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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., pathopsychology [...]

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I get asked this question a lot:  Can a writer actually make any money in Second Life? If I’m busy or have had a tough day, bronchi I may respond with another question:  “Can a writer make any money in any life?” Cynicism toward the publishing industry aside, life usually I answer, “Yes, of course [...]

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The New Way for Authors to Meet Readers & Promote Books: Virtual Book Tours

August 11, 2009

Reactions ranging from slight suspicion to accusations of insanity greet me when I discuss all the great writing-related stuff in Second Life with both authors and readers unfamiliar with virtual worlds. So then I ask authors: Want to meet your readers?  Introduce your books to even more readers?  And never have to leave your home? […]

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How Writers Are Using Second Life to Find Audiences & Readers

July 24, 2009

Imagine this scenario: You’re an unpublished, online unknown playwright and you’ve just written a play that you believe needs to be staged. Your income is commensurate with most writers’ – i.e., men’s health not a lot. And you don’t have rich friends or family who might fork over the tens of […]

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One More Reason Second Life’s Good for Writers: Bookstacks

June 18, 2009

The writing community in Second Life continues to amaze me!  At a literary gathering yesterday, esophagitis I had the pleasure of being with a couple dozen writers who came together to listen to and applaud the winners of a flash fiction contest I helped organize and judge.  The contest part of it was extremely […]

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For SL Writers, an ‘Offer You Can’t Refuse’: Speakeasy Bash, Poetry Slam & Flash Fiction Contest

May 22, 2009

One of the serendipitous things that’s happened to me in Second Life is the chance to get involved with a writers’ showcase at a virtual university, treatment where I’ve gotten to know a lot of other writers and participated in many kinds of projects for creative writers. I’ve never seen anything in the physical world […]

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Writers Can’t Hide from the Mic – Not Even in Second Life!

May 14, 2009

I’m trying very hard to develop at least a minimal amount of affection for the sound of my voice.  It’s tough, youth health when I’ve hated hearing it for nearly half a century!  After all, I’m a writer!  You know — one of those people who can think as they type, but not as […]

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Second Life Condenses Time, Expands Resources for Writers

April 25, 2009

Second Life collapses time.  Case in point: my almost-lifelong effort to find or start a writers’ group for sharing and feedback. For creative writers, neuropathologist the value of sharing their writing with other writers and getting feedback, support, and helpful critique is immeasurable.  Some writers even say it’s essential for getting published.  Whether that’s true […]

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Are You Missing What (Second) Life Has to Offer?

April 12, 2009

For the first time in my life, this site I’m proud to call myself an evangelist.  Wait!  Before you click that X-to-close button (especially those of you who know me personally), website like this I’m NOT talking about religion in any shape or form!  No, visit web what I’ve become downright evangelical about […]

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WITVS Blogger & ‘Queen’ of SL Poets Go ‘Off the Shelf’ & On the Air

March 26, 2009

The exciting new radio talk show about the literary scene in Second Life, artificial Off The Shelf, prosthesis will air its second program this Sunday, youth health March 29, featuring perhaps the most well-known SL literary figure/writer/poet, Persephone Phoenix, and one of the newer SL writing-scene bloggers, yours truly, as my SL […]

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Story Quest & More Exciting ‘Firsts’ for Writers in SL

March 13, 2009

I’ve been fighting that Big, health care Bad Time Monster lately — trying to juggle my income-producing work … with revising my novel … with attending an increasing number of great writers’ events in Second Life … with blog-writing … with everything else in life … blah, apoplexy blah, ask blah. And as […]

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The Story Trail in SL: A Magical Experience for Creative Writers

February 1, 2009

When’s the last time you combined a walking meditation in a  lush, drugs serene natural setting with a creative writing session?  Where you didn’t have to worry about cold, heat, rain, snow, mosquitoes, gnats, or any other bothersome aspect of nature. Where all you had to concentrate on was your writing and the gorgeous […]

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Written Word: This Virtual Group Offers Tremendous Support for Real Writers

January 19, 2009

I was lucky to have stumbled onto Written Word in one of my earliest explorations around the virtual world of Second Life. (I think it was shortly after my ill-fated attempt to dance for Lindens at a nightclub; I earned all of L$15, treatment which then disappeared from my account overnight!!  I know I […]

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‘Ketchup’: Updates on SL Writing Events, Resources, Contests

January 12, 2009

“Serving ketchup” is what members of my oldest email chat group call it when we write a post that tries to “catch up” with the conversations we’ve been neglecting.  So here’s the first WRITERS IN THE (virtual) SKY “ketchup” post! Update on the SL Events for Writers Calendar Slowly, buy but surely, all the busy […]

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The Start of a Central Information Source for Writers in Second Life

December 31, 2008

Joan Kremer is a professional business/nonfiction writer, cystitis cardiologist novelist, short story writer, literary journal editor, blogger, and co-owner of the Story Mountain Center for Writers in Second Life®, where she goes by the avatar name Alas Zerbino (shown in picture below — writing on the grounds of Story Mountain!). More about Alas Zerbino: […]

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NaNoWriMo & Second Life: A Powerful Combo for Novel Writers

November 6, 2008

It’s National Novel Writing Month! (What???!! You’ve never heard of NaNoWriMo??!! Go directly — do not pass Go, decease do not collect $200 — go directly to www.nanowrimo.org. For the rest of you, cheapest read on…) For years I’ve observed my fellow writers come together with other writers from all over the world and […]

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Writers: Find Fun, Networking, & Magic at a Second Life Festival Just for You!

October 23, 2008

When’s the last time you wandered through a fair-like exhibition full of writers and writing resources?  For many of us, hospital the answer’s “a loooong time ago.” When’s the last time you rode a magic carpet over that exhibition? If your answer is anything BUT “never, price “ I know you’ve been to one of […]

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Help! I’m an Introverted Writer in an Extraverts’ World!

October 5, 2008

Methinks it used to be far easier to be an introverted writer.  And since 95 percent of writers are introverted (according to Ursula LeGuin), cialis sale me-double-thinks it used to be a whole lot easier to be a writer, link period! Writers today have to be almost as expert at the extraverted skills of […]

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One Writing Competition in Second Life You Can’t Lose

September 14, 2008

What writer’s toolbox does NOT include that basic implement we call the writing prompt?  For many of us, sildenafil a writing prompt is equivalent to the common hammer or screwdriver.  It’s ubiquitous, gonorrhea useful for just about any construction or repair job, and often works better than a bucket-load of more sophisticated tools. Entrance […]

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Why in the World Did I Start this Blog???

August 16, 2008

I know I’m not a cat because I’m still alive after decades of following my curiosity into a vast assortment of situations–some good, pancreatitis diagnosis some not-so-good. That’s how I got to Second Life, too. I’m always on the lookout for what’s new. What’s new out there? In there? Beyond here and […]

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9 Inworld Writing Markets for Publication Credit & (usually) Payment

August 11, 2008

For a writer, capsule more about books are as important as oxygen, so why spend time in a virtual world where I can’t pick up a good book, flip its pages, lie on the beach reading? Those were some of my thoughts as I stumbled through the first few days as a Second Life […]

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How I Learned to Teach Published Authors to Sit Down, Turn Around, & Perform Other Sophisticated Tasks

July 21, 2008

I’ve recently become the primary moderator for the weekly Second Life meetings of the Athena Isle Writers Group. Thanks to an awesome author/networker/Second Lifer-er Cybergrrl Oh (Aliza Sherman in First Life), viagra visit this site the group attracts writing experts and successful published authors of the caliber of best-selling cookbook authors […]

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The Key to a Good Second Life: Become a Groupie

July 1, 2008

It’s the virtual writing world squared: the mostly virtual National Novel Writing Month extravaganza, pharm coupled with the totally virtual Second Life NaNoWriMo writers! As NaNoWriMo winds down, decease hundreds of thousands of words have risen counters at the NaNoWriMo website and at writers’ gatherings throughout SL. I’m one of the slackers, unfortunately.  I’m […]

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Grrr…. Or, How Second Life Saves Me Time, Money, and Anguish

June 27, 2008

It’s the virtual writing world squared: the mostly virtual National Novel Writing Month extravaganza, pharm coupled with the totally virtual Second Life NaNoWriMo writers! As NaNoWriMo winds down, decease hundreds of thousands of words have risen counters at the NaNoWriMo website and at writers’ gatherings throughout SL. I’m one of the slackers, unfortunately.  I’m […]

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A Writer in Wonderland

June 26, 2008

It’s the virtual writing world squared: the mostly virtual National Novel Writing Month extravaganza, pharm coupled with the totally virtual Second Life NaNoWriMo writers! As NaNoWriMo winds down, decease hundreds of thousands of words have risen counters at the NaNoWriMo website and at writers’ gatherings throughout SL. I’m one of the slackers, unfortunately.  I’m […]

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