I learned about Second Life a few years ago and decided to give it a try. I found it to be more fun than chatting in a one dimensional text box like in a chat room.
Everything (and everyone) in Second Life is built by the people who populate it. When you first sign up, you create your own avatar. Some people create one that looks just like themselves and some, like me at times, create entirely silly looking avatars like the big kitty with a mohawk jumping on a virtual trampoline.
Sometimes I'm a huge mohawk-wearing tiger, gray leopard, or a little robot.
Most times I look something like the picture to the left....with a tail. My avatar is technically called a Neko (half cat, half human). They're all manifestations of whatever mood I happen to be in when I'm there.
While in Second Life, you are virtually unlimited as to what your avatar can look like but it might cost you a few dollars. You can either custom create your own look (if you're brave) or buy one. It's all up to your imagination and can be pretty fun.
This leads us up to how I met Adrianne Sautereau, Editor-in-chief of Oh Boi, a Second Life magazine for lesbian butches and femmes. I happened to be in Second Life at a lesbian sim and I think I was a big butchie tiger at the time. I had no idea that she was an editor. We struck up a conversation, got to know each other, then became friends. She knew that I was a writer and asked me to pen a story for Oh Boi. At first I hesitated because I had a lot of other projects going but she was relentless (I mean this in a good way Adrianne! lol) and after viewing the magazine, thought it was beautifully done and definitely wanted to be part of it! I wrote a short short story called Butch Hands for the mag (it's also posted here in my whispers section). Adrianne also interviewed me and as a result I'm in her May-June issue! Take a look at below. It's pretty cool. If you like it, show her love by following her on her blog, Oh Boi too! If you're a Second Lifer, the blog will give you locations where you can download the magazine for viewing in world.
If you're brave and curious, join me in Second Life and say hi. I'd love to "meet" you. You can also join my group, where I send out excerpts and updates of stories that I write. Just instant message me while in world. See you there and I hope you enjoy reading the magazine (click on image)!