Monday, June 8, 2009
This is a picture of an author salon I attended last month in Second Life. You can just see me back in the corner on the left near the Soul of a Highlander poster. What is Second Life, you ask? It's a virtual world where you can do almost anything you do in "real" life. Most exciting, in my opinion, are the opportunities it presents to meet other readers and our favorite authors.
Getting started in Second Life (http://www.secondlife.com/) is relatively easy. You download it to your computer and create an account. It's free, and I haven't had any problems with viruses. You choose a generic avatar then, once you're in-world, you can get clothes, accessories, tattoos, basically anything you desire to personalize your avatar. You can also stick with the newbie avatar until you feel ready to "get a makeover". I just got mine yesterday. :0) The currency in Second Life is called Linden dollars, but there are many free items out there, so don't feel like you have to purchase Linden dollars right away.
Yesterday yours truly, along with two of my colleagues and friends, Melissa Mayhue (http://www.melissamayhue.com/) and Elaine Levine (http://www.elainelevine.com/), were interviewed in Second Life at a show for readers called Off the Shelf. You can listen to the interview here if you're interested: http://www.archive.org/details/OffTheShelf-Episode0007 . The Off the Shelf gang is an active group of readers who have interests that span the genres. They hang out at Bookstacks.
Another great way to mingle with authors is at author salons hosted by Melissa and Elaine. In fact, there's a salon this Wednesday with talented author/agent Lucienne Diver. It starts at 7 pm mountain time. It will be held at Melissa's booth. If you'd like to attend, get your account set-up, come into Second Life Wednesday night a little before 7 pm then send me an email or a message in Second Life with your SL name, and I'll teleport you to Melissa's booth.
You can also send me a message when you join Second Life. My in-world name is TJ Capelo. I can send you landmarks to my favorite reader and author places. Feel free to send me an email at Tiffany@TiffanyJames.net if you have questions.
Happy Monday, and I'll see you in Second Life!