Mr. Snergulllssss here: It is not Navi's birthday. That is all.
Today is a milestone birthday for one of my best friends, a woman I've known since before we were teenagers. We took each other through first loves, broken hearts, bad jobs, bad boyfriends, and all the other milestones hence. But one thing my friend has not done for me, nor do I expect her to, was to support any creative endeavor I'm put a mind to. I've never shared anything more than a letter or email as far as writing, and most of our conversations happen over the phone. She doesn't know I consider myself a half-assed gamer now, nor does she know about my recent pilgrimmage to a land far, far away to see other like-minded people. As CD Rogue truly meant, I look pretty (to myself anyway) in those photos cause I'm happy.
And I have to give a big, Matty-style hug to my friend Navimie because of this. If not for her and Tome, I would not be challenged or supported or loved as a fellow Azerothian, made not only to feel welcome, but cherished, in this multi-layered world. If I have done nothing else, I hope I have made it clear that the writing and creative connections that have been forged with Navimie are my pride and joy.
Navimie, we didn't get to spend nearly enough time talking in California. This photo of me (the monstrous Yank in the black T-shirt) is about all the time we got to spend.
CD Rogue kept asking, "Don't you want to try to find Navi again, won't she be mad?" and I said I didn't think so - she's here with so many of her guildmates, and wanted to meet so many people, and I was,and am confident enough in our friendship to know that as two folks who love to write together, respect each other's thoughts, and value how amazing we each are (pats self on back), she would be fine. We'd catch up when we can. (Besides, I need a good excuse to go to Australia.)
Navi: I adore you. Thank you for being my friend in this phase of my life, because I know some others would not understand. It's an awesome gift to have someone who gets me in my dorky Draenei self. Cheers, mate - you're the best!