Alive!

I joined up in some roleplaying sims in Second Life as well as finally got a mesh head from Vista for the Muse.  Dusted off another old avatar that I use for RP and updated there a little bit as well.

More to possibly come.

Updating, moving –

The former is what I am going to do with my blog to get current again before fully diving back into my own blogging for SL.  The second one applies to what I have been doing in the last month or two as we switch houses from the old one.

I really have missed doing this, and mainly, I have been keeping up with Unrepentant as we are setting up a new blog and domain of its own there.

Social Networking: Plurk and Avatar Social Network

A pretty good article on two resources and fun sites to widen your blogging audience, so I will just put this here.

SL Blogger Support

In previous articles I have gotten into the use of Flickr and how to use it to expand your audience of your blog and this time I will cover two other Social Networks that are both heavily used by Second Life residents – bloggers, creators, artist and designers: Plurk and Avatar Social Network.
Maybe you have heard of them, maybe you are even active on one (or both), but I am sure a lot of fellow bloggers are not.

asn and plurk - I

Plurk
Yes, it is really named that way. People on Plurk are called ‘Plurkers’ and just like you tweet on Twitter, you well…plurk on Plurk.
Plurk (it is free)  is best decribed as some kind of Twitter, as the updates..sorry, plurks, are brief, usually accompanied with an image, link to a blog or a youtube.  The socalled:  micro blogging.

There are also mobile apps for Plurk, making it…

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Quick update

No fancy pictures and pretty words ..yet.  I just want to leave anyone that cares know that I have been dealing with medical issues and hospital time for myself and my better half.  This has lightened up this week to allow me to get back into catching with blogging.

I thank everyone in advance for any patience and understanding.

The Dreaded Blogger’s Block (And How You Can Deal With It!)

The Dreaded Blogger’s Block (And How You Can Deal With It!). — I found this a really great post to read and want to share it. It is by Kitty O’Toole, who has her own blog at http://www.kittywitchin.com.

As a blogger, I have had periods of blogger’s block where nothing seems to really inspire me. So, reading this is good to know that others have dealt with this as well as ways to deal with it.

 

 

The Lady’s Folly – A Tattered Page Tale

“There is love in me the likes of which you’ve never seen. There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied in the one, I will indulge the other.”
― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Cursed Events, as can be seen in my blog, are among the events that I enjoy covering.  It is not because of the ‘swag’ that bloggers get as I often have no problem buying things that I enjoy.  That was one of the reasons that I endeavored to take up blogging in the first place with the desire to translate my enjoyment of the creativity within Second Life crafted by all the artists that tickle my muse to breathing and delight.  With the newest event series, “A Tattered Page“, this focus can be brought to light in just allowing the pictures to pull sentience from the dream and into things we see, but also words can be turned to the purpose. During this event, items from participating designers can be found in their stores with some others having put the items on marketplace as that was an option too.

As the saying goes, a picture can say a ‘thousand words’, but what we read often also invokes other feelings to desires from the audience when tailored with such intent.  As a writer that only lately turned to expression through images, this excited me, and so I will see what I can do.  Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, has been a book that I have enjoyed reading in the past as well as even teaching in classes with what I really do.  I can understand if some hesitate at seeing one book celebrated at the center of an event, but when true lovers of that literature come forward, it is even more enjoyable to see what will result.

Beauty, betrayal, monsters, and what we find in ourselves when we attempt to cheat the natural course of our mortal coil, what will happen?  A woman in love combined with a dark and story night of madness can produce so many possibilities…

The Lady’s Folly 

ATP A dark, stormy night

It was in the midst of the storm that I found him, my love, who had been lost in so many ways even before we recovered him from the peaceful rest within the sea.  The droplets of rain pelted against my skin, plastering my dress and hair with moisture, as I just stared at the evidence before me of where he had gone.  The small dinghy was barely afloat in the waters that best matched my mood of rage and sorrow. Yet, I was also happy for him as I knew that he, at last, found his rest.  Still, it was selfish of my lover to leave me alone like this, and it  was then that the seeds of my idea grew in the ashes and flowers of my mirth to mourning.

ATP Is he realy gone?

His body was taken from the water by others as I was led back to the manor.  I was listless for days afterward, barely eating and functioning with each day passing in a blur.  Every corner of the house reminded me of him, and the outdoors was no better with nature’s sickening humor of marking each day with warmer weather and sunshine that we had seen all year.

Finally, I emerged from the tower with a new determination after a vision of my love came to me with the complaint of how cold and lonely he was.   I knew, at least, that it was an apparition in my madness and not truly a ghost come from the grave to mock me.  Numbers floated to the surface of my delusions along with bits of our notes upon how to create life from where there had been none before.

That is when the idea began to take hold.

ATP He will return to me..

I would rebuild him as we had the technology so lately provided by our work.  The lab still lay in its pristine state from when we had — My mind shied away from that particular circumstance and instead wandered to numbers tied within equations, and from there, the music unfurled.  I played my cello in order to get more inspiration, and Mozart’s Requiem, a piece none too old in its birth, provided me with yet more secrets in bringing life again to that which had passed.

ATP The Red Cello

I began to plan, and find a way to make my tears come from joy instead of sadness. I risked damnation from all we held holy and knew, but I was determined. No matter what the cost..

ATP Into the Fire

ATP Resolve

Madness births necessity, and necessity is ever the mother of invention.

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Credits –

The Stormy Night Pictures:

Location – My Land – Private

Floating Body – A helpful alt of mine for the purpose – Floating Pose by [Team Pie Inc.] – Floating Facedown anim & poseball – (Can be found on SL marketplace)

Props – {RW} Broken Melancholia Dinghy Set – Roawenwood by Searlait Nitschke (Out for the ATP Event)

Dress – .Luminary. Justine S – Cream – .Luminary. by Augurer Resident (Out for the ATP Event)

Necklace – Eclectica ‘The Frankenstein Miniature’ – Eclectica by Tiffy Vella (Out for the ATP Event)

Tears’ Tattoo – ~Pale Empress~ Justine . Tears – Pale Empress by Scarlett Butler (Out for the ATP Event)

Eyes – !CS! Frankenstein Broken Hope – Mesh Eyes for ATP – !Chop Shop! by Asylum Utherwurldly (Out for the ATP event)

Crown – Exile:: Crown – Exile by Kavar Cleanslate

Hair – ^;^CaTwA^;^ Mesh Lucy Wet HairStyle/Black-White – CaTwA by Catwa Clip

Skin – [the Skinnery] Xiao – Bare face(milk) – The Skinnery  by Umazuma Metaluna

Hands – Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – Slink by Siddean Munro

Feet – Slink AvEnhance Feet Female High – Slink by Siddean Munro

The Planning of Folly Pictures:

Location – My Land – Private – Decor – Trompe Loeil – Attic Skybox V1.1 [mesh] – Trompe Loiel by Cory Edo,

Dress – Greymoon – Lost Innocence – Greymoon by Lyssa Sapeur (Out for the ATP Event)

Hair – ~Pale Empress~ Justine . Hair – Pale Empress by Scarlett Butler (Out for the ATP Event)

Tears’ Tattoo – ~Pale Empress~ Justine . Tears – Pale Empress by Scarlett Butler (Out for the ATP Event)

Necklace – .:SF:. “Tears of the Accused” Necklace – ATP Exclusive – Senzafine: Curiosities & Accoutrements by Synjari Myriam (Out for the ATP Event)

Eyes – !CS! Frankenstein Broken Hope – Mesh Eyes for ATP – !Chop Shop! by Asylum Utherwurldly (Out for the ATP event)

Crown – Exile:: Crown – Exile by Kavar Cleanslate

Cello – ~*S.E.*~ The Master’s Cello – ~*Souzou Eien*~ by Draconias Timeless (Available at current round of We ❤ RP)

Skin – [the Skinnery] Xiao – Bare face(milk) – The Skinnery  by Umazuma Metaluna

Hands – Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – Slink by Siddean Munro

Feet – Slink AvEnhance Feet Female High – Slink by Siddean Munro

Props/Decor – [Tia] Diplomat Desk – Tia by Tia Biscuit

Mad Scientist Lab chalkboard (not mesh) – AleyMart by Aley Resident – (Available for free on SL Marketplace)

Rust Symphony –

“Filled with dreams I begin to wander/through this maze of alien wonders/Into glades with ponds of starlight/ethereal beauty beyond human might.” – Crystal Eyes, World of Black and Silver

“When we feel, a kind of lyric is sung in our heart.
When we think, a kind of music is played in our mind.
In harmony, both create a beautiful symphony of life.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

 

Rust Symphony

 

A Clockwork Spiral continues to spin out its temptations to us all until October 1st, and I got inspired to take a picture in my bloomers after my journey of before.  I found a place in dreams, rain, and on the water.  I danced over the waves and sang unto the ocean.

Until next dream, Gadgeteers!

 

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Credits –

Location – My home sim.

Hair – Miamai_Ledia Hair – Naturals pack – Miamai by Monica Outlander

Skin Parasol – ANNA full avatar +Fallen Gods Inc. –  Fallen Gods Inc. by Alia Baroque (This does come as a full avatar with clothing, hair, eyes, skin, etc. Available at A Clockwork Spiral now!)

Bloomers -Greymoon Vintage Bloomers Steampunk  – Greymoon by Lyssa Sapeur (Available at A Clockwork Spiral now!)

Shoes – alaskametro<3 “Alexa” metallic flats – alaskametro<3 fashion by Alaska Metropolitan

Props – Clef Notes – 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Clef – 22769 ~ [bauwerk] by Manuel Ormidale (Available at A Clockwork Spiral now!)

Pose – ~DIB Third Arabesque – Dream in Blue  by BlueCymbidium Resident (Available on marketplace.)

 

 

 

 

A journey with cogs and spirals –

He turned away from me, the better to hide the exclamation of annoyance which he muttered under his breath; I caught only what seemed to be the syllable cog (perhaps a reference to my mechanical trade) and the word succour (a prayer for divine assistance?).”
K.W. Jeter, Infernal Devices

A Clockwork Spiral is currently going on with all sorts of steam punk inspired goodness available by various designers. The proceeds of this event go to and benefit the National Kidney Foundation. Not only does this event host a plethora of designers, but the money goes to a great cause.

 

Bombs Away - A Clockwork Spiral

It is that time of year again, and I was so overwhelmed in enjoyment for the stuff that I have seen so far as well as clawing my way from that nether verse known as real life that it took a moment to catch my breath.  However, I have found my way to other side, and I must say that I always enjoy the variety that this event has to offer.   I was inspired to jump onto my airship after ‘Talk like a Pirate’ day came and went recently, so .. “Yar!”

 

So the journey begins as the I Regret Nothing Airship takes off into the skies.. next stop, land of cogs ho!
ACS Cogs Journey

ACS Cogs Journey Ahoy!

Soon enough, I come to one of my favorite places, which is the sim known as the Forgotten City. I had covered this in another blog entry, and it really a great place to just explore, especially if you love automatons and such themes.   So I make a landing and find my way over to find a ship that needs my tinkering skills, and I am not disappointed to find a bit of work on deck.

 

ACS Cogs Journey 4

ACS Cogs Journey 3

Every mechanic deserves good nails, and the good thing is that does not really chip?  How?  That is my secret!

ACS Cogs Journey Nails

I almost forgot this fabulous set of ruby heels!  Dorothy would even like these, I think.

 

ACS Shoes

Well, I should get to working on those engines!  Don’t forget to hop your airship, or however you travel, to check out “A Clockwork Spiral”, which is still going until October 1st!

 

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Credits –

Embarking on a journey pictures –

Location – My home – Prop – Pirate Chicken Airship 2.1 by AleyMart! – AleyMart! by Aley (Available on the marketplace for free!)

A mechanic’s work is never

done pictures –

Location – The Forgotten City

Goggles – ~SongBird~ Engineer Goggles : Gun Metal – SongBird by Nimil Blackflag (Available at A Clockwork Spiral now!)

Choker – Lolapop La Flor de la Muerte Necklace – Black – Lolapop by Lola79 Hienrichs (Available at A Clockwork Spiral now!)

Wrench Prop and Pose – {Rook} Wrenched (M/F) – Rook Poses by Nadia Voljeti (Available at A Clockwork Spiral now!)

Nail Polish (For Slink! Hands) – *Atomic Faery* Faerycog Nails – Atomic Faery by Aribeth Zelin (Available at A Clockwork Spiral now!)

Outfit (Top and Pants, comes with boots too, which are not pictured) – !TLB – Steam Outlaw/Red – The Little Bat by Drusilla Dethly (Available at A Clockwork Spiral now!)

Shoes – -{ZOZ}- Iona Heels – Ruby (slink high) – (For Slink! High Feet) – {ZOZ} by Zozicon Resident (Available at A Clockwork Spiral now!)

Hair – *Calico* Marian – Blacks – Calico Hair by Calico Ingmann (Available at the current round of We Roleplay)

Skin – [the Skinnery] Xiao – Bare face(milk) – The Skinnery  by Umazuma Metaluna

Eyes – Eyes – [theSkinnery] Lovers eye-Gold – The Skinnery  by Umazuma Metaluna

Ears – [theSkinnery] Elongated Puki Ears – The Skinnery  by Umazuma Metaluna

Hands – Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – Slink by Siddean Munro

Feet – Slink AvEnhance Feet Female High – Slink by Siddean Munro