Update: Life as a Wizard

Hello there, young wizards!

Since I last posted about my progress playing Wizard101, I’ve actually progressed quite a lot. My most advanced Wizard, a Life wiz named Rebecca Dreamhunter, is now level 97 and questing in the first part of Khrysalis! Moreover, she’s finished all her side quests up to the beginning of Avalon, with only one exception: the Marleybone Warehouse dungeon, which I am NEVER going back into. It’s not worth the trouble, in my opinion.

So anyway… At this point, I’ve got a total of 20 characters over 6 accounts. Of course, only two of those accounts currently have a paid membership, though. I’ve recently started a Khrysalis series on YouTube, starting with Xibalba (the finale to Azteca), and so far, I’ve gotten all the way to Pepper Grass Nook in the Last Wood. I’ll keep recording as long as people keep watching. :) It’s a lot of fun! Meanwhile, my Balance wizard, Madison Bright, is level 25 and quested past the Ironworks in Marleybone not too long ago. Here’s a link to that playlist.

Also, I’ve been working hard on my newest fanfiction, Morganthe’s Apprentice, which is about Rebecca Dreamhunter and her adventures in Khrysalis. I should note, however, that her “fanfictional” journey there is very different (AU) from the canon, in-game story for Khrysalis. I hope that if you decide to read it, you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it so far. Here’s a link to the story on FFN. Feel free to leave a review there to let me know what you think of it! :) Anonymous (a.k.a. “guest”) reviews are welcome.

I tried to start a Wizard101 website, but that didn’t work out too well. Ah, well. Never mind. The above links will do for the time being, hehe…

It’s Not Your Fault

Rebecca Ripple:

As an individual on the autistic spectrum, I can relate to most of these. Not all, but most. Either way, it’s so beautifully written, and it’s definitely worth a read, whether you’re on the spectrum or not.

Originally posted on Musings of an Aspie:

It’s not your fault.

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Some days I feel like I should get this tattooed on my forehead.

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When I withdraw into myself and fall silent, it’s not because of anything you did.

When I blow up over some inconsequential thing you’ve said, know that the real trigger happened hours ago.

When you do something that unexpectedly makes me feel trapped or panicked, there was no way you could have known until I told you.

When I zone out in the middle of a conversation, it has nothing to do with how interesting the conversation is.

When I ignore you because I’m engrossed in writing or reading, it’s not a reflection on how I feel about our relationship.

When I twist out of your embrace or push your hand away, it doesn’t mean you’ve done something wrong.

When I forget to call you, it’s not because I’ve forgotten you.

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Three YouTube Comments, One Ripplistically Long Reply

Hey, folks! I need your opinions on something… Can you spare a moment to lend an ear?

First, for your convenience, here’s a link to the YouTube video being discussed below: “You could Die laughing, watch it why”

Here’s another link, leading directly to the comment thread.

Hopefully, when he/she sees the reply I left him/her, Chase won’t think I’m “uneducated” just for standing by the opinion that the above-linked video is, indeed, funny… I’m sure you’ll all see what I mean when you watch it, whether you agree with me or not. :P

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chase0case:
stupid!

Letanca:
not more then you are

chase0case:
+Letanca do you know me? sure not! when you speak with with strangers respect your self first and then respect the others, this is totally stupid Video and it’s just Mockery of the Church! it’s funny for the uneducated people

Rebecca Ripple:
+chase0case Okay, that’s just… not right. *rolls eyes* Please read through what I’m about to say, because I, for one, feel strongly about this issue.

First off, religious kids in a choir can have harmless, musical fun if they want to, can’t they? Or is that honestly against your religion, sir or ma’am? (Sorry, but I can’t really tell which gender you are from your username…) I don’t want to sound condescending at all, especially since I don’t know you any more closely than +Letanca does. But patience, please; just hear me out.

I agree that Letanca’s choice to insult your / a total stranger’s intelligence is pretty unreasonable since you only called the video stupid, and not an actual person or group of people. At the same time, though, if you so thoroughly dislike this video, I’d suggest that it’s better to leave it alone and find another one that’s better suited to your interests. Having been trolled on the internet myself, I am of the firm belief that if you don’t like something here on the web, why bother continuing to watch, read or participate in it? There are better ways to spend your time than calling videos “stupid” just because you don’t like them, especially when those videos weren’t intended to incite, or to use your word, “mock” anyone.

I can’t imagine that the performance in this video was not an actual part of a genuine choral concert, either at a religious school or at a church. Why would a Christian school or a church want to mock The Church? With all due respect, I think you took this video a tad too personally. If you don’t want to see it again, that’s fine; you don’t have to, and I wouldn’t recommend it. However, if you want to continue labeling as “stupid” a video of talented young vocalists singing fun, humorous lyrics in a classical-style format before an audience, I hope you’ll have the common decency to decide against that as well.

In conclusion, as the person voicing this opinion, I feel I should add that I’m not immune to regret. Everyone who is old enough to legally comment on YouTube videos (in other words, ages 13 and up) has said something to someone that they later feel remorseful about (or at least, they should), myself included. Every teenager and adult has acted irrationally out of uncontrolled/poorly-controlled emotion — again, myself included. But I hope that after reading my full comment, you’ll make the choice not to be judgmental in the same way again. After all, not every video worth posting will please you as an individual. However, as a member of YouTube/Google, it’s your responsibility to choose your reaction with an open, clear mind.

Thank you for reading my admittedly lengthy reply. I hope it will mean something to you for the future.

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So, what do you think? Did I totally overdo it with that huge buncha words, or did I make a decent point? I hope I made my point after all that, but let me know either way.

And by the way, how do you like the video? :) Did you smile and/or laugh, like I did — or did you have a hard time enjoying it, like Chase and a few other commenters did? Please feel free to leave a comment on this post and let me know how you feel about it. I promise to always reply to comments on my blog, even if it’s just to say, “thanks for sharing your opinion.” :)

Thank you for reading, and have an amazing day, week, or however long it’ll be before I figure out what to post next… LOL.

Until then, stay awesome!

We Are Miniscule… And It’s Beautiful That Way!

I am in awe of how much of my lifetime so far I have spent thinking about, and acting on, what little of the vast, unimaginably grand and awe-inspiring universe I can see. Yes, it matters to me, my circle of friends, my species, and even perhaps my planetary home. But when you try to imagine the scale of these issues and accomplishments from the point of view of the universe, which is known to be 13.7 billion years old, and then wonder in utter awe what existed 14 billion years ago, or even 20 billion…

How do we know that the Big Bang was the beginning of time? Don’t get me wrong, I am wholeheartedly convinced that it happened, but the state of all matter before it can’t have come from nowhere, can it? Matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed, leaving me wondering what existed before THAT universe (or whatever it was at the time) collapsed into the size of the nucleus of a single atom. What caused it to collapse? Will our universe eventually arrive a similar fate? I think it’s safe to assume that if it ever does collapse again, no one alive today will still be alive when it happens. But to say the least, it’s interesting to ponder.

With all of this said, I am amazed – and infinitely inspired – by the comparison of our petty, momentary, insignificant worries and arguments to this incredible, but oh, so real universe and its history. What little we do know leaves me so humbled and awestruck that the thought of what we don’t know makes me feel completely grateful that I have stopped believing in a book that claims to answer everything.

This is not, not and NOT a jab at said book (the Bible), or the religions of the world. Hope can come from many places, and I mean no harm to any of my religious friends. My only wish is to share this feeling I have, this truly wonderful, HOPEFUL feeling that there’s so much more to existence, life, space and time than meets the eye.

Here is one YouTube video that opened my eyes to the universe:

Wintertusk – Here I’ve Come! :D

Announcement! Announcement! ANNOUNCEMENT!!

My most advanced wizard in Wizard101, Level 58 Life Wizard Rebecca Dreamhunter, finally made it through the Ravenscar questline to reach Wintertusk this morning! Naturally, I took video footage of her first few quests there. I’ll post them as soon as all of the loading time and other slow moments are edited out, leaving only the interesting stuff. :)

Ravenscar took her/me forever to get past, especially since I’ve been getting further in Celestia, too, and that’s where I’ve been getting my highest XP gains. Now, though, that will be a non-issue, thanks to my friend, Evan, who helped me defeat the head ravens of the evil Coven and put a stop to the Everwinter… or so my character thought. ;)

Call me mean, but I’m grateful to be fighting the ravens’ army again. The monsters in Wintertusk are Rank 9-10, as opposed to the Rank 6-8 monsters found in Ravenscar, so my guess is that they have the ability to Critical and Block during battle. That’s why I haven’t fought them yet. :P Yup, I’m a scaredy cat. The good news there is that I love all kinds of “cats.” :D

Anyway, kitty jokes aside… I’m just so psyched to be fighting Rank 9’s somewhere other than Celestia. You know, I like playing it safe, but there’s something satisfying about going into a battle with an equally or almost equally powerful creature… and winning. It really says something to me about courage, whether it’s my courage or not. :)

WIZARD101 FOR THE WIN! ;D

And thanks again and again, Evan S! Couldn’t have done it without ya!

Today’s Dream

One thing I’ve noticed about myself these past few years is, I seem to have a different dream every day. I think today’s dream is to be a backup singer. Here I am, singing and harmonizing with the latest Glee songs as they play in iTunes: two from 4×11 Sadie Hawkins, and all the songs from 4×12 Naked and 4×13 Diva (I still haven’t found the courage to watch 4×14 “I Do,” though I read a fabulously in-depth synopsis here). I think I love harmonizing with the melodies even more than I love singing them myself.

I’m fully aware that no one may be reading my blog, so I’m going to stop here. But who knows what tomorrow’s dream will be? I guess I’ll find out when the time comes. ;)