Welp

Looks like my previous blog was a bit too soon. It turns out that there’s only so long a person can be yelled at for doing their job before they snap. My breaking point was last Friday, June 9, when I got called back to my department and yelled at for leaving it unattended to do a pick up order. Keep in mind this is common practice, as there’s not really anyone I can call to watch if there’s no one scheduled for the surrounding departments.

I got fed up and, when asked if I worked Saturday, informed them I wouldn’t be. I left my vest and turned in the keys, cleaned out my locker, and walked out. Yes, I was upset and incredulous with myself, and yes, it will be more difficult to pay our bills.

However. The peace of mind I have now – no more working seven days each week! No more stress from a company that doesn’t care about me! – has more than made up for the lack of finances. I know that, with careful budgeting and spending, we’ll be able to manage. It will take self-control and discipline, but we will succeed. I won’t let Walmart have the last laugh.

And… well, how satisfying does it feel to know that I can get my revenge from beyond the grave, so to speak? 11 years with a company gives people a certain… shall we say, repertoire of knowledge concerning practices that are against company policy or downright illegal. To answer the first question, it feels quite satisfying to know that I can get people fired.

Yes, I know it’s petty, but I’m angry. Livid. Infuriated that I felt like I had to quit to get some respite. Before, I feared retaliation. I have no such concerns now.

On the plus side, I have a lot more time on my hands now! I can work on Corinne and Robbie’s story. I can work on Trust’s sequel. Maybe I can do more around the house, even. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV is a unique game. It has two sets of servers – one set for its Japanese players, and another set from its English players. Ideally, the players who speak those languages should have congregated on their native server, right? Well, when the game first came out, no one could access the English servers, so many of us English players were forced to play on the Japanese servers. There’s nothing inherently different about each server, mind – the client is still in the user’s chosen language. The only difference that you see is, on occasion, Japanese speakers talking in the chat box. While the game will autotranslate basic and game-relevant phrases, such as “Hi!”, full conversations are, alas, out of reach.

Which brings me to the point of today’s post. While waiting for the Duty Finder to, well, find me something to do, I was wandering about in the area of the game called Coerthas. It was me and a couple of others, and we were wandering between the areas that are called FATEs – basically, a bunch of enemies or a boss will spawn, and if you clear them, you get bonus experience. These couple of others and I would wander between the FATEs and help each other kill whatever it was that needed killing, without any words said. It was only after about an hour of this that they finally said something – in Japanese.

Without realizing it, I had been running around with players that didn’t even speak my language.

However, that’s sort of the beauty of it. We didn’t need to share a common language in order to enjoy this game and assist each other. Their interface was Japanese, true, and mine was English, but our goals were the same. We played the roles our characters were in (I healed them and buffed them, they did damage) without needing to be prodded. When I ended up chased by all the monsters that were angry at my healing, they would draw them off me and let me heal myself.

I’m in awe at this, and at FFXIV as a whole. Yes, I love this game – but now I have a whole new appreciation for it. It brings people from opposite sides of the world together, and you don’t even have to speak a word of Japanese.

The Duty Finder didn’t do its job, though. Maintenance is here and I didn’t get to do my dungeon. Oh well.

Time for randomness

I made a promise that I would try to update this more frequently. This is me trying to keep that promise. I just don’t know what the heck to talk about. So, let’s go down the checklist.

Life? Work, work, work. I like the pay I’m getting in the position I’m in, but I’ve let myself get on a crappy schedule so it feels like I can’t get anything done besides work! I have a week off coming up, though, and I have big, geek-filled plans.

Gaming? Haven’t been doing much of it. Mostly been using my nifty PS4 for netflix, for cripe’s sake. When Final Fantasy XIV comes out, though, I’ll be getting a hell of a lot of use out of it. Speaking of, I need to see about getting into the beta.

Writing? I’m working on something for Valentine’s, but I don’t know if it’ll be done by then. Wish me luck! My new year’s resolution is to get two full novels done this year. I’m working on both of them off and on, so we’ll see which is done first.

So, I guess you can consider this an update. See you all next time 🙂

Second Post Jitters

It’s nearly 0300 at the time I’m writing this. This is usually the time I stay up until, gaming or writing or just generally browsing the internet. I’m a night owl, a vampire, something else witty that my poor, abused brain can’t think of.

I’m still staring at this thing in bewilderment. The majority of my brain is wondering who in the world would even want to read this. The internet is wide and vast, and I’m just… me. I’m still boring old me that loves video games and yaoi.

Well, if people do stumble across this, I might as well have posts for them to read. I don’t know what I want to discuss here though. There’s the aforementioned video gaming. There’s writing.

I suppose I’ll settle for viral videos.

Gangham Style. Harlem Shake. I nearly got in a fight with someone at a rave because I refused to stand up for Gangham Style. I was forced to watch it despite my best efforts and I. Don’t. Get it. I’m not knocking other people’s tastes, really. Feel free to ride your imaginary horse, or do… whatever it is the Harlem Shake is. The only viral dances I became a fan of were the Hare Hare Yukai and Caramelldansen. The Hare Hare Yukai was just adorably catchy, and the Caramelldansen is one that I can actually do! It also has the added benefit of emulating cat ears (but that’s another post for another day.)

It’s when these viral videos become memes that it starts to baffle me. Suddenly we have Gangham Style shirts. The song is on the radio, on compilation CDs, inescapable. The cutesy anime ones fall to the wayside (Seriously, Caramelldansen. It’s so upbeat and catchy!) and yet we’re stuck with Gangham Style.

Eh. Maybe it’s the late hour that has me grumpy. Still, I just don’t get it. Maybe it’s my anime fangirlyness that has me being partial to the anime and anime-inspired ones. I just don’t think I’ll ever understand these things.