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PTR 5.2: Dire Horns

Melissandra & Dire HornAs I type, Patch 5.2 – The Thunder King – is up on the Public Test Realms. The initial patch notes talk about some interesting stuff, but for pet hunters there is really only one note worth reading:

Dire Horns have been added as a tamable species for Hunters that have learned the required skill. Aspiring Dire Horn owners should seek out clues regarding these auspicious beasts.

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Petopia Updated for Patch 5.0

Petopia is theoretically updated for Patch 5.0.4 now, although I am already aware of a whole bunch of fiddling little issues I need to fix. Still, it should cover the basics. At least long enough for me to log in and tame a fen strider …

(If you see an error, please post a comment in the Corrections thread on the forums.)

Sadly, Warcraft Mounts is not updated yet. That’s next on my list.

And may I say again that I owe a huge debt to the entire Petopia community for gathering and organizing so much data! And especially to Wain for making sure I actually did something with all that data, even if he had to do it for me. <grin>

Level 39 … er … 38! And 85! Again!

Margaret claims the entire cup of yogurt.Yesterday was my birthday. I am now 38 years old. I spent about half the day thinking I was 39 until I sat down and did the math. But this is still better than last year, when I spent several months thinking I was only 36 instead of 37. Regardless, I’m getting up there.

I spent yesterday reading (In the Blood by Adrian Phoenix), playing WoW, and napping. My big accomplishment of the day: I finally got a second character to max level. Yes, I now have both a Horde and Alliance main at level 85.

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NaNoWriMo Update

A month back, I mentioned that I was participating in NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month – this year. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month.

I got less than halfway – 22,089 words. Now I have reasons: I got a late start, my insomnia went insane, our rat Margaret developed a tumor and had to have surgery (she’s doing well). And so on.

I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t do better, but regardless I am happy that I have a good set of characters and an interesting plot (I think) and I intend to continue writing this story. (Among other things, I bet Eric that I could write a book by the end of the year.)

Daniel Bennett is My Hero

I woke up this morning with the intense desire to own a monitor lizard. This happens to me more often than you might think.

Problem is, owning a monitor isn’t like owning a puppy or a kitten. If you don’t know what you’re doing, the animal dies. (Admittedly that can be true with puppies and kittens, too. But because they are domesticated and so much more deeply embedded in our culture, it’s a lot harder. But the vast majority of pet reptiles don’t make it past their first year.)

I don’t like to kill animals. Especially not because I screwed up.

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