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It’s done.

crying-peonI haven’t played World of Warcraft consistently in awhile, although I have logged in now and then just to say hello to my characters, as it were.

I didn’t dramatically quit cold turkey as others have done (with varying degrees of success, I might add) but by gradually distancing myself from time played and game-related goals.

Now I have taken the final step, which is cancelling the account I no longer play.

I feel compelled to add here that I love World of Warcraft. Even as compared to other MMOs, of which I’ve tried probably a dozen. The graphics, the plots, the characters, the quest lines, the world, the holiday festivities, even the mechanics make WoW in all seriousness the single best game I have ever played. When I’m rich and famous enough that writing is my FULL time job and not my SECOND job, I will undoubtedly return to it with vigor.

The picture above is just one of several steps you need to go through to finally quit your account. It’s very disturbing to make the peon cry. Also, you’re forced to pick from a menu of reasons you’d quit, including recent nerfs or game changes, etc.

Amusingly, “I play too much” and “I don’t have enough time play” are both separate options. I chose the second, honestly, because by now I truly am treating writing like a second job and there isn’t time for such an immersive world.

It also gives me amusement that I haven’t told and won’t tell my RL friends-and-fellow-players ¬†— coworkers mostly — that I’ve cancelled my account. This is amusing because these are people who have promised on one level or another to read my blog — and don’t.

Your focus determines your reality. My focus is a life driven by astounding insights presented in the form of memorable stories. Everything I do must be aimed to get me there.

This is my priority, now, and how I choose to spend my so-called “free” time.

It worked…

addictedRather than quitting World of Warcraft cold turkey (which I have done before, but it didn’t stick in the long run), I have instead tried the the route of discipline:

Simply playing less.

It worked. When I feel the urge to game, I will attempt to scratch the itch by playing much more cyclical one-player games instead. I don’t know how others feel, but for me single player games don’t cut it anymore; I just get bored with seeing the same content over and over. Cheats, mods, savefile editors and such can add a certain additional replay value, but those grow stale even¬†more quickly than the original game.

So then I pace the apartment. I check chess.com compulsively every five minutes. I watch *gasp* television. (Streaming with no commercials, still, though.)

And then eventually…I get bored enough to write.

Success!

I wrote for some 7 or 8 hours Saturday and another 4 on Sunday. Furthermore, I managed a personal first: Diving directly into another story while the ink from my last project is still drying.

I considered putting up another poll to ask what you want to read next, having now (re)finished Perfect Justice. But then I’d want to give the poll time to gather enough info — the last one took about ten days before all votes were in, and even then I only garnered nine votes in total.

Instead, I decided merely to write the next story.

For those who are keeping up with me, I’ll go ahead and tell you the next one is going to be Second Chances; you can read the synopsis over on the sidebar.

I will also introduce you to a new project on my idea board:

Road Rage is about a guy so frustrated and angered by the idiotic and dangerous ways of rude drivers that he finally decides to do something about it. But he isn’t content with merely taking your license. Violate his rules, and he’ll be taking your life.