I really wanted Kiiva to turn 30 on the same day. In hindsight, maybe that's a little bit too nerdy.
Alas, my grand plans were foiled - Alliance zones and quests do not seem to be as linear as the Horde's. I wasted so much time just travelling around trying to find quests that weren't red to me. It was very frustrating. Perhaps I've been spoilt by the Barrens though - since it is one massive zone that takes you from 10 right through to your early 20s - and then Stonetalon, Thousand Needles and Ashenvale directly bordering the zone provide that super-easy transition to the 20-30 content. Smooth.
Poor Kiiva spent most of the weekend just trying to scrape enough quests together to get by. I had to double back and do Ashenvale, because I didn't realise that I hadn't thought to go there (I prefer Eastern Kingdoms). Yes, this was an oversight on my part - but one would think that Redridge, Duskwood AND Wetlands combined would be sufficient! In the end I had to do part of Ashenvale and then go back to Duskwood agaaaaaaaaaain.
I was starting to feel as though I'd been ripped straight from a Family Circus strip.
Before that, I had gone to Hillsbrad, where many of the mobs are 25-26ish, so I thought I was set. But then I got to Southshore and found that only ONE quest was doable in Southshore at 27. The only other quest that was even available was the murloc quest (I hate it so) but it's probably not the best idea to attempt this at 27 BECAUSE THE MURLOCS ARE 32 AND STAND AROUND IN GROUPS.
Oh murlocs, I hate you so.
Except the baby ones, because they are so freaking adorable.
Alliance zones, you're really grinding my gears.
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Despite my levelling frustration, I am still very happy because of my financial progress so far.
Without a single penny of outside assistance (from my Horde characters or friends - other than gifts of a couple of lowbie leather items to wear, and a handful of herbs to help my inscription levelling), at level 30 I have serveral large bags, my first mount, 70g in the bank, and a whole bunch of auctions up as well. My goal is to buy my mounts, epic flight form, Northrend flying and dual spec without help from the cash I have Horde side. I'm on the right track so far.
My little auction alt is also enjoying large bags and a booming trade. I'm trying inscription on for size, and having fun. I've found a few glyphs in particular that sell at nice prices, but with the crazy price of herbs on Alliance side, it's not very profitable to do it long-term. For now though, while I am just trying to get my first few hundred gold together, every bit of profit counts.
With gold being so plentiful now, it would be easy to do a day's worth of dailies on Keeva and send 500g over to help out. A friend just sent me 2000g when he quit - I COULD have sent that over to my newbie, and she would have been set all the way through to Northrend. But I'm getting so much joy out of building everything up from scratch - knowing that all my bags were earned, and my mount skills came from money that I saved up from nothing, and now I have to work towards getting enough for my epic at 60. It's very satisfying.
I do not know what Kiiva's future is, but I am really enjoying her so far.