Windshadow says… thank you!

WindpinkWindshadow says…

Thank you to everyone that has donated Mageweave Cloth on the Alliance side! Thanks to your efforts, and the efforts of amazing Sidhe Devils such as Myrx, Dechion, Aselvar, Ruune, Ruuaarr and Skiffens, Windburn has the mats for 278 shirts in her bags, and Dechion has about another 100+. Somehow, I think we’re covered on the Alliance side.

If you’d still like to donate some Mageweave Cloth, can¬†I ask that you send it to Jystra on the Horde side of Kael’thas (US)? Despite the work of Aselvar and Jystra, I’m kinda worried there.

Again, thank you all very, very much for your generosity, both in Mageweave, and in donating to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

When last I checked today, your donations had grown to $500. That’s just amazingly wonderful, and a fine testimony to your kindness and generosity.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Windshadow (BBB)

Raid for the Cure update – Poll!

I’ve added a poll onto the sidebar, and I ask you to please visit it and enter in if you plan to attend the Raid for the Cure, and if so, on which faction, Horde or Alliance. This will help us to determine how many Pink Mageweave Shirts we will need on each side.

And if we end up having too many shirts because folks sign the poll andend up not bein able to go, that’s fine with us. We’d rather thnk you’re coming, and have a shirt ready for you. ūüôā

If you would like to donate Mageweave for the cause of making Pink shirts, please mail Mageweave to Windburn on Alliance side Kael’thas (US), or Jystra on Horde side Kael’thas (US).

I look forward to seeing you there!

Raid for the Cure update (Nov 4th)

This update has been added to the main post. Posted here for the benefit of those that read the blog via Feed Readers.

Update: November 4th.

Charities other than Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The event is to help bring awareness about Breast Cancer to the community, in Julie’s honor. Towards that end, we have consolidated our efforts towards donations through Susan G. Komen for the Cure. However, we feel that the point is not who you donate to specifically, but instead the awareness and the sense of community.

If you would like to make a donation to the cause of Breast Cancer research and awareness, or towards Cancer research in general and take part in the raffle, but do not wish to donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a donation made to any other charitable Cancer-focused organizations is also welcome, so long as they provide an email receipt as proof of donation.

If you do make such a donation and wish to enter the raffle, simply follow the steps above as described in sending the email receipt to tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com with the title Raid for the Cure Raffle Entry, and you will be entered into the raffle.

Suggestions for other charitable organizations you may be interested in donating towards include;

Current Prizes available for the Raffle:

Handmade scarf with the emblem of the Horde, doanted by Lauren of P’ville Girl.

Handmade scarf with the emblem of the Alliance, donated by Lauren of P’ville Girl.

One finished and colored art commision of an animal subject, Warcraft related or not, by Tami Moore (sometimes known as a Saucy Wench). 

A choice of the Panderan Monk or Mini KT non-combat pet. There are 3 of these prizes available, courtesy of Jong of Forbearance!

One custom¬†“very pink” plush Moonkin, based on the pattern from a¬†WoW.com article from April. The Moonkin plush is over a foot tall, and is being made with high quality, ridiculously pink fur.¬† Since Sidhe Devils is an Alliance guild, Serthida is¬†putting big antlers on this guy instead of Tauren horns. This is still being made, but here is a picture of the status so far. Still needs his hand and foot claws, his medallions attached in the right places (they’re just pinned on), some eyes, and a tail.¬†Custom made and donated by Serthida of Serthida’s Save State!

WoW Trading Card Game card, Pinata Loot Card (unscratched, of course) donated by Ken Mueller.

One item of any kind from the Big Bear Butt Cafepress store, donated by Cassie and BBB.

One item of any kind from the Sidhe Devils Gone Wild podcast Cafepress store, donated by Cassie and BBB.

Grand Prize:¬†A guest appearance on the podcast Sidhe Devils Gone Wild, and influence on the discussion topics for that show. This is not for a few minutes, but being on the show for the duration of that episode.¬†If the winner of this prize is bashful, then an item from the Big Bear Butt Cafepress store, and private conversation with the members of the Sidhe Devils Gone Wild (non-recorded) can be substituted instead. ūüôā

Special Event Guild NOT being formed!

We do not intend to form a special Alliance or Horde guild for this event, like others have done in the past.  We expect to have many people with pre-existing characters on the server participating, characters that are already in guilds of their own. So rather than ask existing people on the server to leave their guilds for the day, or miss out on chat/details in a guild chat area, we will instead be setting up custom chat channels on both Alliance and Horde side that people can join the day of the event.  The info on the names of the chat channels, and instructions on how to setup/join a custom chat channel will be posted here a day or two before the event.

Server crashing concerns
 
We realize that this event is getting a lot more publicity than anticipated, and expected attendance numbers may go beyond what we expected.¬† We planned on reducing the load on the server as much as possible by having multiple starting areas (both Alliance and Horde) AND multiple areas within each faction.¬† New characters will obviously have to start in the starter zones, but higher level characters and people that already play on Kael’thas can start in the secondary meeting zones (Auberdine or Astranaar for Alliance, Camp Taurajo and Crossroads for Horde). We really hope that this will help minimize any stress on the server.

Raid for the Cure updates and Writers' Month thingie

For the next couple of weeks, until the Raid for the Cure is completed, I will be making regular updates concerning donations made by folks for prizes in the raffle, and also of course to remind folks that the Raid for the Cure is coming.

I also still intend to continue to write WoW and Feral Druid related posts, but they might be a bit scarce.

See,¬†there is one other, teensy weensy little thing I’m going to try and do too, and I wanted to give you a little warning in advance.

This month is supposed to be this whole, big “write a 50,000 word novel in one month” thing going on. It has some weird acronym or catchphrase or something, I dunno. Rajoeblomedowno or something.

Now, I’ve never done it before, because in my heart I feel it kinda sets a call for quantity, not quality. Some of the most intense stories I’ve ever read would come in well under the 50k word count, and I dislike feeling like I’m following a quantity bandwagon.

But I know that’s not what it’s about. I know that it’s supposed to be a challenge you set for yourself, to spur you on to write for what should be a small, easily managed period, just one month. You can write each day, telling yourself, “It’s just for a month, I can do it.” And at the end of the month, if you hang in there, you will have (against your will,¬†kicking and screaming) developed some of the habits that will help you, as a writer, keep on writing consistently onwards into the future.¬†

Sadly, I don’t think anyone would be all that surprised if I churned out a bearwall of story day after day after day. Kinda hard to impress people when you’ve already got a reputation for being, umm… long winded.

Hopefully, I can surprise people with the quality of the story, instead.

That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to take this opportunity as an excuse to seize my Converging Forces PBeM story that is up to date and posted on the sidebar, and I’m going to tear into it. Manny and James are onboard with guiding me on their character actions, and know that if I don’t hear from them, I’m going forward regardless. The story WILL advance. And we’ll just see, on the last day of November, if I hit 50,000 words when the dust settles.

The story is already in progress, and¬†I am sure it won’t be over when the end of November nears, so it doesn’t count as “a novel”. But it’s a creative writing project that I’ve enjoyed for years now, and I think Manny and James will be happy to see some new life breathed into it.

So, yeah. This is your advance warning. There will be massive Converging Forces updates flooding the blog. If you have meant to read what is already live and haven’t done so, you might want to get caught up now.¬†

If you tried reading it, and hated it, or you just don’t want to bother reading it, never forget that my website theme allows you to minimize posts using the little plus and minus buttons in the upper right hand corner of the post box. Honestly,¬†I don’t want to alienate anyone. I’m sure most folks are going to pass on reading them, and that’s fine with me. Non-WoW bearwalls of fantasy writing are NOT going to be for everyone.

For those of you that have already¬†read what was there, and despaired of ever getting a new chapter… hold on to your hats, ’cause this is going to be a wild ride.

Announcement: World of Warcraft Raid for the Cure!

Kaelynn version Raid for the Cure

Latest Update on November 4th can be found at the bottom of the post.

On October 28th of 2009, Julie, a member of the¬†World of Warcraft guild Sidhe Devils on Kael’thas (US), revealed to us that she had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Her first treatment is scheduled to begin on November 9th.

To show our support and love for Julie while she takes on this new challenge, her friends in Sidhe Devils are organizing an event within the game of World of Warcraft that we’re calling the Raid for the Cure.

What it is

On¬†Kael’thas (US), a united cross-faction walk across Azeroth will be held on Saturday, November 14th, starting at 2:00 PM Central Time (Kael’thas-US server time).

Members of both Alliance and Horde factions are invited to attend. Pink Mageweave Shirts will be handed out for all walkers, and all levels of characters will be welcome. If you’d like, bring your own shirt, or even make it a formal affair with your Festive Pink Dress!

The walk across Azeroth will not be a race of individuals, it will be a group march to show Julie our love and support.

We do want to help spread the word, and encourage donations in a cheerful way to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity, an organization that promotes information and awareness on early detection and treatment of breast cancer, and that supports funding for treatment and research towards a cure.

The Raffle

To that end, we will be holding a raffle. There will be various prizes sponsored by myself and others within the WoW blog community. 

The grand prize (if prize it is) will be a guest appearance on the podcast Sidhe Devils Gone Wild, and influence on our talking points for that show.

Entry to the raffle¬†is quite simple. Go to the World of¬†Warcraft¬†Raid for the Cure donation website, a website created by us but administered and maintained¬†by¬†Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and make an online donation, using a valid email address. Once you have received¬†your emailed receipt of donation, just email us a copy of your receipt to tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com with the words Raid for the Cure Raffle Entry in the title. That’s it. One entry per person, no minimum donation necessary.¬†¬†

The Raid for the Cure Event Details

The event itself will take place on Saturday, November 14th on the Kael’thas (US) server.¬†The first start time will be at 2:00 PM Central time.¬†

We intend to have two initial teams, one for the Alliance and one for the Horde.

We  also intend to support different start times for players that would like to participate, but might not get online or prepared on time.

Julie has told us that her favorite starting zone in World of Warcraft is Darnassus.

To honor her fun in the game, the first Alliance team will form up near Conservator Ilthalaine in Shadowglen, the Night Elf starting area. There will be designated event coordinators there to hand out the Pink Mageweave Shirts.

This team will leave Shadowglen¬†at approximately 2:00 PM Central Time (Kael’thas-US server time).

The Alliance team will travel as a group to Darnassus, and then down to the dock to take voyage upon a mighty ship to the port city of Auberdine in Darkshore. The team will arrive at Auberdine at approximately 2:15 PM. There will be a break to hand out more Pink Mageweave Shirts for those joining the run at this time, and then the team will head off to Astranaar in Ashenvale.

The Alliance team will arrive at Astranaar in Ashenvale near Dalyshia, the Flight Master of Astranaar at approximately 2:30 PM. There will be another short break to hand out Pink Mageweave Shirts if needed.

Meanwhile, the Horde team will have formed up next to Grull Hawkwind in Camp Narache, the Tauren starting area in Mulgore. There will be Horde side event coordinators prepared to hand out more of the inimitable Pink Mageweave Shirts.

At 2:30 PM, both Horde and Alliance teams will depart their respective locations, Astranaar and Camp Narache, and head on foot for the Crossroads in the Barrens.

Both teams should arrive at the Crossroads nearly simultaneously at 2:45 PM server time.

At this point, the last handing out of Pink Mageweave Shirts will be performed, everyone will gather together, hopefully as one great Raid representing both factions, and between 2:45 and 3:00 PM depart Crossroads, headed for the city of Ratchet, and her infamous dock.

The cross-faction group will take ship from Ratchet for Booty Bay, and there descend as one upon that pestilential city of pirates for the wrap up, followed by a wild dance party. Bring your Pink Elekks and pony kegs!

Immediately after the completion of the march, the raffle drawing will be performed offline, and results posted on the blog for all to see.

Thank you all very much for your time in reading this post. I sincerely hope I will see you there in two weeks!

Take care everyone, and please, please keep Julie in your thoughts and prayers.

And just one more thing. If you have not as of yet done so, I respectfully request that all of the wonderful ladies amongst my readership think about visiting a doctor as soon as you can to be tested for Breast Cancer. Never forget, the earlier Breast Cancer is detected, the better!

Call me selfish if you must, but I’d really prefer not to lose any of you. I treasure each and every one of you.

Your Donations of Prizes for the Raffle VERY welcome!

If you would like to donate a prize for the raffle, please contact me at tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com, with the words Raffle Prize Donation in the title. And thank you very much in advance for even considering it!

Update: November 4th.

Charities other than Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The event is to help bring awareness about Breast Cancer to the community, in Julie’s honor. Towards that end, we have consolidated our efforts towards donations through Susan G. Komen for the Cure. However, we feel that the point is not who you donate to specifically, but instead the awareness and the sense of community.

If you would like to make a donation to the cause of Breast Cancer research and awareness, or towards Cancer research in general and take part in the raffle, but do not wish to donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a donation made to any other charitable Cancer-focused organizations is also welcome, so long as they provide an email receipt as proof of donation.

If you do make such a donation and wish to enter the raffle, simply follow the steps above as described in sending the email receipt to tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com with the title Raid for the Cure Raffle Entry, and you will be entered into the raffle.

Suggestions for other charitable organizations you may be interested in donating towards include;

Current Prizes available for the Raffle:

Handmade scarf with the emblem of the Horde, doanted by Lauren of P’ville Girl.

Handmade scarf with the emblem of the Alliance, donated by Lauren of P’ville Girl.

One finished and colored art commision of an animal subject, Warcraft related or not, by Tami Moore (sometimes known as a Saucy Wench). 

A choice of the Panderan Monk or Mini KT non-combat pet. There are 3 of these prizes available, courtesy of Jong of Forbearance!

One custom¬†“very pink” plush Moonkin, based on the pattern from a¬†WoW.com article from April. The Moonkin plush is over a foot tall, and is being made with high quality, ridiculously pink fur.¬† Since Sidhe Devils is an Alliance guild, Serthida is¬†putting big antlers on this guy instead of Tauren horns. This is still being made, but here is a picture of the status so far. Still needs his hand and foot claws, his medallions attached in the right places (they’re just pinned on), some eyes, and a tail.¬†Custom made and donated by Serthida of Serthida’s Save State!

One item of any kind from the Big Bear Butt Cafepress store, donated by Cassie and BBB.

One item of any kind from the Sidhe Devils Gone Wild podcast Cafepress store, donated by Cassie and BBB.

Grand Prize:¬†A guest appearance on the podcast Sidhe Devils Gone Wild, and influence on the discussion topics for that show. This is not for a few minutes, but being on the show for the duration of that episode.¬†If the winner of this prize is bashful, then an item from the Big Bear Butt Cafepress store, and private conversation with the members of the Sidhe Devils Gone Wild (non-recorded) can be substituted instead. ūüôā

Special Event Guild NOT being formed!

We do not intend to form a special Alliance or Horde guild for this event, like others have done in the past.  We expect to have many people with pre-existing characters on the server participating, characters that are already in guilds of their own. So rather than ask existing people on the server to leave their guilds for the day, or miss out on chat/details in a guild chat area, we will instead be setting up custom chat channels on both Alliance and Horde side that people can join the day of the event.  The info on the names of the chat channels, and instructions on how to setup/join a custom chat channel will be posted here a day or two before the event.

Server crashing concerns
 
We realize that this event is getting a lot more publicity than anticipated, and expected attendance numbers may go beyond what we expected.¬† We planned on reducing the load on the server as much as possible by having multiple starting areas (both Alliance and Horde) AND multiple areas within each faction.¬† New characters will obviously have to start in the starter zones, but higher level characters and people that already play on Kael’thas can start in the secondary meeting zones (Auberdine or Astranaar for Alliance, Camp Taurajo and Crossroads for Horde). We really hope that this will help minimize any stress on the server.