In April 2019, I was approached by Trouble Dethly, the owner / publisher of Eclipse magazine with a request that caught me off-guard: would I like to be the cover feature in the May 2019 issue of the magazine.
I say “taken aback” because the request came out of the blue and also because the cover features in Eclipse are intended to “showcase … a group or resident that has taken the Second Life concept of “‘your world, your imagination’ to such extraordinary heights that it has greatly impacted the culture and lifestyle of this virtual community.” Leaving both false modesty and ego firmly locked in a biscuit tin hidden under the floorboards of my mind, I really don’t see myself fitting this description.
However, after discussing things with Trouble a little more, I opted to go ahead, and the May issue came out (for me, being in the UK) in the “wee small hours of the morning” (so to speak) of Thursday, May 23rd, 2019.
Within it is a celebratory article on the team behind FaMESHed, as they mark their seventh anniversary – a piece that makes superb reading; a tour of featured Linden Homes in Bellisseria; a perspective on Moki Yuitza’s Into The Net (which I also examined at the start of the month) and a host of regular columns covering home and garden décor, photography, fiction, places in SL to visit and readers’ own stories. All of which adds up to a cornucopia of interest quite outside of yours truly.
In closing, I’d like to offer my thanks to Trouble for both the invitation to be featured in the magazine and for encouraging me to do so, to Cajsa Lilliehook for the interview and turning a veritable wall of textual ramblings from me into something coherent, and especially to Lessthen Zero for the time she took in photographing me – I genuinely loathe having my photo (real or virtual) being taken, and Lez did so much to put me at ease and produced some truly amazing (and flattering!) shots, and the unnamed photographer who toured some of my favourite SL locations to take additional photos for inclusion in the piece.
You can catch all issues of Eclipse on-line, with the May edition available directly here: https://issuu.com/eclipsemagazinesl/docs/eclipse_magazine_may_2019.