I just read a great post by Nightflower over on NWN about five practical ways to bring balance between your virtual life and your first life.
I totally just recorded this and listened to it over and over again like 10 times before I decided to just get on with it and post it here. I could be here all night if I don’t just post it now!
So here you go, here’s my voice. I’m told I sound very Canadian. How many times do you think a person can say “ummm” within a few minutes?
Today is 9/11. I remember that day on the subway and the driver announcing the attacks on the World Trade Centre. We shuffled out onto Yonge St, a mass exodus from below street level – crowds of commuters, office workers, students and children. We watched news broadcasts on televisions in storefronts on the crowded Toronto sidewalks. We lingered in shock and horror and cried silently. I have never heard the city that quiet, ever. A terrible silence so startling and shrill…I pray that the world will never hear a sound like that again.
The wheels are in motion and the Spoken Word Party for SL Bloggers is gaining momentum.
My partner in crime, er, I mean for this event (heehee) Chestnut Rau has put together a fantastic little invite which will be sent out to the SL Bloggers group in-world (thank you Tymm!). If you are not in the group and would like an invite, send me an i.m and I’ll drop one in your inventory.
I’m really looking forward to this event, but at the same time I am nervous as hell about it! I have no idea which of my blog posts I want to read. How many people are going to show up? Is anyone even interested in an event like this? Can I come up with something new and original to share for the event? OMG What am I going to wear?!!!
Seems kind of crazy that I am feeling so nervous because this whole thing was my idea in the first place.
But my reasons for wanting to put this together are purely selfish. I’m an avid blog reader. I love reading about all the diverse unique ways in which people see and experience SL and how that interacts with their lives outside the virtual world. I am interested in people, and the only thing that I can think of that is better than reading a great piece of writing by my favourite bloggers, is hearing them recite their words themselves. Hearing voices express the thoughts and emotions that inspired their words is a gift, and that is one gift that I can never get enough of.
Now I couldn’t possibly invite a bunch of bloggers to come read their work aloud and not read my writing too, so that’s why I’m doing this.
But if I dig deeper, there’s more to it than just that…
I’ve read my poetry in SL once before, and as terrified as I was about it, the experience was totally worth it, and I will do it again. Writing is one thing, but sharing it with others…well, it’s like it completes that creative process. It’s like “here is my work, my time, my emotions, my passion”…it’s like giving away a little piece of me and then you are free to do whatever you want with it. Sharing these little pieces of me with you makes me feel full.
So there you have it. I hope to see you there. This event is open for everyone, you don’t have to read aloud if you don’t want to. Your presence will be greatly appreciated.
Spoken Word Party for SL Bloggers
- Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
- Time: 6pm slt until…whenever!
- Location: Blue Angel Poet’s Dive, in Kolor
- This is a voice enabled event – be sure to adjust your Preferences upon your arrival
I immediately went to his website to download a copy of “AFK”, which is free to download as a PDF file, but is also available for purchase from Lulu if you prefer to read a hard copy.
I haven’t even finished the book yet, I’m about halfway through, but let me tell you, it totally engaged and enthralled me from the first page.
The story follows the SLife of Definitely Thursday, an in-world detective, who shares his thoughts and experiences of being a detective in SL. But it’s more than that, it’s an engaging thriller/mystery while at the same time, an insightful and meaningful expression of what SL means to so many of it’s users.
One of my favourite passages…
“It had started to occur to me that Second Life was playing with dolls in a dolls’ house. Second Life was making model air planes. Second Life was playing doctors and nurses, or soldiers and spacemen. Second Life was painting. And writing. And music. And maths. Second Life was building little villages for toy trains to steam around. Second Life was slotting racing track together and making cars whiz around it. Second Life was joining a fan club or a local book discussion circle. Second life was being pen pals. Second life was writing love letters.”
I absolutely love that paragraph.
I don’t want to say too much more about the novel, because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone if you haven’t already read it, so go download a copy now! It really is a great read.
I would love to discuss this novel with other fans in-world. Anyone have a book club I could join? 😀
Download of AFK by Huckleberry Hax
Bad mood the other day. Just disregard that last cryptic blog post. Two weeks of chronic neck pain and headaches are driving me to insanity.
So today, after having this blog for 10 months, I finally discovered the Stats tab in my blogger dashboard. I saw it before, but never bothered to open it. For whatever reason, I decided today was the day to go see what it was all about. And to my surprise, there were all my blog stats conveniently laid out for me. Why did I not notice this before?!
Wow! Now I can actually check my blog traffic by day, week, or month, see where my traffic is coming from and which posts are getting the most views. Very cool. And to think I even considered paying $10 a month for that useless, but pretty, stats counter I was using for the free two week trial period. Blogger already has it all!
I was curious to see which post has generated the most traffic on my blog. I’m feeling a little sheepish to say that it was my post entitled Emerald is my new BFF that has pulled in the most traffic. Wow, do I feel like a dumbass now that the EmeraldGate scandal has come and gone! Oh well, it was an entertaining blog post…and in my defense…how the heck was I supposed to know?!
But second to that, is my post entitled How to Build Community in SL. It may not have received the amount of hits my Emerald post did (which surprises me), but it wins the prize for most comments and I still will get a random i.m in-world once in awhile from someone who liked the post.
Like last night for example when I met the lovely Owly Indigo, a fellow profile stalker, who read about the How to Build Community poster in my profile and reached out to me to ask for a copy of it for her sim. She wrote about that here on her blog.
That was really nice, and it was a good reminder for me to put myself out there too and start mingling. Being the introvert that I am, it’s far too easy for me to retreat into my shell and stay there, which is not so great for community building.
Speaking of community building activities, Chestnut Rau and I are planning a mid September event for SL bloggers. I will have more details here in the near future, but for now, I promise you it will be a laid back, entertaining and fun filled time that you will definitely want to be a part of. I’m excited about it! Stay tuned for more details.
That’s all I have for tonight. Until next time, take care of yourselves and have a fantastic Second Life!