol

    It really is nice to read some personal things about you though. We come across some many people on WoW every day, it’s almost like you forget they are real people with their own lives outside of the game. I guess It’s just a nice little reminder of something I don’t think about very often. I suppose it’s one of those things that makes more sense and is more meaningful in my head, but hopefully you understand what I’m saying. Hurray for Aleathea!

  13. Uh oh, OP is here! Now I have to stop dissing on hunters. =/

    Regarding dogs, the sad thing is, I really love them. Given a choice between a cat and a dog, I’d take a dog any day (‘course I’m severely allergic to cats, but that has nothing to do with it!). So, it’s not that I have anything against dogs, I’m just terrified of them. And, I really have no idea why. All I can guess is that I had a traumatic experience as a child and I’m repressing the memory.

    Regarding your other comments, I understand exactly what you mean. I also enjoy the occasion glimpse into the real lives of my WoW buddies. I have to say though, despite that awesome facebook picture of yours, I can never picture you as anything other than a sexy female Draenei.

    Oh, and what the heck was up with that facebook quiz anyway?! I’m going to be murdered by my soul mate? No one will ever find my body? The police will never solve the mystery of my death? I blame Deadsong!

  14. Oh, I’ve been lurking and watching you trash hunters for some time now! The damage has been done. *wipes away a tear with my sexy draenei tail*

    At least you aren’t going to die from apparently a late night of boutique related debauchery, which I’m sure would also be Deadsongs fault.

    Some day I’ll tell you the story behind my facebook pic.

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