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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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