Tall Tales and Outright Lies Time Change Announcement

TONIGHT, Saturday the 14th, Tall Tales and Outright Lies says ‘phew!’ after its near-miss with Friday the 13th. Join us to share a story or just relax and listen to literary antics. 7:00-8:30 PM SLT. LAST CALL in this time slot!

Starting Saturday March 28th, we’re moving Tall Tales to a NEW TIME. It’s easy to remember, just change the PM to AM. Yep, we are flipping the egg of euphemism over in the pan of pontification, in hopes of luring American early birds and European non-night owls out for a bookish breakfast break. That’s 7:00-8:30 AM IN THE MORNING folks!

The CocoaJava Cafe https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Babbage%20Canals/41/77/106 

 

An Island of Books

I recently set up a book shop on Book Island, a region in Second Life that celebrates books, readers, storytellers, authors – if it’s literary, it’s here. Come visit! I have a free book waiting for you, and a cozy chair to read it in. Book Island hosts many events, too – there’s author talks and readings, writing events to keep writers motivated, and lots of book shops like mine. My shop is located at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Book%20Island/196/248/496

Every shop needs a sign, and this is mine
The view in from the sidewalk. That little book on the tentacle table? It’s free! You can have one. I’ve also added a free gift box with fun things and informative notecards to that table now, too.
Cozy Kitty chairs are for you to curl up in, relax, and read.
I don’t have radiators, but I do have a steamy cookbook to cozy up the place.
The book shop that also fulfills all your circus cannon needs. The “No Boom Today” is for sale for a mere ten Lindens. Just click it and buy one. It’s made of high quality old-school mesh and prims. Antiques are cool, right?
And I had a blank spot on a wall, so I thought, why not sell a few of my classic boats? The Clean Getaway is a seaworthy bubble blowing bathtub, and the Over Easy is both driveable and delicious. It can be consumed if you become shipwrecked on a desert island.
On a cool Autumn night, step inside to warm up and rest.
The street outside my shop is a gathering place for literary events. Isn’t this a nice neighborhood?

Frankenstein on Fantasy Faire Radio

“I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”
~ from Frankenstein, by Mary Wollenscroft Shelley

Frankenstein is back! Last year FFR partnered with Seanchai Library for a live broadcast of a radio drama adaptation of the Mary Shelley classic. Did we record it and produce it? You BET we did! We will be airing this 2-hour presentation twice, and you won’t want to miss it. The cast features Zander Greene, Elrik Merlin, David Abbot, Corwyn Allen, Caledonia Skytower, with Shandon Loring as Frankenstein’s Creation.

Saturday, October 19th beginning at 2pm slt
Sunday, October 20th beginning at 11am

The CocoaJava Cafe in New Babbage will be one of the venues hosting listening parties during both presentations. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Babbage%20Canals/38/75/106

The CocoaJava Cafe (A Writer’s Haven~A Reader’s Retreat~A Bohemian’s Rhapsody) is a casual Steampunk/Victorian literary coffeehouse. Authors and bookworms are often found lounging on floor pillows by the fireplace or sipping a drink at the cafe tables. The CocoaJava features a state of the art absinthe fountain, and red wine served from… well, it’s a pipe dream. Oh and mind the shop cat, he’s odd.

More information on listening parties will be posted closer to the broadcast date. Check the Fantasy Faire website for details as they emerge: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Or simply tune in and listen on your internet browser or network player at fantasy.radioriel.org, or http://streams.radioriel.org:8070/stream.

FRANKENSTEIN on Fantasy Faire Radio is sponsored by The Ravenheart Museum of Art, Culture, and Curious Things: home of The Complete Libertine Egg Collection by Alia Baroque – on display for the delight and enjoyment of all. Visit them at number 5 Siddal Street – on Rosehaven Laudanum: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosehaven%20Laudanum/137/159/22

Fantasy Faire 2019 – Builders of Hope

Last year I was delighted to be invited to Fantasy Faire as a Literary Festival featured author, and I want to pay it back. This year, in honor of my dad, lost to lung cancer this past Autumn, I’m participating behind-the-scenes at the Faire, tending to some of the necessary proofreading, editing, and webmistressing. The Faire takes place in Second Life, as part of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life events.

If you think that virtual worlds only exist to shoot zombies or run raids, think again. Second Life is a world – not a game. It’s completely created by its residents, and a lot goes on in here. This year our Literary Festival will welcome author Elizabeth Bear as our special guest, and we will pay tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin.

Fantasy Faire in Second Life has emerged anew from the mists of the virtual world to create a new and immersive fantasy-inspired experience each year for the past eleven years. Since the 2015 Faire, writers have gathered to pen new stories and poems inspired by the Fairelands as part of the annual LitFest. And though the Fairelands disappear back into the mists every year, the stories remain to inspire and transport.

Please click the poster to be taken to our press release – you’ll be taken to the Fantasy Faire website, so have a look around while you’re there. I’m especially invested in the Literary Festival, which you can find under the “Events” menu tab at the top of any page. We are still adding content as opening day approaches, but you won’t mind our dust, as it’s sparkly magical fairy dust!

Fantasy Faire 2019

The First Annual Doll Fest-For-All

For Immediate Release

February 15, 2019

DOLL DUO DECLARES MARCH 3 DOLL DAY DEBUT

Second Life Steamlands Residents Seek To Foster Doll Culture 

The Steamlands of Second Life, February 15, 2019 – On March 3, 2019, from pm to 8 pm SLT, Fitch Lekvoda and Nika Thought-werk, residents of the Steamlands of Second Life will host a doll-themed bash at the New Crystal Rose Airship in Caledon Kittwickshire. The title of the event is ‘The First Annual Doll Fest-For-All.’

The event is free and meant as a celebration of doll culture in Second Life. It occurs on the day of the Japanese Doll Festival, but it is open to all residents. Music will be provided by Miss Fitch Lekvoda throughout the event, with dancing in the Crystal Rose’s ballroom.

In the lobby, Second Life authors will be on-hand to sell copies of their books for use in Second Life. In addition, two panel discussions are planned. From 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Ceejay Writer will discuss her works and the world of Industralia. From 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm, individuals who take part in Second Life’s doll culture will discuss what being a doll means to them and how to get involved in being a doll.

For more information, or to take part in one of the planned panels, individuals are encouraged to contact either Fitch Lekvoda or Nika Thought-werk in Second Life by 12:00 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019. This contact should be in the form of a note card – with the title of ‘Interested in the Doll-Fest-For-All 2019.’

The New Crystal Rose Airship Ballroom

Literary Festival at Fantasy Faire

This weekend, I will be making various appearances at the Fantasy Faire’s Literary Festival, a benefit event to support the American Cancer Society.  My avatar, Ceejay Writer, will be representing me at the Faire in the virtual world of Second Life. If you are a resident of this virtual world, I’d love for you to join me!
Literary Festival 2018

 

Selected Adventures
Friday, April 20, 6:30pm – 7:00pm
Caledonia Skytower presents selected adventures from the works of Ceejay Writer to set the stage for the author’s presentation at 7pm slt. Hear her words, and then stay to hear about her process and what she’s learned about writing from it. Live in voice.

Pantsing vs. Planning in Fiction Writing
Friday, April 20, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Author Ceejay Writer is a life-long pantser who prefers to write ‘by the seat of her pants’, just letting the characters pull her along through their story. However! She’s pantsed herself right into a corner far too many times, and is in the process of trying to turn herself into a planner. There’s a lot to be said for well thought out planning. She’d like to tell you about some of the pros and cons of each style.

Tall Tales and Outright Lies
Saturday, April 21, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Tall Tales has been an every other Saturday evening event since back in the days when Armada Breakaway’s floating city struck dread into the hearts of all who drew near… until it burned down. Then, we took our stories to a tropical island in the Blake Sea… until the hotel developers invaded. Nowadays, we’re in Ceejay Writer’s bohemian coffee house in the city of New Babbage. But on April 21st, we invade the Fantasy Faire! Come along and share your own story-scribblings, or relax and listen to others spin a yarn, or both. (storytelling is in text)

(All times are SLT: Second Life Time, which is the same as Pacific Time)

Æther Salon: Transcript of Publishing Salon

Last month I gave a talk at the Aether Salon in New Babbage, a virtual steampunk city in Second Life. There was a record crowd of avatars representing published writers, hopeful writers, and other interested folk. The transcript, along with the graphics from my slide show presentation (yes you can run a slide show in a virtual setting) has been posted. If you’d like to learn more about publishing, perhaps this will be of help. I had a lot of fun. Continue reading “Æther Salon: Transcript of Publishing Salon”