Monthly Archives: September 2012

Branching out

A funny thing happened to me over the weekend. I went to a birthday party and discovered that one of my friends follows me on Twitter and discovered this blog…and she reads it, still talks to me and still wants to be my friend!!!

Imagine that! :p

It was an interesting little bit of information, and I also found out that my other friend knows of Second Life too and has actually spent some time in the virtual world.

It started me thinking about my blogging journey in these last few years. I almost can’t believe it’s been three years since I started this blog. At that time, I started it as a completely anonymous endeavour and it’s interesting to me that now I don’t feel the need or desire to keep that veil of anonymity. And I don’t mean that as in revealing my real name or details like that, I mean as in sharing about my life, and opening up more. I didn’t start this blog to egotistically publish post after post about me, myself and I. I started it out of a genuine desire to connect with other people. I may not get thousands of page views per month, but I have a steady flow of traffic, and the occasional comments I get from readers remind me why I enjoy blogging so much. For me, it’s all about sharing ideas and making connections.

You may have noticed that I have not been blogging here as often lately. I haven’t felt much inspiration to publish anything related to Second Life. It could be just a slump I’m going through, or maybe it’s more. I don’t know. It’s not that I have no creative inspiration at all, it’s just that I feel like doing creative things outside of Second Life and I don’t think this blog is the right place to share that. So I started another blog that I have been trying to get into the habit of posting on and I think I am finally starting to gain momentum on it. You can find that blog at callmeSheBear. Please follow me if you feel inclined! Just a little note, I change the wordpress theme often since I have not found the “right one” yet. So the blog might look different from time to time. I have been posting some of my Instagram photos, along with fleeting thoughts and quotes that inspire me. I think that blog is heading in the direction of being mainly for my iphone photography, but who knows, I may write some longer pieces if I feel inspired.

When I log on to Second Life and I try to take some pictures, I don’t feel the same joy I used to. It has nothing at all to do with the latest bonehead moves from Linden Lab, Jiras, lag, system issues or anything like that. I don’t know what happened, but lately if feels like Second Life merely placates my need to do something more, creatively speaking. I’ve tried taking pictures inworld and when I look at them afterwards, they feel flat and lifeless to me. Please don’t mistake my words as dismissing anyone else’s work in SL – this is about me and my creative process. I’m interested in learning more about photography outside of SL, having a deeper connection with the world around me and expressing how I see and experience it.

I’m not saying this is the end of SLifeFantastic! There’s still so many amazing and beautiful things to see in Second Life and opportunities for creative expression. I just don’t know what the future holds for me in that regard. 

I guess what I am saying is that I’m branching out to try other things and to explore new territories. So if you’re wondering what’s up when things are quiet around here, know that I am most likely out seeing my city with new eyes, snapping pictures, and trying out new ways of expressing my creative vision.


19th century, Nouveau Steampunk in Steelhead

Steelhead is a Pacific North-West themed region, inspired by the history of the Oregon/Washington regions before they applied for statehood to the union. 

There is quite a bit to see in this region. My five pictures here just barely give a taste of what you will find in Steelhead. 

You will arrive at the train station, where you can pick up a notecard with information about the Steelhead community, a destination guide for the various builds around the sims, and also events listings. I was told by a community member that they have weekly dances and events that are open for visitors. There is a complete events listing at the Steelhead website. 

Steelhead bills itself as a “light, optional roleplay” community, with public areas and residential areas as well. I came across a couple of parcels for rent, so if you’re looking for a tight knit, historically themed community to be a part of, Steelhead might be right for you.

Or if you just want to visit, explorers and visitors are welcome to explore the many detailed builds and sites to see. 

I love exploring roleplaying regions in Second Life, however I have come across some that are very strict in their rules for visitors. I can’t imagine what the rules must be like for the roleplayers! 

Steelhead did not feel like that at all. It felt welcoming, and the few community members I met were very encouraging and helpful. 

Steelhead Shanghai was an interesting place to explore. It is currently under re-construction, however it still looks great and offers a new twist on the steampunk theme that I have not seen before. 

The Steelhead regions are rated moderate. Again, there is a lot of things to see here and places to explore. Be sure to grab the notecards at the landing spot so you can get the full scoop on the history and roleplay. And if you like taking pictures, get your camera fingers ready!

I have pictures to share but no words…

I hope you all don’t mind if I just post some pics here for now, because I have pretty much nothing to say about Second Life at the moment. I’m totally out of the loop, once again.

Honestly, I’ve been more interested in taking photos out in the atomic world. I just use my iphone but I’ve been trying some new apps that make for a lot of editing choices for shots. I’m enjoying it. I’ve been sharing my shots on Instagram and Flickr. Check ’em if you feel like it. Click my Flickr widget in the sidebar.

For now, here are some SL pics I took at Tatty Soup, the popular furniture shop. Aside from the cool furniture items available, the surrounding scenery on the sim is really pretty and very photogenic.