The Chapter Four

The Creative Process

1.) This is awesome.
2.) This is tricky.
3.) This is sh*t.
4.) I am sh*t.
5.) This might be OK.
6.) This is awesome.

I can completely relate to this, but I have to admit that I rarely get to step 6. I go through all the other steps, but when I’m finally done, I rarely think it’s awesome. Oh, there are times that I’m particularly happy with how something turned out, be it a photograph or a blog post, but for it to be ‘awesome’…no…not often. I’m probably my own harshest critic. Even after I consider something complete, I still look to find flaws with it, which can be annoying since I know for a fact that I will never consider anything I do ‘perfect’. But, luckily life isn’t perfect, we live in an imperfect world, so anyone(me) that strives for perfection is never going to get there. I should be happy with doing the best that I can, not comparing myself to anyone else and not looking so hard to find mistakes. When it comes right down to it, what does any of it matter? What I do, whether good or bad, doesn’t say anything about me as a person, it just says I did the best I could with what I had, at that time.

The Hipster Fair starts tomorrow and this is an exciting event. Elle Boutique(formerly Slipper Originals) is there with a new and exclusive release, the ‘Daisy Toe Rings’. They consist of 3 rings per foot with a casual design that shows off a fancy pedicure so nicely. They’re fitted for the high and flat feet of both Maitreya and SLink and the HUD is filled with 12 colours for the flower center and petals and fireflies along with 7 metals, with all being materials enabled for added shine. I’m wearing the ‘Daisy Toe Rings’ on the SLink flat feet here. The Hipster Fair runs until March 3.

This pose is another great one from the ‘Heartache’ pose sets from Le Poppycock. There’s 2 sets to choose from with each set containing 6 poses with rose props(not used here). They can be found at the current round of The Chapter Four.

I’m wearing one of the options from the ‘B&W, shiny’ mani/pedi set of appliers from alme..

The jeans I’m wearing are from an early round of Luxe Box from Blueberry.

My hair, although you can only see the top of it, is ‘G1224’ from tram.

The rest of 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.

I’m sitting on the old truck beside the gas station at Mother Road. I know there’s nothing to see in this shot, but it’s one of my favourite spots to hang out.

Treaty

I’ve seen you change the water into wine
I’ve seen you change it back to water, too
I sit at your table every night
I try but I just don’t get high with you
I wish there was a treaty we could sign
I do not care who takes this bloody hill
I’m angry and I’m tired all the time
I wish there was a treaty, I wish there was a treaty
Between your love and mine

Ah, they’re dancing in the street — it’s Jubilee
We sold ourselves for love but now we’re free
I’m so sorry for that ghost I made you be
Only one of us was real and that was me

I haven’t said a word since you been gone
That any liar couldn’t say as well
I just can’t believe the static coming on
You were my ground, my safe and sound
You were my aerial

Ah, the fields are crying out — it’s Jubilee
We sold ourselves for love but now we’re free
I’m so sorry for that ghost I made you be
Only one of us was real and that was me

I heard the snake was baffled by his sin
He shed his scales to find the snake within
But born again is born without a skin
The poison enters into everything

And I wish there was a treaty we could sign
I do not care who takes this bloody hill
I’m angry and I’m tired all the time
I wish there was a treaty, I wish there was a treaty
Between your love and mine

Treaty ~Leonard Cohen~

Keeping it simple today! The feature of this shot is the pose. It’s called ‘Sinking Heart’ and it’s from ‘Heartache B’ set of poses from Le Poppycock. There’s two pose prop sets to grab and each have 6 distinctly different, but all sad poses with rose props. I love poses that show deep emotion and all of them in these two sets are incredible. They’re available now at The Chapter Four.

I’m wearing the ‘Kate Cover-up’ from /erratic/. Each colour comes with a solid and a shear version. I just went for the fatpack so I didn’t have to make a decision.

The ‘Corinne’ hair is from {Limerence}.

The little tattoo on my chest is called ‘Enigma’ and it’s from Queen of Ink.

I’m sitting on the ‘Stockholm’ bed from ~~BAZAR~.

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

The tissue box in the foreground is from the ‘Break Up Survival Kit’ from Commoner.

You can also see me on my blog, What a Beautiful Mess!.

Gaze Long Into the Abyss

I’ve just spent 45 minutes trying to make sense of Friedrich Nietzsche and I can now report that that is not enough time! I was going to write something meaningful and profound, but while doing some research on the ‘staring into the abyss’ quote, I realized that there’s no way I can come close to saying anything that wouldn’t make me look like a complete idiot. I do have an open mind, and am will to try form thoughts about how I interpret things, but this is ‘waaaay out there for me’! It’s not that I don’t get the very basic meaning……but to actually write about it, is a whole other thing. You know the saying, ‘it’s better stay silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt’? Yea…that was meant for me….and I know when to keep quiet!

I’m always drawn to poses of sadness, so the newest set of poses and props from Le Poppycock are perfect for me! The ‘Heartache A & B’ pose sets are all gut wrenching in their emotion and you’ll probably be seeing each and every one of them here, eventually! This one is called ‘Secret Sorrow’ and includes the rose with falling petals. This set is perfect for anyone that feels alone during this time of year. With everyone throwing their love and romance at you, when all you want to do is put on your jammies and watch a good movie while eating a pint of ice cream straight from the container! The ‘Heartache’ sets contain six poses each, with rose props and are available now at The Chapter Four.

I’m wearing the newest release from DURA Hair here. It’s the ‘Boys & Girls 82’ and available now at The Men’s Department.

The ‘Betina Tank Top’ is from Addams.

I made it over to the flash sale at Blueberry last week and grabbed the ‘Kimi Skirt’, among other things.

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

I found the incredible Neverfar sim. Joining the group does give rez rights, but worth every penny.

There Was a Time That Being Tired Was Fun!

I know for a fact that being tired used to be easier. It never really mattered what kept me up at night, the next day, though tired, was usually not so bad. I could function enough to do whatever job I had to and I just made sure to get more sleep the next night. I used to be able to do a days work after very little to no sleep, heck, I did the ‘Terry Fox Run’ one year with absolutely no sleep at all, I just called it the ‘Terry Fox Crawl’ that year and got through it! But nowadays, if I don’t have enough sleep for even one night, I feel like I have one foot in the grave. And believe me, today is one of those days. Maybe it would be easier if I’d had fun last night, but no…….it wasn’t any fun at all, sitting at the hospital ER for most of yesterday and then making a return trip this morning at 2 AM. *sigh* But, I’m not complaining, I’d do anything for my parents, and if it means spending countless hours sitting and waiting, or waking up to a phone call to make the trip again, I’ll most definitely do it! I’m so fortunate to have both my parents in my life at this stage so anytime they need me, there’s no questions asked, I’m there. It’s when medical emergencies happen that living in the country kind of sucks. I’m relatively close to the city, but it’s still an hour long round trip, and early this morning I needed to put gas in the vehicle before coming home, so I froze my butt off out in the -30°C wind chill……..then figured since I’m in there I may was well get a Tim Horton’s coffee for the trip home. I hate to waste a visit to the city without getting one! And I wondered why I couldn’t sleep when I got back home, that was one really big cup of coffee!

I played around with my picture a little bit today, but I love this look! My main purpose for this photo is the pose, which is from the ‘Phenomenal’ pose sets from Le Poppycock and available at the current round of The Chapter Four. The two sets of six poses each are perfect for your photos, with each one being completely unique and natural to really make your shot perfect.

I’m wearing the ‘Knotted Tank Top’ in russet from Tres Blah and the jeans, which are one of my favourites are from a previous round of Luxe Box from Blueberry.

The ‘G1224’ hair is from tram and available at the new and current round of Collabor88.

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

It’s not a very good view of my newest piece of artwork, but behind me on the wall is a piece I’ve acquired from Harry Cover, whom I follow and admire on flickr, and who completely blew me away by offering this shot for my home, in world and out! Thanks so much, Harry! ❤

I fell in love with the frame I've used for it from [QE] Designs, It’s are the Repurposed Barnwood Frames, which come with a square and rectangle version, both with 8 wood textures and 3 metals via drop down menu. They’re also scripted for resize on touch.

Also my home is decorated with the ‘Raw Coffee Table’ from .::THOR::., the ‘Berlin Sofa and Rug’ from ~BAZAR~, the reading pile is from a gacha set from Apple Fall, the ‘Alarm Clock’ is from the ‘Farm Living’ gacha set from Apt B, and the incense is from tarte. The blinds are from one of the many gacha sets from Scarlet Creative.

Buy & Sell

I remember the first time I came across the website ‘Kijiji’, I thought there was nothing so interesting as scrolling endlessly to see what people were buying or selling. I think in other parts of the country Craig’s List is the big buy and sell website, but where I am, Kijiji is the main one, or at least the one I look at often. There used to be anything and everything available on it, from heavy equipment to women’s worn panties. Yes, back in the beginning a person could buy and sell ‘personal’ items, but that part of Kijiji was deleted quite awhile ago. Now, it’s the run-of-the-mill goods and services available, but oh what a treasure trove it is! Unless you’re looking for worn undies, then you’re out of luck!! I peruse the pets section frequently and the livestock section, always keeping an eye out for any poor bedraggled animal that needs a home. I found my little dog on Kijiji, when I was actually looking for a dog for a friend. She wanted a big hairy dog for the acreage, so I was looking for her when I came across a poodle/bichon cross that beckoned me. She did find a dog on Kijiji, and Sadie has proven to be a wonderful companion for her. Not long after that, she was looking for a truck, so being the good friend that I am, I looked on Kijiji for her in my spare time, and what do ya know…….I happened across a blue truck that looked remarkably like a truck I bought new back in the 90’s! I had always regretted selling that truck, and there it was in front of me for sale, and at a pretty good price. I ended up getting that truck, and it was the one I had owned previously, it had the same little dent where I had bumped a parking meter. I had sold it during a particularly bad time in my life, and it seemed that all of that bad stuff that happened to me after it went, kind of got erased from my life. Weird, I know! Anyway, my friend did find a truck, on Kijiji too. I told her, she has to quit looking for things to buy, because it’s getting to where I can’t afford to be buying for myself, everything that she’s in the market for!

For this shot I’m wearing the ‘Trina Sweater, Colorblock Pastels’ and the ‘Lianna High Waist Skinnies, Pastels’ both from [QE] Designs. They’re both on sale through Monday, and after that will be regular price, so there’s just a bit of time to get in on the deal! They’re sold separately, and the sweater also comes in the ‘Rainbow Pastels’ design, which is pretty also. The sweater is HUD driven with six designs to select from and is compatible with the Maitreya, SLink, and Belleza mesh bodies, and the skinnies are also HUD driven with a whopping 25 colour options and with the same compatibility as the top. This is such a pretty set!!

I’m using a pose from the ‘Phenomenal Set B’ set of poses from Le Poppycock! There’s two sets to choose from and each has 6 poses, all very distinctively different and relaxed and natural. They’re available right now at the current round of The Chapter Four.

This is the back of the ‘SHIGURE’ hair from Argrace.

You can only see the tiniest strip of skin, but it’s the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

For this shot I’m at the lovely but very hot and dry, ‘Mother Road‘!