Instead of working yesterday afternoon, I played Dragonborn. I love Dragonborn. I haven’t even started the main quest—I’ve done nothing but explore. It’s brought me back to the days when I discovered Morrowind and lost three pounds because for a week I would get up, have a zone bar and a diet Pepsi for breakfast and then play for 9 hours straight until my then boyfriend (now husband) got home from work. Then there was the time I played for 14 hours straight and felt seasick when I went to bed that night. I was hooked. And to think, I had no idea, even then, how far my obsession would take me.
So, because I am now a grown up, I had to make up the work I skipped yesterday this morning. I got out of bed, puttered down the hallway and after turning my computer on, proceeded to check the stats page on my blog.
Needless to say, it’s really hard to get any work done when you’re compelled to refresh a webpage every 30—45 seconds. And a half hour later, I arrived.
I knew that I would hit 10,000 views before the end of the year but I honestly did not think it would be so soon. I’ve been thinking about what I want to say to mark the occasion (other than, “Mr. Elspeth, we’re getting ice-cream tonight) and my mind keeps wandering back to April and the circumstances that led me to start the blog. I was searching for a picture of Ulfric’s throne (the Throne of Ysgramor, the Throne of his father…anyway) so that I could see how big the fire-bowl-things on either side of him were. In doing so, I came across Erica’s blog and I started reading. And commenting. I mentioned I was writing my own story and she asked to read it. At that point I had no intention of posting it, but I felt encouraged by her interest and after some tweaking, I started the blog.
For those of you who’ve been enjoying the story so far, believe me when I say that the blog would not exist if not for her. She continues to inspire me and also helps me work out knots that have left me frustrated enough to quit all together. And for the rest of you who follow along, provide comments, let me occasionally pick your brains over email, and occasionally spoil me rotten with beautiful artwork—know that I am so grateful. Were it not for you, the story would probably not exist in its current state. I’m fairly certain it would have been a series of scattered and disconnected scenes, populated by Mary Sues who fight half-assed battle scenes and have incredibly tedious love lives.
Thank you again! I will have the next chapter up in a couple of days. By Monday morning I hope.