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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.

The other poll and a quick update

airmailSecond thing first:

I’ve changed the progress bars on the right to reflect the new priority of current projects.

First thing second:

Of the three people who voted whether to resubmit Woman’s Best Friend immediately or to first edit it some more, 2 voted it good enough to immediately send to another magazine.

My ego wanted to assume the third vote was made by someone who hadn’t read the full story. (“Well, obviously if they think it needs work, they just haven’t experienced it to know how good it is.”) That’s the arrogance of a writer about his latest and [possibly] greatest.

Well, today I spoke to the one dissenter (so far), and guess what? It was someone who hasn’t read the full story.

/insert maniacal laughter

Tonight I will e-submit Woman’s Best Friend to the Intergalactic Medicine Show, which is a bit less painful than the full printed manuscript deal. In the past, it’s taken them a good three months to respond to me, so hopefully this time my plan (to have more stories done long before I hear back) will work.