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Thursday, May 21, 2009

I'm a Superhero, a Hunter, a Human

Mary Grace got me thinking: I like having my superhero cape askew.

My Cape

I like getting excited about things like business cards. I'm okay with the fact that a small piece of paper with a little ink makes me feel more legitimate. And I enjoy sharing these small moments of my life with you.

On the other hand, I'm an introvert by nature in the sense that I feel drained when I'm around tons of people, I don't mingle well at parties, and I keep my conversations one-on-one. But I don't mind public speaking and I like having people over to my house for a relaxed get-together. And that's part of this online community that I'm sad we don't do more of: Hang out IRL instead of on our various URLs.

So, until I can practice the ancient custom of hospitality and have you over, we have to settle for this online friendship. And so, I'd like you meet someone:


He's my "Main"--my original, main character--in World of Warcraft. WoW is another place where I find community, friends, and people with whom I can interact. I've met a student living in Iraq, a 14-year old struggling with her worth, and several Christians who have been incredibly encouraging. And there's something about running around as a Night Elf Hunter that lets other people open up to you. You can, in some sense, be more transparent and open with people when you're not face to face.

You can also lie, so that's the other side of this.

May you--the real, human, soul, you--find the support you need both in the real world and here. And if I can ever be of assistance, please let me know.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father


Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

I have to tell you that your pics are *so* cute. It looks like Super Luke got out of the tub and took Laverne's towel... you know how everything of hers has that big cursive "L?"

Unknown said...

LOL Mrs C!!! That is halarious! I remember that "l"!!

As for today's post, L-Boy: Thanks for the link to Inkhorn Blue. I immediately fell in love with her . . . I'll be back to her site again and again! :)

Unknown said...

Hmm, you just described me to a T with that description of yourself.
While I have not given in to the firestorm that is WoW, I have ventured the open seas of ... if you care to lose several more hours of your time, come say hi to Toinette, captain of the Celtic Merchants on Viridian Ocean. ; )

I met my husband in a comics chatroom 12 years ago and I often think about what a meeting it would be to have all my fellow bloggers and chat buddies (and pirates) over for a meal and chatter. What kind of friendships would we all form IRL? It's fun to think about.

On another note, I discovered something about myself along the same lines as your business card confession. I wonder what kind of people we would be if we were stripped of all our little securities like that.

Luke Holzmann said...

I'll admit it, Mrs. C: I had no idea what you were talking about. But, I do now. <smile> Thanks for introducing me to this bit of pop culture. And I'm glad you like my little sketches. Yay!

Angi, you're welcome! I often find her Rosslyn's posts compelling. Just sharing the love <smile>.

SaraJane, great post! And, yes, all this new media is making for very interesting interactions and changes.


Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...


Marya said...

I will have to see what World of Warcraft is about. My son is driving me crazy already...going to be a very long summer.

Rosslyn Elliott said...

Angi and Luke - You just made my day. :-) Proof that the internet allows for blessing others. And Luke, I was very interested by your character profile and your description of WOW. I think I need to check out WOW if for no other reason than to be able to discuss it with those I meet who love it.

Tammy said...

Oh dear, I wonder if you have ever run into people I may be related to who enjoy WOW....

Tammy ~@~

Luke Holzmann said...


Marya, just because I play WoW does not mean everyone should <smile>. However, if you son does end up getting involved, may his interactions with others be a blessing.

Rosslyn, you can play for 10 days free just to try it out (download the game from World of Warcraft). My wife and best friend are on much more than I am, but it'd be fun to see you there <smile>.

Tammy, probably not. There are over 11 million people in the game scattered across many servers... but it's possible <smile>.


mary grace said...

I missed this post, but wanted to comment despite the late hour. :-)

First--glad you can take a little ribbing in stride. As the most public face of SL, you do an excellent job of keeping what has become a very large corporation both human and humorous. I value both of those traits immensely, and I think that the majority of SLers do as well.

And second--I am still just amazed at the whole WoW thing. My brother plays, and has made what I'd consider close friends with folks in places he'll probably never visit. But it still seems impersonal to me. Ah, well. Guess I'm just 5 years too old.

Luke Holzmann said...

Thank you, Mary Grace. I appreciate the encouragement. I do love affirmation <smile>. And I don't think WoW is an age thing--Brittany's dad loves it. But he has always been a gamer...



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