You Know How I Feel

Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by you know how I feel

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It’s a new dawn

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good

Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree you know how I feel

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Dragonfly out in the sun

Dragonfly out in the sun you know what I mean, don’t you know
Butterflies all havin’ fun you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done
That’s what I mean

And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me

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Stars when you shine

Stars when you shine you know how I feel
Scent of the pine you know how I feel
Oh freedom is mine
And I know how I feel

—Nina Simone, ‘Feeling Good’

(Video Link below credits)

Style Card:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Lelutka, Cate Bento Mesh Head
Skin: Lumae, Lelutka Deia, T1 (All current skin lines are available at the Lumae Main Store!)
Ears: Lumae, Leevi Long Ears
Makeup: Cazimi, Bengali Bride
Hair: Exile, Strange and Unusual
Necklace: Empyrean Forge, Heritage Necklace
Gown: Azul, Nanceee, in Amythest (Available for two more days at theThe Spoonful of Sugar Festival!)

Environment:
Location: Awenia, The Box
Backdrop: FoxCity, God Is A Woman
Pose: PosESioN, Throne Series

The gown in this post is featured at The Spoonful of Sugar Festival,a charity event benefiting Doctors Without Borders. Doctors Without Borders provides medical aid to vulnerable people and in crisis situations. There’s a lot to see over the six regions of the Festival, but you have until the 30th of September to see everything. So pace yourself, and don’t forget to bring enough L$, because there are many places along the way to give your support to Doctors Without Borders, including five shopping regions.

Spoonful Of Sugar AD 2018

 

Freedom in the Pools of Ethuil

The Pools of Ethuil are one of the Realms in this year’s Faire that I come back to again and again. There is a serene and restful vibe there that I crave.

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So many beautiful places to relax in the Pools!

There are so many beautiful places to relax in the Pools! But of course, I can never stay in one place for very long: if I linger, the local demifae start coming round and asking me when Awenia is going to be ready for residents. I’m tired of explaining the whole legal kerfuffle to everybody, particularly tiny fae who get bored after the first sentence and ask questions in the way I imagine toddlers do. “Why?” “Why?” “Why?” And then they never stick around to hear the explanation, little flibbertigibbets!

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Thinking about all that makes my head hurt.

Ach, thinking about all that makes my head hurt. I wonder, though, as I wander round all these beautiful Realms, open to everyone for just these few magical days of the Great Faire, how we’ll put it all together. I mean, we want a town, a magical town, with links to or gates right into a little piece of Faerie. I think with our skills that’ll be possible to create.

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The what-ifs

It’s hard not to get mired down in the what-ifs, particularly when so much of me is the culmination of dozens of odd what-ifs. The need to explain it all has fallen away from me now, after so many years away from the life I thought was my only one. Turns out we can have several different lives in one lifetime. And as I’m going to have a very long lifetime, being prepared for my life to change with no notice has just become not a shocking possibility but a resigned probability.

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The feeling of peace

Still, as I roam the beautiful paths of Pools of Ethuil, it’s hard to let anything break through and bother me, because here is a place so much like the one I want to build for our people back in Awenia.

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Why not dance?

And so, why not dance while the soft skies give us warmth from the distant sun?

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Why not run?

Why not run, with no destination and no desire but the ecstatic wind against our skin?

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Why not leap?

Why not leap, because everything is a leap: life, love, learning, trust, laughter, hope— it’s all a leap. Why not leap without fear?

Why not leap?

Style Card:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Vista Bento Mesh Head, Lia
Skin: Lumae, Elvi, T1/Neutral (Available NOW at the 2018 Relay for Life of Second Life Fantasy Faire, in Pools of Ethuil!)
Ears: Swallow, Noldor Elf Ears
Necklace: RealEvil Industries, Passion Collar
Bracelets: The Plastik, Aeliora Bracelet
Antlers: Static, Andouiller, Vintage Key (Available NOW at the 2018 Relay for Life of Second Life Fantasy Faire, in Sanoria!)
Clothes and Headpiece: Azul, Rafa, Sapphire (Available NOW at the 2018 Relay for Life of Second Life Fantasy Faire, in The Bazaar Dungeon!)
Wings: Evolved Creatures, Fae Wings
Hair: Wasabi, Mayra Windblown (Available NOW at the 2018 Relay for Life of Second Life Fantasy Faire, in Aetherea!)
Shoes: Astralia, Queen’s Leg Jewels

Location: The 2018 Relay for Life of Second Life Fantasy Faire, Realm of Pools of Ethuil, Sponsored by Roawenwood and designed by Searlait Nitschke

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Samhain in the Wylds!

Gwyneth:

Gwyneth:

Our Samhain Ball was a smashing success!

I don’t have a lot to say about it, except what I’ve already said about Drysi and that ridiculous bunch of Sidhe noble boys who got their comeuppance fairly quickly at Arahaelon’s hand, but here are some photographs in case you want to know how some of us looked on the night!

Our Ballroom

Our Ballroom

Dyisi, Wren and I decorated the ballroom OOCly a few days before the party. There was much laughter, particularly since I had to admit to both of them that I love Samhain, but not Halloween so much, and I don’t like blood and gore, so there were many jokes about what I would and would not have in the ballroom on the night. And just don’t talk to me about tombstones.

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Mikachu, our glorious ferret!

Another photo of Mikachu

Another photo of Mikachu

Nathaniel having a drink with a skeleton. Wren says he's probably talking about that time he used to be on a boat.

Nathaniel having a drink with a skeleton. Wren says he’s probably talking about that time he used to be on a boat.

Wren and her skeleton dog would have won our costume contest, if we'd held one.

Wren and her skeleton dog would have won our costume contest, if we’d held one.

Nathaniel and Gwyneth. Gwyneth looks like she may break into a burlesque routine at any moment.

Nathaniel and Gwyneth. Gwyneth looks like she may break into a burlesque routine at any moment.

Dyisi and Kern. Kern argued that he already is a Samhain/Halloween creature, so he came as himself. We couldn't even get him to put a mask on.

Dyisi and Kern. Kern argued that he already is a Samhain/Halloween creature, so he came as himself. We couldn’t even get him to put a mask on.

And finally a shot of Dyisi and Gwyneth. Dy was in human form for reasons I won't go in to because it would take so long, but whoa! was she tall!

And finally a shot of Dyisi and Gwyneth. Dy was in human form for reasons I won’t go in to because it would take so long, but whoa! was she tall!

Style Cards (from people who got them to me):

Gwyneth:
Head
: Catwa Jessica
Body: Maitreya
Skin: Lumae, Niska Varda Raven (currently discounted at the Lumae Main Store)
Hair: Analog Dog, Topaz
Ears: Lumae, Leevi Long Ears
Eyes: LG Daydream Eyes, Bewitching
Crown: LayGyo, Elven Queen Crown
Mask: Material Squirrel, Aveline Filligree Mask
Gown: AZUL, Julie, special pre-release Halloween Version (Available at the AZUL Main Store!)
Necklace: Earthstones, Spider Cascade Necklace
Stockings: Graffitiwear, Spooky Stockings
Shoes: Trend, Widow Heels

Dyisi:
Mask
: Illusions – Delitesco
Hair: [LeLutka] – Josephine
Necklaces: Earthstones – Crystal Cascade
Kalopsia – Memento Mori
[LP] – Persephone Necklace Pom
Bracelets: .aisling. – Aphrodite (Bracelets and Hand Shell)
Hair Band and Fan – Volstead – Peacock
Skin: Plastik – Astrali Reverie
Eyes: Plastik – Galaxie Eyes (L – Arc, R – Plura)
Hands: Slink – Mesh Casual
Hand Henna: Jalwa – Khaleeji
Shape – Self made

Nathaniel:
Body
– MADesigns Complete Avataers – Riley (Modified)
Skin – DNA Damian Type 1
Eyes – MADesigns Eyes_Promise Green 13

Outfit
{Exalted} Emir Blue,
Chimeric Fashions Metal Mesh Mask Silver
Steel Scimitar from Mekan

Thanks to Dyisi and Wren for helping decorate the ballroom. Thanks to everyone in the Wylds who came and role-played and made our Samhain Ball a success. You are all amazing, and I could not hope for better friends, comrades, and cannon fodder! 😉

Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I never leave home without it!