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Hello. My name is Cassie, and I’m a writer by trade and by nature. If you have any writing that needs doing, there is some details about what I do in the first menu as well as contact information  This blog is a collection of a lot of different topics, but mostly it’s just my thoughts on (electronic) paper. I am a gamer, I have depression and I am a New Zealander
living in America. Currently I’m working on updating my old posts so clicking on categories or tags actually works properly, because it doesn’t do what it should right now. Anyway, please enjoy yourself.

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Writing fun

Somedays I wonder a little whether I will ever get sick of writing. Honestly, I spend most of my day, every day, writing something, whether it is an academic assignment, a blog post for a client, replying to an email or simply something for my own purposes. I find writing interesting and refreshing, and for the most part, I do enjoy it.

It does make me wonder though. How does everyone else feel about writing? At a guess, I would say that they don’t enjoy it as much as I do, although some bloggers must, or there wouldn’t be nearly as many blogs out there.

 

I haven’t disappeared…

So, I know I haven’t been posting on here for a while, and I’m sorry. Actually, I’ve been working on a new project, and I’d love it if anyone who reads this blog can check it out. The site is actually something I’m doing as part of training, but I’m really enjoying it, and I am going to continue to post on there, instead of here for the most part. This will still be my personal blog, and I’ll update from time to time, but honestly, I’m blogging on the site that I will link in a minute, plus doing paid blogging on another site three times a week, so I’m finding very hard to find the time (and motivation) to post here also.

My new site is http://www.toolsforfictionwriters.com/ and it is a site focused on fiction writing tools and skills (primarily skills at this point, but tools eventually).

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New and old

Over time, I have watched how my world has changed. It always amazes me how something goes from being a huge, out of the blue, change, to something that is so normal that I cannot imagine my life going any other way. My story out here is really a little bit like that. I never planned to leave New Zealand, as travelling overseas didn’t particularly appeal to me, and I loved my city of Christchurch.

So, what changed?

A few things really. My depression was a big trigger. My family tried their best with that, but they didn’t have any background with mental illness or depression, so I think I scared them a bit, and they didn’t have any idea about how to help me. The things that were once easy became hard and I found interacting with anyone else incredibly difficult.

The second change of course was the quakes, as Christchurch suffered several major earthquakes and an insane number of aftershocks. The aftershocks would give me panic attacks, and overall the whole thing made me feel worse and worse. Below is a YouTube video of my city now, makes me want to cry.

Don’t get me wrong, I miss my home. My family is probably the biggest thing I miss. Right now my mother and step-father are travelling the world and seeing the sites, although they can’t make it here to see me. My brother is still at home, working and playing. This is him here:

I miss food from at home, and I desperately want to bribe someone to send me a care package. I want Milky Bars, Lift and Lift Plus, Crunchie Bars, Marmite and all of the goodies that I never had a second thought about until I found out I couldn’t have them any more.

Oh and did I mention I really want a steak and cheese pie?

I love my life here, and I don’t regret my decision, but I do miss my family and my home, especially since my brother went out of his way to buy me a chair for my new desk.

Here’s to Change

I am coming to the end of my first real set of holidays in several years. This also marks a significant change in my life in several ways, and is an exciting period for me. I have been working online for approximately two years now, and for most of this time, I have worked between eight and ten hours each day to make ends meet.

 

We have relied almost entirely on the money from my business to provide for all our needs, including food, rent and internet, for most of this time, and it has certainly been challenging. Delays in payment from a client have left us without food for several days, or less orders than expected has meant very slim pickings in food. As for time off, practically impossible. In fact, I was lucky to be able to take a single day off.

 

This time off now has given my time to reflect about how things have changed. True, I have still had work to do, but it has been minimal, and most importantly not stressful. We now have two incomes in the household, and will do for the foreseeable future. This lets me ease back on my own work and focus on other things, housework, my health, my blog and my writing. It even means I can have time off.

I also am very excited to have a new workspace (image below). The desk was a present from a friend and has totally rearranged the way I work, making things a lot easier. So, a big shout out to Shirley for the desk. My next task is to find a computer chair, as this one isn’t particularly comfortable. Still, I know I’ll get one at some point, and that makes me happy.

 

I like to see things improving and at one point it seemed like things were always going to be a struggle. Things keep looking up, and I feel that God is blessing my life.

 

Plus, my husband just got me the new Sims 3 expansion, so my time off really has been enjoyable. It will be a shame to go back to work, but at least I will get more time to myself. 

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Blessed

Honestly, I am blessed. I am blessed because of the people in my life and because God always seems to have a hand over what I am doing and where I am going.DSCF3484

I use my computer for absolutely everything. Not only is it my main source of relaxation, but I spend upwards of eight hours a day on it working. We have two computers in the house, both laptops. One is mine and the other is my husbands. They are decently powerful and can run games as well as everything I need for work. That is important, because many computers could not handle the way I work, as I have upwards of 20 webpages open, three word documents, my email client and iTunes.

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Blogging

DSCF3927I confess that being a guest blogger on someone else’s blog has made me a little slack about working on my own. After all, when I have to write a blog post three times a week anyway, I’m not very interested in another three or four for my own purposes. I’m not too happy with the fact that it has been more than a week since I last posted, or that the last post I did was instructions for an online game.

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Clothing Guide (Runes of Magic)

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This is a tutorial mostly made for my guild, but it’s probably useful for anyone who plays Runes of Magic (RoM) in general. I want to talk about the appearance of your character, particularly the clothing you wear, and how to change this. In particular, there are two key ways, the Magic Wardrobe and aggregating. These are slightly different and have different purposes. You won’t end up using aggregating very often, so I’ll show you the Magic Wardrobe first.

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