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If I Don't Move... by theamberdragonfly If I Don't Move... :icontheamberdragonfly:theamberdragonfly 3 0 Again Someday by theamberdragonfly Again Someday :icontheamberdragonfly:theamberdragonfly 14 3 World of Warcraft- Epic Drop by theamberdragonfly World of Warcraft- Epic Drop :icontheamberdragonfly:theamberdragonfly 0 0 Ahoy, Mateys by theamberdragonfly Ahoy, Mateys :icontheamberdragonfly:theamberdragonfly 2 8
Literature
The Secret of Evolution- Ch 1
Chapter 1
Morning arrived just as it always does.  Dawn broke over the eastern horizon, casting a soft orange glow upon trees and foliage, creating shimmering sparkles on the surface of Sendoff Spring, and prompting the Kricketot and Kricketune to cease in their nocturnal song and awakening those who ventured forth during the day.
One night-time creature yawned and stretched, blinking blood-red eyes in the brightness of the sunshine.  He had been born of the moonlight, and chose to keep watch during the darkest hours, but that did not mean that he shunned the daytime.  After all, his family and his Mistress were all daywalkers.
Walking on silent paws he approached his sleeping trainer.  If he were capable of such an expression he would’ve smiled sweetly at the scene before him: his stoic, seemingly ruthless Mistress sound asleep in her sleeping bag, curled up around a rather large white and brown egg like it was one of her own. &
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Literature
Smile Because It Happened- Epi
Epilogue
“Good.  Now, lift your arms slowly, smoothly.  Mimic the natural movement of the water.”
Rekka frowned as she did as her Master instructed.  A thin stream of water lifted from the pond and circled around her body, forming a snake-like tendril that whipped out and snapped at a nearby tree before returning to the pond with a splash.  The ten-year-old beamed with pure joy.
“I did it, Aunt Katara!  I made a waterwhip!” she squealed.
Katara chuckled lightly as she straightened from her Waterbending position, smoothing her blue silk robes with the movement.  “I better watch out- another Waterbending Master is in the making!”
Rekka’s smile dimmed somewhat.  “…I wish Dad were here.”
Reaching out and touching the girl’s shoulder, Katara opened her mouth to reply, only to be cut short by a thud and shouts of protests.  She turned her attent
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Windy Ridges Holt- Icehawk by theamberdragonfly Windy Ridges Holt- Icehawk :icontheamberdragonfly:theamberdragonfly 4 11
Literature
Smile Because It Happened- 29
Chapter 29
The five friends stood on the beach of Ember Island, the breeze blowing steadily off the sea seeming to push them towards the center of the isle as if to urge them to hurry and restore peace to the world.
Sokka adjusted the sword at his hip.  Long gone was the playful, sometimes lack-wit attitude- now he radiated a maturity and seriousness that Katara never thought she’d see in her easy-going brother.  With a wife and a daughter to protect, she could see why he’d suddenly take it up a notch but it still surprised her.  She pursed her lips, taking in his new hairstyle and chin fuzz.
“You trying to look like Dad?” she whispered in his ear.
He didn’t even react.  The breeze stirred the beads now hanging on either side of his face.  “Katara… if something happens here…”
“It won’t, Sokka.  You’ll be back with Suki and Rekka before you know it.”
He took a dee
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Aine- Heroine of Time by theamberdragonfly Aine- Heroine of Time :icontheamberdragonfly:theamberdragonfly 37 29
Literature
Part IV- Purity of Love
Part IV- Purity of Love
Katon regarded the middle-aged man curiously.  “You… want me to fight you?  The Fire Lord?”
Zuko smirked- and Iroh’s heart nearly exploded from joy.  The boy was reaching his father’s cold heart, melting the ice away little by little.  It was obvious by the way he was finally starting to show emotions other than anger and indifference.  “I won’t go easy on you,” Zuko informed him.  “If you are who Uncle claims you are, you should have no problems facing me.”  He shifted his stance ever so slightly.  “And I haven’t trained in a long time.  I’ll probably be rusty.”
The teenager didn’t believe him for an instant.  One didn’t become the Fire Lord simply for the hell of it.  He handed his sword to Iroh and moved a few paces towards his father. 
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Literature
Part III- Purity of Pain
Part III- Purity of Pain
It had been three weeks since he had left the Earth Kingdom.  Five weeks since he had found out his true parentage.  Five weeks since his world had turned completely upside down.
And three weeks of intense training with the old Dragon of the West himself.
Iroh was an old man, ‘twas true, but he still fought like a warrior in his prime.  He grew weary faster than his pupil, however, so during the times Iroh napped, he instructed the young Prince to practice the forms, if not the actual Firebending itself.
Prince Katon.  Heir to the Dragon Throne.  Son of Fire Lord Zuko and Lady Katara.
Katon shook his head.  It felt weird knowing that he had a full name, that “Ton” was just a nickname.  And his chest felt heavy when he had learned that he had been named for his mother- and for his father’s element.
And his element, he realized.
The whole story had come
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Literature
Part II- Purity of Family
Part II- Purity of Family
“Moooooooooom,” fourteen-year-old Huan whined, walking into the vast gardens behind the Bei Fong family estate, “I’m starving.  Can’t we eat early tonight?”
Toph didn’t even turn her head.  Instead she lifted her hands, facing her palms to her body, then dropped them towards the ground.  The earth below Huan’s feet opened and he fell into the huge hole his mother had created- but only for a second.  Abruptly a pillar of rock lifted him out of the trap, the young teen posed in a full Earthbending stance until he was about six feet or so off the ground.  He flopped down, sitting on top of the pillar as though bored.
“You’re sloppy,” Toph told him.  “You should’ve been able to sense that coming and never even fallen.”
“Well, if you’d let me eat something, I’d be able to focus better!”
“You whine t
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Literature
Part I- Purity of Blood
Part I- Purity of Blood
Pain.  Searing, hot agony clenched at her entire body, nearly forcing her to curl into a ball.  The torment slowly subsided and she relaxed as much as she could, yet her mind knew more were coming.  Sure enough, mere seconds later it built again, tightening so hard she was certain she’d break.
Oh, spirits, she had never felt such pain.
A woman in red dabbed a cool cloth on her forehead and she managed a weak smile in thanks.  It was the worst possible time for this to be happening: it was the middle of summer for one, and the sun had just risen.  And it certainly didn’t help that that very evening would be the night of the New Moon- everything was conspiring against her.
She was in trouble, that she knew.  She recognized the looks on the women’s faces and they weren’t good.  If only she’d managed to summon one of her friends in time… It had been so long sin
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  • Listening to: the hum of the air conditioner
  • Reading: Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
  • Playing: World of Warcraft- Cataclysm
  • Drinking: Water
When is playing games too much?

When is the time to draw the line?

My fiance lives for World of Warcraft. And I understand this. It is an entertaining, engrossing game. You get to interact not only with game-created characters but with millions of people worldwide. There are time-consuming, overly-involved quest lines that require thought, repetition, and, of course, slaughter of virtual creatures.

There is nothing quite like the euphoria of working together with friends to kill a particularly difficult boss creature.  I enjoy it just as much as he does.  I freely admit it.

Yet when should one acknowledge when playing this time-consuming game is taking over too much of one's life?  My fiance works only three days a week, but these days are 10 hour days.  His work is an hour commute from our house.  His shift is such that he must be up by 2:30 am in order to make it to his job by 4 am.

Thus on nights that he must be up ungodly early, one would think he would go to bed accordingly to get plenty of sleep so he is not overtired or sleepy during the long commute to work nor while he is working with large, dangerous machinery.

Such is never the case.  He will stay up until midnight or later- sometimes, never making it to bed at all- playing World of Warcraft.

After playing it from the moment he gets home from work or has awakened in the morning if he did not have to work.

He is on the computer. All. Day. Long.  And most of the night as well.  We have stayed up until nearly 4 am together on one particular night he didn't have to work, but he became angry with me when I told him I needed sleep.  After all, we do have an 8 year old daughter that will wake up around 8 am and need attention.

This does not faze him at all.  It is still all about me trying to "control" him. :roll:

He is a good man.  He is an outstanding father.  He is caring, loving, and the best thing that has ever happened to us.  I am just tired of so many things, us included, being put off by this game.

I have been begging him to find work closer to home, work that will give him 40 hours a week, work that doesn't require him to be up so damned early.  He refuses.  I am glad he likes his job, but with the way he refuses to take responsibility for this job and get much-needed rest instead of playing computer games, I merely thought a change of venue would be more accommodating to his addiction.

Because that is what it is. An addiction.  Even if we leave the house to do something else, inevitably the subject of the game will arise and plans will be made for the next raid or dungeon run or trash kill group.

Is it really so much to ask that we take a break from virtual reality?

Therefore I must question my actions: I have canceled his subscription. Mine and our daughter's as well.  I have told our friends that we need a break from gaming and I hope that they will understand.  

Yet I am bothered by my decision.  Have I gone too far?  I have not deleted his characters nor have I removed any personal information.  His account will merely be in stasis for a while until I can help him understand that it is just a game and not vital to live his life.  It is entertainment, but the enthrallment seems to have consumed his care for almost everything else.

Hence why I am sitting here at nearly 4:30 in the morning, needing to vent and get this feeling of guilt and betrayal off my heart.  Because I know when he finds out what I have done, the proverbial fur will fly.  I am honestly worried about his reaction from the standpoint that he may be angry with me for weeks.  Worse, I fear he will merely go out and buy a subscription card on his own to reactivate his account and my intervention will have been for naught.

Time will tell.  His account deactivates on July 10th.  For now, I must just sit here... and watch him live his life in a fictional world.

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theamberdragonfly
Oh, the Goblinity!
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Current Residence: Southern Wisconsin
Favourite genre of music: Anime themes, Hard Rock, Soundtracks to games, 80's
Favourite style of art: Photoshop
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: iPod (if I had one)
Shell of choice: Der (shellder- is un pokemon)
Wallpaper of choice: The kind that doesn't peel
Favourite cartoon character: Kyouji, Toushirou Hitsugaya, Gaara, Zuko, Uryuu Ishida, Eeveelutions
Personal Quote: Bloody Hell...
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PrincessCarol Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Photographer
happy birthday
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KHC1000 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! : 3
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PrincessCarol Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Photographer
Happy Birthday !!!!
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KHC1000 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! : 3
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ChibiAngel86 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Happy Birthday! :cake:
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glowingqueen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Happy birthday, theamberdragonfly! Stay awewsome!
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Zuum Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
-thanks for the watch! :hug:
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theamberdragonfly Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Your ElfQuest cosplays (and your others, as I am now browsing your page) are OUTSTANDING! How could I not stalk you now? :3
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Zuum Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Oh you~ :heart: Thank you very much! ;W;b
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OgieDoggie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Since you are a fan of PLEASE (Onegai) TEACHER please stop by and Check out my pics of Please (Onegai) Teacher 10th Anniversary Celebration at Lake Kizaki in Japan summer of 2012 - Enjoy!
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EchoAlan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
HappY BirthdaY!!!!!
Have an awesome day and a great 2012!!!
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LonewolfD Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Happy Birthday to you.
I hope you enjoy your day. Also remember eat your body weight in birthday cake xD
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KHC1000 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! : D
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Happy Birthday!
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glowingqueen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Happy early birthday, stay awesome!
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theamberdragonfly Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Thank you! :heart:
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glowingqueen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
You're welcome!
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HikariAijuntani Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you post your Dragonfly in the Sky fanfiction here or repost it in FFN? I read it when you first posted it on FFN and then it got taken down; I've been trying to find it since then. IT's been driving me crazy!! I love that story.
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theamberdragonfly Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
I've actually been rewriting it because it was so terribly and naively written. I got a new job that takes up most of my days so my writing time for all that has been limited but it is a work in progress. I will see what I can do about getting a couple of the "finished" chapters up here on DA. Keep an eye out! :)
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HikariAijuntani Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I can't wait. It was one of my favorites years ago.
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