So it’s done

Relatively speaking that is. There is always something to be done, or a place that can be changed. Tweaked. There’s always a thing that you think should be switched around or redone however….

With all of that being said….

The sim is “done”.

The build is open for business, and for your viewing pleasure. There’s a lot to this particular build and it isn’t going to really change much anytime soon. There’s a bit of story, lore and history to it.

It’s really magnificent in my opinion. I love it. I know it isn’t the easiest for shopping. I also know there are a lot of changes to it that will make some shoppers wince. Vendors and things… spaced apart, sections all over but damn…. Sometimes flying through. Or finding a really pretty little spot to overlook the waterfalls. The spots that lead up and out on those massive stairs with beauty just swallowing you up whole and immersing you in a different world.

This is part of my world. The world I wanted to share. It is a crossroads sort of build. It isn’t here nor there. It isn’t above ground but it isn’t entirely below ground either.

Caves, and dark spots with mushrooms glowing, crystals shimmering all the while magic carpets of ivy and grass bring color into a world that could be dark but isn’t. The sun shining down over the top of the world that has been created. Trees, bushes and butterflies. Massive waterfalls to the depths below while cliffs rise from the ground.

This isn’t just a store and it never will be again. It’s something more, it’s a safe place. A place of healing, a place of solitude and serenity.

I hope you will share it. I want people to just come, I want them to come even if they never spend a single solitary linden. I want people to experience it and enjoy it. That’s what this life is all about and if people find in it what I did. If people can use it as a crossroads within their life to find the light as they struggle to come out of the darkness……

Well then…..

Then there are no real words to express what I’m thinking or feeling.

Come visit. Wander the misty pools that glimmer and breathe.

Welcome to the Roawenwood.

Teleport to the Sim


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Building of a temple…

Obviously lately I am feeling like a story teller. Really though this isn’t all that different from where I began or who I am anyhow. I’ve always liked to tell stories.

To entertain, to talk. Sometimes I talk too much which would surprise some of you since I’ve become so very quiet too.

I am working on so many things at the moment that my plate isn’t just full, it’s overflowing. A lot of really good things too both in world and in the real world. It’s been an amazing summer so far even though there was a hitch with the spring. It never wanted to end. A LOT of rain. My backyard is more like a swampy pond area than a backyard this year but it’s been good.

When I am in world I can be found working mostly and I’ve been in more lately than in recent history. I’ve found my footing I think. Where I want to be and who I want to be. Finally.

Instead of worrying about if my store build is going to be this or that or will be good for shopping. Worrying who it will annoy if I make it how I like, or what kind of business I might get… I would get obsessive about these little pieces. The little details, over thinking every little thing. Not letting the artist shine, not putting to rest the less important things.

So I’m building my temple.

I’m going to share it with you all. One of my big shares. Some of you will recognize parts of it when you come after it is complete. It has it’s own history already. It’s own lore if you will.

Stories, legends and myths surrounding what it is, and it is glorious for that. A build with feeling, life, and sentiment. I couldn’t let it go, and I don’t think it was meant to be let go. Not yet.

A tiny bubble in the online world kept but modified. I have been thinking about releasing all the lore and stories as part of the re-opening process or just in general.

It seems like a fine way to begin the celebration that is my 13 years in Second Life and you’re all invited. I may not throw really big parties but I am celebrating and I am going to be doing a lot of little things I think to commemorate this milestone throughout the course of the rest of this year.

I get to say I’m a teenager again!

I was hell the first time around, wonder what’s in store this time.

Much love and talk to you soon.

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Did you know….

That Roawenwood started out in a garage sale?

Way back in 2006-2007 one of the ways that people made a little bit of spending cash was the garage/yard sales. You could have a small little spot usually costing nothing where you could rezz a couple things.

I rented from Anshe Chung. She was THE name for rentals. She was essentially the land baron that owned it all and one of the perks was they had a garage sale for its residents, if you rented from her you could put out stuff in this sand box sort of thing. Anywhere. Just… drop it.

It was a huge mess with a ton of really bad builds but it was where I started oh so long ago. I was so nervous… Putting myself out there, creating. There was another one I frequented to put out a build or two owned by a private citizen.

I would find them, and put out little pieces. My very first ones were sun bathing towels with a few animations in them, a sun lounger with an umbrella. Though the term animation is used loosely. They were usually poses. Stiff and unyielding… at the time very hard to find, and IF you found actual animations that moved you moved heaven and earth to get them because damnit, they weren’t really available. The sun lounger did pretty good actually.

It was a simpler time, kind of. Most of the time people didn’t ask for much. And once a week or so the garage sale would be wiped clean, all the prims returned and I’d have to go back. Lay it out again, and wait to see what would happen. Trying to find a little spot in the sand.

Of course… it wasn’t Roawenwood then, and we are still a little bit away from where I actually had a “store” or land for it but that is how it all began.

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A new Roawenwood

I realized something the other day.

I’m going to be 13 years old in Second Life this month.

Thirteen.

It’s strange how time goes by and the thing is. Thirteen years in Second Life seems like many many lifetimes. I think that SL years are kind of like dog years. You know, for every one it’s really something like seven. It feels that way doesn’t it? So if we went by that then….. I’m almost something like 91 years old.

Ouch right? But you know sometimes that’s how it feels, *laughs*

So why am I here right now, why am I talking to you.

I’m going to do the thing that all of you dread. Well maybe not exactly but whenever I say the following words most people who know me wince and say ‘oh god,’.

I’m rebuilding Roawenwood. I’ve been working on it over the past month or two on a different sim and I’m going to begin bringing it over this week. What does this mean? That the main store is going to be unavailable. I might keep a landing up above so I can still do things like 25L among other things. We’ll see.

I wish I had all my marketplace listings up to date but I don’t quite yet. I will be working on those as I can. I have satellite stores in a couple spots, and events still so I’ll be doing what I can but it’s time.

Time for something different. I’m going back to my roots even though at the same time I am moving forward.

It’s long overdue. My friends, my group members, my family and all those who I have had contact with over the years. Thank you. Thank you so much for sharing the journey. I love each of you.

Here’s to the next chapter. It’s going to be glorious.

Look forward to more coming from me, maybe some teases. Maybe some gifts. Maybe some of just…. me! Since I know you’re all here for that anyhow right?

Have a great day… and I look forward to talking to you all again very soon.

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