When my son was little my wife and I played World of Warcraft after he was in bed.
Then it grew to be too much to handle with kids. But there was one thing that was always fun: Taking a new character and running it through dungeons.
My wife would use her high-level or I’d use mine and we’d run one of each other’s characters through the low-level dungeons.
It was a chance to say in Guild Chat, ding ___ hit level ___. It was fun.
Now that I don’t play, mostly because of lack of time, sometimes I mark advances in my writing by chokingly telling my wife, ding, I hit another level.
I don’t do it often, because the little thing achievements aren’t a big deal.
It’s when I achieve something big that I say it.
This week I dinged.
I bartend for events for a bartending service. I work weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, corporate parties and similar events.
Our company works with a particular caterer constantly and one of their leads is a writer.
A few weeks ago, he asked me to join his writing group.
Yesterday, through a conference call, we went through each other’s work.
It will be a regular thing, every two weeks, and I get someone else to read my work.
I’ve been wanting to find a writing group where people take it seriously. This is the first time I’ve found one.
I leveled up in my writing this week, Ding!