Wonder: Book Of The Month

wonder.jpgWonder is a children’s book about August Pullman and his story about his life with a facial deformity.

August, a home schooled fifth-grader living in North River Heights in Upper Manhattan with his parents, details a bunch of medially needed surgery’s, the passing of his dog, and starting to go to an actual school.

As sad as I am for August and his circumstances, you see how bright he is. The book is laced with a few laugh out loud moments. Its about life and how some kids can be cruel but how a child works through these times of their life’s.

It really worth a read no matter your age, it will provide you a different perspective on life.

Beta Update: My Journey!

bfa-beta-zeph.jpgThus far in the Beta I have played around with a few different classes and by default I am realizing that to see things around the world I have chose to stay with the class I have as a main. A priest.

I found things to feel slow. I have also tried a mage as well but it also feels slow. I have not dived into other classes as of yet but I will eventually.

What the beta has shown me so far is that the goals that I have set previously, the desire to try a bunch of classes / races, is the right thing to do for the expansion. Zephirah, the priest, needs to level but I need to remember her story. She needs to be involved in the Role Play community in some way.

Now, with that said, as soon as I can I would like to post her full story here on the blog. How she started, in the gnomish community, got twisted by a death knight’s and mana fiend of a mage elf mixing forcing her dragon flight hidden inside, then her transition into elf-hood, and her hating that she is there. Her interaction with the Highmountain Tauren tribe, and how that has saved her. Battle for Azeroth will not be her fight against the Horde or Alliance factions but the struggle within and how she will be finding her way back after this expansion is long gone.

I know that you may have been looking for some bug thing or how I’m progressing in things, but I got through the intro stuff pretty well and just started leveling on these toons. Things thus far seem smooth and minor things were bugged and reported.

I am enjoying myself though!

That’s always a good thing.

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You’r WoW Soundtrack, Part 5: Blissful Beats!

Whenever I am doing world quest, raiding, or busting out my fishing pole to level up my fishing in game I always want to have something playing in the back round. I, for whatever reason, have an attention span of a squirrel.

*Notices something out the corner of her eye ~ oh shiny!*

Here are a few examples of what I have recently discovered that I am really enjoying to listen to.

1 Ember Trio

2 2CELLOS

3 Mozart Hero’s

4 Harp Twins

 

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Featured Blog: Aliandras In WoW!

AliandrasAliandras, better known as Ali, recently had a chance to dive deep into the Dark Iron dwarf’s in the beta. She, as she described in her article has been playing since back in Burning Crusade.

She also dives into professions with in the beta / alpha and how they are changing in such a way that does not ignore any one of the available professions that you can pick from. The pictures show you in the post what everything looks like, and it is a nice way to put a post together! She also touches on the Heart of Azeroth and Azerite Armor, with the fun disclaimer of “Hey, Alpha is alpha and things can and will change!” in the mix!

So, please feel free to visit Ali’s blog here (link is clickable!): https://aliandrasinwow.wordpress.com/

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Collector’s Corner: Battle Pets!

Battle Pets

Preface: This chart is from Warcraft Pets. You can see their logo on the left side of the blog. Please take a moment to see what their website is about & use it as the great tool it is! I also took this screen shot on April second, I just wanted to mark a huge step in the right direction. At this time last year I would never have imagined that I would have been top 100 on the realm. I also wrote this article on the second of April, so If I end up getting the achievements stated in the article, I will post an update!

Hello, My Name is Zephirah, and I am a collector of Battle Pets. I have a problem. I want to catch them all. No matter what time it is. Weather 3 in the morning or 3 in the afternoon.

Sigh.

I have a goal to be at the top of the realm before the new expansion drops. This is a huge undertaking, and quite an adventure. So far this expansion, I am absolutely sure that I have spent close to 200 k gold on Battle Pets. That is a lot of gold. That equals the amount of the tokens currently.

I am not sure If I like Battle Pets more then I enjoy my morning cup of coffee; however, whenever I am on a roll with world quest or whatever and I pass a pet I do not currently have in my catalog, I come to a complete stop. I zone out, and just battle and try to catch the pet in question.

battle pet achievement.JPGI currently need a total of five pets for two achievements. Three for the “Kalimdor Safari” achievement (Minfernal, Silthid Hatchling, and Stone Armadillo) and two for the “Northrend Safari” achievement (Arctic Fox Kit and Scourcged Whelping). If I gather those pets it will grant me a third achievement and a title. The achievement, “World Safari” and the title of “Zoo Keeper”. I am so close that I can taste it.

I know I will get there!

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Album Review: PTX Presents: Top Pop Vol 1

PTX

Pentatonix, (abbreviated PTX) is an acappella group from Arlington, Texas, consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee. Their new album, PTX Presents: Top Pop Vol 1, was released April 13th and they will be doing a follow up tour in the summer. It marked their first album with Sallee and without Avi Kaplan.

I know I am going to sound overly critical here, and if you like the album, I truly am sorry.  I do not want to sound like a super fan of Avi, and I am, but I do not want to disregard the other talent here. I love their voices, all of them. Including the new guy, Matt, but I am really not feeling this album.

The first two songs, Attention and Finesse, seemed to be to fast. Attention in particular I felt like the higher register / vocal ranges shined but the lower vocal hid behind a tree.

As far as the third song, it was more about the arrangement of the two songs combined here. It was not bad, I would have like more of “Are you that somebody” or even that song covered as a single itself.

Havana, Perfect, Stay, and Feel It Still were just ok. They were not bad but did not wow me like PTX usually does.

Praying, with such an emotional message, I felt like it was lost here.

I usually love PTX, but this album was a miss.

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Community Spotlight: Lady Emma!

ladyemma.jpg1 You have made an appearance on several different podcast’s, how did you get started with podcasting?

I met Degi who frequently guest on ATA (All Things Azeroth), also a host for one of the Dawnforge productions. He introduced me to Medros, the host of ATA, and we got along, and asked me to guest on a shows. Had an amazing time and I just wanted to keep continuing. I did become a co-host for a year. I left on good terms and I’m always happy to be a guest on Ata

I was also a co host on “Across the Whoniverse” with Medros as host and Bullet Catcher as co host. With few random guest. It was all about Doctor who. I think the main issue was scheduling. The show was never live but trying to find a day that work for everyone wasn’t easy.

I’ve also been on the darkmoon and Harold as a guest for a few shows. It’s one of the most fun shows to be on. They are very up beat and feels like a game show. You just can’t help to smile and be full of energy.

I’ve also did an episode of “World of Warcraft well read” which is a podcast about World of Warcraft novels. The host is Apsana and Skolnick. It’s where we read the book before hand and talk about it. I was on “rise of the horde”.

It was on another episode of Chaos Portal talking about Ghostbusters the movies. I felt that episode was chaotic because it had way too many people on one show for a short show. But it was still a very enjoyable experience

I was a host on another one called Anime Girls but that one didn’t last very long it was hard to come up with topics and schedule with the other host.

After all these wonderful podcasts, Frazley wanted to start his own and he remembered me being on Ata and asked me to be a guest host for his show. For a while I was a regular with Deceiverr_13 but things got overwhelming with too many guest on the show. So I’m now a filler if lack of guest and I managed to snag a spot on the last show of the month. To do a Segment called “Kilrggo Sight” its talks about the events coming up in world of Warcraft.

So long long story short (ya I guess you can skip to the end) I met host of podcast, personalities match and ask me to be a guest on there show. I enjoy being on podcast and would love to do more shows ^_^

Do you have any advice for someone who is getting into a creative things (like podcasting, art, blogging, music, etc.)?

Don’t be scared and don’t procrastinate just do it. There’s many people in the community who are willing to help and give vice. There’s a lot a podcaster who would love new guest or highlight people in community. Guesting is a great way to learn what goes on the background of podcasts. It’s always good to try and keep a schedule, don’t go too long and don’t have too many people that show. But remember to have fun and enjoy what you’re doing.

3 What are some of your favorite podcast to listen to?

I’ll be honest, I haven’t listen to a podcast in a while.  But the main ones i liked to listen to are , Darkmoon Herald, Convert to Raid, Realm maintenance, world of Warcraft less travel and Blizzard Watch. Yup I’m a world of Warcraft person through out.

4 Other then podcast and video games, one of your hobbies is Pokemon, what drew you into the series?

I grown up with nintendo system, but I was never really good at it. If you ever play games with me, you will know I can not jump.  My best friend always bug me about it. I found a lot of games really hard, and was at the point thinking they are not for me. If it wasn’t for a kid at my school, who let me play there Pokemon games, i might not of ever tried it . Pokemon was turn based game. It also help me with my hoarding of things (gotta collect them all) easy to read. So bacily I fell in love with it. I also started watching the anime. I don’t even remember telling my mum about the game. But she got me a Colour Gameboy, Pikachu edition. I don’t think I could put that game down after that. And later years after meeting my best friend who was also into pokemon, the fire of pokemon never burn out.

I also learned how to crochet. I started learning because I wanted to make something special for my nephew. To this day he still loves his baby blanket and each year I add another colour around it so it’s going to grow with him. I’ve also done the same thing with my nieces blanket who will not go to bed without that blanket. I’ve made a few other things like hat, scarves, a teddy bear, different pattern blankets and right now I am trying to make a hobo bag. It’s on hold as keep getting distracted when I need to count the stitches (so close to finishing)

I also like Doctor Who. I remember going to England and my younger cousin was trying to get me to watch an episode and I felt like it was a kid show and I’m like I can’t watch this but I just can not tear myself away from the TV. So when I came back home it was a guilty pleasure until I realize how big of a Doctor who community there is. My mum is a huge fan of Doctor Who and she has a room in her house dedicated to Doctor Who.

I’m also a great baker and love to cook. One day I will be making and sending everyone lock cookies. Well that is one of my goals.

5 What brought you into the playing Warcraft?

My high school boyfriend convinced me to play World of Warcraft. Him and his friends got beta for the game. And they spend hours on it. I was in the middle of playing final fantasy X. So I had no interest in world of warcraft at the time. But after a tragic experience.  I had issues leaving the house. I beat FFX and was bored. So my ex tried everything he could convince me to play. And I had always a reason why i could not. Playing with people in a virtual world, was scary. I was slow at typing. People would make fun of my spelling and grammar. It would be way to hard for me. He then said “ Play until you get to level 5. If you still don’t like you. You dont have to play anymore” and that was it… I was hooked. I met some amazing people. Who didn’t care about my differences and cat obsessions. It was a world I could be myself. A safe place.

I got my own copy of world of Warcraft in 2006. I do miss my original toon on my ex’s account. But over the years I’ve made great friends.

6 How often do you raid & What game mechanic do you like the most/least in WoW?

Right now March 19, 2018. I raid 2-4 times a week. I am starting to feel burnt out again. I raid with CTR guild. Humpday Heroes and  Bacon & Kegs. Both of them are wonderful teams to be on. Reason why I am on two teams is. Bacon & Kegs, are saturday and sunday but they start at 5am pst. Which I sometimes have a hard time getting on that early.. Speaial if have things I need to do that day. They Raid leader, got me an invite for Humpday Heroes, which make it easier timewise. Monday and Wednesday 6pm pst.

Like any caster, mechanic a most least like in world of warcraft, is needing to move. It can mess with spell rotation or even doing a cast stun. I also never very fond of multiple adds. I’m not good with switching targets.

Now the Mechanics I do like, are ones that I can help the raid team. For example curant raid. “ Antorus, the Burning Throne”  I enjoy Antoran High Command, because of the pods. I normally take the first pod. So before the fight starts, I have to sneak up right behind the boss, so I can click the pod when the fight starts. Now in the pod I have two buttons. Button one put a dot that stack up to 15 on the boss(or add but best keep it on the boss) and Button 2, which puts a debuff on adds. Number 2 is really important, for timing. As you want the new adds to have the debuff as soon as they spawn every time. This helps the raid team out a lot. As my dps isn’t always the best.  So a person who has better dps, can do more damage on the boss, while I help by making sure the adds are weaker for faster take down.

7 What is your favorite instance & boss fight (it can be from any expansion)?

I don’t know if I have a favourite instance. But

For boss fights I really enjoyed the twin consorts Inferno thunder. The reason why like that fight is the celestial aids. It’s where you have to do a star pattern to get their help. I was never good at doing the star pattern but it was still something fun to do.

I also enjoyed Galakras, in siege of Orgimmar because I normally get shoot the cannons and shoot him down.

I also likes controlling Razorgore the untamed in Blackwing lair, because I like to go “squish squish squish” as I’m getting rid of the eggs

As you can tell I like to do mechanics that’s not purely DPS with something fun and unique.

I like puzzles so when I was doing Licid Nightmare chain. I found it very enjoyable it will be interesting to have a raid or even a dungeon where we all have to work together instead of having top DPS you actually have to use your wits.

8 With a new expansion on it’s way, what are you looking forward to most I’m “Battle For Azeroth”?

I’m kind of going to enjoy just new story I am finding a little bit burnt out on the current content right now. It will be nice not need to farm appearance for my artefact weapon instead will be working on an artefact necklace. I have kept myself mostly in the dark about the next expansion as I kind of want it to be like when I first started playing vanilla everything new and unknown so pretty much I’m on a need to know basis with next expansion.

9 With the return to the factional divide in “Battle For Azeroth”, Horde or Alliance?

I will always be Alliance, unless im having fun with an alt ^_^

I’ve played horde but never really got far.  I don’t even have a max horde toon. I have tried… but So much to do on the alliance side that stops me.

10 Where can people find you on the Internet?

Anyone and everyone can find me on Twitter @Lady_Emma

I am on other places but that is what I mainly use ^_^

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