In my life I have a few things that I have something of a love affair with. A deep seated love that borders on madness at times that can influence me one way or another. One of these is books and the written word. I was one of those people that almost read through their entire high school library, so yes I was one of ‘those’ people. Curled up in a corner with a stack of books finding comfort within the pages whisked away to different places, different ideas, or just to learn something new. I love the feel of a book in my hands, running over the pages, sitting in a room surrounded by shelves of them with a fireplace along one wall. One of the libraries where I grew up was in an old Victorian home and there was the reading room that was just perfect. I spent hours there…. but I ramble.
When I saw the postings and notices for the latest event that Cursed Events was planning on doing I got really excited. A Tattered Page [*citation needed] was going to have a group of creators read a book, pick a spot within the book for reference and then make something based upon that quote. I have to add here that I really like working with the people who run Cursed Events, I find myself assessing my criteria for participation in events in SL and can categorically say theirs is one I really hope to continue. Anyhow… I ramble again.
Back to the event. A Tattered Page…. so we as creators were being challenged, even the bloggers who were going to be ok’d to post for the event were being challenged to write. Make a post that had more depth, a story, something that got across a little bit more, and the first book? Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
As soon as applications were opened up and I was able to, I was there. Filling in the blanks with something of a hope to participate, frustrated with recent experiences in SL to have something a little bit different like this come across my desk was like a breath of fresh air. I could indulge in two of my greatest loves. Reading, and creating. As I read through the novel I got wrapped up in the story and also looking into what I read, what it made me think. Quite a few places within the book I would pause thinking…. “what could I do” and had a lot of different ideas but the one that won out. The spot that I chose was within Chapter XI.
Often, after the rest of the family had retired for the night, I took the boat, and passed many hours upon the water. Sometimes, with my sails set, I was carried by the wind; and sometimes, after rowing into the middle of the lake, I left the boat to pursue its own course, and gave way to my own miserable reflections. I was often tempted, when all was at peace around me, and I the only unquiet thing that wandered restless in a scene so beautiful and heavenly — if I except some bat, or the frogs, whose harsh and interrupted croaking was heard only when I approached the shore — often, I say, I was tempted to plunge into the silent lake, that the waters might close over me and my calamities for ever.
Frankenstein — Mary Shelley
Why this spot? A few reasons. If I’m going to admit to love affairs I suppose I’ll admit to a few more. The night, darkness and shadow have always held something of a fascination for me. I used to walk at night purposefully sometimes with music playing in headphones nestled against my ears and sometimes with no sound the only thing accompanying me was my footsteps or the wind blowing through the trees. Often I found quiet solace in nights when the rain would gently fall around me making the road glisten or the smell of the earth when it grew damp. I have always been something of a lurker, a woman in the shadows watching the world around her. Not because I had to, I could be and can be the life of the party laughing and playful however I am very comfortable alone and with myself, my thoughts, sharing them with a very select few. So this was one reason. Another was memories of rowing a small craft out into the middle of the lake that as a teenager my family would stay at during the summer and I could completely identify with Frankenstein, the sound of the oars creaking. The pull of the water, letting yourself float along the currents while looking up at the sky taking in the day or night to dream, reflect, or give pause to what most of the time is a very hectic life for everyone. The quote itself has something of a dark bend while he struggles with what he has created and I think most people can identify with that to an extent, maybe not completely but when you feel for a few moments that things are overwhelming but make your way back to shore. Besides I never deny that I have a dark bend or twist.
So what did I create?
A small dinghy set. A boat… so I can pass along and share that feeling. Quiet reflection and the soothing solace of the water. I think a lot of people gravitate to water to soothe them whether it’s on, in, watching or listening to it.
The piece itself is a small set all in mesh except for the bonus little piece I threw into the vendor at the last minute which is that dark tree in the picture. I just thought it looked good in the scene so included it. Cattails are included so you can decorate your shore, paddles come linked and unlinked to the craft. The boat itself has two versions in the pack, scripted so you can sit or unscripted for decoration. It is not a driveable vehicle though. I didn’t go that far…. it’s for setting.
The boat has spots for two people, embedded animations. 18 animations total for both male and female. I know that it is meant for solitary type reflection but also know that not offering the ability to be able to sit and spend time with someone else would be sort of mean to. It doesn’t have cuddles or intimate stuff. That wasn’t the intent of the piece so I didn’t go there.
There is a shopping guide with the other creators work highlighted so you can click on the SLURLs or marketplace listing if they have them to get each piece. If there is more than one piece it’s highlighted as well. At least one is exclusive to this event… That said this little boat set as it is now will be my exclusive. It will not be offered after the event which is going on through this month ending on Nov. 30th. Priced 375L
Interested? Stop by my main store to pick it up. Set up near the landing with a special vendor easily found… stack of books with an easel.
Take care and talk to you soon.