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Ursula At The Deep Deep Well

I love to think that I am a person with solid roots in reality, yet these days – I confess – there are times when I almost feel more comfortable among the Faire Folk than in my RL environment.

No, I’m not „losing it” and I have no intention whatsoever to give up material reality and move into one of those lovely houses in Dawn’s Promise or The Rose, however wonderful these lands are. The explanation lies elsewhere.

Cancer is omnipresent, yet it is still surrounded by many misconceptions worldwide. Many people are convinced that a tumour can be infectious, others believe that people with cancer „brought it on themselves”, because they had failed to take proper care of their bodies and minds.

Fantasy Faire 2017 - At The Well

Cancer patients and survivors bear a stigma in many countries, even in the “developed” and enlightened ones. Other people often treat them – us – with a weird mixture of horror and pity, so we feel silenced and invisible, isolated from the “normal” crowd, left alone with our worries and fears in the Twilight Zone.

No wonder many people are reluctant to seek professional help about some alarming symptoms… and when they finally do seek help it is often too late, so they indeed face pain and suffering that generates anxiety and pity in others… this is how the vicious circle of fear and misunderstanding is perpetuated and running, taking more victims at every roll.

You, Faire Folk, are different. You do understand. You frolic around and laugh, but between two silly somersaults you – we – talk about pain, treatments, fear and sadness, losses and suffering with engaging openness… and always, always with hope.

“There’s no worse disease than ignorance” – an anonymous Mexican cancer survivor said once. I’m trying to remedy this disease day after day in real life, and when I feel tired you help me get my legs back, Faire Folk. You’re a miraculous and painless cure for an ailment as dangerous as cancer itself.

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Celebrate Tolkien Day at the Faire!

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A celebration of the work of the great fantasy writer – JRR Tolkien.

Every year at the Faire (well, for the last three years), we celebrate the work of a great Fantasy writer.

The first year, we celebrated the great Sir Terry Pratchett, who had recently died. And last year we celebrated another author who had died a rather longer time ago – William Shakespeare – on the 400th year anniversary of his death.

This year we are celebrating not the anniversary of the death – but the anniversary of a publication that was to have a huge influence on Fantasy – JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the first entry into the world of Middle Earth that was later to lead to the hugely influential trilogy – The Lord of the Rings.

And we have a fabulous region, created by Kilik Lekvoda, where we can celebrate – the hobbit-inspired land of The Hill!

We’ll be celebrating today with a series of events and a party – do come and join us.

10:00 – 11:00 AM SLT: NaPoWriMo: Fantasy Writing Prompts – Adele Ward This will be moving from the Writing Room in the LitFest area at Kakushi Pasu to the party field at The Hill just for today. Adele Ward will be leading it, giving out a Tolkien-themed Fantasy Writing Prompt to inspire you to write a short poem or a short story.

12:00 noon – 1:00 PM SLT: Region Tour: The Hill (Designed by Kilik Lekvoda)
See more about our special region tour and writing challenges here!

1:00 – 2:00 PM SLT: Tolkien Goes Partying – Dubhna Rhiadra & Caledonia Skytower
We all think of J.R.R. Tolkien as a scholarly gentleman with a penchant for language and myth. Come to realize, there’s some pretty great parties to be found in his published works. Caledonia Skytower and Dubhna Rhiadra present “An Unexpecting Party” (from The Hobbit) and “A Long-Expected Party” (from The Fellowship of the Ring) in voice.

The Hill by Alisaundra Andel
The Hill – picture by Alisaundra Andel

2:00 PM SLT: An Unexpected Party – And this time it’s our party – to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. And there will be dancing. And Fireworks. (And possibly Hobbit Feet).

5:00 – 6:00 PM SLT: Region Tour: The Hill (Designed by Kilik Lekvoda)
See more about our special region tour and writing challenges here!

7:00 – 8:00 PM SLT: A Walk through Middle Earth – Seanchai Library
Seanchai Library takes you on a walk through Middle Earth, with selections from different episodes in the The Lord of the Rings cycle. Shandon Loring, Corwyn Allen, Aoife Lorefield, Kayden Oconnell, and Caledonia Skytower, live in voice.

8:00 – 9:00 PM SLT: Region Tour: The Hill (Designed by Kilik Lekvoda)
See more about our special region tours and writing challenges here!

Come join us at The Hill!

Join us for LitFest Tour No.5: Fallen Sands

As the whirlwind tears through the region, spare a thought for the sheltering snowman!
As the whirlwind tears through the region, spare a thought for the sheltering snowman!

We will be visiting Fallen Sands
Monday, April 24th @ 5pm & 8pm SLT
Tuesday, April 25th @ Noon SLT

Fallen Sands (Sweetgwendoline Bailey/Eldowyn Inshan)
Steampunk in a desert landscape where the Orient and Arabia via for dominance. Exotic plants of alien origin turn the sands into an oasis of life where the turquoise water is the treasure of fountains and the infinite pearls of tan fall to mark the passage of time in this eternal city.
https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/fallen-sands/

Please note: you do not need to use any of these ideas; feel free to write about anything in this region.

Forever parched
Forever parched

A land where the elephants call and a classroom awaits inside a dark cave.

Even the gates to this land are beautiful but who might live and work in such a realm?

The sand coats everything, who keeps the machinery working?

What might happen if a machine clogs up and fails?

A classroom awaiting students and a teacher, but of what kind?
A classroom awaiting students and a teacher, but of what kind?

Participants are invited to submit pieces written as part of LitFest Tours, or inspired by the Faire Lands, to be included in “Tales from the Fairelands” on the Fantasy Faire website and possibly to be read on Fantasy Faire Radio by yourself or one of our volunteers.

Work may be submitted at any time during the Faire, and we recommend that it be submitted by 11pm the day after each destination cycle has been completed in order to be considered for inclusion in “Tales of the Faire Lands” posts while the Faire is open. Individual writers retain creative ownership of works submitted.

Take a look at the strange domes and steampunk workings from above and below
As the whirlwind tears through the region, spare a thought for the sheltering snowman!

Compositions of poetry or prose can be submitted in one of two ways:
1. Email to fantasyfaireshortstory@gmail.com
2. Drop a notecard into the LitFest Tours Submissions mailbox at Fantasy Faire LitFest home base on Kakushi Pasu

Words of power are coming to the Faire for our third Literary Festival (LitFest)!

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Over the ten days of the LitFest, there will be talks by authors, discussions, creative writing sessions and performances.

Our headline speaker this year is the very popular real word fantasy writer, Seanan McGuire, author of, among others, the October Daye series of modern fantasy.

This year we will again by emphasising creation, as a number of the leaders of creative writing groups in Second Life bring their regular events to the Faire, and welcome newcomers who want to join in with such events.

And there is our own special daily story and poetry writing challenge. Every day, we will be inviting you to put your Fantasy Faire experience into words. The Faire is brimming with stories: breathtaking builds and fantastical creations designed to touch your heart and soul. What stories do they inspire in you?

We will be repeating our very successful Fantasy Faire LitFest Tours, leaving daily from our home base to explore the Fantasy Faire Continent. We will be seeking the stories of the Fairelands – along with special secret places and details, and each day a Guide will lead a tour to one of the Fantasy regions. Explore … and open yourself up to what inspires you, what detail or overall impression sparks a poem, micro-fiction, or short story.

And you will be able to hear some of the stories and poems that people wrote last year, as we have turned this into special recordings that will be broadcast on Fantasy Faire Radio.

With only ten days, our Tours this year focuses on just ten of the regions, but we hope you’ll be inspired by other regions too, to share stories. And to lead that, we will have special explorations of the other regions too.

We are also planning to have some fascinating discussions with a number of different people, and we’ll have authors reading their works.

We also have talks from people involved in the stories that underlie two very different regions. and storytelling with some of the best known storytellers in Second Life.

We will have Open Mic sessions led by well known poets and writers, and sessions which open with reading but which invite the audience to contribute too.

And then there is a performance of a magical production of Much Ado About Nothing, by the Faireland Players.

Every year, we feature a special author for the LitFest, In our first year it was Terry Pratchett, last year (the 400th anniversary of his death), we celebrated William Shakespeare. This year on Wednesday April 25th, we shall be celebrating the great J.R.R.Tolkien.

For more details of Lit Fest events and speakers, see our full event page.

The Fairelands are almost open, a preview…..!

The Fairelands have returned to the grid, as they do every year…and oh my, have I been waiting for them! And not just me, no no…all of the Fairefolk past, present and future have been looking out for their home to return.

Opening the 20th of April, a world in a world will be there to explore. And if you thought last year, or the year before etc…that it could not get any better? Wrong, it is once again…better, more amazing, more awesome and exciting.

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How do I know? Well I sneaked in and took some secret pics with my hidden camera!

OK. No. That is not true. I am honoured to be one of the official FF Photographers again, and so I got early access to shoot pics and videos before the Fairefolk moved in.

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Respect and admiration for the sim builders, the creators, the organisation, the designers, the shopkeepers, the Fairefolk, the Bloggers, the Pawlice, the photographers, the artists, the visitors and everyone who works hard to make the Fantasy Faire a success, for that one big important goal: fundraising for Relay For Life.

Thank you all <3.

Follow this blog for updates on events, parties and news and…see you at the Faire!

 

Ursula 2.0 Is Ready For The Faire!

Oh I wish, Faire Folk, that it were my real body I’m talking about… although I am already used to the physical flaws, scars and missing body parts in my RL existence. However, wouldn’t it be lovely to obtain a Bento update in reality, too? The update that I have just got in Second Life.

Why is it big news, then, you may ask? Those good old system bodies are slowly becoming a rarity in SL, our mesh avatars smile, grimace and cry on the screen, our fingers can gesticulate as delicately as a RL ballerina performing Swan Lake. Why is it big news that SL Ursula has been upgraded? Because the path that brought me to my new shiny mesh body and head is so very, very Fantasy Faire.

Fantasy Faire Is Back...

I was happily chatting to the FF Backstage people the other day, silly banter was exchanged with laughter and general pulling of pixel legs, when at a certain moment a Faire designer and I started talking about mesh bodies. I told her I had been planning to buy one for quite a long time, but I wanted to think twice before I spent a certain amount of Linden Dollars… then I suddenly heard the characteristic tingling of coins.

I received a generous, wonderful and utterly unexpected gift. Funds for a mesh body. Just so.

I was gasping for air, and I also felt what I used to experience at Christmas when I was a little girl, pure and utter joy… and I also promised my magnanimous sponsor to donate to RFL in her name, too, in order to return this wonderful gesture somehow. The answer I received made me stop for a second… and another second, and another one, to reflect and maybe even to shed a tear or two.

Cat, I hope you won’t report me to the Lindens for breaking their TOS, but I must quote word by word what you wrote: “Catalina ***: Do me a favor? If you donate, do it for those who stay in remission. Because my dad didn’t. And seeing your profile made me smile. And gave me hope. And hope is a beautiful thing.”

This is why I am as gloriously happy with my new lovely Bento mesh body and head as if I had received a miraculous upgrade in real life as well.

Happy Faire to you all!

Once Upon A Time …

That’s the way all the best stories begin, isn’t it? And Fantasy Faire is no different.

So we could say that once upon a time, there were lands of many enchantments … the Fairelands. And in the Fairelands were regions of great and fascinating beauty, and many stores with wonderful wares to sell. There was music and laughter and a police that was small in stature but ferocious at upholding the law and at inflicting fines for infringements.

But there it all just begins, for Fantasy Faire has always been a place for stories … for taking the “Once Upon a Time” and then creating the story to follow … a story that every individual visitor to the Faire could write for themselves.

This year the Faire will be celebrating those stories in a variety of ways!

MACHINIMA
First of all, if you are a machinima artist and want to tell a story created at Fantasy Faire, there will be special access for FIVE machinima artists in the days leading up to the event when the sims will be quieter. We will be sharing more details of this soon.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Then there will be a PHOTO COMPETITION with very special prizes. We are looking for the photographs that best capture the spirit of each of the eleven sims – and the winners will be included in a calendar (with credits for the photographers) that will be created in real life using Cafe Presse and sold to raise money for Relay for Life. So this year, people really will be able to take the Faire home with them – and share it with their friends and family too!

But … eleven sims … eleven months. What of the twelfth? That one will be the photograph that – in the opinions of the judges – best encapsulates the spirit of the Faire. Not only will it be the image for the twelfth month – it will also appear on the cover of the calendar.

SHORT STORIES AND POETRY
As we had last year, there will be a short story competition – and this year there will be a poetry competition. Let the Faire inspire you to tell tales or compose ballads … the winners will appear in edition of Prim Perfect magazine, with a wealth of illustrations.

BALLET
In advance of the opening of the Faire, a special ballet will be staged and recorded. You’ll be able to see this on the blog and elsewhere during the Faire.

ROLE PLAY
Perhaps the most exciting development is that a series of tales will be unfolding directly at the Faire itself, with three established roleplaying groups bringing their stories to the Faire. Each will tell a story over part of the Faire; there’ll be opportunities for Faire visitors to become involved, to watch key events in the stories, and to follow the progression of these tales through news bulletins on Fantasy Faire Radio, and through special pages in the Events section of the Fantasy Faire blog.

NeoVictoria in Asperatus
The NeoVictoria Roleplay Group presents “The Revenge of Professor Timmons”.  A renegade aristocrat and an evil scientist with revenge on their minds are using illicit Strand-world technology to create a murderous clockwerk automaton.  After damaging the power-center of the NeoLondon Cathedral, they decamp to Planet Asperatus and the NeoVictorians follow to bring them to justice! Beginning on 1 May in NeoVictoria SIM, they will be bringing the story to the Fairelands on Monday, 5 May when their intrepid band of roleplayers land in the sky-city of the Fairelands: Asperatus!

The Rickety Weasels
In Wiggenstead Mooring, between the lagoon and the tavern, live a group of feral kids who call themselves “The Rickety Weasels”. They ferociously protect the four Guardians of the Elemental Stones, which keep the balance of the Fairelands.

Little do they know that, no far from there, the Shadows are growing stronger and greedier, and that their leader, The Dark Shadow, covets the Guardians of the Elemental Stones. For the Stones could give him Power, and into Darkness plunge the Fairelands forever.

Trade Winds Pirates
A group of desperate pirates have found themselves stranded in Blackwater Glenn, desperately seeking funds to repair their ship. What lengths will they go to to accomplish their goal? You’ll certainly find a warm welcome in their impromptu tavern – but will you also find your pocket lightened?

So come and join us at the Faire … we can’t promise that you’ll live happily ever after … but we will do our best to make sure that you find the most amazing stories to see, to join, to tell and to take home.