Second-life


Last week I was given an invitation by Virus Melody, to come over to Secret Hideout – which he created with his partner Angel Melody (angeleyes.roxley). The note promised a sim with lots of photo-opportunities and exploration, as well as a place to find a nice spot to relax with a date or friend.

It turned out to be all true! Secret Hideout is a lovely destination, for anyone who enjoys a well decorated sim, with great buildings, nature and yeah: the many spots to sit down and relax!

Secret Hideout - II

The opening party was last night, I sadly missed that due to RL events, but now the sim is open to the public and all are welcome! If you go visit, and you will!, make sure you add your pictures to the Secret hideout Flickr Group, and consider leaving a donation in one of the tip-jars – as we all know a sim is an expensive hobby and supporting sim-owners will keep destinations alive for all of us to enjoy!

Secret Hideout - I

As a bonus, please check out Virus’ website, as a DJ he provides lots of music-stations, which you can use in Second Life!

SLurl to Secret Hideout

Advertisements

On 23rd July, Huckleberry Hax passed the Paper Crown on to me and to be honest I was not sure if I would be able to do the Crown justice. Specially after seeing pics of previous Kings and Queens and Huck’s way in particular – he wrote a poem, a story, that made me want to see his next line every day.

I felt honoured, of course, and found a way to incorporate the Crown in my images – not so much in my regular Second Life, but it was only for a month and a wonderful journey! Those of you following my Flickr have seen I did a daily picture, depicting a song about Queen or King. OK, I have missed a few days – due to Real Life obligations – but in the end I have made 30 images, 28 of them accompanied by a song of music piece. (The two pics missing a song are one from the Passing of the Crown and one of me partying on my Rezzday)

I’ve created a playlist, in order of publication on Flickr, of all the songs – mostly for myself, but I thought I would share it anyway:

Playlist [Paper Crown] August 2017 – Caitlin Tobias
(yes, the playlist contains 27 songs – instead of 28 – since one of them “Queen of Peace by Florence and the Machine is not available on YouTube, I have used a link to Vevo)

And also, this image is a link to my album on Flickr with all the pictures:

Paper Crown

Tomorrow I will pass the Paper Crown on to the next King or Queen, who that is…just watch Flickr and you will find out!

For now, I will post the last work of my reign and will return to a Second Life as a civilian again. I am looking forward to that too!

Cheers to A New King/Queen!

[Paper Crown] - Time for a new QueenKing


Savor Serenity is a brandnew sim, owned and decorated by the talented Tári Zephira (gidgette.adagio) and it will open to the public on 1 september. I was honoured and delighted getting a preview access!

Savor Serenity - I

Tári – who is also the owner of Hobbiton – has done an amazing job in creating this fantasy world, a place fit for a queen! And elves! Well, and really a place everyone else should visit once it is open. I loved the details and overall ambiance – the pictures I took are all taken with the regional windlight, which is perfect as is.

Savor Serenity - III

I am sure Savor Serenity will become a favourite for Second Life Photographers with a passion for fantasy and those who enjoy elegant landscaping and decor!

If you go there and take pictures, do not forget to add them to the Savor Serenity Flickr group. Donation mushrooms are available to leave a tip, to help Tári keeping this place up and running for all of us to enjoy!

Savor Serenity - IV

Speaking of Flickr…I will add my pictures to the Flickr group soon – but only after I have passed the Paper Crown to the next Queen/King!

[Paper Crown] - Queen of the Woods

[Paper Crown] – Queen of the Woods


Tonight I was in the mood for some good old fashioned exploring, so I pulled up the weekly ‘Highlights of the Destination Guide‘ and off I went. After a few rather disappointing locations – I ended up in the Battle of the Bulge. I kid you not.

Of course I looked it up and it is actually a real name for a real WWII battle, which took place in the Ardennes (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945). The official name of the battle at that time though was ‘Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein’ (for the Germans) and Ardennes Counteroffensive’ for the Allies. More information about this Battle you can read here!

Battle of the Bulge - II (Blogpost)

In Second Life the Battle of the Bulge is a roleplay sim, where one can re-enact said battle. There are a few locations, but I stayed (do to time limits and because I liked it anyway) in the skydome where I arrived – which is a snowy, cold and somber battle ground. I was the only one present, so I had the opportunity to have a good look around.

Battle of the Bulge - IV (Blogpost)

If you are interested in WWII roleplay, or battles (there is an active Capture the Flag system) it’s a must see. Also, it is a nice place for photography!


‘Loss’ is the title of the exhibition at Berg by Nordan Art, a series of images by Senna Coronet (Sennaspirit.Coronet). Opened this weekend and running till September.

As the title says, it is about loss and as such a very personal, therapeutic, way of Senna of dealing with the passing of his friend Amona Savira earlier this year. I’ve never met Amona, but have always admired her work on Flickr, where you can still see her amazing art.

Loss by Senna Coronet - II  - A Blogpost

Loss is a lovely and tasteful tribute, Amona is present all of the exhibition, in a sad, but not at all depressing, way. As it goes with exhibitions like this, you really need to go an visit it for yourself – my pictures (of pictures) will most certainly not do it justice!

Loss by Senna Coronet - I - A Blogpost

More about Senna and Berg by Nordan Art you can read either in the note cards that are available at the gallery or for more in depth and an interview with Senna by Kate Bergdorf, read Kate’s blogposts.


Let’s start with keeping a long story short about my, almost 2 months, absence from Second Life, aka the ;TLDR version of why I have been gone for a while.

The 2 AM Loneliness

After the Fantasy Faire in SL, Real Life hit me hard. Starting with hurting my back at working-out – which took me a few weeks to recover. I could not sit, stand or walk, just lie down. Very painful and most inconvenient and I had to set priorities: the time per day I was able to sit I needed for RL work and not for playing around. After I recovered, it turned out that due to my back-issues I had developed Tendonitis in my hip. Because I didn’t recognize that, I thought I sprained a muscle or something, I went to see the doctor when it was too late to get a simple cure and the Tendonitis had gotten worse: it had turned into Bursitis.

The pain was no fun (I would rather have a root-canal treatment every day, to give an idea) and it meant I could not lie down, only sit (oh the irony of my complaints about not being able to sit when my back was hurting…).

Anyway, after some weeks on medication – with all the lovely side effects they warn you for –  and being very careful, I am now sort of recovered from all that crap.

Home

Meanwhile, while I was struggling with my back issues and then my hip and trying to keep going on with my business – my Dad’s cancer returned. He has had two surgeries the past 4 weeks and an additional chemo treatment last week. I’ve spent hours and hours in the hospital waiting room, trying to find a comfy way to sit/stand/whatever. But that was for the good cause. He is probably going to be fine, though we are still waiting for the final results, which we expect the coming weeks.

OK, that was not really short eh?

patio - I

So, now things are getting back to normal, I have logged back into Second Life. Slowly but surely.
It feels good to be back, but also weird. Lonely. Alone. I don’t know. I have tons of things to do – but for the past week I have been focussing on myself. I’ve replaced my Skyhome, been busy decorating it, got a new skin ánd new elf ears.

I’ve tried going to some clubs and explore a bit, but somehow I didn’t feel in place. Yet.

Back @Corruption

I will be soon. I will keep fiddling around in my new home for a while and such, and will get back to regular blogging in a few weeks. Also I will soon be fully back for SL Blogger Support.
For now, I take it easy.

Slow and careful.
But it is good to be back!

Incoming!


The Fairelands Quest: The Bard Queen’s Song is now open!

Every landing point in the Fairelands has Quest HUDs available for purchase. There are two HUD-versions:

  • L250: Basic HUD (HUD & the shoulder companion)
  • L350: Deluxe HUD (HUD, the shoulder companion & custom outfit for both men and women)

The custom outfits are created and donated by Silvan Moon Designs, one of our Faire sponsors, and they look absolutely stunning!

The Quest offers you a dragon hoard sized pile of prizes, one per Faireland and then the end treasure from the Faireland creators!

Fantasy Faire 2017 - Morbus - A blogpost

Most importantly, it offers you a chance to be the Hero of the Fairelands and save the Bard Queen! Don’t delay, the days are fleeting and she needs your help! Hints and tips, if you need them are available!

Are you brave and fierce enough to wander around this grim and desolate place, doing the Fantasy Faire 2017 quest? I salute you, oh fearless Fairefolk….!

Useful link:
Help and hints

ff17q_poster