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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Celebrating Darcy! A decade in Second Life

Sometimes in Second Life,  you come across people that make you shake your head, or laugh so hard that you fall out of your chair.  Sometimes you meet people that make you do both of those, as well as smile every time you see them, inspire you with their words, their actions, their abilities.  I have been blessed to have met a lot of people in SL that amaze me just like that.  One of them is Darcy Woller, who is celebrating his rez-day TODAY!  It's a remarkably special rez-day, though.  He has been at this for 10 years.  That's right.  TEN.

Darcy (on the crate) with his friends Roland Dorado, Maximus Bade, and Sanda Horan - a long, long time ago!
Darcy (left) with his good friend Mistoffelees Nikolaidis.  As long as it's been, they're still friends, and Darcy wishes he could talk to him more often.
I nabbed Darcy yesterday and forced him to sit down and relax for a bit, and answer my questions!  Okay, so I didn't force him.  I lured him in with the promise of getting to see a really cool sim and of course, the added bonus of putting up with me.  It went a little bit like this:

Just a Whisper (Whispering Firelyte): In the years you've been in SL, and have seen things evolve, what has been the thing that keeps you coming back? 
Darcy (Darcy Woller): I love LEGOs, and SL predates Minecraft. Initially the draw to SL for me was the ability to build all sorts of things that I couldn't put together in real life and make them interactive. I never got into Minecraft, probably because my building fix has always been sated here, but that's a primary draw for me.
I'm also a longtime pen and paper RPG fan. I've played D&D [3.5e FOREVER!], Shadowrun, Pathfinder, and a number of other games. For a long time, SL was one of the few free-form RP destinations online. It offers something that conventional MMORPGs  do not, in that it allows total freedom of activity and is absolutely user-driven.
Those two are the main draws that SL has had for me, as a platform. However, as with most MMO communities, people drive the interest, and friendships I've made have been a big part of what has made SL rewarding for me.

Darcy now... sitting with me and relaxing.  He said that the pose with the book was a lot like him in the real world.
"Darcy (Darcy Woller): It's all super old and it's stuff I just loved so I kept using it." ~ on his style

So in 10 years, Darcy's evolution has led to the pictures above.  We chatted a little bit about his style, too.
Darcy (Darcy Woller): It was always my goal in SL to have Darcy reflect various aspects of myself in avatar form, at least physically. His look is basically mine, excepting the part that I don't use a mask to breathe or have rotating metal eyeballs. But the sort of military / goth / industrial look is largely how I dress.  So, once I get a particular look the way I want it, I don't often try to change it.
 Darcy is an amazing DJ, SL builder (ever hear of Anvil Works?) musician and writer, as well as a great friend.  He has a creative mind, a fun sense of humor, and a lot of integrity.  If you see him in-world, make sure you prod him and say HAPPY REZ-DAY!

The breakdown:

On Darcy:

Shape - His!
Hair Krima by 99elephants (couldn't find a store location)
Eyes - Cybereyes Roto by Bitter Thorns (no longer available)
Skin - Conjurer by Aitui 
Mask - Climatix Mask by AVZ 
Coat - Leather Jacket by Black Maria 
Shirt - Plain Shirt by The Abyss 
Pants - Black industrial jeans by Armidi 
Boots - Blasphemy by Sinistyle 

On Whisp:

Hair:  Exile - Pulse - Raven/Sin (2011 gift)
Skin:  Panda Punx - Anyka Skin - Star - Bronze
Shape:  Mine!
Eyes:  Insufferable Dastard - Thank You Gift
Hands/Feet:  Slink - F - Relaxed, High Feet
Shirt:  Plastik - Romanov - Skellectris
Pants:  Plastik - Elizabeth Mesh Pants - Storm

Taken at The Enchanted Forest Of The Beasts along with:

Popsicles:  CIRCA - Epicure Summer - Popsicle Bucket - Hot Pink - for FabFree 

The real Darcy Woller...


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What have I gotten myself into?

She bent her knee, reaching down to adjust the strap of her stiletto, waiting for the client to arrive.  She knew that there would be two this time... of that she'd been warned.


What she hadn't realized was that this forest they'd walked through to get to the old castle was not a normal forest.  She hadn't known... couldn't have known... that it was inhabited by beasts of various kinds, and all of them ravenous for what she specialized in.  Only she wouldn't be the domme this time.  No, she would be the victim.


Stunned, she looked first to the satyr... with the face of a handsome man and the legs, horns, and... oh my....  She blinked and looked at much larger, more foreboding beast.  Could this be real?  She'd heard fairy tales, legends, of the Minotaur....


Overwhelmed, she staggered and fell to her knees, scrambling to rise again.  Much to her surprise, the satyr came to offer her a hand... to help her to her feet and reassure her.


"Don't worry," he said, pressing her hand to his strong heartbeat.  "It won't hurt... much."

NEW SIM!  A dear group of friends of mine have recently built an amazing sim, with beautiful landscaping and little niches here and there for a variety of creatures.  The Enchanted Forest of the Beasts is open to the public, with only 6 very simple rules.  You can enjoy the scenery... or explore your kinks!  Take care, though... there are beasts hiding in recesses and caves that might think you've come as a gift!

The breakdown:

Callum Maktoum aka Pan:

Skin: Labyrinth - silver skin (tan) - The Beast
Hair: [Underscore] - Thor Hair Realistic Basic Mix
Beard: [TS] - Khal Beard - Blacks
Eyes: [Gauze] - Hallows - Eyes - Spectral
Body hair: Inside Out - Body Hair Flesh
Hooves: Violet Studios - VS Baal 5 Mesh Hooves
Horns and Tail: M_Faun_Obsidian
Cock: Realistics Horse Cock Black
Ears: Sinful Needs - Mesh Fae Ears S2D1
Jewelry: [The Forge] Celtic Headband and Aura Necklace, Chop Zuey Freedom & Valor Mens Ring, Tightrope Men's Necklace
AO: Vista Animations Badboy AO

Stephan Warbaum aka Mr. M:

Skin: Niramyth Daenotaur The Coal
Tail: Imperium Designs - Daenotaur Tail Coal 1.2
Clothes: HOTBG - Ceremonial II Black N Silver
Jewelry: *VB* Daenotaur Nosering 1.0
AO: Niramyth Daenotaur The Coal

Whisp aka Victim!:

Hair:  Magika - Please
Skin:  Panda Punx - Anyka Skin - Star - Bronze
Shape:  Mine!
Eyes:  Mayfly - Liquid Light Eyes - Ultraviolet Pitch - (group gift)
Hands and Feet:  Slink - Relaxed hands (f) and High feet (f)
Bodysuit:  Pure Poison - Valentine Lingerie (rigged mesh) - (group gift)
Cuffs:  Pure Poison - Locked Handcuffs - (group gift)
Heels:  Pure Poison - Kathy Sandals for Slink High Feet - ROMP September (back to regular price now)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bubblegum and Sock Puppets

Occasionally, I recruit the help from friends for blog posts, especially when they're wearing something adorable that I feel the world should see!  Today, I'm using my friend-card to abuse my friend Lani.




The breakdown:

Hair:  Magika - Little
Skin:  {FG} - Hanna - Sunkissed - NB - NM - no longer open
Shape:  Hers!
Body:  The Shops - The Mesh Project - basic body - free!
Eyes:  {FG} - Reflective 3
Eye Shadow: MONS - Trendy - Pink
Lipstick:  R.icielli - Lipstick DOLL - 05
Bubblegum:  Pink Fuel - Yum! Bubblegum
Glasses:  The Forge - Hipster Glasses - Pink (old gacha item)
Necklace:  Pure Poison - Love Me - group gift
Shoes:  Duh! - Women's Sneaker Boots - Black Out
Dress:  Kaithleen's - Happy Dress - Pink
Sock Puppets:  Pizza & Tarte - Bambi the Chihuahua - at Arcade Gacha (now!)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

unsteady footing

She walked onto the bridge, the scenery behind her breathtaking.  She determined two things in the short time since she'd begun her adventure... that this was a place remarkable to behold, and that these shoes were not made for adventuring.  The rope bridge swung and she staggered, catching her balance.  If she wanted to continue, she'd have to take off her sandals.  


Above:  The necklace, earrings and ring are an old VIP gift from Garage.  While a lot of items that I used to wear back in 2010 have been tossed, there are a few things that have nestled into my inventory and found themselves long-term homes.


Above:  Manicure is the same one you've seen in previous posts from By Snow.  The eyes are from Insufferable Dastard.  So while the shape is my own, the jewelry from Garage, manicure and eyes are separate... Everything else you see in this outfit, even the makeup, is part of a new avatar from Tameless.


The outfit comes with two footwear options.  One is the sandal version for Slink High feet, shown here, and the other is a pair of boots.  We women love options!  The mesh blouse, when worn in large, was formed well enough for me to wear it with my Lolas Delicq breasts without any problem.  The skin comes in multiple shades, and includes just about every applier one can think of!

The breakdown:

Shape:  Mine!
Skin, Hair, Eye Shadow, Lashes, Shirt, Pants, Sandals:  Tameless - Mallory Ultimate Set - The basic set is 499L$, the ulitmate set with appliers is 699L$ and the skin and shape can be purchased separately for 399L$.  Everything you see on the package art is included.  And all items included have copy permissions.
Jewelry:  Garage (which then became Koketka) - Gems 01 - VIP Gift (back in 2010... not available now)
Eyes:  Insufferable Dastard - Thank You Gift - free in store!
Special Thanks to Jornstvedt, location for this shoot.  Jornstvedt is a Northern BtB Gorean RP sim.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A walk through the park

I took a visit recently to Echo Bay.  It has a lovely little park scene, along with a pretty realistic layout of the city (which you can see in the background on some of these).  While the traffic at this place is incredibly low, it's a great place to go and relax.  I could definitely see this as a place for a one-off RP of meeting someone, walking the dog, going for a jog around the park area... or even larger RP scenes, or just hanging out out of character.




The breakdown:

Hair:  [enVOGUE] - Jasmine - Ombre - Subscriber Gift! (one color, one style)
Skin:  Skin-Sation - Tessa - Pale - Special Group Gift!
Shape:  Mine!
Hands & Feet:  Slink - F - Relaxed Hands, High Feet
Eyes:  Mayfly - Liquid Light Eyes - Ultraviolet Pitch - Group Gift
Piercing:  Tameless - Piercing 19 - at the OMG Room
Dress:  Yobasha - Pin Up - White - at [Room69]
Shoes:  Blossom - Luxury Sandal - at [Room69]
Mani/Pedi:  By Snow - Fashionable Black 

Monday, September 8, 2014

~AFK~

Everyone does it.  It's inevitable that at some point in your online life, you will have to step away, even if only for a second.  Though some try their hardest, the real world happens and we sometimes have to just up and leave our computer unexpectedly.  Then, there are those times when it happens and we know we're going to have to step away for a few.  Those are the times when things like this handy balloon help!


And sometimes, there is no one around for us to warn... and that's okay, too.  Like here, where Whisp is just lying around, comfy and cozy in a snuggly one-sleeved sweatshirt, socks and strawberry undies!  Don't judge.



The hair is a new release from Tameless, shown here with some fun faded colors.  Because... why not?  Like all of their hair, it comes in 3 color packs: Naturals with all 30 natural colors, Fades with 30 ombre and tipped colors, and Fantasy with 30 fantasy colors.  All colors come as both rooted and non-rooted.  Each color pack is $249.  The Mega Pack with all colors are $499L



The breakdown:

Hair:  Tameless - Malinda - Fantasy Fades (New Release!)
Skin:  Glam Affair - Aria - Asia Tone - Combo 3
Shape:  Mine!
Eyes:  Mayfly - Liquid Light Eyes - Ultraviolet Pitch - Group Gift!
Lashes:  Ploom - Feather Mascara
Hands & Feet:  Slink
Shirt:  Eden - One Sleeve - Life - at [Room69]
Panties:  Kayfo - Strawberry Panties
Socks:  Blush - My Lil Socks - Pink
AFK Balloon: Snook - Let's Lay Down AFK

Friday, September 5, 2014

I forgot how to beach...

It's been a while since I got to visit the coast... any of them!  Have I forgotten how to beach?  Maybe so!  I don't know if this is quite appropriate for a beach visit!  Yet, here I am... enjoying the view and hopefully adding a little spark to the scenery for others who wander by, too.

This micro-mini dress with appliers and the heels are both at [Room69] September!

Hair and Piercing are both from Tameless - new releases! (Thanks Nita!)  These super-detailed eyes are a group gift from Mayfly Eyes!  (Yay, Keshie!)

The eye shadow is part of a set that you can find now at [Room69]!

LOVE the detail on these heels for Slink High Feet!  I can see each individual zipper tooth!  Remember back in the day when zippers had to be made with individual prims?  A pair of heels like this would have crashed a sim!  Now I can rock them when I want to ftw!

The breakdown:

Pose:  Dopplegaenger - Be Confident - Room69
Skin: Glam Affair - Aria - Asia Tone - Combo 3
Shape: Mine
Hair: Tameless - Faye - Fades - at OMG Room
Eyes: Mayfly - Liquid Light Eyes - Ultraviolet Pitch - Keshie Group Gift
Eye Shadow: Oceane - Gems - Amethyst - Room69
Piercing: Tameless - Piercing 20 - with resizer - at OMG Room
Dress: *Siren* - My Chic Dress - Black - Room69
Shoes: Glitzz - Barcelona High Heel - Black - Room69
Hands & Feet - Slink
Breasts: Lolas - Delicq Rigged
Location: Valdrtosk Northern BtB Gorean RP sim - Merchant Docks at Valdrtosk Farm - Thanks for letting me go OOC to take these shots on your sim!