Escaping October’s darkness in Second Life

KiLu, Majorca; Inara Pey, October 2015, on Flickr KiLu, Majorca (Flickr) – click any image for full size

KiLu is both the name of a region design partnership and the demonstration region they have created, which is now open to the public to explore and enjoy, and which I recently had the opportunity to visit.

The partnership is that of Salty Kimchi (Kimbra Iridescent) and Luis Lockjaw, who is perhaps known to many in Second Life as the creator and owner of the marvellous Hesperia of Templemore. And as a demonstration of the collaboration, KiLu is simply superb, and right now also offers just the ticket if you’re looking for a break from the Halloween season’s October hold on Second Life

Loch Noble, Pinewinds; Inara Pey, October 2015, on Flickr KiLu, Majorca (Flickr)

A homestead region, KiLu is beautifully landscaped into a rural setting caught in the turn of the seasons as summer fades into autumn. The setting is that of a shallow river gorge, the river in question tumbling down the rocky face of a tall rocky hill in the south-east corner of the region, from which it proceeds to split the region into two unequal halves as it rapidly spreads from splashing stream to wide, meandering waterway, its descent marked by stepped waterfalls.

A lone covered bridge links spans the river as it broadens and the land either side dips toward the passing water. It is close to this bridge, that newcomers first arrive, a small farm behind them occupying this part of the island. Close to a barn, dairy cows and horses graze, while further away atop a hill behind the barn, sits an A-frame house. High cliffs bar the way westward from here, but the land slopes more gently upwards to the north and east, offering the chance for visitors to roam among the trees.

KiLu, Majorca; Inara Pey, October 2015, on Flickr KiLu, Majorca (Flickr)

Should you head eastwards, roughly following the path of the river, you’ll eventually find your way up into the hills to where it begins – you’ll have to face getting your feet wet from here if you want to explore the rest of the island, as the bridge mentioned above is the only dry route across the water.

The south side of the island reflects the rural nature of the north side, with gentle slopes leading up to the rocky east side, a broad path leading the way between tall fir trees. A large house looks down on the bridge and the river from close by; open to the public, the house also overlooks the sea and a small wooden dock. Follow the broad track eastwards and upwards, and it will bring you to a rather quaint cottage, or perhaps it is a converted barn, alongside the waterfalls. This has clearly seen better days, with nature now its chief resident, but it still offers a place to sit and rest awhile, should you be so minded.

KiLu, Majorca; Inara Pey, October 2015, on Flickr KiLu, Majorca (Flickr)

There are other places where visitors can sit and tarry to be found scattered through the region, both on land and on the water, making KiLu the perfect escape, accompanied by an audio stream, which turns the clock back to yesteryear to bring visitors the likes of Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and more.

Definitely a place to add to your list of destinations – and should you visit and take photos, do consider contributing them to the KiLu Flickr group. And if you enjoy your visit – which I’m certain you will, do consider a donation towards its upkeep when passing the little barn up at the waterfalls.

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‘Tis the time for spooky stories at Seanchai Library

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, October 25th

13:30: Tea-time with Neil

Neil Gaiman (via jeffzachowski on Deviant Art)
Neil Gaiman (jeffzachowski, Deviant Art)

Caledonia and John resume their tea-time assignation with the writings of Neil Gaiman at the Seanchai fireside room.

Continuing from last week, when Mr. Giaman’s tales shared the spotlight with those by Mr. Ray Bradbury, Cale and John this week focus solely on Neil’s writings. Given the time of year, the stories in question are suitably spooky in nature and tone.

So get yourself ready for some delightful tales to go with the dark October skies and the time when ghosts, witches and other strange beings flit at the edge of our thoughts, and maybe a hint of horror as well.

The fires will be stoked and warm, but the shivers may come, nonetheless!

18:00 Magicland Storytime

Caledonia reads more from Serafina and the Black Cloak (see fruther below for story details) at Magicland’s Golden Horseshoe.

Monday October 26th, 19:00: A Night in the Lonesome October Concludes

The Seanchai staff are marking the arrival and passage of the Halloween month with readings of Roger Zelazy’s A Night in the Lonesome October. The latter is the last of Zelazy’s published works, and 31 of its 32 chapters (the first being an introductory chapter) each take place on a night in October.

Lonesome OctoberThe book is satirical in nature, and is written in the first person – the narrator being Snuff the dog, the companion to none other than Jack the Ripper.

Once every few decades, when the moon is full on the night of Halloween, the fabric of reality thins, and doors may be opened between this world and the realm of the Great Old Ones.

At this time, men and women with occult knowledge gather at a certain location to engage in The Game – an attempt by some to open the doors, and others to hold them closed. Should the Openers ever win the game, the Great Old Ones will come to Earth, remake it in their own images and enslave or slaughter the human race in the process.

Thus, through the month of October, the Players in The Game – all archetypal characters from Victorian Era Gothic fiction – form alliances, make deals, oppose one another, and even resort to murder in their attempts to make sure the doors are ready to be opened or can be held fast when, on the night of October 31st, the final ritual takes place and the fate of the world is decided.

And now that night is upon us! Which way will the fate of the world play out?

Tuesday October 27th,19:00 Corwyn’s Bag

Join Corwyn Allen as he settles down to read stores pulled from his bag of seasonal tales.

Wednesday October 28th 19:00: Serafina and the Black Cloak

serafinaCaledonia Skytower continues reading of Robert Beatty’s spooky mystery thriller.

Serafina lives a life of total secrecy. While her father may be the maintenance man for the great house of the Biltmore Estate, the wealthy owners of the estate have no idea that he lives in the basement of the house – and much less that his daughter lives there with him.

Not that this is a problem for Serafina; she is quite at home exploring the great house and its grounds whilst avoiding being seen. There’s certainly no need for her to venture into the great forest beyond the estate, and with which, he father has said, lie many dangers.

But when the children on the estate start vanishing, Serafina is forced to join forces with the young nephew of the Biltmore’s owners, and discover the identity of the one they believe to be behind the disappearances: the Man in the Black Cloak. But in order to do so, Serafina must enter the forest her father has warned her against; and within that forest lies a deeper secret Serafina must confront – that of her own identity.

Thursday, October 29th

19:00: Ultimate Halloween Stories

With Shandon Loring.

21:00 Seanchai Late Night

More tales with Shandon!

Friday, October 30th, 16:00: The Goblin Market & More

Dubhna and Caledonia visit the bat cave at SL Goth Magazine’s The Truth About Bats and Avies Festival.

Also This Month

  • Seanchai Library is participating in the Good Reads Hunt. To get started, visit the Good Reads starting point at Literature Alive!/Desi’s Gifts and Prints
  • Don’t forget to visit the Five Irish Haunts panels at Seanchai Library to discover something about ghosts and haunting!

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Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.

The featured charity for October – December is Reach Out and Read, one of the most highly rated literacy charities in the USA which reaches 4.4 million children annually and distributes 1.6 million books.

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