Yearbook Challenge: 2017

Mega-huge thanks to Strawberry Singh for posting the 2017 installment of her ubiquitous Yearbook challenge! Love the blog, love the Berry! To celebrate her “10 years of Second Life” (WOW!), Ms. Berry is offering L$ 5000 to one of her readers for answering a few simple questions in her comments section. Seriously. Go check it out!

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Most Likely to: Leave Early to Play Dungeons & Dragons

Yep, I’m still talking about D&D! We are just FIVE DAYS OUT from the Mhirdrun sim’s grand opening and even though I will not be there this Saturday (I’m moving this weekend! :O) I cannot wait to hear ALL about those first glorious days of sim RP! As I’ve said before, writing and storytelling are a big part of my life and a major source of insipiration for me – I started playing D&D at age fourteen and taught my little sister to play when she was six. It’s been a huge part of our lives and I cannot state enough that there is something for everyone in games like this. Whether you’re trying Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, a game like 7th Sea, Shadowrun, or Cypher, the experience of adventure and In Character accomplishment can be intensely liberating.

This applies, of course, to Second Life role play as well – with the added bonus of being able to style your character and take a million, zillion pictures! 😀

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SEE?! ^

So why not forget about what you think you know about role playing and think about how much fun it could be to have an adventure? To be someone other than yourself? Why not step outside your comfort zone (if it doesn’t already include SL RP) and try something new?

Mhirdrun opens this weekend: May 13th at NOON SLT! Write it down. Read the website. Join the in-world group and come have a look at one of the most beautiful sims I have ever seen!

For those unfamiliar with RP sim etiquette, a quick note:

  • Remember to wear sim-appropriate clothing. Anything fantasy-related will do – no jeans, stiletto heels, electric guitars, or hoverboards, please!
  • Respect that other people on-sim might be role playing – don’t worry, no one minds if you watch, but please don’t say anything in local chat if you are strictly there as an observer. Find a good spot out of the way but within chat range (local range is 20 meters) and you’re all set.
  • Don’t lag up the joint! Maximum script memory per avatar is 0.150ms and maximum Avatar Rendering Cost (ARC) is a very generous 325k but PLEASE, and this goes double for observers, keep those numbers as low as possible. ❤
  • Find some way to indicate that you are OOC (Out of Character) and observing the action. This can be a group tag if you have access to one or, alternatively, some role players use titlers (just remember to keep your script count low!).
  • Enjoy. ❤

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Catya ~ Catwa Clip
Ears: [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5 ~ Kikonosuke Eel
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver / Aqua ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Makeup Applier: !Musa! Eyeshadow Leda Cool Tones ~ Filomena Quinnell ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until May 31st, 2017)
Nail Appliers 1: :[P]:– Maitreya Nailpolish:// Dulcet / Rinka ~ Aikea Rieko

~ Style 1 ~

Hair: TRUTH / Kare ~ Truth Hawks ~ NEW GROUP GIFT!

Romper: TETRA – Formation Playsuit (Breeze) – Maitreya ~ NataPorolo ~ NEW @ Collabor88 (until June 6th)

Glasses: :[P]:– Diamondine Glasses ~ Aikea Rieko
Necklace: (Yummy) Tiny Teardrop Pendant Necklace – Gold ~ Polyester Partridge

Pose: Le Poppycock-Now is everything (*Convolutions* A)  ~ Olivia Lalonde ~ NEW @ The Chapter Four (until May 21st)

~ Style 2 ~

Hair: Exile:: Way That I Feel ~ Kavar Cleanslate ~ NEW @ Collabor88 (until June 6th)

Silks: *Sweet Kajira * Tanit WHITE Top & Skirt Maitreya ~ Gacha Item ~ Bronte Denja ~ NEW @ The Fantasy Gacha Carnival (until May 20th)
Wings: #2 Blueberry – Angelberry – RARE – Wings – Pure ~ Gacha Item ~ Blueberryxx

Jewellery Set: .aisling. Nilia ~ Gacha Item ~ Damian Kleiner ~ NEW @ The Fantasy Gacha Carnival (until May 20th)

Pose: ::Poseidon:: Priestess 6 ~ Gryphon Vendetta

Life, Love, and Queen Anne’s Lace

There’s something undeniably special about Spring, isn’t there?

Living where I do, it is always such a relief to feel the return of warmer weather as it’s often cold and/or snowy for half the year! After all the slush and sleet, the winter sicknesses, thick socks, and bulky coats, it’s lovely to be able to step outside and see leaves on the trees again and flowers beginning to bloom.

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This picture didn’t turn out exactly the way I’d intended at first – it was supposed to be all moody, atmospheric, and vaguely sinister (I’m working on a witch avatar for the Mhirdrun sim opening May 13th! :O) but … the flowers were just too pretty to leave out and then the lighting was all wrong so I made it daytime and then, well, you see where I ended up. 😉 Not that I’m complaining.

It’s hard to believe that We ❤ Role Play will celebrate it’s FIFTH ANNIVERSARY this month; harder to believe that it’s been five years since so many of us crowded into those first two or three wooden huts, gaping in wonder at what A Certain Elf was able to put together for the RP community such a long time ago. Some things have changed since then (miss you, Elfy <3) but the feeling is still there for me. Every round is special. Every round has something that warms my heart and fires my imagination. Maybe I don’t post as much as I’d like these days but, man, I am just as thrilled to get down to We

We❤ Role Play Opens May 4th at 1pm SLT and Closes May 31st, 2017.
~ Be sure to look for birthday gifts on-sim and thank the fantastic staff and designers that work so hard to ensure that We y is one of the best events SL has to offer! ~

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Catya ~ Catwa Clip
Ears: [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5 ~ Kikonosuke Eel
Eyes: \//. Koko Eyes {Moon} ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until April 30th, 2017)
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle

Hair: Exile::Blown Away ~ Kavar Cleanslate

Dress: .ET. Mia Creme & Beige ~ leelfantterrible ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until May 31st, 2017)

Earrings: .a. Circe Earrings-RARE ~ Gacha Item ~ Druunah Esharham
Bracelets: .a. Circe Forearm-RARE ~ Gacha Item ~ Druunah Esharham
Ring: SPELL : Luna Ring {gold} ~ Gacha Item ~ Iakua Arriaga

Pose: *PosESioN* Malicia 3 ~ Dahriel

Rocks: :Fanatik Architecture: Lofoten ~ Kendra Zaurak
Flowers 1: Heart – WILDFLOWERS – Buttercups ~ Lilith Heart ~ NEW @ FaMESHed (until May 27th)
Flowers 2: Heart – Wild Flowers – Quenn Ann’s Lace ~ Lilith Heart
Flowers 3: Heart – Wild Flowers – Campion – Blue ~ Lilith Heart

Do You Like to Play?

Well, do you?

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It’s something I’ve been thinking about a good deal in the last few months. With the dwindling of my free time and the increase in personal responsibilities I’ve really needed to prioritize what matters most in my life at this time. It’s hard. Harder than I thought it would be. As much as I wanted to continue model and photography courses in SL, as much as I  wanted to keep role playing in-world, it’s come to a point where I can either RP or sleep. Where I can make time for a weekend class online or, you know, eat food with my family and start prepping dinner for ten at a reasonable hour on Sunday.

I hope it won’t always be this way.

One thing I have started to do, however, hearkens back to most of my teenage and adult life. I have started role playing with my friends again and, gosh, it has been amazing! And I don’t mean in Second Life, which another kettle completely (and one I loveloveLOVE), but over Skype and once in a while. The sort of Role Playing Game (RPG) that has character sheets and dice; pencils and erasers and more books than I can conveniently fit on my desk at one time. I was a Dungeon Master at age 16 and I still wear that distinction with pride.

For the uninitiated, tabletop role play might sound daunting, nerdy, and dauntingly nerdy but let me share a little secret with you: it really doesn’t have to be either one. In its simplest form, role play is storytelling with a problem solving component; you take on the persona of a character (a dashing rogue, a burly warrior, or a crafty wizard for example) and, with the help of your Dungeon Master (or Game Master for other non-D&D games), you solve puzzles, battle enemies, and use your wits to make the best use of your character’s abilities throughout the story. It can be SO MUCH FUN.

I see now that I’ve already written more than intended in this post and for the wall of text, I apologize. RP is a subject very close to my heart and if you -are- interested in learning more about it I’ve snuck a great little video into the bottom of this post. Trust me, it’s awesome.

We❤ Role Play Opens April 4th and Closes April 30th, 2017.

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Catya ~ Catwa Clip
Ears: [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5 ~ Kikonosuke Eel
Eyes: \//. Koko Eyes {Rose} ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until April 30th, 2017)
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle

Hair: Exile::Feels Like Tonight ~ Kavar Cleanslate ~ NEW @ Collabor88 (until May 6th)

Top: .:SF:. “Myrina” Leather Top – Oxblood ~ Synjari Myriam ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until April 30th)
Sleeves: Wicca’s Wardrobe – Drusilla Arms [Brown] ~ Wicca Merlin ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until April 30th)
Skirt: .:SF:. “Drea” Leather Skirt – Oxblood ~ Synjari Myriam ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until April 30th)
Leggings Applier: [V/W] Black Low Leggings – Reeva Hax

Necklace: PFC~Money Pouch – necklace ~ Pucca Firecaster
Belt: PFC~Role Belt – Healer (brown) ~ Pucca Firecaster

Pose: an lar [poses] The Kildaire Series – Three ~ Katya Valeska

Photo taken in Mhridrun (not open yet but OMG READ THE WEBSITE!)

All That Glitters

All that glitters may not be gold but I don’t think any of us can deny its irresistable lure. There’s something decadent about wearing it from head to toe and just revelling in the soft glow of warm, golden light. It’s very fancy.

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I’ve wanted to put a picture like this together from the moment I saw Gos’ gorgeous Lesina sandals at the newest round of FaMESHed because, goodness, look at them. It’s no secret that I have a weakness for shiny things, pretty trinkets and doodads, but I do try to keep it classy when class is the aim. 😉

Styling, for me, isn’t just about wearing a thing I like anymore, though. I’m always looking for cohesion. Bringing different elements together from different corners of the grid is something that satisfies me beyond measure but .. let me share a little bit of my process with you here:

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Merry and Bright

You know? I thought it would be at least another week or two before the cheesy/schmoopy holiday spirit started taking over. Chalk it up to several years working in retail; December First hasn’t been the beginning of my holiday season for at least a decade.

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Life can be funny, though. Now that I’m watching my nephews full-time while their parents are busy being industrious, productive members of society, my world is smaller than it used to be but also more encompassing than I could have imagined. Through the eyes of a one year old and a three year old, life is full of amazingly entertaining things! It is joyful, sweet, and pure. Mostly. They are little boys, after all, and fart noises are apparently hilarious at any age. 😉

This outfit came together in about as long as it takes to sing your favourite holiday tune. I was already playing around with Aisling‘s new Miris dress (brand new at the December round of We ❤ Role Play) and Aethia boots (ditto for We ❤ and I am going to wear the HECK out of these things forever) when Lucky and I started taking out our latest and our wackiest finds from the newest round of The Arcade. We had a big laugh when I equipped my flying gingerbread cookie from Howl and from there, well, it was a hop, skip, and a jump to decking myself out in Santa colours and taking to the skies!

We❤ Role Play Opens at 1pm, December 4th and Closes December 31st, 2016.
The Arcade Opens December 1st and Closes December 31st,  2016.

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley ~ New @ Uber (until December 23rd)
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: (NO) Art Nails  – For SLINK hands – Reindeer ~ Nylon Pinkney ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Makeup: !Musa! Eyeshadow Raxy ~ Filomena Quinnell ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

Hair: Exile:: Snow Fall ~ Kavar Cleanslate ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)

Dress & Sleeves: .aisling. Miris ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)
Boots: .aisling. Aethia ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

Ring 1: Kibitz – Christmas ring 1 – gold ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Ring 2: (Yummy) Snowflake Rings – Delicate ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)Ring 3: Kibitz – Christmas ring 2 – gold ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Necklace: Bliensen + MaiTai – Catkin – necklace – black ~ Plurabelle Laszlo ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

COOKIE: Howl– Flying Gingerbread Cookies X-mas 1 ~ Gacha Item ~ Worusaai ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Pose: SLC SS Pose Night Breeze for Portrait Group A (06) ~ Manmoth Nishi ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

 

Moments

I’ve had my moments, days in the sun
Moments I was second to none
Moments when I knew I did what I thought I couldn’t do
Like the day I walked away from the wine
For a woman who became my wife
And a love that, when it was right,
Could always see me through
Lookin’ at me now you might not know it
But I’ve had my moments

Emerson Drive – Moments

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Yep. I know, this photo does not really show what we are wearing, the look on our faces, or anything I would normally do for a blog. That my friends is my point here. This photo and post is about the feeling. I’ve seen a lot of posts over the last month talking about “blogger requirements.” Those things being having to post a certain amount, needing a specific number of Flickr views, and followers. I understand that it’s a business thing and that the creators want to get the biggest audience they can. The issue for me is when the requirements are so tight that it truly sucks the enjoyment out of what you’re doing. Continue reading

Breathe It In

Gosh, I can’t remember the last time I allowed myself the pleasure of doing a headshot.

It is a pleasure, though, and feels somewhat like a vacation from the sorts of scenes and compositions I usually put together. I love the big shots, don’t get me wrong, with credits that are longer than my actual blog post, but it’s nice to cam in closer. To do something simpler. To let a the picture be what it wants to be instead of what you need.

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Blogging can be difficult, stressful, and frustrating at times, especially when RL decides to jump into the mix and take away most of our free time. Lately, I’ve taken to sneaking online in the middle of the night – you know how it is when you wake up to get that glass of water, stretch your legs, etc. – just to get an hour of interruption-free PhotoShop time.

To take pictures like this one and just breathe it in.

We❤ Role Play Opens October 4th and Closes October 30th

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Christy Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie 4.9 ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: [LB French Soft] *Slink & Omega* Manicure ~ Santana Lumiere
Makeup Appliers: !Musa! Eyeshadow Laura Light (Omega) ~ Filomena Quinnell ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until October 31st)

Hair: Exile::Hot ~ Kavar Cleanslate ~ Gacha Item

Top: N-Uno – Sheila Dress // N 4 // Maitreya ~ Numer0Un0 ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until October 31st)

Accessories: *N*KOMURASAKI HAIR ACCESSORIES / NECK WHITE ~ Taiko McCaw ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until October 31st)

Pose: SLC SS Pose Coastline ~ manmoth Nishi

Wind and Water

Pic and credits today. Don’t hurt me!

I’m still working my way back into SL but I can’t wait to start wall-of-text critting all your faces in the very near future.

Much love,
~ P

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We ❤ Role Play Opens September 4th and Closes September 30th
The Secret Affair Opens September 15th and Closes September 30th

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Christy Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie 4.9 ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Deluxe ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: [LB French Soft] *Slink & Omega* Manicure ~ Santana Lumiere

Hair: Exile::Memory Bliss ~ Kavar Cleanslate

Silks: Kaithleen‘s Leaves Silks – Aqua Top & Bottom Sheer ~ Zlyskritek ~ NEW @ We ❤ Role Play (Sept. 2016)

Crown: .aisling. Malika {Halo} ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ The Secret Affair (Sept. 2016)
Bindi: .aisling. Simple Bindi {Single} ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ The Secret Affair (Sept. 2016)
Collar: .aisling. Dangara -COLLAR- RARE ~ Druunah Esharham ~ Gacha Item
Necklace: .aisling. Dangara -NECKLACE- RARE ~ Druunah Esharham ~ Gacha Item
Bracelets: .random.Matter. – Faelyn Bracelets – Gold ~ Nikhol Hax

Pose: an lar [poses] The Odessa Series ~ Katya Valeska ~ NEW @ We ❤ Role Play (Sept. 2016)

Happy Canada Day!

Bonne fête du Canada!

Canada Day

Happy Birthday Canada! It’s the first year I know that I’ve celebrated it thanks to my lovely Portia. I was trying to cook some good food for us to each but she insisted on bombing me with water balloons. Needless to say we are eating late this evening. It’s very cool that both Canada and the US celebrate similar but separate holidays within just a few days of one another. I had absolutely no idea the holiday existed. That’s some Americanism for you ain’t it. Continue reading