Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ain't Love Grand?!


Today I actually left the house and went to the beach for a while. It was really hot today but down at the beach the lovely breeze off of the ocean was so pleasant that I enjoyed the day. After a day at the beach I took my daughter and friends putt putt golfing. They had a fabulous time.
I have to see if there is putt putt golf in the online game of Second Life. I know there are loads of other games people play but I hadn't noticed if putt putt was one of them. I'll get back to you on that one. In the meantime, I will go back to the house and continue exploring Second Life and being inspired by the lovely artwork.
In my next blog I have to tell you about Claudia13, an artist in Second Life. She said it best when she said that to texture furniture in Second Life is an art. That it is, indeed. I have only seen a few people really master that art and she is one of the best. She textures furniture the best I've seen in Second Life thus far. Look for a feature on Claudia13 and her virtual goods. I can't wait to show you some great work.

Enjoy Life

Monday, June 29, 2009

I'm on a roll!


I'm on a roll! Sometimes you just need a kind word and it's just the thing to get you back in the saddle. I have been writing all morning. I am taking a wee bit of a break now to celebrate. It's hot as blazes outside so going for a walk now would be crazy for me. The older I get, the less I tolerate heat.
I never tire of looking at this magnificent view from my window. Just looking up and out brings a wide smile across my face.
Don't you love my little mouse? I do. I love that it's pink, which is a favorite color of mine, but I also prefer it when working on my laptop.
Well, I better get back now. I'll go out and take pictures later and post them soon.

Enjoy Life!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

THIS feels GOOD!



Well, you know I am taking this magazine writing class. For an assignment we were asked to write several query letters. This is my first magazine writing class so I did the assignment but submitted it with a great deal of fear. Imagine my shock when the professor had this to say about my query letters:

Viv, I think you've knocked this one out of the park. You've got two entirely different articles on the same basic topic, and that's efficient writing at its best. Plus, your query letters are spot-on. I think you could send both of these out at the same time, the first one to general-interest magazines, and the second one to business and financial magazines.

Nice job, my dear. No nudges for you except to blast these out.

Now That Felt Good! It makes me happy and encourages me to move to the next step. You see, you never know until you try. Wish me luck and I hope you will go out and try things you really want to do too.

Enjoy Life!

Saturday, June 27, 2009



Have you heard of the online game Perfect World? My young daughter is too young to play the online game of Second Life but wanted to play a virtual online game. She came across the online game Perfect World. You have to check it out. She has loads of fun. If you have a young one that enjoys good fun then maybe you would like to check out Perfect World. Tell me what you think once you have, vivwriter@gamil.com

Enjoy Life!

It's in the News




Wow! It's hard to take all of the news in. From the death of fidelity in the marriage of a political figure(surprise!) to the death of icons, God Bless Us, everyone.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Coffee Time in the online game Second Life

You simply must go and have a cup of coffee in the online game of Second Life. It's wonderful!
I found several coffee shops and enjoyed visiting.

Stone Ground Coffee House was very well decorated and I will use some of the art work I found there to furnish Nana's Noshes.
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Five Sisters/60/101/26/?title=Five Sisters


Coffee Time is one of the songs found on Natalie Cole's album, Still Unforgettable.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Memories

Lakes




I had to do an article for class and I am writing one on the health of our lakes. It has been informative to say the least. I think the outcome will raise an eyebrow or two.

I did visit a lake in the online game of Second Life. That was beautiful. Hope you like the pictures taken there. I'll share some pictures of our real life lake as well in another blog.

Enjoy Life

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Inspiration



I've been buried in my work all day. I had to step away for some inspiration. I headed over to http://slurl.com/secondlife/Serenity Falls/6/119/21/?title=Serenity Falls. Julia has several fabulous sims and this is one of them.
I enjoyed spending time by the water. In real life I walked down to the water too. I truly love being near the water.
Well, I suppose it's back to work.

Enjoy Life

Monday, June 22, 2009

Rare Mood I'm In



I have figured out much of what mac has to offer and there is loads to yet learn. I've gotten the basics to do what I do but wow, there is another world out there folks and I am so happy about it.
It is easy for me to be distracted because there is so much I want to do. I went to a few classes today in the online game of Second Life because I hadn't gone in a while. I plan to attend a reading tonight and it promises to be a good one.
I've gone back to chapter 3 in my book and have taken in everything my editors have given to me. I'm glad I was taking notes or I'd be lost. I love hearing wonderful comments about my work but that doesn't really help me. What my editors gave me did help me. "What would make this better"? Answer that question and that helps me.
Please continue to send me feedback. I have enjoyed the emails, vivwriter@gmail.com.

Enjoy Life

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Fathers Day


A Father's Day Prayer
Holy Father,

You are the one who knows how absolutely special fathers are.
You made them that way.

How else can a man work so hard, give so much, and love unconditionally,
without your strength?

So first, Lord, thank You for fathers, for daddies.
For big, strong men with tender hearts,
with hands that are calloused and rough,
yet so soft and gentle when hearts need mending.

Lord, help children to delight this day in being with their dads,
even if it must be only by phone.

May the precious memories flow, and bring laughter,
and new love and appreciation.

Lord, please take care of our dads.
Though they are brave and protective,
they must also be frightened sometimes,
when money runs low, when we need things, when we're hurt or sick.

Lord, when their hearts break because they can't do it all,
please help us to let them know how much we love them.
And how much You love them.
And you, too, Lord.
Happy Father's Day!
In Jesus' name,
Amen.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Letterhead for Nana's Noshes



In our last InDesign class we learned how to make a letterhead for our company. This is what I came up with. Hey! It's just lesson two. I had fun and I'm still waiting for the lessons that will have some impact on what I want to use it for. I feel like I'm taking the scenic route to get there.

Pound Cake



I had one of the best pound cakes last night. I had fruit too so it would be a healthy treat.
Anyway, it was a wonderful treat. It was also inspirational as I am still working with Nana's Noshes.
In the online game of Second Life I have not been able to create a beautiful looking pound cake yet but maybe my luck will change. If you know of one, please let me know, vivwriter@gmail.com

Enjoy Life

Information Overload!




Wow, this has been a day! You know, someone once told me, "Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it". Well, I got it and maybe I asked for too much.
I had my online classes today and then found out I have another class to add to it. I think I'm gonna have to clear off some room on this plate I am creating because I think I've taken on more than I can devour. I've gotta do something but for now I'm going to enjoy the wave of information coming at me at lightening speed. While it's overwhelming, I gotta say it's exciting.
I did get my new Mac today. I'm excited but once again more new information that I have got to learn quickly. No time to sight see.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

MAC


Well,I was going to do a blog on my new mac computer today but things went from great to horrible in a short period of time. I was so very happy to get a new mac and everything I heard about it is true. The exception would be the disk drive. OMG!!!!!!! My disk got stuck in the cd/dvd rom. What in the world was that about? I could not get it out. Now what? I take it back that is what. I hate to do that but I must. I wonder how many people have had that problem.
Anyway, I will begin again later on this morning. I will try to...

Enjoy Life

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

InDesign



Today was the first day of class InDesign. I enjoyed the Photoshop class last year so I decided to try InDesign this summer. Well, I am gonna reserve judgement since it is the first day of class.
I have several reasons for taking the class but the number one reason is to format my book and magazine. With that said, today we learned some basics in creating a logo. You have to start somewhere right? I used what I learned to create the above logos. One was created in photoshop and the other was designed in InDesign. Can you tell which was which?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I LOVE these shoes




I love going shopping in the online game of Second Life. One purchase I made years ago was the above shoes. I fell in love with them and honestly would wear them with just about any outfit I put on my avatar. In real life I could never wear a pair of shoes like those. My feet would rebel.
I adore the design of the shoe and wish I could remember the designers name. Anyway, it's true. When you find a great pair of shoes, they do make you feel great.

Enjoy Life!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Molly



Meet Molly. She is a beautiful dog and is as sweet as any doggy I've met. Molly is not my dog but I do get to visit her often. Love ya Molly!

Enjoy Life!

My Afternoon




I had the most wonderful weekend. A dear friend came to visit me and we had a grand time. From catching up to telling about our newest adventures, I really enjoyed the time spent.
During the visit a neighbor of mine took us around town. I took the above picture there. It was a beautiful and peaceful place. Others thought so too as we heard voices lifted in song nearby. It was truly a wonderful afternoon.
My friend was amazed when I showed her Second Life. I agree, all the possibilities available to artists and designers are amazing.
It is my hope to continue learning more in the online game of Second Life and writing about my adventures there.
We also created notecards. To thank my neighbor for taking us around, we created the above notecard. You won't believe this but it really did take us two hours to create that notecard. I hope she likes the card. We put a great deal of love into it. We had a ball creating it and I do want to create more notecards and greeting cards but I am still working on, The Adventures of Viv Writer.
A word or two about my book. It is coming along very well. Most people hate editors and making changes to their work but I embrace it. I love feedback and because I can take direction well, I love making changes so that the book is better.

Enjoy Life!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Darkness and the devil behind me





I thought this was COOL! I love FREE things and I couldn't believe how well this author used free opportunities to get things done. I look forward to reading the book and hope to enjoy it.

SLiterary Magazine

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Summer Break!!!!


Yes, it' that time of year again and I can't tell you how happy I am. If you could be just 1/4 as happy as I am right now you would be very happy.
I'm gonna go find an empty chair, a copy of a #1 Best selling novel, and a place in Second Life next to the ocean. Life is sooo good!
Enjoy Life!

Monday, June 8, 2009

I Feel So Close To You Now


It's closer than ever now, vacation that is. Vacation is a beautiful word in any language. As the time for a vacation draws near I feel so close to those days filled with rest, fun, laughter, meals cooked on the grill and lazy afternoons.
I am getting my reading lists ready and shopping for things that will make being lazy all the more easy.
You know, I could get use to lazy, hazy, days of summer.

Enjoy Life!

The Black Cat








My friend Julia Hathor has done it again! She has created another fabulous work of art. The name of this house is, The Black Cat. I had to go and see it. I really enjoyed it and purchased one after my tour of this wonderful house.
I can't believe the wonderful attention to detail, yet she is known for this in all of her work. Many of her creations stand out largely because there are very few who can do what she does so well.
If you can, please go by and see The Black Cat. If you like what you see drop a kind word in the form of a note, if you can. I'm sure you will find as I did that Julia is one of Second Life's residents who is kind and friendly.
As Always,
Enjoy Life!


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Off with me!



Why is it that when I must go somewhere on Saturday, I drag my feet? Even though I am going on a fabulous adventure today with great friends and what promises to be great food, I am slow about getting up and getting on with the day. It's after 10:00am and I have found everything else to do but what I need to. In fact, blogging provides me with yet another excuse not to get on with the business at hand. Well, I think I love having my Saturdays to do with what I want, when I want, how I want. Let's face it, when you are on a rigid timed schedule six days a week, asking for one free day is not too much to ask for, right?

Anyway, I am off. I wish you all a fabulous Saturday shared with ones you love.

Enjoy Life!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Viv Writer and Me


Well I'm off on another adventure. With my avatar, Viv Writer, I have managed to travel all over the world in the online game of Second Life and I can't wait to begin another adventure.
I saw the 1995 video, "Runaway" and it just made me think of how the online game of Second Life has been a great place to get away from it all, meet great people, see wonderful art work and without having to purchase a plane ticket. You know how much I love to fly...NOT. I hope you have a good time exploring the online game of Second Life. Go have FUN!



Thursday, June 4, 2009

Antique Trunk


I love vintage things and now my friend Julia Hathor has come up with this lovely antique trunk. I simply had to get it! It is lovely. She also has these wonderful quilts in a basket and hanging on a outside line. They even blow in the wind. Her talent is amazing. If you are in the online game of Second Life you simply must stop by and see her wonderful creations.

The quilts bring back such wonderful memories for me. I love the art of quilting and really wish I had more time and talent to do it.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Thinking About "it"

I went to mass tonight. It really is refreshing for me to go to mass midweek. It seems to keep me in a place I need to be to stay focused on what matters in the "big picture". So many times we get bogged down with things that don't matter.
Mass makes me know what matters. Where there is peace, love and happiness, I will be there.

Enjoy Life!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Interesting


This evening was really interesting. I was working in Nana's Noshes when the phone rang. To be honest when I get engaged in what I am doing, I don't like to be distracted. I will not answer the phone if I know I can't give you my full attention. For some reason, however, I took the call. I'm glad I did. It was a dear friend who wanted to talk. This in and of itself is not uncommon. I have several friends that love to call and vent.
Anyway, as they were talking, I realized how well some people use their words to paint pictures, vivid pictures, that put you in the moment. We talked for a long while and I think I left the conversation more refreshed than before.
As I write my short stories, I hope to use my words to not only tell stories but to paint pictures that put you in the story. I hope to use my paint brush, full of words to draw you into the story and keep you engaged.
Well, it's back to work in Nana's Noshes. It was fun shopping for furnishings for the place. I don't have a great deal of style when it comes to decorating but I have a dear friend who is training to be an interior designer, in real life, that will help me.
I feel blessed to have people in my life that share common interests.
As always...
Enjoy Life!