…in which Becca busts out all the gaming lingo to make a point about writing.
It would have been odd if my two sons (now ages 20 and 18) had grown up and not become gamers, considering who their mother is.
Sure, their dad will dust off the old 8-bit Super Mario or Zelda games now and then, but he doesn’t play much anymore. Me, on the other hand . . .
Being a gamer mom probably qualifies me to be at least nominated for Mom of the Year, as far as my sons are concerned. However, my actual parenting skills suffer when I am particularly frustrated with a boss or a BTC (blame the controller) moment. One can imagine that those moments don’t make for squeaky-clean, aproned maternal experiences.
These days, I’ve limited my gaming to one MMORPG called RuneScape, an online game I’ve been playing since 2007. You’d think I’d be pretty good at it. You’d be wrong. My stats make me the world’s oldest n00b (a newbie, to the uninitiated). Pretty much a clueless scrub, or maybe even a try-hard.
The problem is, it takes me forever to grind through that game and get XP (experience that causes my character to level up). I play old-school. I don’t buy experience, I gain it the hard way, through slow, meticulous work. And I have only so many hours in the day.
Like my writing.
I spend a lot of time thinking about my books, and this translates into spending a lot of time talking and writing about them. It seems like I’ve been writing them forever. And I suppose I have.
I’m the world’s oldest n00b.
But it’s because I don’t want to be a scrub or a try-hard. Had I put out Shadow before it was ready, that’s what would have happened.
I want to take my time and learn the craft. It’s important to me that if it has my name on it–even my maiden name, for heaven’s sake–I want it to be the best I can do.
Will I ever be l33t? (Elite… honestly, Gaming is a dialect of its own…) I don’t know. That’s not really my ambition. I didn’t start writing to make money. But it’s been fun to get glimpses of recognition now and then. I could see myself wanting more of that.
But for now, I’m enjoying grinding out stories, fleshing out characters, tweaking my prose. I love being a writer.
It’s definitely not XP waste.