|Posted by Marissa Petal on February 15, 2015 at 11:05 PM|
Well, to be honest, Ian's goodbye took me at a shock. He's put his blood, sweat and tears into this site, and in all truth, he has done a pretty amazing job at it. He has been an amazing boss and friend, and it was honestly a pleasure to work with him. I look forward to seeing WatchHallow bloom into an amazing site.
As for the other WU staff members, you guys are amazing as well! I may not have been in close contact with most of you, you guys have been awesome!
Another confession: I never thought I would ever inch away from Wizard101 and Pirate101 nor did I think I would be a stranger to the Twizard community. 6 years has it been since I joined Wizard101, 5 years has it been since I've started blogging. It's all pretty nostalgic to me. I can honestly tell you that being apart of this game and community has had it's ups and downs. But I will miss those memories the most, knowing that those whom I've grown close to have shied away.
After reading Ian's second-to-last post, it made me think; should I pull the curtain? Have I reached that point in my life? It has seem so, since despite all of the stresses and screams in my life, I still go online, but I never go on Twitter or Wizard101/Pirate101. I constantly think back to 11/12-year-old me, who promised to always be active in the Wizard101 community until it closed it's gates, who promised that she would convince her future husband and children to play the game. The almost-17-year-old me wishes that she could hug the younger me, knowing that her goals didn't go as planned, knowing that her dreams had changed.
I also had a habit of thinking back to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl, to that scene where Barbossa said: "For too long I've been parched of thirst and unable to quench it. Too long I've been starving to death and haven't died. I feel nothing. Not the wind on my face nor the spray of the sea. Nor the warmth of a woman's flesh." But in my point-of-view, it would be more like: "Too long have I've been parched for gear and unable to obtain it. Too long have I tried to find something new to do in-game and haven't found it. I feel bored. Not the fish in the ponds nor the plants in my garden. Nor the training of my pets." Yeah, a bit overdramatic, but at least you get the picture.
So, time to say those accursed words that never in my imagination would I have thought I would say: Goodbye Wizard101, Pirate101, and the Twizard/Blogging community. Goodbye to those whom have been great friends. Goodbye to those whom always had picked fights with me, or have disliked me. Goodbye to those who gave me inspiration and motivation. All of you have been fantastic, and guess what? So was I.
BUT my goodbye isn't final. It will never be final. I've come to realize that my old habits will respark my curiousity, and that I've always come back to it just to old time's sakes. Ian and the WU staff have worked their hardest to keep this site running, and I don't think I could bear to let it gather dust. So, shall I ever return, I expect to be blogging about new content story-arch wise. Because let's just face the facts: I don't wanna go.
So, some of you may wonder what shall I do now that I've pulled the curtain. Well, I don't know. Get through junior year, I assume? Get through the testing and college application process? Can't say that I'll be setting up a new blog. I think I'll hold back my blogging days for now, at least while I'm at the near-ending of my high school career and slowly stepping into my college one.
How can you contact you, some of you may also wonder? Well, my wizard101 email won't be of good use, considering that I won't be checking it in a long, long while. I'm speaking over a year and a half while. Yeesh, the inbox cleaning that I'll have to do will be hefty. I guess what I can say is the best way to contact me and get an immediate response is through my Twitter. Although I won't be tweeting, I still get notifications on my phone. So, if you want to chat up, you can just send me a DM at @MarissaPetal on Twitter and I'll respond ASAP.
It's honestly heartbreaking for me to write this, and I think I'm gonna have to force myself from watching old videos my friends and I have created or read old messages. I love all of you, and I will see you in due time. But until then, this is my goodbye.
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