A Tattered Page

A Tattered Page: Good Omens

Devil May Care Horns n HaloA Tattered Page is a little bit different as far as events since you actually have to read a book, do something a little extra.  Frankly I adore it.  I’ve been able to read over the past few rounds great books like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Frankenstein.  This round was Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.  I had never read this book before and I am so glad I took the time to.  I really really enjoyed it.  So what happens when a demon gives the anti-christ baby to a nun to switch with a human baby but she gives it to the wrong family?  Right there you know that this is going to be interesting.  Up there too with every cassette tape that is in Crowley’s car changing to a best of Queen album if left for more than 2 weeks. I loved little parts of it, laughing out loud while reading them.

“We’ll win, of course,” he said,
“You don’t want that,” said the demon.
“Why not, pray?”
“Listen,” said Crowley desperately, “how many musicians do you think your side have got, eh?  First grade, I mean.”
Aziraphale looked taken aback.
“Well, I should think —” he began.
“Two,” said Crowley.  “Elgar and Liszt.  That’s all.  We’ve got the rest.  Beethoven, Brahms, all the Bachs, Mozart, the lot.  Can you imagine eternity with Elgar?’
Aziraphale shut his eyes.  “All too easily,” he groaned.

A very good read and I really recommend it to anyone.

The quote that I chose was this:

If you want to imagine the future, imagine a boy and his dog and his friends.  And a summer that never ends.
    And if you want to imagine the future, imagine a boot…no, imagine a sneaker, laces trailing, kicking a pebble; imagine a stick, to poke at interesting things, and throw for a dog that may or may not decide to retrieve it;  imagine a tuneless whistle, pounding some luckless popular song into insensibility; imagine a figure, half angel, half devil, all human…

I liked it.  It got me to thinking that inside everyone of us there’s a little bit devil, a little bit angel but a whole lot of human and you can never really account for how that might turn out.  How things might work out or what we might think or do because really… it is always up in the air until we really decide which way we’re going to go.  We all have the potential to be angelic or devilish but one thing that I liked about this book too while we figure out which way we might sway…. is to have a bit of fun along the way.

    “Adam looked up.  Above him hung an old apple tree, gnarled and heavy.  It might have been there since the dawn of time.  Its boughs were bent with the weight of apples, small and green and unripe.
    With  the speed of a striking cobra the boy was up the tree.  He returned to the ground seconds later with his pockets bulging, munching noisily on a tart and perfect apple.
    “Hey! You! Boy!” came a gruff voice from behind him. “You’re that Adam Young!  I can see you!  I’ll tell your father about you, you see if I don’t.!”
    Parental retribution was now a certainty, thought Adam, as he bolted, his dog by his side, his pockets stuffed with stolen fruit.
    It always was.  but if wouldn’t be till this evening.
    And this evening was a long way off.
    He threw the apple core back in the general direction of his pursuer, and he reached into a pocket for another.
    He couldn’t see why people made such a fuss about people eating their silly old fruit anyway, but life would be a lot less fun if they didn’t.  And there never was an apple, in Adam’s opinion, that wasn’t worth the trouble you got into for eating it.”

And with that… I hope you enjoy my little offering.  A set of horns with a halo too.  Why be one when you can be a bit of both?

Available today at the  A Tattered Page Library  and at my main store.

Have fun and thanks so much for reading!

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

A Tattered Page is opening up for it’s latest round today at Noon SL.  Which is fairly soon as of this writing.  The book that was the inspiration,Sea Escape Aquarium 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  I have to admit I had not read it before this and it was a really great opportunity to read a book that I have always heard so much about.

Reading through it, the adventures… the detail, I loved it and enjoyed it very much.

To be honest as I was reading it, I couldn’t decide that well on what to make.  As they traveled there were references to Atlantis, sunken ruins.  Underwater forests.  Fish!  Tons of references to food, and how this tasted or that.  Hunting under the waves…. so many different things really that could have been done.

I was at one point going to do a food item.  Oysters.  I really thought that’d be kinda fun, there’s a reference to them eating oysters.  Can’t remember where at the moment, I’d have to find it.  But in the end… I did something else entirely and really not anything that was conceptually within the book.  I made an aquarium, though there is a reference when the Professor says something about how an aquarium is really just a cage.

Throughout the thing there tons of classifications and fish that come up, long lists.  The aquarium concept has more to do with bringing a bit of the sea back home, but in my case really it’s a fascination I suppose.  I love the water, have always… I had at one point wanted to work in the water as a marine biologist or something of that ilk.  That was one of my first “what I want to be when I grow up” things.  I used to have an aquarium in my house, and I want to get another but don’t have one at the moment.  I love watching under the water.  The descriptions of the Professor and Conseil staring out from the lounge for hours at a time to see the seascape.  I would do the same thing.  You’d have to pry me from that room.

So… an aquarium, done in a rather steampunk flavor… right up the alley I think for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Available now at the landing to my store and at the Tattered Page library.

245L, almost 100% my mesh, just the fishes and a piece of coral aren’t. heh

10 LI total at current size, shrinking or enlarging it will impact the prim counts.

 

 

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A Tattered Page — The Martian Chronicles

This has technically been open for a little while though I haven’t had a chance to write up anything on the blog.  I tell you, weirdness in my life has kept me from it and website glitches.  I wanted it to have its own post so waited until I could do a decent one.

This round the event was for The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.  Very good book.  The first time I read it was way way back in High Moody Martian Mask - NeutralSchool and no I am not going to tell you when that was precisely because it just… well, it’s not really all that important now is it?

I had remembered bits and pieces but truly didn’t remember a lot of it.  So I started reading it and realized that this time around I got a lot more out of it than I did in school.  Perhaps because in school I was slightly rebelling because of the fact that I “had” to read it.  Perhaps because I was less open minded then about certain genres of literature, science fiction being one I didn’t read a whole lot at the time or perhaps just a bit of that…. *says this with a wince* age changes ones perspective some.

I really enjoyed the book even though there was times when I was disturbed by what I read or it gave me time to think about things in a different way.

What I picked to work on…. well the masks.

One thing that we as people do consistently is wear a mask.  Whether it is outwardly noticeable or not.  Masks to hide our feelings, to act appropriate socially, to be what people expect us to be or what we think people expect us to be.  Rarely are we as people very transparent with our feelings and those who are risk more on a daily basis than most of us…. creating vulnerability.  As a creative person I can understand the Moody Martian Mask - Discontentvulnerability aspect quite a bit.  I feel it often, and as I mature I find that I am less and less willing to don the mask.  To wear what people expect and to be what is expected.  I am far more apt to be myself, saying or doing as I please with less regard to impressing or needing someones approval to do so.  I suppose when I was young I always wore a mask, I was too afraid at what people might see if I let down my guard.  I now of course have a variation of this, something different.  I’m not necessarily afraid of what people might see or think of me if I let my guard down…. I have changed in the sense of, I am more particular about who will see those little bits behind the mask.  Not for fear but choice.  The rest well… they see what they see, and it will be what it will be all the while bubbling close to the surface when you least expect it I might throw my arms wide, laugh for no reason and give you grin because…. I felt like it.

The quotes from the book,

“The little town was full of people drifting in and out of doors, saying hello to one another, wearing golden masks and blue masks and crimson masks for pleasant variety, masks with silver lips and bronze eyebrows, masks that smiled or masks that frowned, according to the owners’ dispositions.”

There are other instances in the book that talk about the masks.  Off the top of my head….  there is one where a little girl slaps one on her face that is expressionless as a group of space traveling earth men relate to her their story.  The psychologist who appears jovial because his mask has three smiles painted on the outside of it though behind it one would imagine he is not as he appears, and of course Ylla’s husband… Moody Martian Mask - Jovialwearing the silver mask he likes to wear when he wishes to hide his feelings from her.

So as you can see something that was quite ingrained into their culture it would seem.  I decided that would be what I worked on, what I presented for my own bit of thought.  There could have been so many things I chose from.  From space ships to golden spider toys or cooking tables with silver lava but I suppose in the grand scheme of things the masks would be what I’d choose since this sort of thing would be something I’d probably mull over on my own regardless.

There are three that I worked on.  Discontent, Jovial, and Neutral.  One for each mood… Unrigged mesh so it may be adjusted to fit your avatar with a few tweaks though I’ve been seeing them used as props to hold and such too which is fairly awesome.

Each mask also has 6 different options as far as coloring or texture.  Using a simple HUD to change the texture or to resize if you don’t like doing it yourself the scripts can be deleted to reduce scripts on your avatar if you like…. just make a back up first.

Only 145L each.

For this round the event team has created a library so you can go there to pick up the items all in one place if you don’t fancy going to each main store for each creator.  I know a lot of people prefer that when they go shopping.

Taxi for the Library for the Tattered Page Event is here

Or you can come by my main store to get it.

The shopping guide for this round is up and running too so if you want to peruse the fine offerings of the other talented creators you can.

I am so glad I’ve been able to be involved in this event.  It is becoming a favorite, looking forward to what is coming next.  The next book has been announced and I’m stoked.  Cross your fingers for me that I can participate, it’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!

Take care and enjoy, I hope you’ve had a fabulous week.

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A Tattered Page; Frankenstein

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.

Broken Melancholia Dinghy Set - A Tattered Page Exclusive - Quote

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?

Broken Melancholia Dinghy Set - A Tattered Page ExclusiveA 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.

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