I’m not sure where to begin with this one…hahaha.

I ran into Brenda at Eden one day and, before I knew it, we’d concocted the idea of a ‘Hello!’ magazine style spread for SLN between us. And Brenda rather kindly agreed to show me around her skybox and explain the ethos behind Eden Naturopolis.

A ‘Hello!’ styled spread requires a ‘Hello!’ styled cover, hence the photo above. And because what starts out as a simple idea can snowball, I’d added in a couple of other ‘cover stories’ to create a cover ‘in full effect’ as it were. From there it was a simple step to decide that, yes indeed, our new friend Issuu should be a format we’d use for this, and actually round out the magazine with those stories. I had a stand-alone blog post with Guillaume lined up, as well as another doing a bit of reflection on my expectations for my forthcoming vacation. In three weeks, I’ll be in Spain, reporting back from a RL naturist vacation and, as usual, attempting to provide some flavour of the experience through the prism of Second Life.

The photo, above, will be the front cover for ‘SL Hello!’, on Issuu, and from where I am now, I think Thursday, June 5th, will be the publication date, probably later than earlier in the day.

I’m also, for the first time, going to double-format the magazine, replicating the stories in the Issuu version as posts here on the blog.

I’m not a web designer, so the cover is merely an amateurish take on doing a spoof magazine cover. My apologies to all of you out there who are dab-hands at Photoshop and see this as the work of a rank amateur. That’s exactly what I am out of my comfort zone!

As a result of new skills coming to play, it has taken me off the grid (again!) to try and do something a bit different and keep SLN fresh and entertaining. So there will be few, if any, SLN posts between now and Thursday, followed by another flurry of activity.

I’d also ask any SL naturist sim owners, or just SL naturists, if they’d like to keep this SLN concept going and make it a meme of sorts, to get in touch.