A Woof in My Life

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The last few months have been difficult for me. Moving to a new place, family visits, tendinitis that pooped on my piano and gaming … it seemed as though I would never just get time or space to be myself anymore.

It was suffocating as my blogged kinda choked, and the house was mostly silent without music. Honestly, I could feel myself slipping and no amount of positive attitude or optimism was working. Until this little guy came along to light up my life. My new puppy, Nobu (meaning trust in Japanese) is here to keep me on my toes.

My life now revolves around his poop schedule but the love and sweetness he brings makes it all worth it. Much of my blog, as you can tell, will be dominated by puppy cuteness for a little while. I only have time to sneak in gaming when he’s napping – or piano in bursts of a few minutes at a time. This is good because my hands need to heal! It’s amazing though that Nobu manages to make me do just that in an entirely positive way.

Enjoy the pictures and hopefully I’ll have a gaming post coming up soon too!

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A Touch of Magic

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I have to tear myself away from questing to write this. Legion’s story has brought with it a touch of magic that is all too familiar to us story lovers. It is engaging, fun, and has that I-can’t-put-this-game-down feeling that I’ve sorely missed in WoW in the last two years. And so I return to my beloved game with a big grin…and perhaps some magic of my own, quite literally.

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Gnotable Gnomes: Windle Sparkshine

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This is a series I’ve been wanting to write for a while now – a special tribute to all the gnomes who have touched our lives in Azeroth. Today I’ll be starting out with one of my favourite stories of a wonderful father: Windle Sparkshine.

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Windle Sparkshine, father of Kinndy Sparkshine can be found in Dalaran. Kinndy was a bright and promising mage who was apprenticing under Jaina Proudmoore at the time. During the cataclysmic bombing of Theramore, Kinndy along with many others lost their lives to the evil of Garrosh Hellscream. Windle now walks the streets of Dalaran and lights the lamps of the city every night at 9pm in memory of his beloved daughter.

Windle also sells a lighter that you can use to light any other lamps and torches in Dalaran. It has the touching flavour text: “Shine one!”

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The Sparkshines’ full story can be found in the book by Christie Golden, “Tides of War”. Their story always gets me, and it’s stories like these that keep me coming back to Azeroth.

As a fitting tribute to the sacrifice of Kinndy, in Legion, Windle’s lights show an image of a laughing and cheerful Kinndy as he goes around and lights the lamps.

Windle’s Outfit:

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Chest: Lesser Wwindletransmog2izard’s Robe

Shoulders: Elder’s Mantle

Feet: Replica Magister’s Boots

Gloves: Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves (or the sneaky no-glove look as I call it)

Head: Regal Wizard Hat

Waist: Wastewalker’s Sash (Windle has a custom tailor because I couldn’t find an exact match – but this one comes pretty close. There are many others that look nice like Serenity Belt and Gossamer Belt)

 
Cloak: Mantle of Gnomeregan (His custom tailor strikes again… so I just went with the Mantle of Gnomeregan – hard to go wrong with it)

Tabard: Tabard of the Kirin Tor

Windle and I

Windle and I