RIFTing and Reading

Summer is doing wonders on my life lately. Yes, it’s been hectic. Yes, it’s thinning the contents of my wallet. But it’s still wonderful. I’ve been out drinking with my co-workers, barbecuing with my friend (an old drinking partner during my teenage years) and his family, and I’m also dating this nice girl.

But, the best of all, despite being busy doing these non-nerdy activities, I’m still able to keep up with my gaming and reading. It’s in moderation though. But you can’t have it all.

I’m only spending 2-4 hours of playing RIFT, as opposed to 8-10 before Summer (and the girl) came along. But those are 2-4 quality hours. I’ll start doing the PvP, World Event and, if I have the materials, Crafting daily quests immediately after loging in. As soon as I’m done with all the quests, I’ll ask in guild chat if anyone is doing dungeons or raid rifts, and then join them. If nobody are doing those, then I’ll queue for Warfronts. By the time I’m done, I’ve earned at least 6 Plaques of Achievements, a couple of Inscribed Stones, or 10,000 Prestige Points.

In the afternoons, around 2:30 PM, sunlight pierces through my tinted window and turns my room into a scalding steam bath. That’s when I stop using my desktop, go down the laundry area in the basement –where it’s nice and cool– and read for maybe 2-3 hours. I’ll only stop to make and eat dinner, watch the news for a bit, and then resume my reading until midnight.

I’ve been doing these things quite systematically and with such discipline. Especially in my reading that I’d even read while I’m in my druken stupor (it gave me migraines the next day). So, now, two weeks into my Summer Reading activity and I’m already 13% into my third book, A Feast for Crows (though I might get stuck in here for a while, since I’ve forgotten most of Song of Ice and Fire’s lore).

So far, my Summer’s going pretty well awesome. My character is progressing well in RIFT, I’ve finished 2 books already (and one was a thousand page thick), I’ve been hanging out with friends, and I’m also dating this nice girl. I hope this continues well.