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Hi, my name is Saresa, and I have Writer’s Block.

Since I actually logged on to WoW for the first time in four days, I figured I would find something interesting to blog about. Unfortunately, this was not the case – unless I do a dull as old biscuits “We killed Solarian, and guess what dropped? Nothing at all pertinent to a Warlock!” style post. Not much happened at all, apart from a very short discussion where I (with the help of Siha - thanks!) had to clarify that Warlocks are NOT losing our Death Coil spell. There seems to be a rumour going around that we are losing that spell (one of our bread-and-butter PvP spells, and one of our only defenses against melee!) I would like to state here, for the record:

THIS IS NOT TRUE. At this point in time, you are still able to learn Death Coil from the Warlock trainers in the beta. The only thing that I can come up with to explain this is that Death Knights are also getting an ability called Death Coil, which is completely different to the Warlock version of the ability (for starters, there is no fear component). Death Knights get this ability because they had it in the lore – I have not heard anything about Warlocks losing it (and honestly, I do not believe Blizzard would do that). Stress less locks, all is well so far!

Now, let us hope I can find something to break this Writer’s Block (Blogger’s Block?) With Elune’s help I’ll overcome this terrible affliction.

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For starters, I am going to ask you to please forgive me for the fact that this post is going to be unbearably incoherent. I put it down to the fact that a) I am bone tired from school, and b) I had Hungry Jacks for lunch (I do not actually like Hungry Jacks, but it was a ‘special occasion’ and I didn’t want to be the party pooper who ruined it because they don’t like the food!)

I was once again thinking about why I blog today. Probably because I am so tired and irritable, and should be planning lessons rather than blogging – don’t ever let anyone tell you teachers have it easy! It takes me HOURS everyday just to plan out a day’s work – so I am really not motivated. Of course, this flowed on to why the heck do I even want to be a teacher, when I could have a fantastic 9-5 job somewhere… I think!

Well, really, the two are in some way intertwined. I want to teach because I love sharing my knowledge and interest about all things to do with English and History. I want the kids to delve into the arts, to appreciate the written word and where we come from. I want them to be able to express themselves creatively AND critically, to be able to say exactly what they mean and say it well. In other words, I want them to do all the things I attempt to do right here, but better.

Blogging is in some ways the same. I want to entertain people, to share my love of both the written word and the game. I want them to be curious about Warlocks, curious enough to go to the character creation screen and make one for themselves. The difference here is I don’t seek to teach people about Warlocks. Why? I just do not feel that I am enough of an authority on them! I am terrible at number crunching. Ask me what spec to play, and I answer you based on experience and gut feeling, not based on numbers and theory. This means that my likes and dislikes DO colour my perception of the class. How could it not? As with everything I am passionate about, I am just a wee bit biased about our good ol’ locks, especially the Destruction locks amongst us! There are many things which I have yet to learn about the Warlock, and I am willing to admit this. I have yet to master the PvP aspect of the game. I do always plan to work on that, but time conspires against me (darn needing sleep). Affliction sends me batty. Demonology would be fine if my felguard didn’t frustrate me at every turn. My other pets? Cute, huggable, and full of character. Well… almost all of them – Mezzrath, my Blueberry, is a bit dull. He is the ‘sit at home with a good book’ member of the family. My Felguard? He just strikes me as… too overt? The opposite of subtle, in any case. I do love a bit of subtlety about my pets, to make up for the fact that I myself am the opposite (Boom! Crash! SB crits everywhere! Yes, Sar has entered the room).

So, as I was saying before I went completely off the path, through the woods, and clear into another country – I do not blog to teach, I go to work to teach. This is my non-teaching zone. I leave education to the wiser beings among us, the theorycrafters, the intellectuals. Me? I’m just a simple country girl who likes to chat a lot… and has a sadistic streak. Why else would I get a kick out of the fact that you all suffer through my ravings?

Why else would I love being a warlock?

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After a thankfully brief issue (thanks to my wonderful host Dreamhost for the fast fix! Yes, shameless plug, but it’s not like they are paying me. I’m not John Laws!) I am back and as loud as ever. Don’t know whether you missed me over the forced days silence, but it’s too late to regret now.

So, what have I spent the last couple of days pondering? Well, to be honest, not much at all. I have barely played, since I decided that the forced break from blogging would also be a good excuse to take a break from WoW. I got out, ate some Italian food (mmm yum), was terrible at Scene It? Music (not so yum – I hate being bad at board games), and discussed with a couple of people exactly what it was that we would do the minute Wrath of the Lich King was released. Of course, I had some mad cap ideas!

I was imagining the madness that will be the Death Knight starting area. So many lowish level Death Knights, everyone relatively unfamiliar with their class… sounds like a great place for Sar to trek out to, flag PvP, and start some mayhem! I can see it now… people would start calling for their level 70 friends, or jump on their mains to kill me. Alliance would then have to call in reinforcements to balance things back out. On and on it would go… until the server crashed.

… OK, so maybe that wasn’t such a great idea after all. It did sound fun though!

On a serious note, I already know the first thing I will do is work out where most of my friends are heading, trek out there and pick up the quests, and try to hit an instance ASAP. I just love instances, plain and simple. Hopefully we can start it fresh too – I’ll try to not let anyone read a guide on how to do it, it’s much more fun to just work it out yourself! Of course, afterwards I will still have plenty of time to flag and kill some Horde. Anyone with me? *Sounds the charge*

Fast and Completely Irrelevant Edit: I just read an awesome post by Euripedes over at Critical QQ. Great discussion about Warlocks – are we over powered? What is our best spec for min-maxing? What is our best spec for raid damage? *drools* Jealous I didn’t come up with it first!

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I do believe I have finally hit a look for Destructive Reach which I am happy with. Welcome to the new, prettier, cleaner looking page! Of course, this could not have been done without the assistance of everyone who gave me helpful feedback on the Blog Azeroth forum, and the invaluable help of a certain Restoration Druid who likes to tinker with PhotoShop when he isn’t flailing those dead broccoli everywhere keeping lesser creatures such as myself alive.

For those of you who do visit the site to read, I hope you enjoy the new look!

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In a blatant copy cat effort of TJ, I have put my blog up on Facebook in the app ‘Blog Network’. Feel free to be a fan of my blog!…. come on, you know you want to… please? I’ll give you a cookie!!

Also in other Facebook apps, I have long been a fan of I Play WoW, and recently also added WoW Armory Card. I still do love I Play WoW though! Feel free to look up Saresa (on Cenarius, no doubt there are other Saresa’s out there) and write something on her little personal wall!

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With many thanks to those wonderful people on the BlogAzeroth forum, I have got my polls working. Vote away!!!

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I didn’t even realise until well afterwards that yesterday I broke the 100 posts mark. I guess it is something to be proud of!

There has been a lot of discussion over the last couple of days about why people blog, whether it is worthwhile blogging, and all that sort of thing. The conversation was started over at BBB, where I think he is getting tired and frustrated with people leaving negative comments and putting people down. It is a hard feeling to deal with when you put effort into a post, just to have people try to bring it down. I have also noticed that it seems to be directly proportional to the amount of effort that you put into a post. I swear it sometimes feels like you spend hours on a post, looking up information and trying to explain your ideas clearly, and something goes wrong somewhere along the way and people either ignore it or leave negative ‘feedback’.

I am lucky compared to BBB in the fact that I am basically unknown – while I am not free to say completely stupid things obviously, I can get away with letting my opinion fly without masses of people bagging out what I say. The more of an audience you have though, the more room there is for disagreement, and for intelligent conversation to go out the window (Thank goodness I just have my half a dozen intelligent readers!…. and Kalf, but he doesn’t count) in the flood of comments and opinions which come streaming out of people.
I guess people need to keep a few things in mind when they are commenting on someone’s blog. The person who is on the other side of the internet, writing away, is a PERSON. Have a peep at their about page occasionally. These are just people who are trying, for whatever reason, to say what they think in an entertaining manner. They do not deserve to be insulted, or to have the quality of their work put down because you happen to disagree with what they say. This is not to say that you can not disagree with them by any means! However, you should always try to disagree in a way which is respectful, and for heaven’s sake back up your argument with some hard evidence! *That’s the historian in me coming out*

Oh, and why do I blog? Well, I never originally thought to be honest that many people would read what I write. Everyone who knows me knows that I find it next to impossible to shut up, and this just gives me another forum to voice my opinion incredibly loudly, and have some fun while I am at it. I also thought it would be great to get involved in the blogging community, and hopefully also get to meet some new people through my blog. So far, I think it has been going pretty well. So there will be another 100 posts at least to come!

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There probably wont be much of a post today, unless I am feeling motivated later, since today is the big day! Job interview! The very interview which basically decides whether I do get employment after I finish my degree (if the DET doesn’t want to employ me, I doubt an independent school would. And a Catholic school? Let’s just say it’s unlikely).

But, I will leave you to be entertained with one of the screenshots I received for my competition!

Kalf’s version of a Lolcat!!

Remember, the competition closes soon (7th July – I had some funny ideas about the duration of ‘a week’ when I set the closing date, let me tell you! I blame it on being half asleep… or stressed… or some such thing. Stop looking at me like that!) Get your entries in!

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“Nothing works quite like the Lynx Links Effect!”

Well, you can see the results for yourselves!

Thanks to all the new visitors, as well as Matticus for linking me! I hope I see at least some of you around again. I will certainly keep you posted about how my numbers stand in a couple of weeks, it is always interesting from a blogger’s standpoint to observe the effect of linking on a major website.

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I am sure that you guys have noticed both the quality and quantity of my posts lately has been slipping just a tad. Since they have been, I guess I do owe a small explanation.

This last couple of weeks are basically the most stressful component of my degree up until my internship. The way my degree is structured is that we finish with a ten week internship. Because we clearly cannot attend a full lecture schedule during internship, we have two courses compressed into a two week delivery. Obviously a 14 week course compressed into 2 weeks is pretty hectic, and I am smack bang in the middle of it. So I have been spending long hours at uni every day, trying to get this course finished.

Then, I managed to catch a cold last week as well, so I am already not at my best. Hopefully it will be gone soon though!

So, basically the combination of being at uni every day, combined with the fact that all I want to do is sleep when I get home, is why things around here have been a little… odd. Not to mention the horrific experience of raiding with me when I am this sick and tired!

Let me tell you a little story about Hermia’s second foray into Gruul’s Lair the other day. She eagerly ran in, ready to take on the world, and all went well on the trash pulls. We got to HKM, sorted out the tanking assignments (once again, I got to tank Kiggler), and got into position to begin. MD’s were up, we were about to go, when… I sneezed and bumped my keyboard. Hermia went rocketing towards the mobs, pulled the lot, and wiped the group. Ouch!

So, after everyone getting super mad at me, we set up again, pulled and all was well. Now, I pulled Kiggler to where I tanked him last time I did Gruul’s (butt against the wall to avoid knockbacks) and died very very fast. Now, it was probably my fault, I got told by the healers I ran out of range. Lesson number two: just because something worked well for one group does not mean that it will work well for another!

So, we wiped again! We ran back in, set up… and once again, I managed to pull everyone through sheer stupidity. I put it down to the fact that my head was completely full of goo and I had gotten barely any sleep all week (2 hours of sleep a night is NOT healthy people!). After this though, all went well, and I managed to be normal and sane for the rest of the night. Especially when we went to TK and I was playing Sar again, who fits like a comfortable pair of old trackpants.

So obviously, raiding with a cold and no sleep is not always the best idea! Especially if its on a character you are not as familiar with. However, I am sure that you could have already told me all this! Now, I am sure that you guys might have even funnier, or more horrific raid stories to tell. Spill!!

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