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Second Life Made Me Learn Challenge: Old Dogs Sometimes Forget

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One thing Second Life has taught me is that Real Life has a way of getting in the way. Which is why I am doing Strawberry Singh’s Monday Meme on Thursday. Actually, I almost skipped it entirely because my answers were so similar to Berry’s. But since I had a photo and wasn’t sure what to write about it, I’m just sticking it in this post and pretending I meant to use this image ;)

Here are the simple instructions for this meme:

I think I have forgotten more than I am posting here, but these are four things I know I can share.

Meme instructions: Share things that you have learned because of your involvement in Second Life, either personally or professionally. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments (of this post) so others can come by and read your answers as well!

Photo post-processing. I have loved taking photos in Second Life since I first started, but it took me a while to graduate from snapshots to post-processed photos. I began with PicMonkey when my efforts with GIMP failed, then finally moved on to Photoshop. Like Berry, I am self-taught. I still use PicMonkey a lot after I have done the major edits in Photoshop, simply because I love some of the effects that I can create with just the click of a button. I am proud to say that my PicMonkey tutorials on this blog are still among the highest-viewed posts I have, even getting hits this week.

DJing. After several years working as a host in various clubs in Second Life, I took the plunge, installed SAM and learned to DJ. I don’t do it any longer in clubs, but I am proud that I learned something that seemed to be too formidable to me for so long. I had fun doing it, but since I’m one of those people who can’t remember song titles or artists, the time commitment was too great for me to continue on a regular basis. It’s not very efficient when it takes longer to put a set together than it does to run it in the club :(

Letting go. Through Second Life, I have come to accept impermanence. Whether it is a favourite sim, store, or a relationship, nothing seems to last. I have learned to mourn briefly, then move on.

Blood ain’t thicker than water. I never considered myself one to have a family in a virtual world. But I am blessed with wonderful parents and amazing siblings. I feel a closer bond with (most of) my sisters than I ever had with my blood relations. I have used Darkward as my family display name for over two years now, and I have no intention of ever changing that. Though I don’t see most of them very often, I love them all dearly.

I’m going to leave it here. But toss me a bone, though, and this old Second Life dog might remember how to fetch ;)

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Dress: =Zenith=Bohemian tie a knot long skirt (Milk) by Miffyhoi Rosca (available at Uber Feb. 25 – Mar. 23 2015)
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Delphine Gingers by Truth Hawks (available at Uber Feb. 25 – Mar. 23 2015)
Necklace & Earrings: EarthStones Precious Moments Locket & Earrings – Mother oF Pearl by Abraxxa Anatine
Hair: [Entwined] Anna by Vivienmarli (Gift at Shiny Shabby)
Skin: Glam Affair - Alice skin – Asia 02 C by aida Ewing (Available at Kustom9 Feb. 15 – Mar. 13)
Body, Hands & Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Maldives by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Pose: Diesel Works by Rogan Diesel (old group gift, no longer available)

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet

Photo taken at Purple Crayons

Music of the Night

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Slowly, gently night unfurls it’s splendour
Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender
Turn your face away from the garish light of day
Turn your thoughts away from cold unfeeling light
And listen to the music of the night

~From Phantom Of The Opera – Music Of The Night Lyrics

Seductive, dark, haunting. The music of the night will capture your heart and lead you to love…or endanger your soul.

Floating, falling, sweet intoxication
Touch me, trust me, savour each sensation
Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in
To the power of the music that I write
The power of the music of the night

Feel the music of the night…

You alone can make my song take flight
Help me make the music of the night

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Dress: Nylon Outfitters (NO) Lace Sweetheart Dress by Nylon Pinkney (available at Collabor88 Feb. 2015)
Necklace & Earrings: EarthStones Precious Moments Locket & Earrings – Mother oF Pearl by Abraxxa Anatine
Hair: [Entwined] Anna by Vivienmarli (Gift at Shiny Shabby)
Skin: Glam Affair - Alice skin – Asia 02 C by aida Ewing (Available at Kustom9 Feb. 15 – Mar. 13)
Body, Hands & Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Maldives by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Violin/pose: Bauhaus Movement – Anais’s Violin 5 Y by LouLou Teichmann (available at Collabor88 Feb. 2015)
Bench: -JoHaDeZ- wooden bench “Affaire” by John2010 Dexler
Quilt: R(S)W Rail Quilt S1 – Blue & White by Robin (Sojourner) Wood
*Bed: Kuro & [Con.] – Just a bed by Luana Dawg & Wavie Haller
Bedside table: .Olive. the Forget me Not Bedroom – Nightstand (Full) by naminaeko (gacha prize)
*Dresser: Kuro – Anfisa dresser by Luana Dawg
*Lamp: Kuro – Anfisa lamp by Luana Dawg
*Trunk: Kuro & [Con.] – Just a trunk by Luana Dawg & Wavie Haller
Fan: .:Standby Inc. – Industrial Fan (Beige) by StandbyInc (gacha Prize)
*Bookstack: Kuro – [A book epiphany] His books by Luana Dawg
Build: L2 Studio Dove Bay House by Lindini2 Lane

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet

Pretty Things On A Dreary Day

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1 Pretty Things On A Dreary Day

The weather has been rather dreary the past few days; overcast and cloudy without the benefit of much rain. After an especially rough week at work, it has matched my mood.

So what is the best remedy? Surrounding myself with pretty things on a dreary day. Shiny Shabby has opened and you know that is an event that is near to my heart. While I do love shiny things, you know I’m the one who swivels my neck for something shabby. Team that with quite a few things from Apple Fall and it’s like sunshine on a spring day for me.

I admit that only my pocketbook limited my purchases at Shiny Shabby. But it is open until March 15th, so I’ll have a payday before it closes.

I’ll be back to pick up more shiny shabby goodness to perk me up when another dreary day rolls around.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Skirt: {Reverie} Honey Pie Skirt – Taupe S by Paolla Flux (available at Shiny Shabby until March 15 2015)
Top: Tentacio lolita sweater S nude by May Tolsen (Available at Kustom9 Feb. 15 – Mar. 13)
Necklace & Earrings: EarthStones Precious Moments Locket & Earrings – Mother oF Pearl by Abraxxa Anatine
Hair: “”D!va”” Hair “Asami” (Type A)(Red amber) by Marisa Kira
Skin: Glam Affair - Alice skin – Asia 02 C by aida Ewing (Available at Kustom9 Feb. 15 – Mar. 13)
Body, Hands & Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Maldives by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Pillow basket: HIDEKI – Pillow Basket by Hideki Carami (gacha prize)
Ladder: *ionic* escalera by Iakua Arriaga (gacha prize at Shiny Shabby until March 15 2015)
Flowers: Apple Fall Roses Jug by warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Radio: *ionic* radio tres by Iakua Arriaga (gacha prize at Shiny Shabby until March 15 2015)
Game: [ zerkalo ] Draughts by Danielestro (gacha prize at Shiny Shabby until March 15 2015)
Large book pile: [ zerkalo ] Huge pile of books RARE by Danielestro (gacha prize at Shiny Shabby until March 15 2015)
Butterfly art: Apple Fall Ulysses Butterfly by warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Pillows: [ zerkalo ] Pillow 3 by Danielestro (gacha prize at Shiny Shabby until March 15 2015)
Wall screen: {anc} PrintRollScreen .whiteout . by aki69 (available at Shiny Shabby until March 15 2015)
Wall hanging: Shiny Shabby Sign-from *Seven Emporium by Agustkov (gift at Shiny Shabby)
Sofa: *ionic* Sofa by Iakua Arriaga (gacha prize at Shiny Shabby until March 15 2015)
Teddy: Shiny Shabby_Teddy Deer by Shinyshabby (gift at Shiny Shabby)
Rug: 7. Apple Fall Patchwork Rug by warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Boots: Shiny Shabby Combat Boots by Shinyshabby (gift at Shiny Shabby)
Poncho: Shiny Shabby_Poncho Cape by Shinyshabby (gift at Shiny Shabby)
Small book pile: [ zerkalo ] Pile of books 3 by Danielestro (gacha prize at Shiny Shabby until March 15 2015)
Houses artwork: *ionic* rows of houses by Iakua Arriaga (gacha prize at Shiny Shabby until March 15 2015)
Dresser: *ionic* Shabby dresser by Iakua Arriaga (gacha prize at Shiny Shabby until March 15 2015)
Piano: Apple Fall Dolly Piano by warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Clock: Apple Fall AF Carriage Clock by warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Feathers: Apple Fall AF Pheasant Feathers by warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Chair: Apple Fall Plantation Dining Chair (Mahogany) by warehousefifteendesigns
Suitcase: Apple Fall AF Monogram Luggage Bag by warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Large rug: Zigana . rug . circle of flowers by Nalena Fairey

Build: Apple Fall AF Paris Loft Skybox RARE by warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)

Pose: Exposeur Back to Black 2 by Rubystarlight Writer

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet

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