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Until recently I was making sure that every night I alternated between posting a picture to Flickr, and writing a new post here – so that I was consistently contributing to both. Flickr’s right pissing me off lately because it’s removed almost every favourite I’ve ever had added to my pictures, which is an annoying glitch that I’ve asked them to fix. Even if it wasn’t pissing me off, I’ve just been too darn busy to keep up with the expectations I set myself.

Busy in a good way though – as I’ve already said in previous posts I’m back managing Crown & Pearl (which actually involves quite a bit of work – especially with the big auction tomorrow / today). I’m also working on a writing piece for a new SL magazine (which is even more work than managing Crown and Pearl right now). Plus when I get the chance I am trying to work on building a home to retreat to on some land I now have. And still everyday making sure I never forget my friends in IM and that I hang out with them at Crown and Pearl as well.

When I go to my home it’s to work quietly on things without external in-world disturbance – when I’m there I’m usually talking to people about work matters in IM, or working on writing things up in notecards. So colour me a tad annoyed when my neighbour (from waaaay down the beach), walks on to my precious plot of land, stands there staring at me, then IMs me to say hi. At which point I’m already confused – why walk all the way up to me, on my land, just so he can IM me..? He could have done that from his own plot of land. He mentioned a few inane things that I can’t recall – because they were inane – then pointed out his home to me. It was clear where it was all going so I politely but firmly said that when I’m at home it’s for some private time and I wouldn’t be coming round his home to see it. He took this quite well considering he’d gone out of his way to find and talk to me, and he wandered off to from whence he came. I’ve lived on five different sims in my life, and hadn’t met anyone before that day who thought going around uninvited to neighbours plots was the polite thing to do. I would have thought private living quarters were where you went to escape, not to socialise (unless you choose to live with other people there).

Anywho, not sure how I got onto that. I’m quite tired so chances are I’m forgetting to edit myself right now ^^

So that’s all really – just explaining why my posts and pictures have got a tad more sporadic of late – I’m appearing lazy because I’m busy 🙂

Oh yeah, and remember to come bid on me at the auction (Feb 8th, 1pm SLT at C2P / Angel Square). Else I’ll beat you up. Unless you like being beaten, in which case I’ll refuse to beat you up.

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Me standing at the entrance to Crown & Pearl

Me standing at the entrance to Crown & Pearl

A month ago – on the new year’s day as everyone else was celebrating the start of 2009, I was announcing to the owners of Crown & Pearl that I was standing down as manager of their bar. Now, a month later – a month full of new experiences, skills and jobs – I asked if I could have my job back and they said yes (thank you Prad and Bailey <3). Why I stood down doesn’t matter anymore, what does it that those reasons for leaving have been resolved. And it feels like coming home.

So many tiny little things that most people won’t notice: Having my staff tag back, having my powers back (though Lucien noticed that since I froze him a few times today – but he totally deserved it), the ability to invite people to join the group (always a buzz when they accept), my image going back up at the entry way, wearing my staff necklace again; just lots of little things that make me feel re-complete. Even while I was away Crown & Pearl had remained my set home point, it never stopped being my real home.

Crown & Pearl is like an existing entity for me – I was there when it was born, I’ve seen it flourish and I’ve seen it wane (and always inevitably flourish again), the good times, the bad times, even when I’ve “hated” it it was only because I cared so much that really I loved it. That might all sound a bit toss-pot-ish but I’m not sure how else to express it. There is no other place in Second Life which makes me feel that way.

I’m there everyday again, so if you ever want to track me down in person you know where to start looking. And if you want to understand what is so damn lovable about the place you can always check it out yourself http://slurl.com/secondlife/Crown%20and%20Pearl/115/123/26 . See you there ^^

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On February 8th, at 1pm SLT, Crown & Pearl is auctioning off “dates” to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. It will be a large event so we’ll shift down to the new club – C2P – at Angel Square for it. Make sure you’re a member of the Crown & Pearl group in-world to get all the updates and reminders, or you can just ask me for details and a reminder and I’ll help you out ^^

We had the same event last year and it was very successful, and a lot of fun. We had a huge turn out and I’m hoping this year will manage the same.

It’s quite simple really: People get bid on and all proceeds go to the charity, and what you get if you “win” the person is a “date”. The date doesn’t necessitate anything dodgy (well unless you both really want it to!). It’s just buying an hour with the person’s charming company, for the sake of a damn good charity.

If you’re interested in being auctioned off just IM Bailey Longcloth by Thursday. So far the people up to be “bought” includes: Prad Prathivi (I’ll give you a second to drool, let me know when you’re finished…), Bailey Longcloth (co-owner of Crown & Pearl, Angel Square, Gallery of Light – if it’s classy she owns it :p), Aribeth Coronet, Rrishanna Regina, Kimber Enoch, Kitty O’Toole, Mia Deluca, Meghan Dench, and myself (of course).

There are more people than that who have said yes, that’s just a taste of why you should come along or join in. And make sure you bring plenty of lindens – it’ll be a lot of fun and for a very worthy cause 🙂

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Dancing on BD's chim at Crown & Pearl

Dancing on BD's chim at Crown & Pearl

I have a very vivid memory of being given a free chimera (“chim”) at a Second Life club one night. Maybe it stuck in my mind because the club had railway tracks running straight through it with regular train crashes, which was very disconcerting the first time it happened! But the stronger aspect that stuck with me that night was some girl I’d just made friends with dancing on a table, trying to explain to me how I could sync up with her movements. The next day I was asking around another pub – Three Lions – if anyone perhaps had some dances I could drop in my chim. I was given quite a few dances by helpful people, but the one that sticks in my mind was MJ Massey dropping something called “caramel” on me, which became my favourite dance for quite a while after that.

Basically, a chim is something you can attach to yourself which holds a sequence of dances, and you can invite other people to touch it to join in the same dance sequence as you – to sync with you. The word typically used is chim as in chimera but the best I can figure by my in-world experiences, that is just a brand name for the bigger concept. I have an attachable dance machine which does the same thing under a different name. In my Second Life I’ve had three of these chim things, and every single one has broken after a while – becoming unreliable or completely un-usable. I don’t know why, I’m a tech-phobe so it’s not something I’ve tried to figure out. I still love being invited to other people’s chims though, in fact it’s way up there as one of the best parts of Second Life for me. Let me use today as an example of why.

My close friend Bailey Dazy (BD) was doing a DJ set at Crown & Pearl – a Second Life bar that I go to everyday. She was dancing and her sets make me want to do the same so I smacked her arse (um, clicked her virtual bottom which is where she attaches the chim) and synced up with her. As more people arrived they also joined in and over time there became a group of about nine of us at its peak. Now dancing in sync in-world is really a lot more fun that it sounds. It probably sounds a bit pointless and cheesy to people who haven’t been in Second Life but it’s a rush: If you can get a group of individuals from across the world to gather in a group, and all decide to do join the chim, who are clever enough to get themselves facing the same way as everybody else already dancing on the chim, it looks damn cool. What was even better today was BD was neko (part cat) so I decided to go neko too – chucking on some ears and a tail, and everyone who joined us on the chim was either already neko or became neko to retain the look – our tails swishing around as we danced in time. We were also all females (most of the time) – even Lucien who is a male in real life and uses a male avatar, went off and chucked on a  female avatar with the neko set up before joining us, now that’s dedication. Phineas and Corben joined in at one stage – both guys who weren’t nekos, but we forgive them for ruining the perfection of our dance troupe :p

Days like today – all dancing on the chim – remind me of the good old days of large groups of friends hanging out at Three Lions. One of my favourite Three Lions memories was the “dance-off”: I had a bunch of people on my chim and someone else came along and started their own chim group. We lined up across from each other and had a Second Life version of a dance-off. It was hilarious, though admittedly the hilarity was more due to the chatter about me being the High Priestess of the Cult of Jaco. The chim dance-off though fed the atmosphere and became a topic in itself of course. That was also the day I became good friends with TheManKnownAsDaveP, who joined my chim. I’ve met some very interesting and memorable people through being on the same chim as them, and he was one of them. The stories I could tell that rotate around chims are numerous but some of those will have to be for another day.

So today was another good day, full of chimy goodness and reliving some old memories. The aesthetics of watching the chim, added to by the joy of listening to BD DJ nine Britney songs in a row at one point just to annoy her partner MJ, made for one of those days that remind me why I love the uniqueness of Second Life. It wouldn’t have been as excellent as it was if BD’s chim wasn’t such an awesome one too – this girl has great taste in everything: Clothes, music, dances. So I have to end on a big “Yay BD!” 🙂

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FearHere is my picture for the 4th theme at the Gallery of Light: Fear.

I struggled at first with deciding on the concept I wanted to represent, but I soon decided on at least something I didn’t want to do. I didn’t want to do a “fear OF” something. I wanted to represent either fear itself or some deeper message about what it is to have fear, and so I came to this picture.

The general idea is that Fear comes from within, which it does. We all have certain needs – food, water, air – but we rarely have fears associated with not having our most fundamental needs met. If you ask someone what they fear they will tend to answer at a “meta-level” – some sort of societal consideration, such as disappointing loved ones, public humiliation, public speaking, being alone, etc. And this was the direction most of my friends also partaking in the gallery seemed to go (or think about going – I haven’t been in world much lately due to the surgery so not sure what ended up there). Those sorts of fears are things we can work on over-coming. They are the sorts of things that if we look inside ourselves we can try to understand and overcome, for our own betterment. So in a way their work inspired my own picture – a reflection on those types of fears.

The picture itself is hopefully clear in (at least some of) its symbolism: The hand is out to ward off the seeming external threat, but the true darkness – the real origin of the fear – is within. The fear shining out from within colours the perception of the outside world, distorts its true image. The face is both revealed and hidden in the light of the fear, in the same way that we hide ourselves away in our blanket of fears and yet unintentionally reveal so much of who we really are when we tell and show people what we fear. She looks outside of herself to keep an eye on the danger, and holds her hand to herself in a protective way, without understanding that the attention is misdirected.

I don’t know what the next theme is but as always looking forward to it. Thank you as always Bailey for the opportunity to be part of your Gallery ❤

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Standing with a few friends at the top of Raise Hall, in front of my favourite piece

Standing with a few friends at the top of Raise Hall, in front of my favourite piece

Today embodied everything that makes my SL great. There were so many good things I barely know where to start. Let’s start with the event itself, that’s the easy way to do this.

Today my works, displayed in Raise Hall at Twilight Gallery, were opened for public viewing (see my earlier post if you want more details about the event itself). From the moment it opened the sim started filling up, and in no time is was so full that I had a waiting list of freinds who wanted to come in and couldn’t. I was lucky that some of my closest friends did manage to make it in before that happened. I checked out the other artists too but spent most of my time at my own exhibition hall receiving compliments about my art, both in IM and open chat. I added a fair number of people to my friends list today, including fellow Flickr artists I’d never met in world before today. I felt really loved and appreciated today 🙂

Some of my favourite moments:

Showing Phineas around my pictures, explaining the inspiration, location and meaning behind them, growing a small interested crowd of people as we went along. I ended up in quite a few lengthy and interesting conversations there, both about my art and other related topics. There is nothing quite so uplifting and reassuring as hearing people say “wow” as they walk up to your pieces of art. I loved the time I spent in my exhibit hall – with strangers, old friends, and new friends.

Getting a rare hug from Praddles on the stairs at my exhibit. What an amazing feeling to have my closest SL friend, and mentor, tell me they were proud of me and give me a hug in the building that represented my achievements. Sometimes you really feel hugs and this one I felt. Despite having a splitting headache he turned up and said lovely things to me and shared the occassion with me. He’s there for me, even when it physically hurts to be so!

Jennaa, a client of mine, was one of the people I wanted to come along, and she wanted to be there just as much. The sim limit of 60 meant she couldn’t get in but she did get the chance to tell me some good news: The pictures I did for her a while back were good enough to help her into the next stage of a modelling contest. When my art can help people in tangible ways like that it means so much.

Bel’s speech about the gallery and the meaning of “artist”. What a speech. It was uplifting and beautiful and well thought out, and delivered with clear heart-felt emotion. I was expecting some lengthy thank you list, and there were thank yous, but it was more about a parting message to all the artists he’d encountered and the dream he has fulfilled through Twilight Gallery. And what an amazing place it honestly truly is, please go see it before it’s gone forever.

Then to top it all off afterwards – after the hanging at my hall and checking out everyone else’s art and the speech – I got to go to Crown and dance and hang-out where I feel most at home. These last few days setting up my work at Twilight has made it feel like a second home, it was like walking inside my head for me there. But Crown is my true home in all relevant senses – it’s where I log in, where I build, where I play. For all the joy of standing surrounded by my art in Raise hall, the day would not have been complete if I hadn’t ended it at Crown.

I had to log out of SL earlier than I really wanted to – RL has a way of making that happen. But it meant I left on a  high note – everything had been perfect, I’d made new friends, had new experiences, and loved it all. Thank you to everyone who shared my perfect day with me and helped me reach this point. Anytime you want to go see the gallery with me over the next couple of weeks – let me show you around, or just want the LM so you can have a private nosey at all the work there – just ask and it’s done 🙂

Yay for SL!! ❤

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My 2nd Entry for Gallery of Light

My 2nd Entry for Gallery of Light

My second entry for the Gallery of Light on Angel Square. The theme is “yourself”. I had grand plans for this picture, but not the skills yet to get them from my head to the screen. I did though learn a few new tricks in the hope I’d get there, which was worthy.

This specific picture is a little close to the bone and so I was reluctant to enter it, but I figured most people won’t get the meaning anyway so what the hell. But since you bothered to figure out where my blog was and to actually read it, I’ll share a little of its meaning with you. Basically, the idea is two parts of myself – one being the public face and the face I show my friends and family, the other the unspoken self which is always there and never really talked about. All of us have these two aspects to ourself, so it’s somewhat universal, but I feel more than any other image that to truly represent myself I had to split myself into two parts in this way.

There ya go. Hope you like it 🙂

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