I just want to give you a heads up on another Issuu publication being released through the SLNMPG (Second Life New Media Publishing Group) imprint.
As many will be aware, cybersex plays a big role in Second Life. It’s certainly not for me, but it’s an important part of many avatars’ Second Life. When I first met Ella, she was writing for a blog run by an avatar called Emmanuelle, who tackled the subject of the manifestations of Second Life sexuality head-on. Ella was an occasional writer on points of naturist interest, which is where the idea for a blog, a magazine, this blog, this magazine, arose. It would be part of a stable of blogs that covered a wide range of Second Life users’ interest. Gor, or the wider fantasy role-playing element of Second Life, was another thing we looked at.
The rest, as they usually say, is history: over three years of it now, and Ella & Pookes continue to do a marvellous job. At the beginning, the plan was for a series of blogs on various topics. Lifestyle, such as naturism, as well as how the Arts were represented within Second Life. As regards the Arts, I got as close as setting up a sister blog, SLAP (Second Life Arts Production), which sits in ghost form on the internet. Those ideas never achieved fruition, being fraught with too many people who liked the idea of blogging, but couldn’t deliver. I got exceptionally lucky in finding someone as dedicated and professional as Ella. As such SLNMPG’s role has been confined to being ‘the publisher’ of SLN.
That’s about to change in 2015. MetaverseX will be an Issuu book on the topic of cybersex and its role in the game. It won’t have anything ‘naturist’ within it. Edited by Apricot, who has written for Ella, it will be out….whenever it’s ready! Yes, we’ll be promoting it here on SLN (I may have to pay for advertising space! 😉 ) but is otherwise not associated with SLN other than the publications will share the same publisher.
For me, there are opportunities to publish on a variety of topics, and Issuu is currently the ideal format. I’ll be utilising that to the full in 2015, so you may occasionally see me pop up on SLN to tell you we’ve a new book coming out. We may even get around to doing on one fantasy role-play, as envisaged a few years back. Fashion, we’ll leave well enough alone. There are other publications out there doing a brilliant job covering that topic.
I’ll let you know more about MetaverseX, or other SLNMPG publications, when the time comes.
As I generally don’t speak much on these pages, and am photographed rarely in SLN, I’ll take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Howie Lamilton (SLN Publisher)