Something New: Life Under the Waves

Well, boys and girls, I finally did it! I took my own advice on how to become a mermaid, and did just that! So rather than mere theory, I’m going to give you a step-by-step account of how I did it.

First Stop

My first stop was, of course, the Safe Waters Foundation. There, I grabbed a free diving suit and headed on over to the freebies pool.

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This is an excellent place for finding many of your start-up items as you begin your transformation to your undersea life. I would strongly urge you to check out the high-quality items donated by some of SL’s finest designers.

Next Stop

Next, I swam on over to Haven of Mermaids. You’d have to look long and hard to find a better “one-stop-shopping” mall for your merfolk needs. Billed as “Home and Haven for the Merfolk of Second Life.  A magical underwater world, with a community that welcomes Merfolk of all the tribes, and aquatic beings of all species.  Home to Deep Seas Mer Outfitters.” It’s a great place to start expanding on your basic freebie skins & tails.

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Finally, I was ready to get serious about just how I wanted to present myself to the various Mer communities. And that meant SHOPPING!

Oh, I did I forget to mention one of the best things about becoming a mermaid? It gives you an excuse to do some serious shopping. Even if you’re content with freebies, obtaining them in the first place means shopping!

A Word About Mesh

Mesh avatars—and therefore, mesh accessories for them—are difficult and time-consuming to make…which explains why everything relating to mesh is expensive. The same is true of mesh mermaid avatars and accessories. So for that reason alone I recommend that you use a classic avatar as your mermaid or merman representation.

And while you can find lots of quality classic avatars, my own choice was for the Mermaid Collection Mesh Emotion Blue, which set me back the whopping cost of one single $Linden ($L1). This set contains a classic avatar which has been specifically designed to fit most mermaid outfits.

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Back to Haven of Mermaids

This was my most expensive stop. But when you’re designing your appearance, do you really want to skimp on the details? Neither do I!

So I bought two items: DS (Deep Seas) Green Mermaid Skin, and Deep Seas Traditional Tail, also in green.

The traditional tails come with a Deep Seas Merfolk Animation Overrider (AO), which, while a basic AO, contains all the animations you need to get you started. Best of all, you can edit the AO to include whatever additional animations you like.

And the results speak for themselves

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Of course, this is the way I dress when I visit areas that frown upon nudity. The next photo is probably NSFW, but here’s the deal: I’m a mermaid—I have no need of clothes. Besides, if men—mermen or otherwise—can display their bare chests, why not women, too? After all, I live in a State (New York) where courts have ruled it’s perfectly legal.

So before we go any further, chase the kiddies away from your computer.

Ready? Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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This is me in my Sunday finest—well, actually—my week-long finest!

Other Times, Other Places

Read about all things mermaid at: http://cynthiamermaid.blogspot.com/

Please visit our web page at: http://www.goldmermaid.com/SWF/index.htm
Please visit our blog at: http://www.digitalmermaids.blogspot.com

Great site for SL help (and features SWF!!) http://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/2014/06/2014-people-promo-fancis-deep-serving.html

And that’s it for today! Next: further resources for your undersea life.

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Merfolk (Mermaids and Mermen)

Or, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Being a Mermaid or Merman Before You Even Knew You Wanted to Know It

Remember when I told you that in SL, you can be anything you want to be? Ever imagine living a life under the sea? Be honest—wasn’t that every little girl’s dream? Well, now you can become one for only $10 Lindens. Or, if you prefer, absolutely free.

Safe Waters Foundation

Head on over to the Safe Waters Foundation Headquarters (SWF). When you get there, turn around to see this:

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The arrows won’t be there; I added them for clarity. The shorter one points to the SWF group joiner. There is no cost to join.

The longer arrow points to the door you need to pass through to get to the goodies:

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Again, I added the arrows for clarity. They point to the Pearl, which you have to touch to receive the free outfit.

Unfortunately, if you’re using a mesh avatar like mine, it’s not that easy. All of these options are designed for classic (non-mesh) avatars (avis). And because mesh avis are complex and expensive, it follows that mesh accessories for mesh avis are also expensive.

Fear Not!

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The item shown above can be found on the SL Marketplace for only $L1! It comes with a standard body that you can use to replace your mesh body, so everything will work peachy-keen!

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This is my friend Jenny in that very same outfit.

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You can find out more about the Safe Waters Foundation at its website, which also contains an events calendar as well as a long list of mer-related sites in Second Life.

Or you can check out their Digital Mermaids blog on Blogspot. The blog also has minutes of the most recent weekly meeting.

Now if you will excuse me, I have an octopus’s garden to explore!

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Unicorns, Dragons, and Furries. Oh, My!

Since one of the basic premises of Second Life is that you can be anyone or anything you want, many players opt to become animals. This can range from the innocent to the extreme:

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This is me as a bunneh made alive. She’s a free avatar you can get at Caledon Oxbridge Gateway – New Resident Help. Caledon has several free avatars, and they include both humans and furries.

That’s an example of the innocent. For the extreme, how does this suit you?

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Fantasy avatars run the gamut from the simple to the complex, and from free to very expensive. For the ultimate experience, try SL Bloodlines, an immersive experience within SL itself.

Locations and Groups

As with any other interest in SL, there are groups and sims devoted to SciFi, Fantasy, and fantastic creatures. Some search topics include Fantasy, Elves, Faeries, and Browncoats. Just follow your imagination!

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Building The Perfect Beast, Redux

After my previous post about inventory management, I decided it was time to invest a little effort into customizing Jenny. But I decided to do it all with freebies, just to show you how you can customize your look without spending a single penny (or Linden) while doing it.

By the way, have you noticed the latest change to this site? It has a new address: aislingssecondlife.com. This change has resulted in one more change: no more advertising! I figured I owe that much to you, my readers. The internet has far too much advertising as it is, and I’m just doing my best to reduce the distractions.

So adjust your bookmarks accordingly!

We now return you to your regular post, already in progress.

There are Freebies, and Then There are FREEBIES!

Just as in real life (RL), free things in Second Life (SL) are often worth what you pay for them. Fortunately, there are many vendors of high-quality products who offer their goods for free. This is good advertising for them: by giving you a sample of their product, they hope to get your future business if you decide to obtain more of their product. This makes perfect sense, if you think about it.

At the same time, these designers also know that now everyone in SL has money to spend, and the more considerate of them offer their goods and services for free.

But not all free goods and services (freebies) are quality. Often, they’re the result of someone’s first building project that they’ve decided to share.  And many of them come packaged with a lot of junk,  too.

So how do you tell the “good” merchants from the “bad?”

One way is to look on the SL Marketplace. Because merchants pay for their products to be listed, you can be pretty sure that they won’t be offering junk. I do a lot of my shopping there—even for freebies—and I’ve rarely been disappointed.

Another way is to visit one of the many newcomer-friendly locations in SL, such as New Resident Island. Jenny did, and that’s where she found her new shapes, skins, clothing, and manicured nails.

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A unique look, comprised of freebies!

Next, we’ll look at Animation Over-riders.

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