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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 thanks [...]

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We all have “those words”—you know, the ones we belittle as “manufactured” or “PC” or too trendy to do more than sneer at.  For some, words like maximize and impact, used as verbs, top their list.  For others, it’s terms like collateral damage to mean killing innocent people.  For me, a word that’s long topped [...]

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How I Became a ‘Movie Star’ in Second Life

August 21, 2008

Where else but in a virtual world (or if your name was Judy Garland) would a small-town Midwest-U.S. gal get to star in a movie? Well, “starring in a move” may be stretching it a bit (or a lot!), but fact is, I had the awesome experience of being among the cast of one of […]

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The Twists & Trials of Reading a Book in Second Life

July 28, 2008

For a writer, 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 newbie. Right away, I […]

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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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Second Life Experiences: As Real As Your Brain Thinks!

July 15, 2008

“Joan, you’ve gone too far!” my First Life writer friend said after reading point 4 from my previous post. “You can’t tell writers they can learn to fly—or whatever!—by watching a cartoon avatar move around on a computer monitor!” Thankfully, we were on that old-fashioned social-networking device called the telephone, so he didn’t see my […]

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The A to Z of My Birth Into Second Life

July 5, 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, 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 there? And so [...]

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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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