Witchy Wednesday: In The Kitchen With Kitty..

Kitchen witchery_001Nothing wrong with a bit of Kitchen Witchery (yes, it is a thing) from time to time, and that’s precisely what I’m doing here. You don’t need to be chanting at an altar or sky-clad in a circle;  sometimes the most effective spells can be conjured from tasty ingredients and a few incantations whispered over a pot as you stir it slowly. And as I was busy toiling over this pot of epic nommage I noticed something; I look bloody awesome from behind!

For a start, I absolutely LOVE this ERRATIC jumper that is currently available in the latest round of UBER.  It fits like a dream on my Maitreya bod, has lovely sleeves and scoop neck and a delicate button fastening down the back. If you’ve been reading Kittywitchin‘ for a while then you’ll know I have a thing about jumpers, or sweaters as our friends across the Atlantic tend to call them.  I know it’s strange, but even in a virtual world at this time of year you’ll find me wearing clothes that reflect the real life seasons.  I could be wearing a lovely bikini and chilling on a beach sim somewhere, but seeing as I’m in the northern hemisphere and I’ve got the heating on, it’s unlikely.

Anyway, I’m wearing the orange ‘Ava’ sweater from ERRATIC at Uber, and I’ve teamed it with an old favourite BUENO denim skirt and my N-CORE ‘Alexandra’ boots, which I’ve barely taken off these past few weeks.  Orange and deep, dark indigo work beautifully together as I hope this picture proves.  I tell you what else looks good in this picture, my hair. This is LITTLE BONES ‘Luna’ from UBER, and as you can see it hangs down my back rather realistically too.

Kitty Wears:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.4

SWEATER: Erratic ‘Ava’ UBER

SKIRT: Bueno Denim ‘Midnight Dark’

BOOTS: N-Core ‘Alexandra’

Hang on, is that Alan in the sink? FFS Alan, Get out!

Kittywitchin has had over 200,000 page views!

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I’m feeling quite emotional today, but in a good way.  Y’see, overnight Kittywitchin’ surpassed 200000 page views, and for me that is an enormous personal achievement.  I’m absolutely stoked by this.

As I’ve written many times before Kittywitchin’ has never been anything other than the blog of an ardent Second Life hobbyist; and even after 8 years of writing about Second Life I’ve still got so much to learn about the darn place!  But one thing has remained constant, and that is the love I have for the virtual world that I also call home.

This past fortnight has been a challenge.  Windows 10 really messed up my ability to log in and blog, but slowly and surely (and thanks to my amazing tech-wizard boyfriend) things are starting to get back to normal. My PC isn’t quite as sick as it was, and I can actually rez in-world for the moment without crashing spectacularly. Huzzah!

Not being able to log in really brought it home how much my virtual life means to me.  I was in despair at a few points during the week. It’s beyond a habit for me now;  I do actually have to log-in as part of my day, even if just for a few minutes.  I’m like Parzival in ‘Ready Player One’ logging into the Oasis on a daily basis and  although I don’t  yet have a haptic suit and gloves,  I do have 3D glasses and I hope to get an Oculus Rift when they (hopefully) launch in Spring 2016.  That will bring a whole new element to my time in world!

What is Kittywitchin’s next goal? Well, for the immediate future it’s to keep writing about Second Life.  But further on down the line I don’t know if I will be writing about Second Life or Project Sansar. As someone who adores her current virtual existence the idea of leaving this occasionally buggy and often frustrating world for a next-gen platform is actually quite hard to even contemplate at the moment.

So until then Kittywitchin’ will carry on, faithfully documenting the many shopping trips I make, the events that  I visit and most of all sharing with you the fun that I hope, no I’m sure, that I will continue to have in this mad, crazy metaverse that I call home.

Thank you so very much for reading my blog.

(Now, if everyone can just get out of Kustom 9 so I can get in, that would be super-awesome!)

Kitty’s 1500th Blog Post!

Snapshot_011Can you believe that this is my 1500th post on the blog? 

Blimey! I wanted to write something suitably awesome to mark the occasion, but quite honestly I can’t think of anything windswept and interesting to post at the moment.  I’m still recovering from the worst cold I’ve had in an age in real life, and it’s really taken a toll on me. Ghastly germs!So instead of my writing a post about something new, a place to visit or an item that you must own, I have a favour to ask.  Second Life, as we all know by now, is a wonderful place to meet and mingle, and we sometimes take our chats off-line onto various forums like Plurk, Facebook and SLUniverse to name a few. However, oftentimes there’s a lot of drama and negativity played out upon these spaces.

I’ve said it before, but I really don’t understand why people hiding behind a keyboard think it gives them free reign to insult, belittle or be downright rude to people.  It’s one thing to have an opinion, but quite another to share it in a hurtful way. It’s such a simple phrase, but the saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it” springs to mind.

It’s easy to make fun of other avatars. Heck, I was doing it myself yesterday, I’m not innocent of such immature behaviour.  But after I’d done it, I actually thought what a mean thing it was to do. Even though they will never know, my words are still out there, floating in cyberspace. And I should know better.   Just because someone chooses to express themselves in a certain way in-world it doesn’t give me, or anyone else, the right to make fun of them. We’re as diverse in the metaverse as we are in the universe, and I should be more mindful of that.

So, starting right now, I want us all to be a little more Second Life Conscious.

Words on a screen have just as much power, if not a little more, than words spoken out loud.  We live in an age of  ever-present criticism and condemnation through social media and where does that lead to? Hatred and misunderstanding.  It’s not wrong to say that we need to spread more love in the virtual world, and it doesn’t have to be the kind that requires a Hud or a Poseball.  Spread the Second Life Love! Let’s be more mindful of what we say in our virtual spaces, and how we present ourselves. Would you say that in real life? Why is it OK to say something in a virtual world that you would never say in the real one? Think on that point for a moment.Be graceful.  Manners are NOT a bad thing, they exist for a reason.  Let’s show gratitude to creators instead of constantly criticising. If you buy something and you really love it, drop them a few lines on a notecard and tell them!

People are quick to complain, but rarely as quick to congratulate.

The next time you are in a crowded area in Second Life, or at an event, take a good long look at the avatars that surround you. Read the profiles, snoop if you will, and then PAY SOMEONE A COMPLIMENT.

It doesn’t have to be over-stated either. In fact, this is something that I have been doing for a while now; it’s sort of a Second Life spiritual practise, and not only do you make someone feel good by doing it, you’ll feel pretty good yourself too. Double win!

So, what kind of things do you say?  Here’s an example: Yesterday I spotted an amazing avatar when I was shopping in ISON. In private chat I messaged the avatar and wrote, very simply, “I love your avatar!”  This was a genuine compliment, straight from my heart.  I really liked the way that her avatar was styled, and also because she was unusual.  She had an aged look to her, something that you really don’t see in Second Life that often. I very quickly received a delighted response. “Wow! Thank you so much for saying that!” and that was it. I had a smile on my real life chops, and I’m pretty sure she did too. It was THAT simple.

Of course, you could follow these words up and enter into a conversation, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Oftentimes I just follow my compliments with the phrase “YVW! (You’re very welcome)” or “NP (No Problem) Have a great day!” and that’s that.

It’s such a simple thing to do yet it REALLY does make such a difference. And if you aren’t doing this already (I’m sure some people reading this probably are) then I’d like you to please, give it a go.

Because I know from my own experience that it will make difference, so imagine what will happen if we all start to do this!

OK, in the grand scheme of things this isn’t earth-shattering or life-changing, but imagine how you will feel in a week if you’ve been practising this every day? And even more importantly, imagine how you will have made other people feel too! So please, spread the word.  Instead of turning up at an event, camming around, making a few purchases and leaving, next time take a peek at the avatars around you. Is there one who stands out? Do they have a really great sense of style that you admire? Or are they just incredibly cute and have impressed you with their look? TELL THEM! There’s nothing creepy about a quick compliment, and you may make a real difference to their day.  Plus you get to speak to some pretty amazing people too. (Well, I say people, yesterday I complimented a giant hamster on his cuteness. I think he was pleased!)

We’re a community, and in a metaverse as disparate as ours it’s easy to forget that. With the festive season of goodwill fast approaching, let’s start early in-world, and spread the love.

Thank you for sticking with Kittywitchin’ through 1500 blog posts. Here’s to the next 1500 and beyond! 

(PS If you DO follow the steps above, please share your experiences in the comments below.)

Happy New Year!

Picture the scene: you’re at a party. It’s approaching midnight, there’s anticipation in the year and there’s a slightly tipsy avatar in front of you. She’s a bit hot mind; wearing vintage Last Call with her hair elegantly styled by Truth and her chops sporting the very best LAQ. The clock begins to chime, and she flings her arms around you, smothering you in a multitude of snogs, all the time cooing ‘Thank You!’ in your ear.

So this is me, and this is how I’d like to see in the New Year with you dear reader. Why am I covering you in snogs and thanking you?

Because with your support and continual patronage Kittywitchin’ is rapidly approaching 100,000 hits and to me that is not just astounding for a blog filled with all sorts of tripe and waffle, but also because I’m writing about a virtual world that only a select few choose to inhabit. It never ceases to amaze me how many people approach me in world about the blog and congratulate me on it, which always leaves me feeling really humble, but also dead proud.

I’m so glad that people enjoy it because it’s not written with any particular agenda, other than for me to write about subjects that I think are of interest to the general Second Life public, or to tell you about some amazing bargains that I’ve spotted, or just to share a giggly moment with you. Politicians are saying that 2011 is going to be a challenging year in real life, and I think the same applies in Second too.  We’ve a new CEO for starters, and then there’s the growth of Second Life and the virtual economy to consider. Also, will mesh arrive and revolutionise content creation in the metaverse? Finally; will the breedable bubble burst due to the implications of the Amaretto Vs Ozimals lawsuit, or will we see even more breedable pets populating the grid? Add into the mix the integration of the teen grid, politics, griefing and whatever Prok is writing about this week and we’re guaranteed a bumpy, challenging ride. You know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way….

Happy New Year everyone!

(Especially to me because it was my FIFTH rezday yesterday!  Nobody remembered mind, including me, but crikey, five years in-world! I must be MAD!)