2015 and what it meant to me

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2015 turned out to be a very busy and fun year for me in SL. If anyone ever told me back in 2009 that I’d still be chugging along and finding something new and fun every day in SL, I would probably have thought that they needed to have their head examined.  I can still remember being petrified at the SL help island….for some reason I was convinced that SL was just a proxy for cybersex, but I pressed on!

For days I wandered aimlessly as a noob and refused to greet anyone…because you all were cyberstalkers, or sex addicts or something…then somehow ended up at Blue Moon and somehow found it homey, unimposing and thankfully….empty!  I took some first tentative steps…sitting on a couch…clicking on posters walking around a little and then Whammo!  A dog appeared and I logged off faster than you could say DOG!

Well, for some crazy reason I kept wandering back in the general vicinity of Moons and sure enough…one day the dog said hello to me and I didn’t chicken out and run away. We chatted and eventually I decided to go see one of their shows….it was burlesque so of course some clothes disappeared and so did chicken Winnie, lol.  Well, I was oddly fascinated by this world and kept coming back, chatting, making the odd friend and peeking at the shows throw squinty eyes until eventually they hired me.  That’s how I became a performer…and learned about shopping and good skins and real clothes.  The folks at Moons are my oldest and dearest friends in SL and they are a steady sounding board and constant fun in a virtual world of inconsistencies.

Over the years, I’ve evolved and so has the cast and crew and lord knows the actual theater at Moons (Naiki has this thing for prim preservation and downsizing…god help us all).  I started dancing at more places, learned a lot more about building, discovered movers and fancy HUDs and now even fancier HUDs that actually allow you to mush all your stuff onto one HUD so you can actually SEE your dance, lol.

I danced more this past year than I’ve ever done before and at more places. Bless these lovely peeps who invite me, because I still watch sets and think, do I really belong up here??  Holy craptoast these people are amazing!! I also began dabbling in photography, really just raw Flickr stuff, but I am now the proud owner of photoshop and vow to learn its many functions 🙂  I also started my own neglected blog (yep, this one!) and began doing reviews for both Winds of the Sahara and Empire Room for the weekly shows.

Somehow, through it all, I’ve managed to maintain a semblance of my sanity…sorta!  I am working on making sure I have RL balance…husband, dog and horse all deserve my time. I am extremely grateful for their patience! I’m also extremely grateful for my SL friends whose support and encouragement have given me a creative outlet I never even knew that I needed.

This coming year I plan on continuing to blog and do reviews, as well as dance to my hearts content. I am going to try to juggle my commitments a wee bit better so as to not freak myself out :).  I also want to make sure that I have time to get out and sail a little.  Thank goodness for Pan and BB for dragging my butt away from dance every now and then and reminding me of all the fun things there are to do in SL.  Thank heavens for Que and Lotta for loaning me Jag and Path when I need a man in a dance, lol.

Thank you my friends for being there, for making me laugh, for understanding if I’m exhausted, for riding movers, for letting me be in your dance sets, for teaching me how to sail, for letting me lounge on your boats, for sending bacon-grams when you know I’m busy, for letting me dance at your venues,for talking about horses, for telling bad puns, for spinning great tunes,  for inviting me to dance at fun road shows, for teaching me HUD stuffs…(yes Yummy, I will learn, I promise!) building stuff, scripting stuff, and all of the wonderful stuff that makes each and every one of you a unique gem in the jewelry box that is mine!

 

A day in the life…creating a set

Just a little peek into me creating the biggest set I’ve ever done 🙂

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So…I’m hanging out working on my set for Sunday and I thought I would show you what it looks like half way done….no idea why I thought this was a good idea…but I’m using the whole theater to do my Christmas set.  You can see how it’s starting to come together:

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It’s not an exact science, but it’s fun to use the whole place.  Queenie has decorated the whole theater as well, and Rebecca redid the curtain too.  That’s not the curtain you see, that’s a scene that I added for my set, but you get the basics…the desert is looking festive as all heck!

Well, that was my insight for the evening…it’s back to putting object scripts in the whole schlemiel so I can rez it for you on Sunday. We are very excited for the show and can’t wait to see you all…oh…note, don’t sit too close to…

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Twas the night before Thursday….

And all through SL,  Winnie was wandering when she was behind as all hell.

The dance shows were scheduled on right after another, while Winnie was advent shopping and swearing like a mother

She had 6 shows in three weeks, what was she thinking?  She should be home building, not outside and SLinking.

No Flickr, no wordpress, no youtube, no FB…Just building and rezzing and placing and hard work…

When what to her wandering eyes did appear, but a penguin throwing contraption and a breedable steer…

On Queenie and Roni and Joanna and Lotta, on Sathcat and Autumn and Beth, Prue and Rebecca!

They heard her exclaim as she poofed out of site….happy building to all…and to all….a good night!

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The night after the sugar high….review 11.01.15

Our review for the Winds Sunday Show

The Winds of the Sahara Cabaret

We all rolled our sugar addled corpses into Winds on Sunday…stunned by coming down from our sugar highs coupled with turning back our clocks in the US, thus creating night at 2:00 in the afternoon, or so it seemed…..but there was a show to press on with and a debut of a new dancer, and the addition of several other new members to Team Winds and we were excited to see where November will take us.  Annie took to the stage to greet our guests and make sure everyone was comfy and that the camels didn’t mess anywhere in the theater.

1 AnnieOur lead off batter was Gracie with a cast of thousands….hundreds…ok….dozens, but when your doing a review and trying to make sure you have all of the right people in the review when they aren’t all listed on the notecard…well, it feels like a million!  Gracie chose The Fifth…

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Halloweeeeeeeeeen!

Is there a more fun time in SL?  I mean, who doesn’t love winter in SL….but Halloween is a non-denominational funfest for the entire month of October if you want my humble opinion 🙂  The hunts are fantastic, the sims are decorated to the hilt, the group gifts tend to be stunning and inventive, the dance shows are wild and I get to wear a different silly avi or outfit every single day of the week…sometimes I change twice,  just so I can get it all out of inventory and play 🙂  This is a group gift from Purple Moon from years past.

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I especially love the dance shows.  It seems that an extra something is born in all of our heads and is just bursting to get out and entertain the masses.  One minor complaint though….what’s with the spiders?  I HATE spiders.  I know they eat mosquitoes….I get that but there’s something about all those legs that just creeps me out.  Give me a nice fly any day of the week.  I thought Halloween was supposed to be all pumpkins and skeletons and ghosts and zombies, but somehow…every show I go to….spiders! *shudders*.

Spiders aside, what fun!  The music gets incredibly creative.  Pop tunes tend to disappear and creepy songs, Marilyn Manson and great songs that normally bring up visions of other things are reborn when skeletons and neon babes replace our usual avatars.  Inventory gets re-purposed and somehow the most boring couch becomes evil in the right lighting.  Headless corpses tap dance across the stage to showtunes…it’s awesome!

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I know that SL is all about imagination.  There is role play and zombies and BDSM and any thing we can think up we can do…and basically we are all role playing even when wandering our own little SL houses, adjusting the lighting, but to go to a venue and see everyone decked out in all their silliness and scariness is different than when we all show up decked out in our finest every week.  There are only a few days left to enjoy this magical time of the year, so I encourage you to get out….go rustle up some free gifts, hit a haunted house, go to a sim like Falln Angel  or Livid and get a look into the mind of a designer and enjoy the Halloween decorations.  Go to a show and wear something completely ridiculous and laugh your head off like I did when I saw my friend BB at the Empire Room, because let’s face it, we can all do with a little more whimsy in our lives!

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