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This blog has kept me extremely busy the past few months. “What?” you say, “then where are you hiding all the posts I don’t see??” Well, not just this blog, but several other blogs, as well as all the other riches I’ve discovered in Second Life. I can hear you now:  “Has this woman gone completely nuts??” Not yet. [...]

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There I stood at the ancient birthplace of my modern life’s passion.  The desert sun seared the air around me, but I shivered with the thrill of standing before the earliest writing known on earth:  massive walls covered with the hieroglyphic alphabet of Ancient Egypt. I put my hand as close to the wall as I [...]

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2 New Publication Opportunities for Writers in Second Life

January 6, 2010

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 […]

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Where to Meet Many of the ‘AWE’some Writers, Publishers, & Resources in Second Life

October 13, 2009

For nearly two years, I’ve been talking about all the great resources for writers in the virtual world of Second Life.  Here’s your chance to see for yourself – in one easy trip to the annual Autumn Writers Exposition. For the third year in a row, the folks at the awesome Written Word organization in […]

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Just for Writers: Free, Weekly Open Mic & Support Group in Second Life

September 14, 2009

One of my favorite activities each week in Second Life is the Monday “Writers Symposium” I host at Story Mountain Center for Writers. The symposium is rather a fancy name for what we do, but it’s a convenient term for this weekly meeting where writers gather, read their work to the others attending, and then, […]

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How a Successful Author in First Life Supports Aspiring Authors in Second Life

September 9, 2009

Most Wednesday evenings find me with a handful of other writers in a comfy, living-room setting, where we talk and laugh with, and get advice from a writer whose career is way ahead of mine:  an author of more than 40 published novels (at least eight of which have been New York Times bestsellers) and […]

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Great Virtual Resource for Writers: Twitter Chats

August 25, 2009

I used to have a love-hate relationship with Twitter. I loved it because I met fascinating people and learned things I’d never hear about otherwise.  I hated it because it could swallow whole every moment of my free time. But ever since this weekend, the “love” part has vastly overtaken the “hate” part.  That’s because […]

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Want Help Writing a ‘Fib’?* Talented Poets in Second Life Have You Covered

July 9, 2009

* Or another short poem I do not consider myself a poet.  Oh, I’ve written poetry – some of it’s even been published or won (minor) awards.  But I can go for years without writing a single line. Nevertheless, I studied a lot of poetry in college, and thought I at least knew the primary […]

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Do Writers Have a Role in the Future of Virtual Worlds?

June 25, 2009

I asked a question of a few people who are mostly ignorant of the existence of Second Life:  What would you expect to see at an exposition on the future of virtual worlds on the Internet? After they got past the guffaws or confusion or outright indignation (e.g., “Who do you think I am – […]

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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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How to Use Second Life to Support Your Writing Schedule

April 6, 2009

Every writer I know has a bag of tricks they use to motivate themselves to just sit their butt down and write on those days when it simply feels too hard — an excuse often couched in the disguise of the moment:  “I think I may be coming down with something,” or “it’s too hot/cold […]

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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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Seven Lessons I Learned from Doing NaNoWriMo 2008 Virtually

December 3, 2008

Well, I was proved wrong once again:  Participating in National Novel Writing Month was incredibly more challenging and far more rewarding than I ever expected! I herewith apologize to all my writer friends whose participation in previous NaNoWriMos I discounted — don’t ask if you were one; I’m too embarrassed to say — and now […]

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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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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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