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Thank you for visiting. Warcraftlover is a neutral blog. My real name is Shanae, but my screen name in WoW is Spyells, and I’ve played World of Warcraft since the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. I play the Alliance, but I have Horde characters. This blog is a love letter to the game and fandom which has given me so many memories. I’ve also written and self-published books under the following pen names: Rose S. King and Kari Summers. I’m from California. Traveling is my dream. I haven’t been outside of the United States yet, but I have visited a few other states. I’ve been to Florida, Illinois, Virginia, Tennessee, and Mississippi. When I was a little I went to New Jersey, but I don’t remember that.
The WoW fandom is like a second home. I’ve made it through hard times thanks to World of Warcraft. Now I’m aware it’s a computer game. WoW hasn’t replaced my faith in God, or my family, or even my best friend. I’m referring to how World of Warcraft has helped me by being an escape during the years. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety, and recently my family has dealt with the disease. It’s been a hard road and World of Warcraft has been a constant companion for me on this treacherous adventure.
I’ve been afraid to tell too much about myself. Judgment is powerful. People forget that depression is a serious illness. Being a good blogger means showing both the good and bad sides of myself. Before you cast judgment on me please be aware you’re only reading a snippet of my life. You don’t know the half of what I’ve been through and what my day-to-day struggles are. If you have judgments about my disability, my issues with my family, or anything else then please refrain from commenting on this post. Thank you.
Quest: How I discovered Warcraft
Everyone has a story on how they were introduced to WoW. Do you remember what first brought you to Azeroth? Leave a comment and share your story.
My godmother introduced me to World of Warcraft. She was my Mom’s childhood best friend. As a child, I visited her house every summer break. When we weren’t geeking out over Harry Potter (she always took me to see the new Harry Potter movies in theaters), I can guarantee you I was on the PlayStation 2. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have discovered my love for gaming. She allowed me to play the World of Warcraft free trial during vanilla. My mom wouldn’t buy me the game at the time. So I couldn’t get into WoW until Wrath of the Lich King released. It was the most amazing experience in my life.
My godmother already had an established guild. Her guild was composed of family, friends, and friends of friends. The small group felt like family and welcomed me with open arms. I created lasting memories with them. None of them play the game today, but I wish they knew how much of an impact they had on a then seventeen-year-old. I thought they were so cool.
Besides my godmother, I also used to play Warcraft III with an old friend. We don’t speak any longer, but as kids we were neighbors. He let me borrow his copy of Warcraft III and I played the game so much. We were only in middle school at the time, and I believe this was before World of Warcraft (vanilla) launched. Either way, we spent hours playing and talking about the Warcraft universe. He joined World of Warcraft during Cataclysm and we had a blast together.
I’ve continued to play World of Warcraft for years. During those years, I’ve run two guilds, made new friends, and taken breaks due to life circumstances. WoW will be a part of my life until the day it goes offline. I’m excited to share my journey with you.
Objective: How I Began Warcraftlover
Writing Is My Passion
Writing is my passion. I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. My godmother would let me write stories on her computer. She used to buy me journals and I’d write fantasy stories within their pages. In the early 2000s, my family didn’t have a computer yet. If I didn’t write every day I don’t know what I’d be doing. Writing has also helped me with my depression and anxiety. It’s severe and most of the time I can’t leave the house.
Without writing I wouldn’t be able to connect to the world. I wanted to start a Warcraft blog because I don’t see as many WoW bloggers as I used too. It’s also a topic I talk about every day, so why not blog about it? Most fans stream on twitch or make YouTube videos. I miss being able to check out the content in different places. Surely, I’m not the only fan who feels this way. Mostly I’ll be blogging about current news, tips and tricks, and interesting stuff in WoW.
My first book Blessings of the Firebird’s Light was published November 14th, 2017. Many people ask why I chose to self-publish instead of traditionally publish. Well, I did seek out a literary agent for months, and I had no luck. I was tired of waiting for someone else to tell me if my dreams were valid and if my work was worthy. So, I took the plunge and published my book on Amazon. It’s been an interesting journey. No one can prepare you for how much work it takes to advertise a novel. When I wrote Blessings, it was because I wanted to write a high-fantasy story with Christian themes. The book is geared toward young adults and follows the protagonists on a journey of self-discovery as they search for the Firebird. If you aren’t aware, the Firebird is from a Russian fairy tale. I thought it was super cool and I wanted to incorporate the quest in my book.
Disney: Walt Disney World
I do have other passions besides World of Warcraft. My first love is Disney. For many years I wanted to visit Walt Disney World and my dream finally came true in 2015. I’m dying to go back because the experience was so magical. Walt Disney World was everything I dreamed of and more. I used to spend time planning fake trips back in High School. It was the first dream I accomplished. My family didn’t have the money to travel when I was a kid. So it really felt like an impossible dream.
I’ve been a part of the Walt Disney World fandom for years. If you want to know more about Spyells, just know I’m a Disney nut. If I could write a Walt Disney World blog that’d be so cool. Planning a Walt Disney World trip isn’t easy, but it’s a lot of fun. Not everyone is a huge planner, but you don’t have to be to have a great time. I enjoy having dining reservations so I can see the nice restaurants. Be Our Guest was one of my favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World. It was awesome too because that restaurant is based on my favorite Disney movie Beauty and the Beast.
My family loves Disney. We have all the classic Disney films, we’re huge Kingdom Hearts fans, and I was once a Disneyland cast member. Disney is actually more a part of my life than World of Warcraft. My Mom had Disney stuff for me when I was a baby, and she also had Disney stuff for my brothers too.
So you may be wondering why I haven’t started a Disney blog. Well, I wanted to do both a Disney and World of Warcraft blog. Disney has been a part of my life for much longer than Warcraft, but both are equally as important. I have many memories related to Disney. My Mom didn’t have a lot of money, but she still took us to Disneyland. Every trip was special and I can’t forget being so excited that I couldn’t sleep the night before. We’d get to the theme park and we had to get a churro. It just wasn’t Disneyland if we didn’t grab that churro, LOL!
Disney: Kingdom Hearts
Thanks to Disney, I also became a Kingdom Hearts fan. My godmother introduced me to Kingdom Hearts 17 years ago. I shared that love with an old friend, my little brothers, and other fans worldwide at fandom events. My brothers and I attended an orchestra concert last year, and it was so amazing. The music in Kingdom Hearts touches your heart and soul. It unites the fandom in an unbreakable bond. We also attended a Kingdom Hearts III release party. I never imagined when I was on summer break 17 years ago playing Kingdom Hearts at my godmother’s house, that the Kingdom Hearts franchise would be so large. I’m grateful and I feel blessed that I’m alive to see it. I hope the next saga is awesome and that we don’t wait another 13 years for Kingdom Hearts IV.
Harry Potter is what inspired me to become a writer. I’ve always admired J.K. Rowling and her real-life story. She came from nothing and made a name for herself. People have always told me I can’t make a living as a writer. I’m not entertaining any notions of being as famous as J.K. Rowling, but I do believe I can at least pay my rent. When I was in college, my advisor kept trying to sway me into other career options. My major was Journalism and my minor was Film. There was no way I could do a career in the S.T.E.M. fields because of a learning disability. I hated math anyway so writing and the arts were going to be my focus.
We visited Universal Orlando during our Walt Disney World trip. There were two times on the trip where I was overcome with emotion. It was like a swell threatened to engulf me and it was hard to stand because it felt surreal like I was living in a dream. The first occurrence was in the Magic Kingdom park. My whole family stared at Cinderella Castle for a good 15 minutes. Our jaws had dropped. It didn’t matter that hundreds of other tourists were taking photos, or that the Florida sun was blazing because we were the only ones there at that moment. If my mom hadn’t snapped us all back to reality, we never would’ve taken our photos and made our first Fastpass.
About Spyells: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The second time I experienced that overwhelming feeling was at Universal Orlando. It was the first time I laid eyes on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I never believed I’d make it to Orlando, and I was also amazed that J.K. Rowling, a writer just like me, could create a world. The world was so fantastic that it was made real in a theme park. I stood in front of King’s Cross Station and stared at the bricks. My Mom shook me. In both the Magic Kingdom and Universal Orlando my legs felt like jelly. We entered Diagon Alley and I felt as if I’d stepped right into the books. The street was narrow and crowded, the shops were slanted, and music from the films was playing. I felt like a child again and I couldn’t help but laugh as the overwhelming feeling of joy washed through me.
Objective Continued: Life Struggles With Family And Illnesses
Blogging is not only my career but an escape. A year ago my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. It was hard to watch her wither away. My grandmother’s sister had already passed away two years prior so this really shook us. There were days where all grandma did was sleep. Then there were times where grandma couldn’t stop vomiting.
Chemotherapy is as deadly as cancer. I wished we could take away grandma’s pain. Taking care of a sick family member is a full-time job. She was unable to eat real food, which meant she had a feeding tube. Family from out of state sent us a blender, and I pulled all-nighters learning how to make smoothies for her diet. My mom was busy with doctors and phone calls, and my brothers helped me keep the house running. It took a toll on my body and on our family’s finances. World of Warcraft was my escape during that terrible time. Thankfully, my grandmother is now in remission. Our finances haven’t really recovered, and my depression has gotten worse. When life gets hard I remind myself things will improve.
My grandmother’s illness caused me to have conflicting emotions. I love her very much, but we’ve never had the greatest relationship. She’s very strict and religious. I was well-read, outspoken, and refused to wear dresses. My grades were good, all my friends were nerds (and got straight A’s), and I spent most of my time either reading books or playing video games.
The problem is my grandma felt I wasn’t being the type of kid she wanted me to be. So growing up I received constant criticism about my looks, personality, and talents. Not everything was bad though. Grandma taught me about God, shared memories of her time growing up in Mississippi, and taught me how to cook her recipes. I also created family traditions that everyone took part in, but over time the criticisms and arguing became too much and started sinking me into a black hole.
Depression destroys your life. Grandma was a master with her tongue, and I began firing back with my own. On the outside, we looked like a perfect family, but on the inside, we were rotting due to different opinions and beliefs. My grandma’s generation believed kids were meant to be seen and not heard. I wasn’t a perfect child, and I certainly back-talked when I felt wronged and criticized. Grandma had favorites and I wasn’t hers. She treated me this way because of her generational, cultural, and religious beliefs. For years I believed I was going to hell because I couldn’t be the granddaughter she wanted me to be. All I’m left with now is a broken shell of who I once was.
Objective: Continued: The People Who’ve Stood By My Side
My mom has supported me a lot during this time. She’s trying to help me heal. Mom was an only child growing up and knows exactly what I’m feeling in regards to grandma. She doesn’t play World of Warcraft, but she knows how much the game has meant to me. Mom has always encouraged me to follow my dreams. I planned a Walt Disney World trip thanks to Mom because she knew how much I wanted to go. It’s thanks to her that I’m able to write this blog. Without her continued support, I wouldn’t be able to afford to run this thing. Blogs aren’t cheap to put online. It’s why blogs have advertisements and products they promote. All that revenue pays the bills.
I also have my best friend and my little brothers to thank too. My best friend is like a sister to me. She’s been my friend since we were children. If she’d given up on me last year I’m not sure I’d be here right now. I’m not even sure she’s aware of how much she means to me. One true friend is better than 100 fake ones. When you’re at your lowest true friends are revealed. They don’t run when you call them crying at 3 AM because your grandma is in the emergency room. My depression has caused a strain on our friendship, but we’re still close and fighting to remain, friends, every day. If you’ve got a true friend to be sure to hold on to them. They’re a rare gem.
My brothers mean the world to me. They’re my other best friends. Depression is an evil disease, and it’s caused a strain on our relationship. They’ve done their best to understand and help me. My brothers aren’t World of Warcraft fans, but they’ve been playing with me. My anxiety makes it hard for me to play with other players. I’m in a guild in WoW Classic, but I keep to myself. Thanks to my brothers, I have someone to play with. The game world is alive and full of people, but my anxiety makes it impossible for me to connect to them. Sometimes other players aren’t as understanding as they should be.
Reward: What Warcraftlover Can Do For You
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Spyells is a published author and blogger. She’s played World of Warcraft since the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. Geeking out over Warcraft, Disney, Kingdom Hearts, and Harry Potter is her favorite thing. She enjoys traveling and loves to cook. On most days you can find Spyells in Azeroth exploring it’s many wonders and protecting its ancient lands.
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