What Inspired Me To Blog

What-Made-Me-Blog_001Today — 10th of June — is Ballpoint Pen Day!

I love pens, particularly my old trusty ballpoints. Pens are right up there on my list of All The Things I Must Own Lots Of with some of the other things being watches, makeup, bags, all the geek things and shoes.
I love ballpoint pens simply because I still hand write the majority of my blogs — and shopping lists, to-do lists and random thoughts — before I type them out. Yes, that may sound silly and essentially be a lot more work — you’re right, it is — but I have always loved physically writing something. My thoughts flow better through ink than type face.

What is Ballpoint Pen Day I hear you asking? Well I found the following explanation from the guys over at Weird Holiday:

Ballpoint Pen Day is celebrated on June 10th in honor of the Bíró brothers, László and György, who are credited with the invention of the ballpoint pen. On this day, in 1943, the Bíró brothers filed an application for the patent of the ballpoint pen with the European Patent Office. These early pens became the first commercial models of the ballpoint pen.

In honour of Ballpoint Pen Day I thought I’d answer the question “what inspired me to blog?”
Granted it’s a little stretch from talking about writing or listing my favourite pens for you, which I was very tempted to do. Since we now know that I handwrite my blogs prior to typing them I’m using that as my tenuous link to Ballpoint Pen Day!
Indeed, that link is so minimal we’d need an large hadron collider (LHC) to see it. And even then I suspect it would be as difficult to find as the Higgs Boson particle.
So let’s get on with it!

It’s a simple enough question on the surface: what inspired me to blog?

The answer is not really as simple because a lot of things have  happened that led to the final decision of “I want to write, a lot. I want to write often. I want my own Second Life® blog.”

I started blogging a long time ago. Over the years I’ve had numerous blogs outside of Second Life®, each one representing a different aspect of me at different times in my life.
I created a community for people with a particular mental illness.
I have delved into real life fashion blogging.
I’ve also posted my creative writing on old blogs and attempted writing fanfic, which was not my best hour!
My ongoing achievement, and one of my hardest, has been working with the Eidann on our podcast and the blog associated with it.

Recently I’ve started writing for a real life company with an HQ in Second Life®, which for someone like me, is beyond amazing. Yes, I know I’ve mentioned it a lot lately, it’s kind of a big deal for me. I’ll try to reign it in.

Then there’s RaznayDecosta.com. It has filled a hole I didn’t realise I had. It has shown me that I can be, and do, everything that I have always felt was unattainable. I can write in my voice without fear of rejection or negative rhetoric about my person. It is acceptable, here, for me to write honestly and authentically without fear of pissing someone off because I didn’t agree with their point of view or, simply, because I wrote honestly.

My blog also provides me anonymity. And while some see anonymity as hiding, I see it as a chance to spread my wings and jump off the highest branch. I’ll either learn to fly or I won’t.
The choice is entirely mine.

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So… The reason I started blogging here is complicated. In part, I reopened Second Life® because I needed to escape the overwhelmingly crushing grief that threatened to consume me.
I needed a virtual world full of people who have no idea what my real flesh was — okay, is — going through. I still need that, but the separation between the real and virtual worlds isn’t as neat and clearly defined as I’d like. While I’ve always known they can’t be separated — because no matter how hard I try I am the same person whether I am flesh or pixels — the absolute realisation came recently.

When I decided to open the Second Life® viewer Firestorm I gave myself one rule: I would not talk about the events that led me back to SL.
As I’m not ready to entirely break the solitary rule I set I’ll leave the reason I started blogging as is.

I didn’t know I was going to blog when I first came back. I assumed I’d just visit random places, obsessively shop and then get bored again and leave. No one would have been any the wiser and I would have taken what I needed — a break from reality — and would be back to “normal”, or as close to that unachievable label as possible.

Then I stumbled upon Strawberry Singh’s blog. That was the moment, the miraculous moment, everything changed, forever.

Initially I was searching for information on appliers because they were completely new to me and I just didn’t understand how they, or a mesh body, worked. As I read nearly a years worth of Strawberry’s posts I realised that this was exactly the way I could delve into everything I’ve always wanted to but was either too sick, too tired or just not motivated enough to do in the flesh (the latter referring to fashion blogging).

I also realised blogging would be a fantastic way to keep the grey matter — my brain — active and to really push me to not only find my voice, but to practice using it so I can work towards writing copy. Or writing in general because words are my thing; that one thing I am really good at.

So this is the part where I’d like to take a moment to thank Strawberry Singh for being that last beautiful piece of a puzzle I’ve been working on — unknowingly — for years! Thank you for being the inspiration I needed to do what I do best; write.

If you’re a writer of blogs or words on paper, and even if you’re not, I would love to know what your inspiration was — or would be — to start writing. Let me know in the comments!

.::Credits::.

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara v3.3 — by Onyx LeShelle
Head: LeLutka Mesh Head – STELLA — Thora Charron
Skin: Glam Affair (Lelutka Heads) Avril Applier – Jamaica FR — by Aida Ewing
Hair: Maitreya Saar – Almond — by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Charm Eyes – Evening — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: *MC* “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Ears: [MANDALA] UNISEX STEKING_EARS_Season 5 — by Kikunosuke Eel

.::Outfit::.
Top: tres blah – Cropped Sweatshirt – Sea — by Julliette Westerburg
Jeans: Maitreya Zipper-Skinny Jeans #4 — by Onyx LeShelle

.::Furniture::.
Desk Furniture and rug is a mix of {what next} Blogger’s Office Accessories, {what next} Isabelle Tulips and {what next} Novelle Study Set by Winter Thorn
Laptop: KoreTech MyBook Pro by kewlmonke Zepp
Couch and trunk: N4RS Bombay Sofa – PG Set — by alecat Breda
Ottoman and Carpet: :CP: Lotus Spa Tent Set (PG) — by Isla Gealach
Candles: Sway’s [Sadaf] Bench & Tray — by Sway Dench
Coffee table and flowers: {what next} Charlotte Living Room – Set A — by Winter Thorn
Whitewashed screen: {theosophy} Wall Panel (Whitewash) — by Trace (trace.osterham)

Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth!

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The greatest day of the year is fast approaching and Geeks everywhere are preparing for this momentous of days by watching their favourite movies, playing their favourite games — board, pc and/or console — and eating bacon.
Yeah, I went there because bacon.

Geek Pride Day is on the 25th of May, which is this coming Monday. It’s the day when Geeks around the world celebrate their geekiness, their nerdiness and their general awesomeness! It’s the day when Geeks can proudly proclaim “I am a Geek” and all the muggles look on in awed amazement at the mystically mythical Geeks before them.

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Okay, so it’s not quite that epic — yet — but it is a day to celebrate all things geek and all people who identify as a geek. Weird choice of words? Well no, some geeks don’t realise they are in fact geeks, particularly if you subscribe to the Simon Pegg idea that a geek is anyone who is passionate about something. I may have paraphrased that to death, here’s the original quote:

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Geek Pride Day is actually a legitimate geek holiday, I’m not making it up to sound cool or to sound like some kind of Ultra Geek from the sparkly Planet Nerd.
The Wiki of Pedia — Wikipedia — explains the holiday as:

“Geek Pride Day (Spanish: Día del orgullo friki ) is an initiative to promote geek culture, celebrated annually on 25 May. The date was chosen as to commemorate the 1977 release of Star Wars, but shares the same date as two other similar fan “holidays”: Towel Day, for fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Douglas Adams, and the Glorious 25th of May for fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

The initiative originated in Spain in 2006 as “Día del Orgullo Friki” and spread around the world via the Internet.”

While this may seem a little strange, silly or far fetched to some, I am genuinely excited about a day that is globally recognised by geeks for geeks! I have a whole day of awesomeness planned from watching The Princess Bride with the Eidann (it’s one of his favourite movie) to delving into the world of The Fifth Element, followed by playing some DC Universe Online and, time permitted, baking something with a geek theme, yeah that most likely means bacon. In fact, I think I’ll spend the whole week celebrating all things Geek by watching my Sailor Moon DVD collection! *purrs*

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I’m not sure if there are any events planned within Second Life to celebrate Geek Pride Day, I’ve asked around but so far I haven’t been lucky enough to get any responses.
If you know of something happening in Second Life for Geek Pride Day please let me know, I’d love to hang out with some of my fellow geeks and rejoice in our geekiness!

What will you be doing on Geek Pride Day? I’d love to hear what you’ve got planned, let me know in the comments!

Credits

.::All Photo’s::.
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara v3.3 — by Onyx LeShelle
Skin: Glam Affair – Katra Skin [ Jamaica ] Clean B — by Aida Ewing
Hair: Magika [01] Surprise — by Sabina Gully
Eyes: IKON Sovereign Mesh Eyes – Fjord — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: *MC* “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Eye Liner: DeeTaleZ Eyeliner A BLACK — by کτعғғ (steffi.villota)
Lipstick: DeeTaleZ Makeup PINK Lips matt — کτعғғ (steffi.villota)
Ears: [MANDALA] UNISEX STEKING_EARS_Season 5 — by Kikunosuke Eel
Moon Bindi: [Haste] Moon Bindi — by Auston (auston.harbour) {Wayward Hunt Gift}
Cat Choker: pr!tty – Choker – {Kitty} — by karla (karla.marama) {The Chapter Four Birthday Gift}
Dress: The Secret Store – Sweet Sailor Dress – Moon — by Melee (maylee.oh)
Sailor Moon Brooch: [ity.] Moon Prism Brooch — by Nova Lenora (mohsin.paulino)
Shoes: fri. – Penny.Janes (Coal) — by Darling Monday

.::Photo 1::.
Hands: SLink AvEnhance Hands Female – Victory & Fist — by Siddean Munro
Pose: Created especially for me!*
Background: Sailor Moon Background: Season 2 — by AnnaMaryMarian

.::Photo 2::.
Hands: SLink AvEnhance Hands Female – Victory & Fist — by Siddean Munro
Pose: !bang – VIP001M — by Luna Jubilee
Background: Sailor Moon Background: Season 3 (gold version) by AnnaMaryMarian

.::Photo 3::.
Nail Polish: (NO) Art Nails – Maitreya Applier –  Pastel & Glitter — by Nylon Pinkney
Pose: !bang – stand 486 — by Luna Jubilee

*This is the second time in my 8 years of SL that someone has said “here, let me make that for you” and not asked for anything in return. I am still shocked to be honest. The lovely Kaylithium™ restored some of my faith in humanity, thank you!