Blogging as Art

Blogging as Art

I have to admit that Second Life has brought me numerous surprises, pleasant and some not so pleasant, but I have to admit that the biggest surprise in the almost 6 years I’ve been a resident here happened a few weeks ago when I opened flickr for one of my regular checks to see what’s going on! I don’t get much flickr mail, so it’s the first thing I go to when I see there’s a message, and what do I find there, you ask? I found a very friendly message from Wintergeist, the owner/curator of Club LA Gallery inviting me to consider exhibiting my work at the gallery. I sat back in my chair and thought this has got to be a mistake, never in my wildest dreams did I even consider what I do art, I’m a blogger! I see sooooo many wonderful pictures from the incredible bloggers of Second Life and I know there is art in blogging, but in other peoples shots……not mine! I thought maybe she was looking for a different TinLiz Winterstorm, but no, it was me she wanted to contact! Well, I answered the flickr mail right away, asking if she’s sure, because I just can’t believe this. The opening of the exhibit is nearing, I’ve been working to get it together and I’ve found choosing the photos the most difficult part, I still have time to make substitutions, and I’m sure I’ll question my choices well past the start of the exhibit, so I hope I pick ones that everyone feels worthy of being there. I do have favourites that are an easy choice for me, but some of the others are my most faved on flickr. If I only went on flickr faves all the photos would be of my butt! 😛 In this shot you get an idea of what you’ll find at Club LA Gallery when the exhibit open. The official opening will be on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 12-2 PM SLT, dress is casual so feel free to drop in and say Hi. I hope someone shows up, I’ve never worked a room before! 😀

The first thing you’ll notice about this shot is of course, my butt!! Whenever LEGAL INSANITY has a new release I go through my poses to find good butt shot poses because I know when it’s leggings, the focus is the butt! So with the release of the ‘Lana Leggings’ which are available at the January round of District 20. They leggings come in 15 colours and include a straight leg version and one for under boots, which is so handy. They’re Maitreya mesh body exclusive and there’s a belt Add-On HUD that you can purchase separately, so you can customize it and be a ‘Limited Edition’ like me! District 20 runs until February 19.

The ‘Benny Side Rolled Top’ is from Blueberry.

You can just a bit of the back of the ‘Anime 05’ hair from DURA Hair.

My look all starts with the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

This is the K. pose from the ‘Alive Again’ set of poses from Carniola Poses.

And as I’ve mentioned, I’m at the Club LA Gallery for this shot, working at setting up my exhibit.

And Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

And Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

It’s back to normal now that the holidays are over. The turkey’s gone, the gifts used and abused, and the candy bowls are empty…thankfully! So what this means is real life goes back to normal and Christmas 2017 is but a memory now, but looking back there’s one thing that I think most people will agree with. It seems to be way too stressful. It wasn’t for me this year, as it was a quiet Christmas with no large family gathering involved, and I didn’t contribute any cooking or baking, which I normally do and manage to screw up the buns and have to make a second batch. So, I got the gifts, not the most inspired ones this year, but everyone seemed to enjoy what I got them. Since we didn’t open gifts until a few days after Christmas, December 25 was a normal day for me. Coffee……dinner…..coffee……..supper…..bedtime……much like any other day for me in the winter! So tomorrow I plan on getting started on some of the winter projects I have hanging over my head, I want to try to get started early and stay at it for the morning, then if I take some quality SL time in the afternoon, at least I’ve accomplished something. But, the one thing that stresses me out when I work in the morning is making sure I get my coffee break in, because it needs to get done. Sometimes I’ll take it first…..so I can get it out of the way and not worry about it so much, but then 10 AM rolls around, which is coffee time, and I just have to take a coffee break again. It’s a must! And I never ever manage to keep a coffee break to 15 minutes. Even when I was a member of the Teamsters and punched a clock I couldn’t keep my coffee breaks under a half hour. So with me being my own boss, now I turn a coffee break into a lunch, and lunch becomes an afternoon off! It’s not a bad way to live, if I do say so myself.

So, I rambled a bit……but what the heck, it’s my blog and I can ramble if I want to! 😀 I was perusing flickr the other day, which I will admit to doing several times throughout most days, and saw a new post from Michelle Halster of Carniola Poses. She has released a new set and since I’m a fan I clicked on the link to Market Place to grab it. Then I saw the description inviting the first 5 people to comment with full SL name and get the set for free! I was commenting like my life depended on it! Michelle promptly passed along my free set of poses in-world and I was thrilled. So, here is the ‘smooth’ pose(the set contains 7 poses plus mirrors), from the ‘Find the Words’ set from Carniola Poses. Thanks so much, Michelle!

And as for my outfit here? I’ve fallen in love with the ‘Boyfriend Jeans’ from fashionably dead and available at ~uber~. The ‘Cropped Turtleneck Sweater’ is from ISON and also available ar the current round of ~uber~.

This very cute hair is ‘Corinne’ from {Limerence} and it’s available at the current round of the Kinky Event.

I’m normally not a huge fan of Mary Jane shoes, but the ‘Lydia Mary Jane Creepers’ from Livalle are just incredible! They’re compatible with the SLink and Maitreya flat fee and are available at the current round of SaNaRaE.

As always, my skin is ‘Raine’ in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

The ‘Vintage Nightstand’, the ‘Fish Bowl’ and the ‘Vintage Radio’ are from the ‘Summer is Gone’ gacha set from ..::THOR::... And the ‘Flower Embossing Chair’ is from Soy.

I made a visit to ‘Mother Road‘ on the Ludington sim and I found this little loft in the building in front of the ‘Better Call Saul’ billboard. It’s not very good in the rain and hot sun since it’s roof is pretty much shot, but it was perfect for a little bit of quiet time that I was in need of.

The Book I’ll Never Write

The Book I'll Never Write

Only after swirling down into oblivion, to finally hit the very bottom, did I realize how long and arduous the trip down was. I’d been hurtling through a wasteland called my life, longing to find happiness but not knowing what ‘happiness’ even looked like. How does one ‘find’ happiness? I thought if I was prettier, or thinner, or smarter then I’d find that little piece of heaven called happiness. Sure, I had times that I was very convincing in acting happy. I smiled and laughed and I could be the life of the party but it would take every once of mental energy I had to get through any kind of social setting. After, I’d go home, bury my face in a pillow and cry myself to sleep. How many nights did I do that….I have no idea….it was during those times that I knew deep down that, 1)I couldn’t go on like this, and 2)I knew I didn’t want to. Thankfully, I had no idea how much longer I’d be living in this inner hell. If I’d known, it would have been the end of me.

I’m sure if I was to write a book it would start something like that. It wouldn’t be a story to take on vacation for some reading while on the beach. No, my book would be one that you’d make a cup of tea and sit under a dim lamp reading long into the night. It would leave you unsettled but you’d want to find out what happens. At this point I’d like to know what happens next! 😀

Anyway, here’s all the info that’s fit to write! Starting with a new release from [BAD HAIR DAY]! YAY…I love new releases at the best of times and when it’s hair it’s extra exciting! So, [BAD] has released the ‘Krayr’ hair, it’s unisex and unrigged, which makes it perfect for me! If you haven’t checked out [BAD]’s colour palette I urge you to. It’s huge and each hair has two layers to colour independently which results in some fantastic combinations. Each colour pack has 24 textures, so once you start mixing and matching the layers theres a huge amount of options. As usual I couldn’t resist the Blacks and Whites pack.

The rest of me is a very good look at my back, so there’s not great detail, but you can see a bit of each item. My top is the Hara VNeck Top from Addams. I have the fatpack, which is HUGE and then went with the white, which goes with everything.

you can only see the back of the ‘Sequoia Necklace, short from EMPYREAN FORGE, unfortunately, but it’s part of a cute set of necklaces which is at the current round of FaMESHeD. The three part set is sold separately and includes long, medium, and short and they’re HUD driven with a nice colour selection.

I know…it’s only the waistband you can see of the ‘Jane Boyfriend’ Jeans from !APHORISM!. They’re also at FaMESHeD, they come in six regular and six worn textures, and the fatpack includes all twelve colours, optional belt, and a cuff option.

I’m using the ‘shaved long’ hair base from Dura Hair.

Today I’m wearing the ‘Luna’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada, on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

I found this pose among a large pose set from CARNIOLA Poses on Market Place. It’s from the ‘Autumn Model Set’ and it includes 14 poses plus their mirrors and also pose balls.

I made a visit to Hazardous for this picture. I haven’t been there in awhile and it was very calming to my soul! 😀