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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., my friends [...]

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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, I may respond with another question:  “Can a writer make any money in any life?” Cynicism toward the publishing industry aside, usually I answer, “Yes, of course they can,” and give [...]

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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Imagine this scenario: You’re an unpublished, unknown playwright and you’ve just written a play that you believe needs to be staged.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., not a lot. And you don’t have rich friends or family who might fork over the tens of thousands of dollars needed to [...]

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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, 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 hard for […]

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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, 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 quite […]

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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, 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 they talk.  But […]

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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, 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 or […]

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

April 12, 2009

For the first time in my life, 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), I’m NOT talking about religion in any shape or form!  No, what I’ve become downright evangelical about is Second Life . And especially this virtual world  […]

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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, Off The Shelf, will air its second program this Sunday, 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 avatar Alas Zerbino. Off The Shelf is […]

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

March 13, 2009

I’ve been fighting that Big, 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, blah, blah. And as they say in that great movie, […]

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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, 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 surroundings? For […]

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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, which then disappeared from my account overnight!!  I know I was strolling […]

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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, but surely, all the busy writers […]

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

December 31, 2008

I confess: When I first saw the news item about Second Life in The Writer magazine’s most recent issue, I was a bit ticked off — and then my holier-than-thou self-righteousness took over and quickly sparked a full-blown exodus of all life forms from the room. (OK, that’s exaggerating a bit, but it still wasn’t a […]

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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, do not collect $200 — go directly to www.nanowrimo.org. For the rest of you, read on…) For years I’ve observed my fellow writers come together with other writers from all over the world and cheer each other […]

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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, 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,” I know you’ve been to one of the year’s best […]

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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), me-double-thinks it used to be a whole lot easier to be a writer, period! Writers today have to be almost as expert at the extraverted skills of marketing and sales as […]

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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, a writing prompt is equivalent to the common hammer or screwdriver.  It’s ubiquitous, useful for just about any construction or repair job, and often works better than a bucket-load of more sophisticated tools. Entrance to the headquarters […]

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

August 16, 2008

Did you know that there’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 million to 200 million blogs today? So why in heaven’s name would I want to become blogger No. gazillion-and-one? Good question—and one a writer/blogger friend asked of other bloggers. She invited us each to write a post on own own blog about how we […]

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

August 11, 2008

If you’re a writer of any kind or genre—fiction, poetry, journalism, creative nonfiction, etc.—you’ll be happy to hear about the many potential markets for your work in Second Life —way too many to list in a single article, in fact! In this post, I focus on a periodical market that’s distinctively Second Life and the […]

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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), the group attracts writing experts and successful published authors of the caliber of best-selling cookbook authors Elizabeth Yarnell and Janet and Greta [...]

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The Key to a Good Second Life: Become a Groupie

July 1, 2008

As a jaded, know-it-all teen and young adult in the ’60s and ’70s, I smirked self-righteously whenever I met a groupie: you know, those star-struck teeny-boppers who swooned at the mere sight of Mick Jagger or fought their way to the front at a Beatles concert and screamed and fainted as John, Paul, George, [...]

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

June 27, 2008

I live within driving distance of a terrific writers’ resource: The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. The Loft offers great classes, workshops, and author presentations, and makes it easy to find a peer group for that ongoing support and critique so key to writing success. I’m a long-time Loft member and have utilized their resources […]

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A Writer in Wonderland

June 26, 2008

A kid in a candy store! Yeah, I know it’s a cliche, but sometimes those are the only ways to describe something. And I’d never felt more like a kid surrounded by all the free candy I wanted — or like Alice in only the best parts of Wonderland — than I did [...]

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