Saseal, Cael and I wanted to do one of the dungeons together: Haukke manor. It was all of our first times except for a random tank we teamed up with. Things were going smoothly, though the tank was in a big hurry and didn't wait for Saseal to have his MP filled up. And then we were battling against her: Lady Amandine. We so far did fine as I alternated between helping the tank beat Amandine and extinguishing the lamps while Cael used his magic to also help on the lamps and everything else and Saseal did healing for everyone. But when the minor enemies came, that was when we were in trouble. We all kept on dying, trying to work on a strategy that worked and we still got killed. During that our tank got too frustrated with us and just up and quit. Saseal thought we couldn't win without a tank. So it was up to me to come up with a solution. I told Cael to have his carbuncle be a tank and have it focus on Amandine while Saseal still focused on healing. I continued with my strategy: beat Amandine, help Cael extinguish the lamps and make sure Saseal stayed alive. When the minions came, Cael's quick wit had me and him beat the other lady minions, saving Saseal in the process and keeping Carbuncle alive. With about two minutes left, Lady Amandine was almost vanquished and we were all struggling hard to survive and she was finally defeated. It was actually amazing that we pulled it through without the tank that left us and we were two level 30s and a 31. I've played MMORPGs before with battles like this one but this battle really felt like we lived it. It was the best experience ever because of our teamwork. It was the same feeling I see with other characters in stories experiencing similar adventures like this one. The real hero of this adventure, was none other than Cael's pet: the Topaz Carbuncle. ^_^
So yeah that's what happened. It really made me enjoy Final Fantasy XIV even more. It's even a great idea for my Final Fantasy XIV homage based on our characters I will be working on with Daven's help.
Lately, I've been doing some odds and ends on my drawings. Haven't been working on my manga yet since I'm trying to go over a few things here and there. My last image of Kei needs some work on it. I really suck at perspective angles so the image at first came out a bit warped. Might have to take some pictures of my husband again with a couple of 5-6 inch figures I have to get an idea. But I'm very relieved to get it on white paper after I did them on tracing paper (it was a weird idea I had, but it kinda worked since it looked a lot more cleaner though more time consuming) all is left on it are the layout, shading & dialogue. I hope I get it done & published by the summer. Then after that, I can start working on volume two of Leviathan Worries or possibly volume one of Chosen Ones.
I'm actually more anxious about Christmas than I use to. More on wanting to give my presents I bought for my family & Daven than getting presents from everyone. Plus I drew an image that I call a thank you from Santa. All is left on it is to color it on the computer and print it out. Something miraculous happened last Christmas, so it was something I wanted to draw this year. I might show the pencil image but I want to get it in color first.
I'm very proud of my husband now. He just got his promotion as General Manager and will get his own store on Christmas Eve. It's going to rough for a few weeks or so just to figure out people's schedules, but I am very happy that he got it. He really worked so hard and deserved the promotion. Plus he'll be working on morning shifts from now on except on the weekends where he'll be done at eight in the evening which is not so bad.
I was also in a major funk for awhile. Mostly because of what someone said to me: that I'm wasting my life just because I don't have a job anymore. But my mom snapped me out of it and truthfully, I am happy on how I'm living my life. Yes I don't have a job, but my stress level has been reduced greatly and I've been a big help for my mom on keeping an eye on the people remodeling our house, cleaning and helping her with my grandpa every week. And I've been working on my drawings bit by bit, making me feel more satisfied with myself. Plus watching Disney's Frozen and listening to Elsa's "Let it Go" song boosted my confidence a lot more. It's the one song I keep hearing in my head every time I start drawing now. Really does help me get out of my funk. Reminding me that no matter what anyone says, I can live my life the way I want.