Life has overtaken me this last while and I’m aware I’ve been neglecting my blogs, but recently, literary and virtual art critic, Cajsa Lilliehook (more about Casjahere) from the prestigiousEclipse Magazine, asked me to add my voice regarding my impression of the new Virtual World of Sansar. As I have been keeping a low profile I was very honoured and quite thrilled to write a small piece and to tell a little about my virtual self, an ethereal red head with jerboa ears (the better to hear all goings on), and rather large hands (the better for holding camera equipment and swatting at virtual midges*).
The more mundane self of course, is on my main blog.
( you will have to use the page zoom to read it)
Do check out these other clever, talented and often funny voices from the virtual world who are up to their ears in pixels and creativity – Strawberry Singh, Isabel Cheren, Kit Boyd, Nillia Lamilton, Sena Smit (who has a build on Sansar called Calm Lake), and Eve Kazan as they talk about their experiences with Sansar. ( links to their flickr or blogs are provided). Take a look at all the great interviews and features in Eclipse Magazine.
listen to the beautiful An Gaoth Aneas (The Wind from the South) and let it transport you
Sunday, May 21 at 11:00 AM SL time, step through the enchanted portal
Master in-voice story teller and published author in real life, Caledonia Skytower from Seanchai Library takes us for the second time on Niamh’s Journey (based on my Tales of the Tuatha..) through Ceakay Ballyhoo’s enchanting storybook landscape.
If you missed it before here is your opportunity to immerse yourself in a quest and adventure based on an old Irish legend and other Celtic tales.
There will be upcoming tours in voice in the summer but you can visit anytime and follow the story cards yourself as you walk through the sim.
Some comments left on the sim:
“what a beautiful enchanting story”- A Blackrose
“Love the sim and the beautiful story”-R. Moonshadow
“Such a beautiful concept- thank you”- S. Juliesse
“As the waters swirled around her the salmon appeared again. It was then that she realized what was weighing her down. It was her dreams. She had not noticed how heavy and onerous they had become and now she was drowning in them!“
and on the Tales themselves ( on my main blog)
“A luminous reworking of the legend.” LV
“Beautifully poignant, wonderful imagery, you transported me to an enchanted land” AS
The full Tales of the Tuatha ( de danann) are found here
Background: For any who do not know the legend and story of Oisin (Ossian in Scottish) you can find many interpretations and tellings of the tale. This is just my own fable told from another perspective, that of Niamh. It is said Oisin himself was the son of a great chieftain and a fairy. While out hunting he came across the beautiful sidhe, Niamh, and fell in love. He went back with her on a white horse to the land of enchantment, Tir-na-nog, where they danced and feasted every night and lived happily. As happy as he was, at some point he became homesick for his friends and family and wanted to see them one last time. Niamh begged him not to go back but he was determined, so she gave him a horse and told him he must not dismount or set his foot down on the ground for if he did he would never be able to return. Back in the land of his birth he could not find his family or any of the familiar places and when the girth on his saddle broke he fell and accidentally set his foot down. At that moment the spell was broken and he became a very old man. He had not known that he had been away for more than 300 years. It is said that St.Patrick found and baptized him after hearing his story. Some tales state that Oisin did say that he would rather spend one day in fairyland than an eternity in heaven.
Salmon is associated with wisdom in Celtic myth
The Tuath(a) Dé Danann usually translated as “people(s)/tribe(s) of the goddess Dana or Danu“), also known by the earlier name Tuath Dé (“tribe of the gods”), are a supernatural race in Irish mythology. They are thought to represent the main deities of pre-Christian Gaelic Ireland.(Wikipedia)
The Tuath Dé dwell in the Otherworld but interact with humans and the human world. They supposedly arrived in Ireland in a floating mist. They are associated now with the fairies or sidhe.
Seraphim has recently had two lovely visitors at the gallery…
… first was the enigmatic Pearl Grey, Seri’s oldest SL friend, who is an SL blogger, and who has done several posts, over the years, about Placebo Gallery, much to Seri’s delight. Pearl had not visited the gallery for a while, and had come to take some pictures for anotherpost about the gallery! That post was very sweet, and Seri loved it. As a result of that post, Seri got her second visitor…
… CybeleMoon, who had seen Pearl’s post, and come to check the gallery out. Seri and Cybele hit it off almost straight away, Cybele being not only charming, but an artist herself. Seraphim now has two gorgeous works by CybeleMoon in the gallery (: