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"Like night pretending to be day..." (2)

More than anything, right now, I am glad to have received the news that Harlan is home and recovering from his recent surgery.

Eight hours sleep last night. Eight hours that, I admit, were desperately needed. Illness, fretting, and insomnia have been working overtime on me this last week, and I've lost days I cannot afford to lose.

No writing yesterday. Much of it was spent lying on my face on the bed, not sleeping, just being fucking angry. I think I have found too many ways to put the anger down, to sidestep it, to muzzle it. I think I have buried it too deeply, and that having done so hasn't been helping my health. The time has come to admit that I still need those angry black days, that anger is as positive as any "positive" emotion. That said....

I do very much hope that you have preordered A is for Alien and Daughter of Hounds, but if not, there's still time to remedy the situation. Thank you.

Herr Platypus thanks you, too.

My congratulations to Elizabeth Bear (matociquala) on having scored a Hugo for her short story, "Tideline." You go, eBear.

Near sunset last night, we had a good walk along Benefit Street, which always calms me a bit. And, home again, after dinner, we watched Roger Donaldson's The Bank Job. A superb heist film, with plentiful twists and turns. And, of course, Jason Statham, who rarely fails to please me.

Okay. Now for the rather exciting news. An extremely generous patron has put up a considerable chunk of the money (no strings attached, even, except the stipulation that hesheit must remain anonymous) I need to purchase my own Second Life sim. This happened yesterday, and I'm still a little unsure it's not just some weird dream. So, Spooky and I will, over the next couple of months, be moving ahead with our plans for a sim set in the Providence of Daughter of Hounds, which will likely be named "Howard's End." The purpose of the sim will be, of course, to contain a roleplay, an interactive "novel," a prequel to DoH. We're talking to builders and such, and, yeah, I'm just sort of freaked about this. I have spent 14 months in SL, wading through lousy builds and broken rps, and I think that in that time I have learned how to fix the problems. There's no guarantee, naturally, and this is to be seen as an experiment, at least for its first year online. The sim will be private —— by invitation only. The rp will be character driven. There will be hounds and a few vampires, changelings and all the other things you'd expect. There will even be occasional NPC appearances by such characters as the Bailiff, Soldier, Odd Willie, Madam Terpsichore, Dancy Flammarion, and so forth. The introductory story arc will likely revolve around an occult research society trying to recover some stolen artifact or another, just something simple to get it all started. I will probably cap the players at 25-30, as one of the lessons I've learned in SL is the larger the rp, the less likely it is to succeed (rp sims often have members numbering in the thousands). The whole enterprise is strictly non-profit. The only cost to players will be the assembly of their avatars. There will be absolutely no out-of-character chat and socializing in the sim, no blingtards, no idiocy, no whining, and no blurring of SL and RL to create ooc drama. Three strikes, you're out. One big strike, you're out. And to anyone who doubts the potential artistic merits of this endeavor, I would simply point you to a number of my recent stories — "The Steam Dancer (1896)," "In the Dreamtime of Lady Resurrection," "The Wolf Who Cried Girl," "Scene in the Museum (1896)," "Flotsam," "Unter den Augen des Mondes," and "Regarding Attrition and Severance" —— all of these began as SL roleplays, and a couple were written pretty much by fleshing out rp transcripts. It has been a tremendous source of disappointment and frustration to me, seeing how almost all of SL's potential as an interactive storytelling device has been squandered, and now I will have the means to at least try to remedy this. If you're interested in taking part, please email me or say so here (and yes, all the "Sirenia Players" will have a shot at this, if they so desire, and if they are willing to abide by the strict and non-negotiable rules of the sim). "Howard's End" will be a beautiful, intricate build, and I hope it will be home to a spectacular series of stories. I'm hoping to have it up and running by November.

Now, I try to get back into The Red Tree. Oh, and riosanmateo asked for screencaps of the my Vietnamese Ravnos antitribu character the other day:











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greygirlbeast
Aug. 11th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Count me in.

You are counted. Send me an email with your SL name, so I can be sure your on the list.

Also, this Nareth is the bee's knees.

To quote Elgyn in Alien: Resurrection, "She is severely fuckable, ain't she?"

Edited at 2008-08-11 06:03 pm (UTC)
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unknownbinaries
Aug. 11th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
I saw this and thought of you, despite the website it was on...I think Herr Platypus is trying to soften hisherit's stentorian image.

greygirlbeast
Aug. 11th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
I think Herr Platypus is trying to soften hisherit's stentorian image.

As robyn_ma would say, "I die of teh cute." No, really.

Edited at 2008-08-11 06:03 pm (UTC)
phaedrine
Aug. 11th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
The sim news is VERY exciting! I haven't had time for much SL lately, but am a member of the Sirena players, and would be *totally* interested in a place to avoid all those idiots.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 11th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)

and would be *totally* interested in a place to avoid all those idiots.

It will be as idiot-proofed as possible. When detected, idiots will be shown the door and removed from the access list.
cheekytubemouse
Aug. 11th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
While I understand your reasons for keeping the sim a private one, it's disappointing that well-behaved non-RPing people like myself won't be able to experience its beauty for ourselves.

*curses bad apples*

Edited at 2008-08-11 05:57 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Aug. 11th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
While I understand your reasons for keeping the sim a private one, it's disappointing that well-behaved non-RPing people like myself won't be able to experience its beauty for ourselves.

Well, if you wanted to try to be part of the rp...

But, yeah, unfortunately the only hope I have of making this thing work is to keep it strictly private, with ironclad rules of conduct.

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sovay
Aug. 11th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
I am glad to have received the news that Harlan is home and recovering from his recent surgery.

I didn't even know. I'm glad to hear he's home!

An extremely generous patron has put up a considerable chunk of the money (no strings attached, even, except the stipulation that hesheit must remain anonymous) I need to purchase my own Second Life sim.

Very, very cool.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 11th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)

Very, very cool.

I just have to figure out a way to get you in there.
seph_ski
Aug. 11th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Your SL sim plans sound so intriguing. I've never played SL in any form only because I'm a major introvert with little patience for the masses, and having to navigate in the real world is frustrating enough. Is it possible to have a lurk-only option in this new world, or is that too voyeuristic? I'd even be willing to build an avatar and pay my share for the lurking privileges. Maybe then there could be some method to audition for becoming a full player. Mostly I'd just love to watch though.

Thought you'd like a reminder that the Perseids peak tonight. They're supposed to be spectacular from after the moon sets around 2am until the sun comes up.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 11th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Is it possible to have a lurk-only option in this new world, or is that too voyeuristic? I'd even be willing to build an avatar and pay my share for the lurking privileges. Maybe then there could be some method to audition for becoming a full player. Mostly I'd just love to watch though.

No lurking. Sorry. That's the sort of thing that could quickly become a problem. Another perpetual plague with rp in open sims is the "car-wreck" phenomenon. Somewhere, something happens. Suddenly, there's an audience, curious on-lookers who ahve no business being there, and, not unlike certain physics experiments, the presence of an audience seems to drastically alter the scene in progress. So, no audiences.

However, we are willing to coach reluctant but interested players. There will even be rp workshops for people new to the medium.

They're supposed to be spectacular from after the moon sets around 2am until the sun comes up.

Yep. Thanks. That's sort of late for me, but we'll try.

Edited at 2008-08-11 06:28 pm (UTC)
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reverendcrofoot
Aug. 11th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
How does one obtain an invititation to Howard's End?

I've been interested in the idea since you first brought it up. Though of course I'd have to get up to snuff.

You're explanation for spending money on SL was perhaps one of the best and most convincing I'd ever heard.

BTW, rereading the Daughter of Hound, and loving it much more then the first time I read it.
nullmode
Aug. 11th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Yay! I so wish to thank whoever it was! Please count me in if there is room. I'd love to RP in Howard's End. When will people know if they have made the cut so to speak? This is great news.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 11th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)

When will people know if they have made the cut so to speak?

It could be a while. Ideally, I want to meet with people in SL. But since the sim won't go live for months yet, there's lots of time to worth this stuff out.
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blu_muse
Aug. 11th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Woooo! A sim of your very own!!!
How freakin' cool.
You KNOW Cer wants to play. What kind of opening do you have for a trouble maker? *laughs*

Congrats and count me in of course. If you need anything inworld... contacts for building anything or help in locating items, lemme know (though my two favorite builders are occupied atm).
greygirlbeast
Aug. 11th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)

You KNOW Cer wants to play. What kind of opening do you have for a trouble maker? *laughs*

Oh, I'll have some very special role for you, don't worry.

If you need anything inworld... contacts for building anything or help in locating items, lemme know (though my two favorite builders are occupied atm).

We'll talk. Spooky's in charge of lining up the build team, and we have two on board already.
stsisyphus
Aug. 11th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Spooky and I will...be moving ahead with our plans for a sim set in the Providence of Daughter of Hounds. The purpose of the sim will be...an interactive "novel," a prequel to DoH.

This will be interesting - mostly because of what I expect to be the very daunting task of codifying the internal logic and systems of the DOH cosmology and canon-affirmed mysticism. I only mention this because such questions will inevitably arise no matter who is involved, and the novels themselves never actual delve into the mechanics of sorcery and such (which is sensible as it is completely unnecessary). Obviously, you and Spooky and your development team will have a lot of nuts-and-bolts literal world building to handle - but I just wanted to make sure that you were aware of that particular, peculiar responsibility.

...screencaps of the my Vietnamese Ravnos antitribu...

This is not someone I'd like to meet in a dark alleyway ever.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 11th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)


This is not someone I'd like to meet in a dark alleyway ever.


Oh, but she's soooooo sweet.

This will be interesting - mostly because of what I expect to be the very daunting task of codifying the internal logic and systems of the DOH cosmology and canon-affirmed mysticism. I only mention this because such questions will inevitably arise no matter who is involved, and the novels themselves never actual delve into the mechanics of sorcery and such (which is sensible as it is completely unnecessary). Obviously, you and Spooky and your development team will have a lot of nuts-and-bolts literal world building to handle - but I just wanted to make sure that you were aware of that particular, peculiar responsibility.

Well, on the one hand, yeah, there's some "sourcebook"/bible work to be done, but, on the other, as the rp is to be very free form, I'll leave most of the map blank, so to speak. The ground rules of the world must be set out, even if they never come up in the rp, but I think getting too explicit about the mechanics would ruin the game as much as it would ruin a novel.
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riosanmateo
Aug. 11th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing the screencaps of your gorgeous Vietnamese Nareth.

That's wonderful news about you building an rp world all your own. Though my G3 iBook would choke and die at the very thought of SL, I still get to benefit from your rp because, as you pointed out, it can be the birthworld for so many amazing new stories. I hope your DOH world will prove to be a source of inspiration for you--and also a place to get relief from the inanity of SL (sounds to me like SL is full of the common clay of the new west--you know, morons).
greygirlbeast
Aug. 11th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for sharing the screencaps of your gorgeous Vietnamese Nareth.

You are very welcome.

(sounds to me like SL is full of the common clay of the new west--you know, morons).

Very well said. After 14 months, and many awful experiences, I'm far more understanding of the general wariness lots of people show to SL in general.
omegamorningsta
Aug. 11th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
I can only say... w00t!

:)
blu_muse
Aug. 12th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one who only sees black rectangles instead of photos? boo hooo.. I am blind!
greygirlbeast
Aug. 12th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one who only sees black rectangles instead of photos? boo hooo.. I am blind!

The images are admittedly dark, because I won't use facelights and it was in a dark alley. It was just an afterthought, snapping those shots. But there are images there. I need you to take some of your superb caps of this character...

Edited at 2008-08-12 05:46 pm (UTC)
miss_sophia
Aug. 17th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Hi! In light of your recent post about 5 to 10 slots being left in Howard's End, I wanted to comment here and let you know that my friend shantih and I would both like to be part of it, as she mentioned here. Like her, I've not done any SL RP before, and Howard's End seems like a great opportunity to try it out within the context of a familiar canon that I've really enjoyed getting to know.

(I'm the one who did the Emmie Silvey application in hogwarts_hocus, and it totally made my day to know you enjoyed that RP. It never crossed my mind that the creator of any of the characters I've RPed would ever read any of what I've written with them, so it was a very nice surprise to hear that you'd seen the RP and thought I'd done her justice. And I'm glad you liked the icon, too! My Photoshop skills are fairly rudimentary, so my attempt to give Dakota Fanning yellow eyes turned out kind of spooky, but I think overall it worked out. :) )

So yes, please count us in, if you're willing to have us! I'll link shantih here via email so that she can confirm this herself as well.
shantih
Aug. 17th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, I would very much like to join Howard's End, if you'll have me. I've never RPed in SL before, but I've participated in text-based RP for the last three years.

A bit about me: I'm a graduate student in medieval literature, specializing in Old English and Old Norse, with an interest in the history of the English language, and I have had it laid upon me to study medieval Latin though the romance languages don't come as easily to me. Like many medievalists, I also have a longstanding love of speculative fiction. Most recently I've developed a taste for the aesthetic sometimes called New Weird.

I once had a SL account, got bored trying to learn to drive a car on the tutorial island, and since have forgotten all about the account. I'd need to make a new one. As such, I can't be contacted in-world yet. I can be e-mailed at helarctos(at)gmail(dot)com, though, if you are compiling a mailing list for Howard's End.
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