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valeria

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A Very Fond Farewell
« on: November 10, 2016, 08:56:33 AM »
I've loved playing this game since 2009, and I met my husband and one of my closest friends through Armageddon.  So believe me when I say that I'm only announcing my retirement as a player with the heaviest of hearts.

When I play Armageddon, I play it to the hilt.  I invest a lot of creative energy into my characters and their biographies.  Now, I need that creativity for something more important.  Most of you know that I also write speculative fiction with LGBTQ+ characters, with a heavy focus on Young Adult fiction. Now, more than ever, it's important that I write queer stories.  And I need the energy that I've been throwing into Armageddon to make those stories the best that they can possibly be so that I can get them to their intended audience.

I'll probably still lurk the forums from time to time.  I've invested a lot of my heart and soul into this game because the people who play it are so great and the community here is unlike any other.  I doubt I'll be able to keep away and keep from wondering what you're all up to.

If you want to keep tabs on me back, I have a blog, One Writer Writing, at www.triciawarren.net and I update it twice a week.  Fridays are the progress update posts.
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To the staff, thank you for investing so much time and energy into this game and allowing us to create stories with each other.  To the rest of the community, thank you for being here and helping me to make those stories, particularly to anyone who played with Brinna, Caide, Dekoh, Abrien, Fatima/Faith, Gita, Ilan, Lek, Janua Kadius, Het, Neven, Evie, Onyxi, Maliya, Portenna Borsail, Qetan, Sherris Keshmar, Takharion Jal, Koatl/Little Spark, Zeavran Dasari, Vik, Ysille/Whistle, Wajida/Ji, Ubiyya, Rusimell Oash nee Fale, Xuba/Scars the mul, Rafe/Flatnose, or more recent characters.  I can't send you all kudos (though I sent many) but thank you for making my time here great.  I'm really going to miss playing with you guys.
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Oh and I have a writing blog.

whitt

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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2016, 09:43:01 AM »
Sorry to se you go.  Totally understand the why.  We'll keep the boneswords sharpened and the sands thirsty should you and the world around you get to a place where you're ready and have a desire to return!
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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2016, 09:52:32 AM »
Sorry to se you go.  Totally understand the why.  We'll keep the boneswords sharpened and the sands thirsty should you and the world around you get to a place where you're ready and have a desire to return!
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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2016, 10:51:41 AM »
You will be missed. You can come back whenever time allows. We'll be here. Missing you.
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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2016, 11:05:25 AM »
You will be missed for sure! Good luck with your writing, and if you ever need to blow off steam, Armageddon will be there for you. I'm taking a break from playing, and I will say that lurking on the forum at least keeps you connected with the community and engaged in that way.
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valeria

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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2016, 01:00:46 PM »
Thanks for your well-wishes guys, this really is the best community. <3 <3 <3

I do want to clarify that this isn't an I'm taking a break sort of thing. I've taken breaks before, and this is not that. I love playing the game. Love it, really want to play it, have played even when I've had low or uncertain play times.

But my creative energy is finite. I can either throw it at writing and not have any for Arm, or I can play Arm and my writing suffers. If I'm playing Arm, I'm putting creative energy into the game that I should be putting into writing. Especially since I haven't yet "made it" as a writer.  And when I've finally "made it" as a writer, whether traditional or self-pub, I won't have time.

Anyway, I did want to explain that this isn't a despair kind of thing or something I've arrived at lightly, just in case anyone had three wrong idea!
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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2016, 01:10:12 PM »
RIP Tahkarion. Never forget.

I look forward to following your creative process on the blog <3
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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2016, 01:59:18 PM »
Being able to sacrifice doing something you love doing to work for a higher purpose is admirable. Wish you luck with your writing.
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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2016, 02:50:21 PM »
Damn it, no... I want to act all childlike, stomp my feet and not store your character.  *sigh*  I understand though and wish you the best, you will be missed.  I hope you still hang around on the forums as you said, you will always be a part of this game.  Your submissions, your feedback, and the absolute pleasure it's been to staff over clans you're in.

I now get the sad, miserable, depressing duty of storage of your current character.  I may just guilt trip you a tiny bit...  *sniff* okay... not at all.  I hope your pen writes smoothly, the words continue to flow, and the spirit of creativity ever with you.

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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2016, 03:06:50 PM »
Nooooooooooooooo
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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2016, 03:21:11 PM »
Thank you so much for your time with us. Treasure that creative energy!

More tears  ;)

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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2016, 03:26:36 PM »
Thanks Valeria, and good luck with your other creative pursuits. 

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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2016, 05:16:52 PM »
Not sure I ever RP'd in a clan with you for very long, but given the fact you have been around since before I was even using the internet its a safe bet to sayyou had at least a good run. Good luck with your books and such. And as Whitt said, boneswords shall be kept sharp and the arrows will still be dipped in poison if you return.

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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2016, 05:34:57 PM »
 :'(

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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2016, 05:42:18 PM »
I have only known you on two PCs, but I have loved the depth of both of them. Good luck with your writing aspirations, and although I don't know you I am always happy to be a beta reader. You're right that we need more tolderance now. I hope you're incredibly successful and reach a wide audience. Break a keyboard.
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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2016, 09:13:04 PM »
We were lucky to have you.

Many, many thanks.  Now go kick ass in a different pond.
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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2016, 05:02:00 AM »
Aww damn. Best of luck to you.

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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2016, 02:30:34 AM »
You'll be missed!  Best of luck with your writing and looking forward to seeing your name in bright lights someday!
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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2016, 05:29:18 PM »
 :'(

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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2016, 11:43:30 PM »
Now, more than ever, it's important that I write queer stories.
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Yam

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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2016, 04:23:57 AM »
It's cute that you think this means you can leave.

valeria

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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #21 on: November 22, 2016, 07:16:04 PM »
It's cute that you think this means you can leave.

I haven't LEFT left, I'm just... not playing.  Or really reading the GDB right now, since I'm neck deep in NaNoWriMo, but reading the GDB is probably a thing I'll be doing until I die.

All the sads at this have really hit me in the feels though guys.  I do love you all to pieces.
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Saiseiki

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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #22 on: November 22, 2016, 07:46:07 PM »
I know I'm late to the party, but thank you for helping introduce me to the world, and for playing such a memorable character.  I wish you the best of luck with your writing, Valeria.  Goodness knows there are a whole passel of kids and adults out there who need your talent and inspiration right now.

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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #23 on: November 22, 2016, 08:38:31 PM »
I sort've think creativity is like love. The more you spend, the more you have. Someday you'll be back and better than ever. I can SMELL it.

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Re: A Very Fond Farewell
« Reply #24 on: November 23, 2016, 03:51:06 PM »
I love you so very much and I'm so proud of you for taking a stand through your writing. You are adored and appreciated.
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