The above is a magnificent picture by Tamzin Xigalia. It has everything a good Faire-picture should have: Faireland environment, Fairelanders of many shape and size, a Faire legend (in this case the Fairechylde, our dragonborne party ship) and of course bunnies! …fine, fine. I’m biased. Bunnies optional!
The problem with highlights is that you have to choose. Especially if you have limited time and defined themes and subjects you want to follow. Even if everyone would be deserving of a mention and a spot in the fae starlight, it isn’t always possible. Blogger highlights for Fantasy Faire are absolutely a case like that. I wanted to present them as themes, as ways and methods to blog the Faire, show examples of the said blogging, and I think for most parts that went well. It of course doesn’t change the fact that many a brilliant post was left unmentioned if the theme it fits had already been highlighted, or if there simply wasn’t time enough to include everyone within the short and busy weeks of the Faire.
Continue reading Thank You (Blogger Highlights VII)
One of the challenges of blogging Fantasy Faire is that it is not just a shopping event, it is not just a quest, or Literary Festival, or endless parties or roleplay or performances or… you get the point. Faire is many things to many people, but what it is underneath the fantasy community we all love and cherish, is a charity event.
Fantasy Faire supports Relay For Life, and through that, the American Cancer Society’s Global Initiative. This is not an easy subject to blog about regardless if your life has been influenced by cancer or not. If it has, writing about it might feel too personal, too painful. If it hasn’t, your words might feel empty lip service to you. Therefore it is never ever obligatory to blog about it, but I do always encourage those who wish to share their reasons to relay to do just that, to give voice to this deeper current within the Fairelands.
I’m not going to paraphrase, nutshell, or otherwise describe these posts, simply presenting a selection of many. Read these stories in the words they were written, and if you so choose, share your own.
Eclectic Equations – Why I Relay by Vylna Daviau
Continue reading Highlights from the Blogger Posts VI
As much as I adore and favor blog pictures taken in the Fairelands, there are blog posts that have to happen elsewhere. Mainly rezable items such as decor, landscaping and furniture. In some cases there’s already existing samples rezed in the Fairelands, especially if the world builder is a merchant as well, but most of the time the blogger has to build a set in their own land to properly blog the items.
This is an ideal form of blogging if the lag in the Fairelands is too much for your computer, or you want to showcase the furniture from the Faire. Building a set from the Faire wares is about gazillion (precise number) times better than general studio work with backgrounds.
Kynne Llewellyn – Beware of Trolls
Kynne Llewellyn combines landscaping, furniture and decor from the Faire with a beautiful fae character.
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Continuing on the Blogger Challenges, the easiest one is surely Faire Folk. Creating a character is not that different from creating a look, and surely anyone volunteering to blog fantasy knows how to create a character. The rest of the challenge — choosing one of the Fairelands as that character’s home and taking pictures there — might be more of a challenge, depending on one’s computer, but that’s what the early access is for! Somewhat less laggy environments to combine character creation and Faireland region photography.
Blu is the New Black – Mother of Pearl
MsBlu Moonwall dives into Melusina’s Depths with a stunning mermaid look, adding more pictures from the region to her post as an extra bonus!
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Of all the Blogger Challenges we have at the Faire, I believe Faire Life is the most challenging. It focuses on traveling the Fairelands, visiting various events, having fun, remembering to take pictures while doing that and then writing posts about the experience. That takes a lot of time, effort and of course Fairelander spirit of loving and living every possible moment in the Fairelands. Therefore such posts are among my most favorite ones.
Aznana’s Fantastic Fandangles – Fantasy Faire ~ The Quest
Aznana Shieldmaiden has blogged not only about the Fairelands Quest here, but has also made posts about the Literary Festival, dance performances, parties on the Fairechylde, and much more!
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