Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day 01 - Introduce yourself

I found out about the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge that Saga of Spellbound came up with, and I figured "Hey, that would be a good way to get back into blogging regularly again."

So here I am.

Introducing myself:

I am most commonly known as Hana in WoW, though there are a few people who only know me as my paladin alt Gillien.

I'm a thirty-something female with a day job in the game industry and I am a part-time fantasy and science fiction writer after having won the grand prize to a major sf/f writing contest. I might not be able to quit my day job yet, but it's nice to start earning enough that I need to list my income on my tax forms.

I have also written two pieces of WoW fiction for the global writing contest, featuring my paladin Gillien. "By Whatever Means Necessary" was an honorable mention in 2009, but "Devotion" did not place in 2010. I think there are a couple of reasons for that, aside from writing quality, which is something for any writer to be aware of. For one, I decided to write a sequel when the judge might be unfamiliar with the original (though I took steps to reduce the need to have read the first story). For another, Blizzard may have had their fill of both blood elves and paladins so all else being equal they may have chosen to honor a story with a different topic.

My play style is a bit irregular depending on what's happening outside of WoW. I try to be on at least four nights a week, though I can be distracted by day job overtime, writing deadlines, and other games. Dragon Age, both the original and DA2, are bad for my WoW time.

I am the guild leader of Be Your True Mind, which takes its name from the subtitle of the first Persona game. I set us up to be a 10-man guild compatible with the lifestyle of a working adult while still making progression (and we're currently recruiting healers!) and despite ups and downs we're still kicking.

Hana was my first character, ever, and I became a balance druid because I didn't know better and I found I liked it. I play Gillien a lot though, and consider him to be my PvP main. I've always wanted to raid with him, but it's never been practical to do it on a regular basis.

I'm also an altoholic with numerous alts scattered on different servers (my home server of Skywall is already maxed at 10), though I tend to play them in bursts depending on mood. All my alts are below level 70 save Gillien and my feral druid, Darkker.

Other fact: I have four druids, one for each spec, and a fourth that is leveling moonkin to see how different it is from back in vanilla.

On to Day 2!


Klepsacovic said...

Hi, Hana. Nice to meet you.

Hana said...

Hi Klep! Good to see you again. :)

Emmie said...

So fun to see more people joining the challenge :)

It's cool that you're starting to get published with your writing, big congrats to that - it must feel great!

Funny how you have 4 druids, for me I have one at a time and I keep deleting and re-creating it whenever I need another character slot, something I regret now since I'm for the umpteenth time leveling a Druid again now *lol*

PS It's not possible to comment using Name and URL, any chance of changing the settings?

This is Saga from commenting btw :)

Hana said...

That's weird. I thought that worked. I'll have to look into it. Thanks for the heads up.

Krillatron said...

If you don't mind me asking, what's your job about? I'm interested in working for the gaming industry myself. :)

Hana said...

I'm in QA. It's not as glamorous as it sounds. Maybe even less glamorous. We tend to get blamed for a lot of things that aren't necessarily our fault, but we perform a vital job any developer/publisher needs.