Exploring Eden, with Areola Mamelon
I think that every SL naturist knows Eden Naturopolis, the immense series of sims built by Elbag Gable and Brenda Hoisin. There is just so much to explore, and such a variety of activities that I guess it might be possible to live one’s whole SL inside the Eden sims. Eden have a website that you might like to visit, as it includes whole albums of beautiful photographs, as well as a mine of information on the activities, and possibilities to rent, available there.
Let me be honest. I cannot do justice to the expanse of Eden in one single (lengthy) visit, so I did not try. Instead, I confined myself to the Eden Hawk sim (where the TP point is situated), and explored just that. In subsequent posts, and issues of SL Naturist, I shall explore Eden further. Even this post does not cover all of what that one sim, Eden Hawk, has to offer.
While online, the publisher of SL Naturist, Howie Lamilton, came online. While he is in my friends list, I have not actually met him inworld before now, so I tp’ed him over to Eden and we discussed SL, naturism and my writing role at SL Naturist for a long time. It was lovely to meet him, and he seems like a really cool guy. I could not miss the opportunity to ask him to pose with me for a few photos for this posting while he was online.
Howie is a former renter at Eden, and says he will be again later this year, but for now his SL opportunities are limited, and renting isn’t worth it for him at this time. While he takes a back seat role at SL Naturist, I did take the opportunity to probe him about his motives.
‘I’ve got a few magazine ideas in mind. I like the crossover from real life to an alternative life, and the idea that there is an entire, standalone set of industries going on in SL. Sure, that mostly means the sex industry inworld for now, but I believe there are opportunities to be had to develop strictly inworld industries. Art is one, and I’m trying to be a supporter of various arts in SL. One magazine idea is ‘SLAP’, Second Life Arts Production, which much like SL Naturist would be a magazine covering people who produce art. That can cover Shakespeare being staged inworld, to artists working inworld, to musicians producing music exclusive to SL. That’s the vision. I think SLAP may become a reality later this year, but for now the ambition is to bed in SL Naturist as a regular publication.’
Are you a RL naturist?
‘I am, yes. And I’ve been visiting SL naturist sims since I started in SL. I think to retain an interest you have to have an interest in specific topics yourself, so SL naturism seemed an obvious kick-off point to launch a -ha!- publishing empire. I’m also a RL musician, and SLAP, or maybe another separate entity, would be a magazine covering SL music, and linking mp3s, produced by RL musicians as their SL alter-egos, to the pages. There’s a lot of musicians around, so a SL Top 40 chart is entirely feasible.’
Why have the likes of me or Ella be the front of house staff for the SL Naturist? Couldn’t you do it on your own?
‘SL time is limited at the moment. And a vision of having a series of magazines online isn’t possible for one person. I can’t cover it all. So when talented writers come into my field of vision, the idea is to use their talents, and give their own SL a sense of purpose and focus. Shopping gets boring, eventually. It’s not intended to make money, it’s intended to be outlets for the obvious creativity of many SL users.’
So, who, in the world of SL artistic production, do you recommend?
‘Well, the art world has a jump on music, in that you can upload artworks, photographic or painting, into SL. Yeah, you can do it with music too, but ideally I see that as being collected out of world, hence perhaps an online music mag. In the artworld, I think the artist I’ve discovered and whose works I love are by a guy called LeMelon Rouge. He displays at Su Casa, and when I have time to have more of an inworld presence I’d like to start renting at Eden again and get some of his stuff for my walls. You need to check his stuff out, it’s terrific. And, there again, the fact that he’s displaying at Su Casa shows what a great job they’re doing, supporting artists and SL creativity.’ Ella adds: I’ve linked to a separate page in Issue 2, here, which features LeMelon’s paintings. A slurl to his exhibition at Su Casa is here. )
You could always build a gallery…
‘Funny you should mention it. I would like to have my own performance space inworld, eventually, where musicians can do inworld concerts, or display art. Ideally, it would have a naturist setting, maybe an island on Eden, where I could also have an inworld office presence for SL Naturist, or the other magazines. I think my ideas develop slowly, so maybe in the autumn we’ll get around to that. Certainly, by autumn, I intend to have SL Naturist offices in place inworld. Somewhere writers can use as a home hub, conduct interviews, maybe do photo sessions.’
So Eden features very much in your plans for SL Naturist?
‘Yes. Elbag and Brenda are terrific people, and incredible friends of SL naturism. We, as a naturist community, owe them a lot, and right now I don’t see SL Naturist as having an inworld presence anywhere other than here (Eden)’.
After saying goodbye to Howie, I explored Eden Hawk further, discovering an airfield, a car park, a seal sanctuary, and a fantastically detailed harbour. Each turn brought new delights, and I was awestruck by the detailing and depth and breadth of the entire sim. So that’s one part of one sim explored. Where next?
I know many of you will have your favourite Eden places. Perhaps even Elbag or Brenda would like to suggest where I explore next? Please, if you’re an Eden user, let me know of your favourite spots, so that I can report on them in subsequent issues of SL Naturist. See you in the next issue of SL Naturist!
(Ella adds: I’d like Areola to do this as a ‘continuing series’ beyond the confines of the quarterly magazine. Please, IM her or me to suggest other locations within Eden that you’d like her to report from.)