Second Life writers have been brewing up a storm of writing activities lately – both for publication and to support the writing process.
While I’ve been wandering about the ruins of Ancient Egypt the past month (subject of a coming post) and wading through the frenzy of holiday time back home in the U.S., my friends in Second Life have come up with these exciting new opportunities for writers:
“Land” Your Writing in a Beautiful New Literary Journal
The venerable “queen of poets” in Second Life, Persephone Phoenix, and her co-editors Shara Levenque and Huckleberry Hax have released the premiere issue of a new literary journal, Blue Angel Landing, which is available as a book in Second Life, on the Web at the Blue Angel Landing site, and as a printed book from the Lulu self-publishing site.
The name of the publication comes from the Blue Angel Poets’ Dive, the first and longest-running literary bar in Second Life. As Persephone writes, “The virtual dive bar was inspired by venues for poetry open mics in New York City, predominantly Freddy’s Bar & Backroom in Brooklyn, 6th and Dean. It is a place for poets to meet, read, commiserate, workshop and relax. Poets at all levels of skill and experience are welcome here and will find a supportive community of writers who strive to improve, share, and encourage each other.”
The first issue of Blue Angel Landing contains poems by 29 Second Life residents who are writers, as well as three illustrations. And now the second issue has been opened for submissions. The second issue is open to flash fiction, as well as poetry and artwork. Writers have until February 15 to make submissions of their “finest quality artwork, poetry and flash fiction for possible inclusion,” Persephone says.
Persephone Phoenix, who is a published poet in real life (though she doesn’t reveal her real name in SL) has been hosting a weekly poets’ open mic on Sundays at Blue Angel since August 2006. (Read more about her and others’ open mics in SL.)
Because Blue Angel Landing is designed to showcase the best work of authors in Second Life, you must submit your writing and artwork from within SL. So if you’re interested in submitting, be sure to go into Second Life and join The Blue Angel VIP group (read this for more about SL groups). You can get the specific guidelines from that group profile’s “Notices.” You can also email Persephone (the “old-fashioned Internet” way!) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Dash of Writing Can Lead to (a smidgeon of) Fame & Fortune
Meanwhile, Virtual Writers, Inc. founder Harriet Gaussman has extended until February 1 the deadline for submissions to Milk Wood’s First Annual Holiday Writers’ Dash contest.
The contest accepts prose, short story, flash fiction, or non-fiction of any genre that:
- Is between 100 and 2,000 words long, AND
- Includes all 15 words from a series of “Writers’ Dashes”* she’s organized in Second Life.
(The words are: taxidermist, tendrils, eclectic, asylum, popsicle, smallpox, crimson, blizzard, conspiracy shrinking, violet, savoir-faire, periphrastic, epanorthosis, antiquated, and pestilence – which means the resulting entries should make for some fascinating reading!)
*The Writers’ Dash is a fun new writing challenge for writers in Second Life. It starts at 10 a.m. Second Life Time (Pacific time zone) every weekday when Harriet sends out the prompt word for the day. Writers are given 15 minutes to write from that word – so of course, speed and lack of attention to spelling and grammar are of the essence! They are encouraged to share these “dash” results with fellow “dashers,” many of whom have situated their avatars at the Stone Circle on Harriet’s lovely sim for writers called Milk Wood.
Harriet also runs a thrice-weekly Writers Meet at the Gypsy Camp on Milk Wood (shown in the above photo taken recently) where writers gather for an hour and, well, just write! The synergy of being around other working writers and sharing the challenges and joys provides a major assist to many writers. Several of my writer friends in SL won’t miss one of these meets if they can possibly help it!
These are just a couple of the new things coming out of the writing community in Second Life, which seems to grow more diverse and supportive every day in that virtual world. More to come on that!