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  1. Luny

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    Yesterday I hit my 100 day (in a row) writing streak! Honestly it was something I thought that I could never achieve. 67K words of my 1st draft of my novel are written. 13K words left to finish by August 31st. I got this! 💪
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    Update! It's been five months since my last update. So what have I been up to? I watch all of Cam's new videos. There's a great deal of good content in them and they are extremely helpful in a "checks and balances" way. So how is the writing of my first my novel coming along? One thing I discovered about myself is that I need deadlines....and not my own deadlines. So I joined a writing group for writers and I know have a book coach, deadlines I need to meet, and course work I need to complete. This is exactly the motivation and sense of purpose I needed in my life since I retired from teaching in 2019. I am proud to say I am 34 days into a writing streak! (Before that, the best I did was 2 days.) I am a woman on a mission! My rough draft will be finished by Aug. 31, 2023. Then it is all about the editing phase. 30,198 words are written which is 30% of the rough draft completed. My brother is still staying at my house which does create some stress on my home front. But I know I am doing the right thing my helping my brother through this rough spot in life. Spring is finally here in the northeast and I am getting out more and more... which is a good thing. I am working on spring cleaning and donating old clothes. Do I play I still play wow? Yes I do, but I constantly observe/evaluate my play time to make sure it is reasonable and does not increase. Plus I have noticed that the more I enjoy my writing time and classes, my playing wow play time decreases because of my other interests. Like Cameron always says, find other interests. That is the key.
  3. Well, I am back again. I am smart enough to know that I need to do this, but dumb enough to stay stuck in MMO morass pit...
  4. Luny

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    I got an email a few days ago congratulating me on my one year anniversary on GameQuitters of being a member, and of course it gave me guilt because I have not quit playing wow 100%. 😞 On a more positive note, wow's expansion came out on 11/28. Blizzard is the master of hype-- and I fell for it and purchased the expansion. Right from the start, I could feel what parts of it were going to suck people in (like myself) and waste our time. I started playing slowly and kept telling myself I was in no rush... even though my gaming friends were spending huge amounts of time leveling up fast. It look me 6 days leisurely taking my time to hit 70... and that is exactly the place that pissed me off. The last level is usually where you can pause and take a breath, but not in this expac. Without going into blow-by-blow details (I don't want to cause anyone to relapse after reading this), a shitload of MORE quests opened up everywhere. And let's just say professions (part of the game I really enjoyed) were ruined. In order to level a profession it was going to be a huge time-suck. I reached my breaking point. The previous fun of playing wow--questing and doing professions-- was no longer there for me. The thrill was gone. I have been pondering walking away from it for 3 days and today is that day. So I logged into Blizzard and made my account inactive. The only thing, I am paid up until Jan 26, 2024. I have much to keep my time occupied: upkeep on my 3 bedroom home, taking writing classes for writers, finish writing my first novel, exercise to regain my health after fall a year ago, reading, decorating for the holidays (bah humbug!), and seeing friends. I will also start completing my repawn packet yet again. For today, this is where I am.
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    My current plans until the end of the year: finish writing my 1st novel! I am doing NaNoWriMo in the month of November. My goal for the month is 34,506 words. I also plan to do the same in December. My rough draft WILL be complete for the new year 2023. Then comes editing. Ugh. As a retired English teacher, I will love this phase. *I could use some cheerleading support here...*
  6. Thought I'd cut and paste these AGAIN because they still apply perfectly to my life: Why I need to quit: more time to complete "wants" and "shoulds" work on improving health with regular exercise eat plant-based and try new recipes work on finishing novel #1 simplify life plan trip in future to Scotland to visit castles What projects I need to complete: cleaning out closets- donating extra clothes and shoes sort through office clutter finish Scrivner class- 1 & 2 finish Plottr class sort through books- donate? clean the house- room by room paint stair case
  7. Yep. I am still here...lurking...hoping that a proverbial lightning bolt of inspiration would hit me and I'd instantly quit. Yeah, that didn't happen. Here is my bio that I wrote in 12/2022: Is gaming negatively affecting my life? Sort of. I retired in 2019 and then Covid hit. I took online classes to keep my mind busy, helped and supported by brother whenever he needs it, started a novel, kept in touch with friends, etc. But honestly, any time I spend in wow could be better spent-- without a doubt. The problem is--- I don't let wow run my life. Early on an in-game friend gave me sage advice: you pay your subscription so play the game they way you want! I stopped raiding and being a guild master. I enjoyed questing and professions...so that was my focus. I never lost sleep over playing. I like to read before bed and that it my nightly routine. Confession: last night I started up until 1am to finish a book that was so good!! Gaming never interfered with my work-- I got a full night's sleep and new my work as a teacher always came first. Put I do know I can easily procrastinate in game to avoid cleaning my house or writing my novel. I have also become a news junkie since I retired and can get lost in political and news videos on youtube. The next expac is set to come out Nov. 28th. Like any wow geek, I pre-ordered it. But now I do not feel like I want to play. This hamster would like to get off the wow wheel... once and for all! Even though I don't really want to play the upcoming expac, what have I been doing in game? Squirreling away resources (mats) to be well prepared when it starts. I feel so silly. In the whole scope of life, who cares? I have put on some weight since the epidemic and needs to get exercising to lose it. I also want to finish my first novel. I want to down-size extra stuff out of my house. It is time!
  8. Luny

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    April has not been a stellar month for me for several reasons. In March I was down to one hour of gaming a day and working on my novel. Some days, I'd even skip gaming. Then my friend who placed the parental controls on my wow account, thought I was doing so well, that he thought it was time to turn them off. In my heart, I kind of knew that it was not a good idea, but I agreed with him to try it. Around the same my author's class that I was taking for 8 weeks ended the end of March. It was a relief, but I found myself flopping into a slump of depression-like symptoms. Of course, I gravitated to play more wow, an hour in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Of course I wrestled with myself about the extra gaming time in my heart and head. I knew it wasn't what I wanted to be doing. I have been trying to get back into the writing mode but I can't seem to find my writing mojo. Insecurities in my head tell me I am a shitty writer, etc. Luckily my writing instructor started a writing lab and I joined it. It is a commitment I need so I can work with like-minded individuals who will help each other along on this journey. So I emailed my friend, to lock my account with limited evening hours of wow... and that went into effect today. So I will go back to my one hour a day of play. I would LOVE to quit wow permanently. But I am divorced and live in a rural area, and there are few opportunities for socialization at my age. So wow has been a "crutch" for that reason. Most of my friends are married and have families and very busy lives. In contrast, I am single with no children and retired. Plus I am a hard core introvert. Now that spring is here, I have pushed myself to do some things. I went out to lunch alone the other day and ran into my cousin and her friend. So I dined with them and made a new friend. Baby steps. My 3 bedroom house is way too big for me alone. I will sell it in a year or two after I complete a few home projects and down-size my "stuff." My plan is to get a small apartment in a local city with will be closer to appointments and society. Perhaps then I could find some things to keep my busy like volunteer work for animals or part-time tutoring. le sigh. I feel like a hopeless mess, but I know that is not true. I am a work-in-progess.
  9. Congratulations, Damje. You are doing great! 👏
  10. Luny

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    March has been a busy month for me. My main push was getting the outline for my novel completed. The novel outline includes the main genre plot along with sub-genre plots and main character arcs...and it is broken into scenes, not chapters. I just finished mine yesterday on March 22. Next step is to finish classwork to module 6 this week. Then Sunday I get back to writing my rough draft. I have planned out that it will take me 3 months work to complete 80,000 words. As you can see, completing this goal of writing a novel has been my main focus. If I was gaming like usual, my dream would not be happening. I had a rough 2 weeks healing my bronchitis. One day I just felt like gaming since I was stressed and sick. My friend went to alter the parental control of my gaming account, and he felt I was doing do well...he took them all off. So how do you think I handled that? The same way I have-- allowing myself 1 hour to game per day, if I feel up to it. If I do not feel like playing, I skip it. My priority is getting enough rest to get up early and start my day writing. I will admit that it is nice to to be able to choose the time I put my hour in. I know most gamers need to quit cold turkey to get control of their addiction, and I do understand that. Maybe because I am now at the older age of 62, I'd rather moderate my gaming so I can fully reach my goals.
  11. Luny

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    This morning I watched Cam's new video on 2 million views on his Tedx talk and what he learned. I too felt grateful about my recent success jumping off the hamster-on-a-wheel mindless gaming cycle. I have tried quitting numerous times and I was unsuccessful. This time, I changed my approach. Instead of the all or nothing approach (I must quit 100% to find success), I modified it and tried the "weaning myself off game dependence" approach. Much to my surprise, it ended up working. I had a dear gaming friend of mine log into my account and put parental controls on it. Basically I wanted to be blocked out of gaming so I could use most of daylight hours to work on writing a novel. I gave my friend the hours I wanted available for gaming and we tweaked it once. I might add that my friend is not an easy push-over. (The yahoo even blocking me for shopping on Blizzard's website. LOL) So we designed the times M-Fri 3-8 and Sat & Sun-1-9. When we started this in January, I was freaking out with anxiety inside. Coffee and playing wow was my ideal morning being retired for the last 3 years. I was so bitchy I couldn't even stand myself (I live alone), but I persisted and pushed through it. I have started taking a class a writing a novel that started in February-- I am down to the last 3 weeks of it. It has been a huge amount of work but I have learned so much! And my novel process is inching along quite nicely. It is funny looking at the wow hours I have given to myself, because now I allow myself one hour a day to play--if I want to, that is. Some days I don't feel like playing...and I don't. Some days I do, but honestly I can only tolerate 1 hour. I still enjoy the one hour to relax and "forget" the world. But it is "enough." I usually like to put my one hour in from 3-4pm. It breaks up my day. For me, this is success. I hope that one day I might not even need/want that one hour a day gaming... but baby-steps.
  12. Challenge yourself to reach out and talk to one person a day that you normally would not talk to. It could be someone at school, work, church, or someone in game. That would mean you communicated with 7 new people that week. I live alone and retired. My friends are a bit younger than myself and still work. So I challenge myself to do this activity when I am out and about. It really is not that hard and it gets easier the more you practice. Good luck!
  13. An author I know had a discussion going about a model for /his/her new book cover. I remembered reading a cool story about the guy and how he lost a huge amount of weight. He admitted that he "was pretty addicted to World of Warcraft." Interesting article. Kevin Creekman
  14. Luny

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    So-----I am popping in for a quick update! My life is all about writing & being an author right now. Taking 2 classes for authors. Boy, they are keeping me busy. So tired of winter in upstate NY. Off to my niece's wedding in Florida next month. Gaming? What the hell is that? Life is busy and good--without it. 😀
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    In May 13, 2021, I had a nightmare in my sleep, and thought I was killing a snake in a field of grass. I jumped out of bed and was disoriented as to which side I was on. I fell with my full weight on my left knee and shin. Then I faceplanted into my tall, wooden jewelry armoir which I directly hit with the bridge of my nose. Then it tipped over and fell on my head. I certainly should win the gold medal and clumsiness! My knee and calf swelled up and I ended up with 2 lovely black eyes. I went to the hospital and was xrayed and had CAT scan. My knee and leg was not broken--just badly swollen. Of course I had a concussion and now I rock a Harry Potter-esque scar on my forehead. Luckily I got bangs cut to cover that up. Thirty days later, my knee started oozing a brown liquid. Slow at first, then profusely. My knee had gotten infected. So they hospitalized me for 6 days and had me on IV antibiotics. An orthopedic surgeon did surgery on my knee to clean out infection. Then they put a wound vacuum on my knee for 37 days. When it came off, it was August 2021. Definitely took weeks to get my strength back. My calf still swelled so he had an MRI done. Prognosis: deep hematoma trauma which will take time to heal. It amazes me how a simple fall in my bedroom turned into a three month ordeal. Crazy shit!
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