Saturday, January 31, 2009

Exploring Pteron

I thought I'd check out a "Showcase" location again. Clicking through the pictures, I stopped at one...Pteron. Upon tp'ing there, this strange jade city bathed in teal rose out of the water...
Of course, I had to go under the water as well...Hidden places and things. "Conceptual" is an understatement, but it is inventive in a way. Found myself inside a sunken submarine on...something...

Friday, January 30, 2009

Masks and Mirrors

Tonight's themed dance in Steelhead was a masquerade ball complete with a crashed chandelier and masked gentlemen and ladies with names like the "Red Death" and "Black Fox". I, the "Mysterious Lady" survived a dance with Death and a black-haired Lunar as well, although I was quite content to stand to the side, fluttering my gold spangled fan...
A dress and hair that big takes much time to prepare, so I was in no rush to get out of the ensemble right away afterwards. Where else could you look like that and be normal? Why, Versailles, of course! It had been over a year since my last visit. This time I really took time exploring the Chateau itself. I felt as if men with powdered white wigs and satin finery should be flattering me and currying my favor with silken words as I batted my eyes from behind my fan in one hand and bonbon treats in the other...And then there was the lovely Hall of Mirrors...where are my bonbons, I say?!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Edwina's Sweet Dreams

"I have opened my first shop!" my dear friend Edwina Heron (Eds) told me last night. I'm so proud of her! She has opened the Sweet Dreams patisserie. Located in the charming Dans les Montagnes sim, I tp'd right over to find a selection of cakes and baked goods perfect for special occasions. I am so proud of her. She also does custom orders as well. Stop by and see them for yourself.

*eyes the cupcakes*

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

In a Mood

Lately, I have been in a mood where I don't want to work inworld. I still love SL and being in it, but I've just been feeling a bit...tired and unmotivated. I just want quiet, to explore, to contribute my talents in a good way to the Steelhead community and to have meaningful conversations inworld with those I care about.

All commissions will be finished...thank you so much for your patience regarding them. Not shirking anything at all, but I just need this time for myself for a moment inworld and I'll be back to business as normal.

Friday, January 23, 2009

A Perception of Failure

My friend Newbe Writer (pictured here) told me recently that he is packing it up and leaving SL. I am so very sad about this and it's something he talks more about in his blog HERE. The RL reasons I totally absolutely get and understand, but to me his feeling of somehow "failing" is what struck me the most among his reasons for leaving.

Let's face it, SL's been broken for a while now, and for scripters like him and Kheph (who is also talking about leaving as well...c'mon guys, nooooo) it seems like a touch of hell for them. I've always been an explorer-type, content with roaming the world, learning new things, maintaining my design shops or talking with friends. They are happy being lost in just their scripting for hours, so when their scripts constantly break or they are unable to do so, their "ARRGH" factor is pretty big.

But back to the "failure." Newbe is such a talented scripter and creator, yet he feels he was unsuccessful inworld. After we talked, I thought more about that. LL's acquisition seriously affects him as he had all products listed on OnRez and extensively used their vendors--especially in his smaller satellite shops. OnRez's phasing out has screwed his business operations and will ruin his expenditures to sales ratio. His furniture, clocks, glasses and liquor products are well-scripted and beautifully made, yet he still feels he has failed. It reminds me that we all view our SL and the dreams we have while in it differently. What exactly constitutes failure in our world?

I'm so sorry Newbe...thank you for everything you've done for me as such a good friend and I'm so glad to have known you. You didn't fail. Your SL failed you.

Spam Squirrel

Went to Steelhead's Friday luau themed party as a mystery ingredient!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Taloo: Tattler Opening Party

Salut chers! Tonight I headed over to New Taloo Algiers to attend the opening of the Tattler, New Toulouse's newspaper...
I wandered through the sim for a moment, as I hadn't visited in a while...And then found my way to Le Chat Gris, where we danced until the sun came up!

New Toulouse Tattler Mugshots

Salut chers! Mr Cato Q took these hilarious mugshots of some of us New Talooers for the New Toulouse Tattler Ning. All I can say is that I think he got my good side at least. As for my speakeasy? What speakeasy? *looks around and grins*

Find more photos like this on The New Toulouse Tattler

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bone Sewer Mama Cree

Salut chers! I have continued to maintain my little shotgun house and cemetery tomb in Taloo because I still believed it was a beautiful unique community that I still wanted to be a part of somehow. I know that I have not been there as much as I used to as so many of my close circle of friends had left. As a community, it is undergoing a bit of change and transition itself as Mama Cree is turning it over to Gabi (Gabrielle Riel). It should be interesting to see what she does with it. I think I should stop in more often. It was nice talking to Mama Cree the other night and I'd like to thank her for creating a lovely community. She said she'd like to go back to focusing more on building and creating as that's what she loves.

Oh, here's a hint for y'all...I've always had a speakeasy there that's actually open to everyone if they have their Gens de New Toulouse tag on and can find it. Enjoy.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

SL Simple Pleasures: Doing Nothing

I originally came into SL to create and to find a bit of quiet beauty, if that makes sense. So sometimes, just doing things like lying under a tree by the water near my home is a moment of joy inworld for me.

Monday, January 12, 2009

An Elf & A Steampunk Neko Walk Into A Church...

So what in the world would an elf have to repent for?
Probably this...Marshmallow peeps cage dancing. Yup, I'd say so. *chuckles*

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Dresden Gallery in SL

I'll admit that I don't normally pay attention to the LL Showcase in Search, but I was intrigued and thought I'd look and see. In RL I love art museums and have visited the Prado, Louvre, Metropolitan, Vatican Museum, and National Gallery of Art. I can spend hours among the artworks and it makes me really happy. So it made sense that the Dresden Gallery SL would be really interesting to me...I'll admit, I absolutely enjoyed my visit here! It is well laid out and truly has a feel like wandering through a RL one. Why? It is a 1:1 scale re-creation of the Old Masters Gallery of the real one. You can pick up an audiotour if you like and the masterpiece paintings are beautiful, with some available for purchase. When you click on the paintings a notecard comes up for you, but I really really wish that they had put the piece's name and artist in the description so that when you hover over it you know and can choose to take the notecard if you wish. Other than that, I had a very nice time there. I love when there are things like this in SL. I might not make it to Germany to see it in person, but we can see them in here! If you'd like to go visit it for yourself, go HERE.

Friday, January 2, 2009

A New Shop in Raglan Shire!

In one day, three different persons asked me if I had a shop in Raglan. I didn't and then wondered, "Why not?!"

So now I do! Here I am with Zayn at my new parcel on the main commons in Raglan Shire. I am so incredibly excited about it and think it will be a LOT of fun to create tiny clothing and products. Now if I can just figure out what to build for my shop! So far I have heard "a shoe", "a Tudor-style house" and a "steampunk mushroom or acorn".

Any suggestions?